Friends of the Farm-
We thank you all for joining us in what marks our last week of our summer quarter of Live Oak Farm CSA. We continue without interruption next Friday for another 13 weeks of produce boxes. Note, we farm year-round so there is always an option to join us as your family's produce needs change throughout the calendar year.
Have any feedback? We welcome that too so that we can continue to grow our farm and serve you better by way of CSA and our Petaluma farm stand. Above all, we thank you for supporting our farm and weekly CSA.
This week our organic orchards continue to come around with yet another succession of seasonal fruit. Last week we shared White Nectarines, and this week we're excited to share Black Kat Pluots. We're finding in our first year of working with this crop that tree ripening of this fruit only goes so far. We found that these pluots will benefit from a day or two of ripening on a window sill or by putting them in a brown paper bag to expedite that final push of ripening at home. This especially the case if you like a super juicy pluot for eating on its own. For baking, (check out this week's featured cake recipe) you can use the pluots right out of the box.
We also welcome the year's first taste of tomato season (here in Petaluma, CA)! We are seeing the first rounds of mixed heirloom, sauce, and cherry tomatoes from our trellised vines. Yes, we realize that this week is a tease with just one tomato but this was our first week of having enough to cover all of our CSA program, so we did want to extend this harvest to you. The crop will only grow from here and we can look forward to a nice mix of organic tomatoes throughout August, September, and October. A complimentary accompaniment to the basil, shiso, and cucumbers also in this week's box.
Lastly, we welcome you to enjoy our weekly music playlist.
This week's mix begins in the spirit of summer vacation. Whether you're reading this newsletter on one right now, have some late-summer trips planned, or care to dream with us from right here at home, we can all take a trip through the music of Pete Rock & CL Smooth's All the Places, Sparks' Cool Places and beyond. Speaking of places, Rhode Island is the place these past two weeks when talking music. Host to last week's Newport Folk Festival and now this weekend's Newport Jazz festival. Joni Mitchell returned to the Folk Festival last week and sang an incredible rendition of Both Sides Now. Link here to watch. The song has been in my head all week and this week's mix features a Judy Collins version from 1967. Enjoy all this and more!
All our best from the farm,
Tom & William and Live Oak Farm team