First Sweet Corn of Summer 
Crop Talk: August 11, 2014 
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Week 11 CSA Shares include:

Sweet corn



Green beans




Did you know that....


Sweet corn is the result of a naturally occurring recessive mutation in genes that control conversion of sugar to starch inside the endosperm of the corn kernel? 


There is an even number of rows of kernels on every ear of corn? 


In Latin America, sweet corn is traditionally eaten with beans because each plant is deficient in an essential amino acid that happens to be abundant in the other?


Mixing ash with corn, as Native Americans did, increases the bioavailability of vitamin B3?


Forty percent of the corn in the world comes from America's corn belt, and the average American eats 160 pounds of corn in one form or another every year?



Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad

1 1/2 cups dried bow-tie pasta

2 fresh ears of corn or 1 cup whole kernel frozen corn

1 cup shredded cooked chicken

1 large tomato, seeded and chopped (about 3/4 cup)

1/4 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons vinegar

2 -3 tablespoons basil pesto

1 tablespoon chicken broth or water

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Snipped fresh basil


     Cook pasta according to package directions, adding corn for the last 7 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cobs.

     In a large bowl combine pasta, corn, chicken, and tomato.

     Dressing: In a screw-top jar, combine olive oil, vinegar, pesto, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Shake well. Toss with pasta mixture.

     Chill, covered, for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and basil before serving.

Farming News 
From the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

White House and USDA Honor Beginning Farmer "Champions of Change" 


On Tuesday, July 29, the White House honored 15 Champions of Change working to build a strong foundation for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.  The champions were also recognized at the U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) on Monday, July 28.  The White House Champions of Change programs honor everyday Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities, this week recognizing those who are working to address the pressing need to cultivate the next generations of farmers and ranchers.


Waters of the US


There has been a lot of attention lately on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it engages with the farming community on the proposed rule to define "Waters of the U.S."  The so-called WOTUS rule would define which bodies of water fall under EPA's Clean Water Act jurisdiction.  In this post and the related Q&A, NSAC provides an update on where things stand with the proposed rule and the accompanying interpretive rule, and explores some of the confusions, myths, and facts surrounding both rules.

Vacation Requests Welcome!!
With vacation season in full swing, don't forget to take advantage of our CSA Vacation Request benefit so that you enjoy the full value of your share.  Just login .to your account via our website to add a vacation date and request the week you would like to receive a make up share.  Many members choose to take their make up shares when they are expecting company or in September and October when many items have a longer shelf-life, such as apples, potatoes and fall squashes.  If a double share is just too much produce, we also offer the option to donate your share to Loudoun Interfaith Relief, our local food pantry.  The farm donates 4 shares each week, and we are glad to take vacation shares to help those in need in our community
Farm News
In The Farm Market August 11 - August 17
Canteloupe  $3.99 each
Cucumbers $1 each
GCF Peaches  $1.99/lb
Watermelon $5.99 each
Sweet Corn $5.99/dz or $.69/ear
Tomatoes $1.99/lb
Summer Squash $1.29/lb
Plums $2.89/lb
Potatoes $.1.50/lb
Beets $2.99/lb
Green peppers $2.79/lb
Cayene peppers $2.79/lb

CSA U-pick Bonus
August 12-- August 17
1 pint of blackberries
6 peaches
In the Market
1 melon &
1 bag grapes
1 cabbage
CSA Bonus Ticker
Week 10: $9.80
Week 11: 15.80
Year to Date: $70.97
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