Friends of the Farm-
We continue to share the fruits of our orchard again this week with a new addition....Winesap Apples.
This week is back to school for many families and Apples as a signature of this week's produce box only seemed fitting. This week marks Winsap's first appearance on the heels of Gravenstiens leading the way in CSA boxes prior. Pink Pearls, Honeycrisp, and more varieties also represented in our organic orchards will follow.
If you're wanting to learn more about heirloom varieties of apples and their history and stewardship here in the United States I absolutely recommend picking up a copy of the book Uncultivated: Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living. Link here to read more. Written from the perspective of a Hudson Valley cider maker it's a great look into the story apples play in our county's history and what remains of them today with respect to farming / foraging and cider-making.
Perhaps this is a start to a Live Oak Farmer book club?!?!
This week's recipe is our own twist on a summer classic, the Caprese Salad. Utilizing the ingredients in this weeks box, you'll be surprised how quickly you'll become a fan of fresh Shiso and it's harmony with fresh summer tomatoes. Note, Shiso is also a really fun ingredient to get creative on cocktails! We engineered a fun twist on the Caprese that features this pairing with Shiso and plays on some other Japanese-inspired ingredients to bring it all together.
Lastly, we welcome you to enjoy our weekly music playlist.
Variety strikes again! Country, instrumental, R&B, Funk, Reggae, and more grace the playlist this week. There's truly something for all ears this week. If there was any thread of theme to bring all this music together, I might argue it's the organ. There are a few tracks this week that come from a highly recommended compilation entitled, Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection of Music from the Arab World. These tracks, along with Johnny Hammond Smith's, Shifting Gears and two tracks from Orgone sit at the pinnacle of organ-laden funk this week. Kitchen dancing is encouraged! Enjoy!!
All our best from the farm,
Tom & William and Live Oak Farm team