CSA Newsletter #7 – August 10, 2012

Soul Fire Farm CSA Newsletter
Week #7 – August 10, 2012

Contents of Share this Week

  • heirloom tomato mix – 2-3
  • cucumbers – 6
  • chard – 1 bunch
  • kale – 1 bunch
  • carrots – 1 bunch
  • lettuce – 2 heads or bag of mesculun
  • scallions- 1 bunch
  • basil – 1 bunch
  • green pepper – 1
  • hot peppers (Hungarian Wax and Jalapeno) – 5
  • summer squash or zuchinni
  • broccoli or cauliflower
  • garlic – 2 heads
  • eggs or sprouts (mung bean, french lentil, spicy mustard mix, sunflower seeds)


  • Your CSA is delivered every Friday with one exception. CSA delivery will take place MONDAY AUGUST 20th instead of Friday August 17. Same times – 2:15 WHMS, 2:30 TVHS, 3-4:00 Albany, 4:00+ Troy. So the upcoming delivery dates are 8/20, and 8/24. The farmers are going family camping for the week including 8/17. (What?!? Vacation? Yes, vacation.)
  • Please return your boxes, egg cartons, and clean, clear plastic bags. Thank you so much!
  • Remember that you are always welcome to visit socially and/or to volunteer. Give a call to schedule a time.
  • All of our newsletters are archived on our website http://www.soulfirefarm.com/?cat=3
  • We are processing our next batch of 50 meat birds on Sunday, August 26th, 8 AM to 1 PM. You are invited to come and help. We also have some more birds for sale. Order here.

Recipe of the Week

Simple Vinegar Pickles

1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups white sugar (optional)
6 cups sliced cucumbers
1 cup sliced onions
1 cup sliced green bell peppers
4 whole cloves garlic
hot pepper (optional)

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil. Boil until the sugar has dissolved, about 10 minutes.
  2. Place the cucumbers, onions, garlic, hot peppers and green bell peppers in a large bowl. Pour the vinegar mixture over the vegetables. Transfer to sterile containers such as glass canning jar, tightly cover with lid, and store in the refrigerator.
  3. Ready after 24 hours, but they will get better with time.  Taste them periodically to see how you like them.

Food Justice News

Highlight on young farmers.  We have a blast with the wonderful groups of youth that visit our farm.  Last week we were visited by Collard City Growers so thought we would share more about them.  CCG is a grassroots demonstration garden and composting project located in North Central Troy. CCG turned a vacant lot located in a brownfields-designated area into an urban garden, drawing upon resources from the community and the Upstate New York region to grow produce and the next generation of growers.

Farm News and Notes

The farm is so abundant!  Wow!  You will find tomatoes this week for the first time, which is a sign of wonderful things to come.  We are pleased to be able to share them with you this first week in August and their quality is top notch in our opinion.  We are always striving to improve what we do, and the quality of the food we share with you.

On Monday, Jonah, Sindhu, Colin and Dane worked off-farm on a straw-bale house in Greenwich.  Jonah has been working closely with the homeowner to teach him how to do specific parts of the project himself.  This is a great way support people interested in building their homes.

Speaking of abundance, this past weekend our family was in Boston for Jonah’s brother, David’s, wedding.  Long coming, and long in planning, it was a weekend full of intention, spirit, family, and some of the greatest manifestations of love we have ever witnessed.  We are all still reeling from being intimately involved in such a sacred event.

With sad faces we bid Colin and Caroline farewell, though we have a feeling we will be connected as fellow activists, artists, and lovers of life, food and fermentation.  It is such a blessing to gained new friends through our internship program.  Caroline returns to Brooklyn to pickup her myriad community projects, including www.solidaritynyc.org.  Colin is venturing throughout the Northeast on bike, visiting other innovative food and building projects.  Our last night together was a full out dress up party with an equally wonderful feast to match, home made ice cream, and our tearful appreciation and reflection circle.  We will miss them!

Have a great week!
Jonah, Leah, Neshima and Emet