Provider Farm

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June 13, 2012

This Week's Share

Last week was just a taste of the summer squash onslaught.  It should start rolling in now. We grow several varieties: Magda, the small light green squash with a summer squash flavor, zephyr, the yellow summer squash with light green tip, safari, a green zucchini with white stripes and good ol' dependable zucchini elite, the standard green zucchini.  Try them on the grill.  Slice them length wise into 1/4 inch slices, coat them with olive oil and a little salt and pepper and grill them up until tender.  Drizzle some of that cilantro lime dressing on top and enjoy!

New this week, is cilantro, a wonderful herb to spice up your share.

Now to prepare ourselves for summer, please share your favorite zucchini and summer squash recipes with us.  You can submit them on our website and we'll publish them for all to share.

Recipe of the Week: 

Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1/4 lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Wash cilantro well, then put all ingredients in blender until smooth.

The Fathers of the Farm

Dear Friends,

The squash blossoms have yielded to full fledged summer squash, our crops are growing before our very eyes (I swear they grow two inches every time we turn around)  and the weeds seem to be doing the same (I know they grow two inches every time we turn around). It must be the middle of June! When we were kids the last day of school was always the start of summer, now I have been told that Memorial day is the start of summer. Here on the farm our summer really doesn't begin until the summer squash is ready. Start your barbecues and bring on the white pants because the summer squash is definitely ready. Those of you who have ever grown zucchini in your home garden know well that what is a nicely size, palatable squash on Tuesday would be better served being carved into a canoe by Wednesday. Squash needs to be picked every other day and pick it we do, three times a week, every week, until September? October?  maybe January  the way the winter was last  year.

Since it is middle June it also means that father's day is upon us. We are very lucky to be rich in human capital here on Provider Farm and wanted to take a moment and thank the fathers in our lives. Max's father is an extraordinary artist, cartoonist and graphic designer. He was kind enough to help us conceptualize and design our logo. Before he got involved I think we had a cow and some vegetables, and rainbow, maybe a unicorn….he helped us clean it up a bit, to say the least.  He does our graphics for us and any serious layout work we need and we greatly appreciate his hard work and input on our aesthetic.

Our fearless, fabulous web designer happens to be Kerry's brother Aaron (Not our father but a father none the less). Aaron has graciously donated tons and tons of his time and expertise designing and building our website for us. He is a true master of the craft and we are thrilled with the finished product. We was incredibly patient teaching us how to update the site and add content. I still don't really understand how the internet works but I am sure glad that it does. In this day and age a business without a website is like a cow without grass. We are amazed and grateful that he found the time, considering that he is a professional web designer, and from what we hear our nephew also keeps him pretty busy.

Finally we wanted to send a big thank you to our self described farm gopher, Kerry's father Larry. Larry lives about an hour from the farm in Coventry, RI and is a regular sight on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Larry has donated countless hours to our cause. Doing everything from setting up irrigation and deer fencing to getting t-shirts made and buying pizza for the farm crew. Larry keeps a lot of things on the farm working and does a lot of the jobs that absolutely need to get done that we absolutely do not have time to do. We owe a lot to Larry and it is pretty safe to say that your CSA baskets would not be nearly as bountiful if not for all of his hard work!

Well folks, the crops are rolling in and the weeds are calling, I should probably turn off the computer, put my boots back on and get back to it. We hope that you are all enjoying the harvest so far, this really is still just the beginning. And remember that even though they look a little odd, the kohlrabis are your friend!

On behalf of your farm crew

  Kara, Tana, and Larry

    Your Farmers,

    Max and Kerry

Extra hands on the farm this week

A big thank you to our volunteers Hannah Tripp and Louis and Simon Paulsen for helping with weeding this week.  Many hands make fast work.

Also, a special thank you to friend of the farm Marycia Malloy this week.  Marycia arranged for a food pantry to accept our leftover veggies at the end of Friday distribution.  The veggies will be turned into meals and also distributed to those who need them.  She said the food pantry was very pleased because they don't receive fresh vegetable donations.  We are so pleased she has helped us to serve the community in this way.  She's also a great weeder!  Thanks Marycia!


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