Weekly news from the farm!


Greetings Everyone,

We hope you had a wonderful Independence Day celebration!  This article popped up in our news feed this week, “Tiny Weed-Killing Robots Could Make Pesticides Obsolete“. While we think the article title should specify herbicides rather than pesticides, it is exciting to think of this type of technology becoming widely adopted.  For the farmers here at MHO, it looks like fun technology that we would love to program.  Maybe some day we can even have robots that are waiting in the packing shed, and as an order comes in, the robots would be programmed to go harvest and pack the veggies from the order.  That way we could leave the store open 24×7 and the farmers could spend their time programming robots rather than harvesting/washing vegetables!  

We’re increasing the limit of both Slicing and Paste tomatoes as our yield increases!  You’ll be able to order up to 3 bags of either variety.

Here is a link to the online store to place your order.

Your Farmers (and cleaning staff),
Carl and Julie

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What is new or abundant this week!

The cucumbers will have some scarring but they’re tasty! We’re experiencing a good bit of bug pressure on the cucumber and summer squash crop which means they are sharing the bounty with us.  We’ve decided not to spray this crop because there are no organic sprays that are “selective” that will only kill the cucumber beetles and squash bugs and we don’t want to hurt our pollinators.

We’re in love with Shishito Peppers!  These are the first to ripen and are incredibly delicious sautéed in a cast iron skillet. Japanese Shishito pepper for cooking or salads. This sweet pepper is popular in Japan where its thin walls make it particularly suitable for tempura. We frequently enjoy these accompanying many of our meals throughout the season, because they are delicious pan fried, and are an extremely quick and easy side side. Another option is to stuff them with goat cheese either this way or or this way.

You’ll find mixed colors of our french filet beans!   A mix of yellow, purple and green haricot beans that range from four to seven inches long and are harvested when the pods are very small.  They are especially tender and have a well-developed bean flavor with a French flair. Haricot is the French term for one of the long, slender green beans. The purple beans will turn green when cooked. A popular recipe for CSA Shareholders are these beans cooked with ginger and garlic. This rustic Italian salad is one we are excited for when beans, tomatoes and potatoes are available. This simple yet delicious salad is one we frequently have for a main meal. This simple recipe for vegan Szechuan Green Beans is our “go to” recipe for every day meals. This popular recipe for these beans is easy and delicious.

This Weeks Farmer’s Choice!

Above is Kale Tostadas which is a great way to pack a lot of kale into your meal!  It can easily be made vegan by substituting vegan cheese/nutritional yeast for regular cheese. We topped our tostadas with salsa made from paste tomatoes. You may easily substitute swiss chard for the kale.

This week’s Farmer’s Choice Share includes: (share contents are subject to change based on our actual harvest.)

We’re offer both a Farmer’s Choice Veggie (FCV) and Farmers’ Choice Veggie & Meat (FCVM) Share.  Items common in both shares are listed first, followed by items specific to the veggie share the finally the veggie/meat share. The Farmer’s Choice Veggie & Meat share normally has smaller portions of vegetables. )

The following are included only in the veggie share:

The following are included only in the meat share

What’s happening on the farm!

The first succession of your sweet corn is tasseling!  What do you think the odds are that humans get to eat this corn?  Over the years, we can’t count the number of times that the raccoons and opossums splurge on this crop once the ears are full and sweet.

We transplanted your second succession of sweet corn on July 4th!  We’re trying to increase the odds of humans being able to enjoy sweet corn.

Little baby butternut squash underneath the winter squash canopy.

Above is an adult dobsonfly.  The larvae are aquatic and it is thought that having dobsonflies is an indication of clean water!

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