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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Week 3: Summer Storms and Garlic Scapes

Week 3

After just two days of irrigating, we had a couple spectacular thunderstorms last Monday, which dropped over half an inch of rain and allowed us to put irrigation on hold for now. This timely rain was much needed, as most of our sandy loam soil was needing water. The recent warm weather and adequate moisture has most crops looking good so far and us scrambling to keep up with the weeds! Some new cultivation equipment and a handful of skilled equipment operators has allowed us to cover more ground this year and stay better on top of things than in the past. Even so, there’s still plenty of hand weeding and hoeing to keep us busy!  

A sure sign of summer is the removal of garlic scapes from the garlic crop. This week a group of student volunteers helped us harvest the scapes and clean up around the farm a bit. These sorts of events are great opportunities to get young people on the farm to learn about what it takes to grow vegetables, while also lending a hand to the crew. We are very appreciative of the help and are excited to feature garlic scapes in the share this week!

The share this week:

Garlic scapes
Head lettuce
Leaf lettuce
Mixed greens
Rainbow chard
Bok choi
Napa cabbage
PYO strawberries
PYO peas
PYO herbs

As a reminder, our hours for pickup have changed to Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-6:30PM. We are also open for pick your own on Saturdays, 8AM-Noon. Shareholders are free to pick up their share any day that best suits their schedule, and do not need to commit to the same day each week. Additionally, shareholders do not need to tell us which day they will be picking up.

Vegetable of the week!

GARLIC SCAPES are simply the flower bud of the garlic plant. We remove the scapes in June to encourage the garlic bulbs to size up. Scapes are delicious to eat and taste just like garlic.

Garlic scapes, two ways:

Brush garlic scapes with oil or melted butter and grill over indirect heat, flipping a few times until soft. Char over flame to finish if desired. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Ingredients: 1 cup chopped garlic scapes (use grilled or raw), 1 lemon, 2 cloves garlic,
1 cup loosely packed arugula, ⅓ cup pecorino cheese (or nutritional yeast for vegan), 3 tbsp roasted almonds, pinch of red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, 1 cup olive oil
Directions: Put garlic scapes, zest and juice of lemon, garlic, arugula, pecorino, almonds, and red pepper flakes in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Run food processor and slowly drizzle in olive oil until everything is in a smooth paste. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy on nearly anything!

In the Farm Store...

Now through July 3rd, take 20% off Dancing Goat olive oil - pure and raw pressed with love from a single source of olive groves managed by women in Greece. Save the Date: Next Friday, 6/29, stop by the store between 1:30 to 6 pm for a taste and speak to the local owner, Voula, about the community oriented business model & health benefits. Already a fan? Pre-order a gallon size jug by 6/28 via to take advantage of this limited time sale. 

Love cheese and want to try new varieties each month?  Sign up for our Summer Cheese Subscription - $100 for 6 biweekly pickups spread over 12 weeks of summer.  First pickup starts Friday, July 6 th.  Sign up in store now or e-mail
Ongoing while supplies last: 
Just in time for the grilling season, we are offering party packs of 12 - 6 oz. burgers for only $20.  Be the host with the most or the favorite guest by serving up Appleton Farms Jersey cow beef patties: pasture-raised, grass-fed cows supplemented with non-GMO grain and guaranteed antibiotic-free.  Plus take advantage of our 50% off sale on London Broil, NY Sirloin and Chuck steaks. 
Need to renew your membership or considering buying for a friend?  Join or renew in-store this month and receive free Appleton cheese plus Trustees swag and a 20% off coupon for a future purchase.  IN-STORE PROMOTION ONLY!

On the Farm...

Wagon Rides at Appleton FarmsIntroducing our wagon rides! These wagon rides offer a great way to see the farm. Rides are offered  on Saturday and Sunday through the summer. If you're a CSA member, enjoy the pick-your-own fields and then take a wagon ride! Availability is limited; tickets can be purchased at the farm store.

Friday Farm DinnersThese festive, fun evenings start on July 6th and resume on July 20th, continuing through the rest of the summer. Check our website for details and tickets.

Notch Biergarten at Appleton FarmsJuly 13 & 14. This event promises to be a fantastic addition to the summer lineup at Appleton. Check our website for details.