FDC FRESH IDEAS
By Julie Pottier-Brown, Operations Manager
Ah, August! Usually the hottest month, though this one has arrived with cool temps & lots of moisture. Curse me if you like, but I hope we get a heat wave before it is over. I like my summers hot & my winters cold!
New in the shares this week are beautiful bunched leeks, hot peppers and organic cantaloupe from Riverland Farm. This week brings more IPM corn for all from Warner Farm, home of Mike's Maze opening on August 30th - check out photos of past mazes here.
A cooking green from Enterprise Farm, blueberries from Sobieski's River Valley Farm - an unexpected extension, I thought they would be done - and peaches from both Brooksby Farm and Czajkowski Farm. Tomatillos come from Chamutka Farm. David thinks he will have the whole 400 pounds we need, but since these will continue to be harvested until September, if we need to play catch up, we can. This happens occasionally when we can't get enough of an item to cover every share or every location at once. We always make it up somehow. We had to do this with organic strawberries early on. One location at a time got an organic pint for large shares.
This week's cheese share is from Neighborly Farm in Randolph Center, VT. Both a raw milk cheddar, and a flavored cheddar. If you placed a special order for these cheeses, it will arrive NEXT WEEK. Too confusing to have a cheese share & a special order on the same day.
Herb share members will receive an herbal infused vinegar.
Now that peaches are in, folks are starting to ask about bulk sales of peaches. Yes, we are happy to offer those. There are several options - three farms, firsts, seconds, different sizes & different prices. Because the crop has just started, bulk will likely be offered starting next week. An order form will be sent out to all members via email as soon as details are nailed down.
A word about ordering extras - a few dozen of you have filled out the bulk interest form. I send an email alerting members when is a good time to order whatever item is wanted, corn, tomatillos, basil, pickling cukes, etc. Last Thursday I posted a two dozen ears corn sale on Facebook - one 5 dozen bag was too large for one member, so I offered two dozen out to our community. Before I knew it, I had to order 2 more bags - requests were for 13 dozen! Only two of those people were on the bulk interest list. If you ever want to order something extra, please don't hesitate to email me. Some things I can get in small amounts, some things have to be in standard off-the-farm sizes, and what the sizes are can change each week. I need to hear from you by Sunday morning to order anything extra for Tuesday pick up. Eggs: we sold 165 egg shares, so on each depot day I order 6-9 extra to have 2-3 dozen at each location. I can't guarantee the farm has more than that available to us, but if you know in advance you would really like to have a dozen, it is OK to email me - understanding there is no guarantee they will arrive. Five pounds of carrots for juicing? Sure! A dozen corn for a weekend party? I can quite possibly make that happen. Tomatillos, peppers, onions & hot peppers for a salsa verde? This is the week, so you may ask for Thursday if you like (by Tuesday midday please). Extra cantaloupe? Again this is the week.
Maitland Mountain farm in Salem will deliver the pre-ordered spicy & mild pickles. They are being made right now (Monday).
If you ordered pickled fiddleheads or tomato puree, those will also be delivered this week.
If you send an agent to pick up your share, remind them to bring a box or bag, to check in with the coordinator (if they have never picked up before) and to grab your special orders. We have no storage facilities except our home refrigerators. Some of us also have teenagers, which puts your special order at the risk of our teens voracious appetites ;-)
We are not able to offer the flower share this year due to timing & other complications, but we hope to be able to work with aster b. flower farm in the future. If we identify another farm who can work with us, we will move ahead.
Oh - one more thing - part of the job description for our coordinators is to use some of our leftover produce and have a food demo at the depot at least once per season. In Marblehead, we have seen pickled beets, and roasted fennel, in Salem there were bread & butter pickles with fresh onions. If you cannot volunteer any other way, how about offering to do one of these food demo's? It would involve picking up some leftovers on a Tuesday or a Thursday, making something, printing up & copying the recipe, then bringing what you made the following depot day (Tuesday pick up for Thursday demo & Thursday pick up for Tuesday demo). You should be in contact with your coordinator & be flexible. Some days there is barely anything leftover, some weeks we have trouble fitting it in our vehicles. If this interests you, chat with your coordinator and she can help guide you.
If you read this far - thanks for staying informed, for supporting local, and for choosing the Farm Direct Coop.