Farmer John Writes: Angelic Organics Transitions to Fall
Harvest Week 11, August 17th – August 20th
Going Away for Labor Day?
If you have Labor Day vacation plans and you need to re-schedule a delivery, now is the time to schedule your vacation hold by logging into your membership at www.angelicorganicsfarm.csasignup.com/login. If you don’t schedule your vacation hold at least two weeks in advance of your vacation, our office won’t be able to accommodate your vacation hold request.
Your Box This Week–Saturday, August 20th
Please note: this summary is written before we pack your box—be aware that some guesswork is involved. At times, a bit of improvisation is required for selecting the contents of your share. As always, be sure to thoroughly wash all of your vegetables.
- Red Norland Potatoes
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- Bell Peppers
- Jalapeños (in bag)
- Eggplant (maybe)
- Sweet Corn (maybe)
Sign up for the Free Recipe Service
Make sure you sign up for the Local Thyme recipe service we offer with your share. It received many great reviews from our shareholders last season. Local Thyme has storage and handling tips, a vegetable identification guide, and recipes featuring 5 ingredients that are available in your box each week. Find the instructions for signing up for Local Thyme at www.angelicorganics.com/local-thyme
In case you’re undecided, here’s a sample recipe: Garlic Aioli
Heading towards fall—this week you are receiving Red Norland potatoes, sage, and garlic (and more, of course). Summer reminders will persist for a few more weeks–peppers are steady; eggplant is slow but sure; both regular and heirloom tomatoes are very plentiful.
(This was in last week’s Farm News, but it’s important enough to include again.)
We harvest tomatoes ranging from light pink to bright red. The light pink tomatoes will turn red in a very few days, especially if you keep them in a closed paper bag. We try to select a range of ripeness in your tomatoes, so that you will have perfectly ripe tomatoes throughout the week. Many people think that tomatoes that are not fully red have been harvested prematurely, but that’s not really the case. As soon as the tomato gets a pink blush, it is on the path towards ripening, whether it’s on the vine or not.
These gems come in many colors and shapes. If it’s green on the outside, it may be a rich juicy red on the inside.
From a Shareholder
We’ve had a CSA [share] at Angelic Organic for 7 or 8 years and we just want to say how much we appreciate everything you do, everything we get from you, and our connection to “our” farm. Our produce is always amazing and it’s a treat to pick it up every week. Thank you.
Broccoli and winter squash…then beets, cabbage, carrots, radishes, and turnips. The fall crops look splendid.
The Past Makes Way for the Future
Last week, melons, cucumbers and zucchini ended. This week, the sweet corn ends, and only some shareholders will receive it. The fields in which these crops were growing are eager for another round of crops in another year.
As of last week, we’re half way through the main season. We are still transplanting and seeding for this year: lettuce, Chinese cabbage, choi, pea shoots, spinach, kohlrabi, arugula, baby bok choy, baby kale, radishes, turnips. At the same time, we are preparing our empty fields soon for 2017.
Angelic Organics Gift-a-Box Program
(Last week we debuted our Gift-a-Box Program in Week 10 Farm News. I am including it again in this issue, for those of you who receive your shares only on the odd weeks.)
In Illinois, one in 7 people struggles with hunger.
A Recent Request to Angelic Organics: “Hello, …I am a low-income senior and rely on food pantries for my food…I live in the DuPage County area and the special Senior Nutritional Program during the summer isn’t offered to low-income seniors in the county…do you ever offer free subscriptions to low-income seniors…please advise…many thanks…”
With Your Help, From Angelic Organics to a Local Food Bank
Angelic Organics is now offering a program where you can gift one or more of our CSA boxes to those in need. We will provide both the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Niles Township Food Pantry, an agency of Chicago Food Depository, with CSA boxes. As a contributor, you choose to which location your gift will be delivered. As always, newsletters will be included with the boxes. Recipients will be encouraged to access the Local Thyme recipe service, since there will likely be some vegetables and herbs in the boxes that they are not familiar with.
Lots of Crops
I planted more crops than we have been able to sell through our CSA program—the first time this has ever happened. In other words, we are undersold. As I shared in the Week 4 issue of Farm News, we project our sales almost a year in advance, because we prepare our fields for the upcoming year in the previous summer. We order our seed and start up our greenhouse long before the last surge of shares is sold for that year. CSA sales have plummeted at farms throughout the country, including Angelic Organics. As I noted in Week 9 of Farm News, you can read about this decline in The New York Times, When Community Supported Agriculture is Not What it Seems.
In case you are wondering, the boxes for the hungry will not reduce the amount that goes into shareholders’ boxes. Your box will still be packed to the brim. The food bank boxes will come from the surplus crops that we have in our fields–the crops that were planted for prospective shareholders that didn’t become shareholders. These boxes will contain the same vegetables that you receive. You might think that the farm should just harvest this surplus and give it away, but the farm cannot afford to do this.
To Learn More and to Gift a Box
The farm has extra crops. Illinois has hungry people. Perhaps you will help us to bridge that gap. Learn more and gift a box at www.angelicorganics.com/gift-a-box