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Week 6 - Sat - July 26, 2008

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Diana's Indianhead Penny.

This Week's Vegetable Notes - by Diana Nolden, assistant growing manager

“I am the luckiest kid in the world.” My dad claims that he has an arrowhead for each of his grandchildren. Considering he has a collection nearing the triple digits of pieces, shards, and near perfect Indian artifacts, my sister and I had better get to work. All of them have been found on our family farm in South Central Wisconsin, a farm that has been the Nolden’s for over 90 years. My grandfather who has spent his whole life working the same plot of land has never found one. My dad on the other hand is another story. I believe arrowheads wiggle themselves to the surface just to be found by my father.

I own an arrowhead only because my dad gave it to me. I am bound and determined to find one of my own, but to this day, despite my efforts, they have eluded me. Even last year after the heavy rains in August, Ben and I walked through our AO north fields with eyes fixed on the ground. In two days Ben found two chips whereas I ended up empty handed. Farmer John’s father has found his own collection of arrowheads once buried beneath Angelic Organics. (Photos)

It wasn’t until the other day that my grievous attempts paid off, but it wasn’t an arrowhead that I found. The second of our two interns arrived this past Monday. I gave Amy the grand tour and then walked her out in the fields to meet the crew. As we passed between the chard bed and the herbs something caught my eye. It was just a bit of plastic and I kept moving, two steps more and I noticed another foreign object, this time, a penny. I passed it by with a few more paces but then I stopped. “A penny,” I thought and turned back around and picked it up. It was my shining moment, an Indian Head penny dated 1893. I couldn’t help but brag about my find. I am pretty sure Bob even tried to put it in his pocket. The national treasury claims its worth to be a whole dollar. For me it is priceless--my first big find.

After returning to my desk I promptly called my father. Not really expecting him to answer, I at least had to try. More luck, he just happened to be in the house. I said “Dad, guess what I found today?!?!” There was a quizzical note to his “oh” when I answered "no" to it being an arrowhead. I knew his exact expression, a big smile spread between rosy cheeks when I announced my 100+ year-old find. He said “that’s pretty good kid, even better than an arrowhead.” Even so, I’m still looking for that ever-illusive arrowhead.

 

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What's In Your Box

Bob writes...

Please note: this box summary is written the week before you receive your box. Some guess work is involved: some things may be in your box that are not listed, and some listed things may not be in your box. As always, be sure to thoroughly wash all your vegetables.

The page numbers listed below refer to cooking tips and recipes in Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables as provided to all shareholders. Some recipes are listed at AngelicOrganics.com/RecipeService

FRUITING CROPS

Peppers-pp. 215-222

Eggplant-Asian and/or Italian-pp. 174-180

Cucumbers-pp. 95-101

Zucchini & Summer Squash-pp. 145-150

STEMS

Fennel-with their fronds. Click here for frond ideas. pp.181-184

ALLIUMS-pp. 121-128

Sweet Onions-yummers!

ROOTS

Carrots-with tops Scroll all the way to the bottom of this link for tips on using the greens.

Young Turnips or Radishes- We have linked to these photos to help distinguish them if you care; bagged with lettuce; pp. 129-135

BRASSICAS

Cauliflower-maybe; pp. 257-269.

Broccoli-pp. 248-252

COOKING GREENS-pp. 81-94

Collards or Kale- if kale, then redbor or toscano (dinosaur or lacinato)

HERBS-pp. 102-120

Thyme

SALAD GREENS-pp. 136-141

Lettuce-Red Salad Bowl (a red oakleaf), Cherokee (a red summercrisp) and/or Nevada (a green summercrisp)

Mizuna-young, a nice salad additive or can be cooked

Open House: Thanks to all who came to the open house. We had a pretty good turn-out. The potluck was very good (I was surprised that there were very few cucumber dishes). We had a nice meeting and my favorite part was the tour/hay ride right after the meeting. It’s fun to share the farm with those who are eating from its fields. We hope you can make it to the fall Open House on September 20 from 11 am - 4 pm. Free pumpkins for all!!

Rain: I am intentionally keeping this newsletter column short this week because I want to encourage folks to look at the PHOTOS from last week (less than 30% of shareholders viewed these last week). After the July 7 - 12 rains (5.25”), we had a nice dry week. On Weds, Thurs, and Fri, we transplanted 3 beds of cabbage, 12 beds of broccoli, 4 beds of beets, and 3 beds of lettuce. Further, we seeded 3 beds of greens and a bed of cilantro and dill. We also cultivated many of our previously wet fields. But on Friday night we received 1.1” more of rain, .5” more on Saturday night, and .15” more on Monday morning. While we were saved from irrigating these new transplants and seeding, the total we are now up to since July 7th is more than I’d like: 7 inches. This is well below the 13.65” last August. Further, fortunately, we’ve learned much about dealing with wet fields. Check these photos out and read last week’s newsletter for some of what we’ve learned. So far, it’s a happy ending.

Shareholder Zoe and her friend Jillian survey the Brussels sprouts crop on the hayride at the Open House last Sunday. Next Open House is September 20th.