Friends of the Farm-
Happy Friday and welcome back to another week of Live Oak Farm CSA...
With the July 4th holiday in the rearview mirror, we celebrate Summer's peak with more great produce coming into form. Tomatoes and peppers are shortly behind, but this week we introduce summer squash / zucchini and more blueberries.
This week you are tasting a well represented mix of Southern Highbush varieties - Patriot, Emerald, Star and Toro. It seems that last week's warmer temperatures have now pushed all varieties into ripening. With 170 pounds harvested last week, we'll keep picking and look forward to bringing this seasonal treat to CSA, our farm stand (open daily at 1030 Lohrman Ln Petaluma), and the Thursday night Occidental Farmers Market in the weeks ahead.
(No joke, picking that many blueberries sure makes one hungry for some pancakes...)
For our recipe this week we put that big zucchini to work in the season's first Zucchini Bread. Great for breakfast, dessert, or an anytime snack, this edition stays moist and plays to tradition. We welcome you to get wild with additions of walnuts, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, or any other remix on this classic.
We also recommend turning your Winter Savory herb bouquet into a proper smash cocktail. Farmer Will has been loving this herb muddled with bourbon or whiskey, or as an integral aromatic component to grilled fish when accompanied with fresh citrus.
Lastly, we welcome you to enjoy our weekly music playlist.
My celebrated musical discovery this week has been a deeper dive into Dr. John's 2012 album release, Locked Down. Produced by Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys). The album has no skips and really picks up in its second half with favorite tracks such as Eleggua, Ice Age, You Lie, and Kingdom of Izzness. The title track, Locked Down gives you a taste on this week's playlist and a full listen is strongly encouraged. Complimented by Dan Auerbach's own Cherrybomb, a few Summery reggae / dub tunes, as well as Creedence Clearwater Revival (Poterville, 1968), and some Stanley Brothers bluegrass to take with you to the Russian River or the Sonoma Coast this weekend. Enjoy!
All our best from the farm,
Tom & William and Live Oak Farm team