Hi there!
 
It's the last week of June and it's time for Week 5-- to any new Forkers just joining the program, welcome! If you'd like to see the newsletters from Weeks 1-4, click here .

This week's bag has all the fixings for a sheet pan dinner and big, delicious salads: snow peas, cucumbers, zucchini (or other summer squash; one to two depending on the size), cabbage and some blueberries--the first of the season! All the shares besides the Mini will also get either a pint of our fermented pickle chips or a quart of our raw sauerkraut (store both in fridge), as well as a candy onion.

The Omnivore shares will get a pack of smoked kielbasa links, and the Vegetarians and Vegans will get a big head of Bok Choy and a pound of broccoli florets. For the Larges, you're looking at some beets and carrots as well as a rack of spareribs ( to learn about our ribs as well as a tutorial on removing the membrane, click here ), and the Large Vegetarians you'll have cheese (your choice-- anything we have on hand except the smoked gouda) and a dozen eggs.
Artful veggie dinner prep from @april_v_fosterlove this week on Instagram!
THE BUSY SEASON ON THE FARM FROM TREVOR....

This time of the year can be overwhelming on the farm. There seems to be an endless amount of weeds to pull, produce to harvest each day, seeds to start in the greenhouse and plants to transplant outside.  

We are just now finishing harvesting some of our first crops - lettuce, kale, broccoli, and beets. We will then rush to get the next crops in for a second harvest. Next up, we'll be planting spaghetti squash, lettuce, chard, beets and carrots and beans.

The bush beans that we'll be planting are a fancier green bean variety called 'Cosmos', which is a nice, slender bean. Beans sprout quickly from direct seeding in the soil, and the bean plant itself helps add nitrogen back to the soil. As an organic grower, nitrogen is the most difficult element for us to get to the plants. We can't use urea or ammoniacal nitrogen fertilizers, which are both are conventional synthetic fertilizers that have readily available nitrogen for rapid vegetative growth on plants. Instead, we have to have these nitrogen-fixing legumes as well as compost additions for slow-releasing nitrogen to come back to our soil. 

Today we'll be working up the soil. That means tilling in any cover crops, such as the rye grass that we plant between rows to suppress weeds, and spreading additional dry minerals, such as gypsum, for calcium. By the end of the week we'll form raised beds and neatly drape them in a thin layer of plastic mulch to control moisture and weeds.  
Curly green kale in the early morning sunshine.
Some reminders from our office
IF YOU'RE MISSING AN ITEM, PLEASE CONTACT US

Our fantastic packing team does their best to make sure every bag is filled with exactly the right set of items. But occasionally, they'll miss something that is supposed to come in your share.

If you get all the way home and cannot get back to your stop to grab your missing item, please write to us ( info@freshforkmarket.com ) or call us in the office ( 800-861-8582 ). We're here Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm, and we'll be happy to make up for the missing item.

However, it's also a great idea to go through your bag before you leave the stop. Make sure to check it against the bag contents sheet that's up on the Greeter table, which has the most updated version of the bag contents for that week.
WE WILL HAVE STOPS ON THE 4TH OF JULY

Next Wednesday is the 4th of July, and we will still have all of our regularly scheduled Wednesday stops. If you're going to be out of town, please add your vacation week.

If you'd like to go to another stop instead, you can just go to any other stop later in the week:

  • Lakewood: your next closest stop is in Rocky River on Saturday
  • Brecksville: your next closest stops are in Hudson (Friday) or Strongsville (Thursday)
  • Solon: your next closest stop is in Beachwood on Thursday
  • Akron: your next closest stop is in Copley on Saturday
  • Chagrin Falls: your next closest stop is in Beachwood on Thursday
  • North Olmsted: your next closest stop is in Westlake on Thursday
A BIG OLE HEAD OF CABBAGE

Coleslaw is not the only thing you can make with cabbage-- slice it into thick rounds and pop it on the grill!

Click here to read Chef Bob Sferra's simple grilled cabbage recipe . All you need besides the cabbage is some oil, spices, honey and vinegar.

Need more inspiration for that whole head? Click here to see our recipe packet from our Cabbage Mania cooking class a few years back, or check out our Pinterest Board, " Cabbage All Day Long ."
Featured Products
FLUFFY DUCK BRIOCHE BUNS
We ordered some extra Fluffy Duck Brioche Hamburger buns for your 4th of July celebrations!

Each pack contains four seeded brioche buns. Ingredients: organic bread flour, all purpose flour, honey, milk, eggs, and yeast.

$4 for pack of 4.
POPE'S KITCHEN PRODUCTS
We have a bunch of delicious locally-made Pope's Kitchen products on hand.

Pick up a few bottles via Special Order or at your stops to add some flavor to your holiday parties and summer cookouts:

  • Local Hotness Hot Sauce $5
  • Bloody Mary & Mellow Mary Mix $9
  • Original Recipe BBQ Sauce $6
  • Strawberry Balsamic Sauce $7
The greenhouse down at Wholesome Valley Farm is where most of our #babyplants get their start. We plant and germinate any seeds here that are not directly sowed into the ground, and they are carefully supervised for their first few weeks of life before they get transplanted outside. What's growing? Cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, collards, lettuce & a whole lot of tomatillos. 

This time of year the temperature in the greenhouse can actually be too hot and leads to poorer germination for things like cooler varieties of lettuce, so those heater units you see above are not turned on. 

The yellow cards you can see hanging are sticky traps for bugs. This was super helpful when we noticed cucumber beetles eating our baby cukes: they collect bugs fast in there!
Bag Contents
THE MINI
Cabbage
Cucumbers - 2
Blueberries - 1 pt
Zucchini/Squash - 1 to 2
Snow Peas - 1 qt

SMALL OMNIVORE
Cabbage
Cucumbers - 2
Blueberries - 1 pt
Zucchini/Squash - 1 to 2
Snow Peas - 1 qt
Candy Onion
Pickles or Kraut
Kielbasa
LARGE OMNIVORE
Cabbage
Cucumbers - 2
Blueberries - 1 pt
Zucchini/Squash - 1 to 2
Snow Peas - 1 qt
Candy Onion
Pickles or Kraut
Kielbasa
Spareribs
Beets - 1 bunch
Carrots - 1 bunch
SMALL VEGETARIAN
Cabbage
Cucumbers - 2
Blueberries - 1 pt
Zucchini/Squash - 1 to 2
Snow Peas - 1 qt
Candy Onion
Pickles or Kraut
Bok Choy
Broccoli Florets - 1# 
LARGE VEGETARIAN
Cabbage
Cucumbers - 2
Blueberries - 1 pt
Zucchini/Squash - 1 to 2
Snow Peas - 1 qt
Candy Onion
Pickles or Kraut
Bok Choy
Broccoli Florets - 1# 
Beets - 1 bunch
Carrots - 1 bunch
Eggs - 1 dozen
Cheese Choice
VEGAN
Cabbage
Cucumbers - 2
Blueberries - 1 pt
Zucchini/Squash - 1 to 2
Snow Peas - 1 qt
Candy Onion
Pickles or Kraut
Bok Choy
Broccoli Florets - 1# 

Recipes featuring this week's share ingredients
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