Week of September 3, 2017

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John Sherman picking up his CSA share Tuesday evening in Delmar

Produce for This First Week of September 2017

Red Leaf Lettuce,   Summercrisp Lettuce,  Cherry Tomato Mix,  Roma Tomatoes,   Beets,  Italian Dandelion Greens,  Summer Squash,  Basil

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Panorama of Eight Mile Creek Farm

Meet John Sherman

John and Peggy Sherman have been part of our CSA for nearly ten years, picking up their share in Delmar.  For John, a now retired attorney, being a member of the CSA is about connection and community.  He says, “It may start out as the community or CSA members ‘supporting agriculture’ and the farmer as a way of obtaining fresh local produce, but that agriculture and the farm quickly start sustaining the community.  People feel better cooking and eating ‘real food’  raised by a real farmer,” John explains,” instead of being ‘strip mined from other countries.’  People are brought together,” he says,” sharing recipes, watching the weather, sharing in the bounty.  Members are more connected to the earth by the experience and as the relationship builds between the farm and among its CSA members, we create our own little extended family.”

Pesto

Basil or Italian Dandelion Greens

Garlic

Sea salt

Parmesan cheese

walnuts or pine nuts

olive oil

Remove leaves from basil sprigs or rough chop dandelion greens.  Prepare several cloves of garlic. Working in batches,  place handful of basil or dandelion in blender or food processor.  Add garlic cloves, 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pine nuts, 1/2-1 inch slice of Parmesan, salt to taste, and enough olive oil to blend above ingredients.  Process, adding more olive oil to get a spreadable consistency.  Place batches in small containers.  Pesto is delicious mixed with pasta or spread on toast!

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Any variety of tomatoes can be used for slow roasting.  Here I used the heirlooms.  They will take a bit longer to dry than the Romas.

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Cut Roma tomatoes in half lengthwise.  Lay in roasting pan cut side up.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and minced garlic.  Slow roast at lowest setting in your oven overnight.  These are delicious over pizza or with pasta.  Or use as a topping for bruschetta.

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Labor Day ends with a beautiful full moon illuminating the grazing cows

Next Week……..String Beans

One Comment on “Week of September 3, 2017

  1. Thanks, John,
    Now that I know you better thru our weekly pick-ups of products–perfectly real, incomparable to super (?) markets, I’m happy to say you’re part of my “extended family” now as well.

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