Lots of heat for many a days! The plants and people on the farm are hot, not used to this temperature-humidity combo, but holding steady, and in some cases thriving!  Some crops are loving the heat - tomatoes, eggplant, and summer squash have exploded!  Likewise, our crew keeps all the wheels in forward motion to bring you a great harvest this week!

Wild life has been more present on the farm this year than in the past. We have been set back by deer that have damaged lettuce plantings night after night. We have also had a couple daytime visits by a lone coyote.  Never a dull moment....

You may have noticed collards last week among the harvest, and we'll have some available again this coming week.  This is our first time ever growing collard greens, to expand the greens & try something new.  Collard greens are packed with nutrients, and known best perhaps as a side dish with Southern style BBQ, but they are far more versatile than given credit for.  If you're interested in trying them out, you'll find several recipes on this page at the New York Times, "Tired of kale? Let's Cook Collard Greens" 

Organic Maine Wild Blueberries

Order organic Maine wild blueberries this week! Quarts are $9 and will be delivered over the next 2 weeks. Order online here.   **Please note we are not able to take orders via phone or email as in years past.

the farm and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust

As many of you know, Crystal Spring Farm is owned by the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) and Maura and I have an innovative long-term lease with the trust that allows us to run the CSA as our independent business.  The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust saved this farm from the threat of development twenty years ago. In the last two decades, BTLT has continued to protect and preserve over 2,500 acres of open space and farmland in our community along with offering recreational and educational programs that allow all of us to get out and enjoy the beauty of this great place we live in.  The trust is a community-based non-profit, with a committed staff, board members, and volunteers who work hard to keep our towns beautiful and accessible. BTLT also runs the Saturday Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm. Please consider supporting their work by becoming a member of the Land Trust. To learn more about BTLT’s mission and support their programs please follow this link.

One of our CSA members, talented artist Maria Castellano-Usery is showing her appreciation for our CSA and support for the BTLT by offering a Brushstrokes with Impact Paint-a-thon! on Saturday August 18th.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with her vibrant art and generous community work, or learn more here.  She painted our beautiful and inspiring Little Free Library at the bottom of our driveway by the farmer's market parking lot.  For details about this event please see this link, and look for more information here next week.

 

What's in the Share

Lettuce

Spicy Mustard

Kale

Collards

Chard

Broccoli

Basil

Onions

Peppers

Scallions

Kohlrabi

Baby fennel

Carrots

What's in Upic

Beans

Basil

Dill

Perennial herbs

Cherry toms

Organic Maine Wild Blueberries

Order organic Maine wild blueberries this week! Quarts are $9 and will be delivered over the next 2 weeks. Order online here.   **Please note we are not able to take orders via phone or email as in years past.

Carrots are back and the people are happy. It takes anywhere between 90 and 120 days to get a carrot to grow from a seed to sugary root. We worry about them as they germinate slowly, are poor competitors with the many fast growing broad leaved weeds and grow below the soil (where we can't easily monitor them). once they are ready it means that we can relax a bit knowing we will have some orange to go with all the green in the share.

I can't tell you how many kids ran across the barn with glee this past week when they saw the return of the carrots. As farmers we are always  caught up looking intently at the trees and each pickup day all of you remind us of the beauty in the forest as a whole.

What's in the Share

Lettuce

Asian Greens

Spicy Mustard

Kale

Collards

Chard

Basil

Onions

Shallots

Scallions

Red Cabbage

Carrots

What's in Upic

Beans

Basil

Dill

Perennial herbs

Cherry toms