CSA Newsletter, September 3, 2011

Share Contents This Week


  • summer squash (zucchini, yellow crookneck, patty pan)
  • cucumbers
  • radishes
  • cherry tomatoes (1 lb)
  • heirloom tomato mix
  • bok choi
  • scallions
  • basil
  • new potatoes (3 lbs)
  • kale (young, good for salads)
  • eggs or sprouts

Recipe of the Week: Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad Recipe


  • Heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh basil, leaves carefully chopped as not to bruise
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper


Assemble the salad with slices of tomatoes, basil leaves, and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle extra virgin olive oil over the salad. Add a dash of vinegar and a very light sprinkling of salt and pepper. For a completely different flavor, you can substitute the mozzarella with thin slices of Parmesan.
News of the Farm

Hurricane Irene was relatively kind to us, for which we are grateful. All routes to and from Grafton were temporarily washed away, so we have had a bit of an adventure this week trying to get ourselves to work and appointments. Our hearts go out to our farmer friends at Denison Farm, who lost 1/3 of the entire farm to flooding, including the soil right down to the rocks. You can see the news report here http://www.denisonfarm.com/news/wnyt-13-~-flood-waters-devastate-farms.

We have a flock of 25 chickens being raised for meat on pasture and they are on week 9 of their allotted 13 weeks of life. Our projected slaughter date is October 11 (Indigenous People’s Resistance Day). We’ll probably keep half of the birds for our family and sell the other half, so let us know if you are interested in a bird or two. We slaughter “in the spirit of Kosher” (NOT ACTUALLY KOSHER), using a sharp knife, draining blood, and keeping the animal comfortable. We’ll sell whole, dressed birds according to weight, at the going per pound rate for pastured chicken meat, which we still have to do the market research on. 

The pictures attached show us having fun in nature during the hurricane and then sorting winter squash on the rug in the living room.

Deliveries for the rest of September are on SUNDAYS! Don’t forget to leave your bags for us. Thanks!