Community Supported Agriculture
Solar Grows Savings at Farmer Dave's
Solar Grows Savings at Farmer Dave's from Revision Energy

Farm Notes: Green Power
In this week's newsletter you will find a link to a video produced by Revision Energy. Revision installed the solar system on the roof of our building over a year ago. The electricity produced by the sun provides power for the refrigeration and the pumps that help to heat and cool the building. Without removing the heat of the summer as soon after harvest as possible, our food would not last so long after harvest. Our geothermal heating and cooling system is so much more environmentally sound to operate than the alternative. By powering the system with solar power we are approaching a net zero carbon foot print. This is just our small part in making the world more sustainable and green. We are considering an in depth technical tour of our solar and geothermal system for this fall. If you are interested, please notify us by email.

The rainy days in the last week are definitely lowering our electricity production. But the lower temperatures are also lowering our refrigeration needs; so the match is good. In past summers we have had drought and were irrigating as fast as possible. This year things are a little more relaxed. The rains are very welcome. But, on the flip side, we need sunny days to ensure that the plants dry off quickly. Long periods of wet plant leaves could lead to diseased crops going into the fall.

To rainy nights followed by sunny days!
Farmer Dave
What's In My Share

This week features eggplant, peppers, and some interesting varieties of kale. This week includes everything you need to make our summer favorite, ratatouille! Check out some recipes below.

Don't forget to use the swap box! It's not just for trading for your favorite vegetables. If you won't use something in the share, have a busy week and won't be able to cook everything, or just feel overwhelmed leave your extras in the swap box and they'll be donated to one of our many hunger relief partners.

Vegetable Shares
  • Eggplant
  • Corn
  • Basil
  • Swiss Chard, Arugula, or Ethiopian Kale
  • Cubanelle or Green Bell Pepper
  • Kale, Redbor, Red Russian or Tuscan
  • Slicing Cucumber
  • Pickling Cucumber
  • Cherry tomato
  • Slicing tomato
  • Zucchini, Summer squash, Kousa or Patty pan
  • Scallions
  • Herbs
  • and more!
Fruit Share
  • Cantaloupe
  • Donut Peaches
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • And possibly more depending on harvest conditions.
This is what we are planning and hoping to harvest this week.  Ultimately Mother Nature has the last word so the actual contents of your share will vary.
VEGISODE: Pepper Prep Pep Talk!
VEGISODE: Pepper Prep Pep Talk!

In this VEGISODEā„¢, Stacey and Denise walk you through all the different kinds of peppers grown at Farmer Dave's.

-How to tell how hot a pepper is
-How to clean, slice, and store in the fridge or freezer
-Serving suggestions
-Stuffed Peppers
-Roasted Peppers and Onions
-Pasta with Roasted Veggies and Cheese 
Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa
Try These Recipes From Our Blog
Check out all our Vegisodes and subscribe to be notified when timely new videos are added.
These videos are designed to help you make the most of your CSA share with tips on storing, preparing and preserving your veggies.  

New Farmer Dave's Jam Flavors!

Introducing new flavors of Farmer Dave's Jams.

Try Strawberry Blueberry, Apricot, Strawberry Raspberry, and Strawberry Jam.

Groundwork Share-a-Share
Thanks to generous donations by you (our CSA Members) to the Groundwork Share-a-Share fund, we were able to subsidize the cost of shares in 2017 for over 30 individuals and families, as well as shares for local food pantries.  
Please consider helping us in our efforts to make the CSA accessible to more families by donating to Groundwork Share-a-Share.