Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Thursday August 12, 2010

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
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Thoughts on my own crops and Indian Line Farm....

Well...for whatever reason Farm Girl Farm's newsletter is not readily available to share and because today is the day dedicated to farming I thought I'd speak of my garden's bounty and introduce you to Indian Line Farm - the first CSA in the country.  Elizabeth Keen runs quite an efficient and beautiful farm. Every time I pick up my share I am just in AWE!!

Out of my patch of dirt this week I harvested potatoes, onions and will be picking some broccoli for dinner tonight.  This time of year is so fulfilling and healthy. I have become a veritable vegetarian.  Tonight I plan on concocting stuffed zucchini with quinoa, fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, leeks and basil. Served up with a side salad of delicate Indian Line Farm greens and we are in veggie HEAVEN!!

And now:   News From Indian Line Farm 
c/o Elizabeth Keen
What a great summer we have been having!  Warm sunny weather making it great for afternoon/early evening swims.  No need for the rain gear like last year when they never dried out between rain storms.  But wow has it been hot!  We always start out the mornings with rain pants just to keep the dew off our pants, but this year we can't get them off soon enough before it feels like we are sitting in a sauna.  And the sweat by midday is dripping down our backs with such vigor that we have decided Indian Line Farm should open a gym.  We can supply all the ingredients to good health:  cardiovascular workout; strengthening by regularly carrying 40 # bins and buckets; and stretching, bending and reaching for flexibility.  Honestly, today the heat got me down.  We need a big rain.  Everything is really dry.  I can't really irrigate everything that really needs it.  I noticed the leaves on the corn on route 23 curling to maintain moisture.  The HousatonicRiver is low enough that is some places we had to get out and push our canoe on Sunday. 

Heat makes me think of zucchini.  We have a lot right now as we are still harvesting from our 1st planing which is still going strong and our second planting is gorgeous and putting out green beauties.  On Friday alone, we harvested 308# of squash and zucchini.  In response I had an all zucchini dinner:  savory zucchini pancakes topped with sour cream and fresh tomatoes and for dessert a double chocolate zucchini cake.  Marvelous!  I was going to make a raw zucchini salad, but decided against it.  I have included several zucchini recipes for you too, to enjoy this week.  And watch out if you park too long in the lot, you might find an extra zucchini in your front seat!