Circle S Farm delivery Monday, July 21 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 23

The diligent farmer plants trees,
of which he himself will
never see the fruit.
-Cicero

photoI think this quote has truth that goes beyond farming.

Curtis and I moved to this farm over 12 years ago, and we inherited all the previous farmer’s hard work.  There were over a dozen mature fruit trees and blueberry bushes.  They planted those apple trees probably 30 years before we ever arrived, and we are now reaping the fruit from those trees.  Whoever comes after us will also have apples and blueberries, but also grapes.  And it goes on.

The truth is, most things in life are this way.  Sometimes it takes years to see the benefit (or treachery) of our actions.  I hope that as a culture and a nation, we are planting trees….

Farm News:  Skunk in the feed room.  Makes me nervous to go in there!~!

What’s in the bucket?  Tomatoes, tomatoes tomatoes.  Cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, roma tomatoes!!!  Onions, sweet corn, field peas, white potatoes, peppers, basil and berries.  (Hoorah – no cabbage or kale!!)

Tomatoes freeze great.  If you are overwhelmed – freeze them.  You can even freeze them whole, and the peels will magically come off when they thaw!!

Classic Tomato Sauce

2 # tomatoes, peeled and chopped

5 T unsalted butter

1 medium onion, minced

1 carrot chopped

1 stalk celery chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1/4 cup dry red wine

3/4 t salt

1/2 t dried thyme

black pepper

2 T thinly sliced basil

Cook tomatoes partially covered for 45 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally and and breaking up with the back of a spoon.  Transfer tomatoes and juices to a bowl.

Melt butter over medium heat.  Add onions, cook until soft.  Add celery and carrot, cook for 3 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook a minute more.

Add wine and bring to a simmer.  Cook 2 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes, salt, thyme, and pepper to taste.  Cook at a very light simmer, stirring occasionally, until it becomes a thick sauce, about 45 minuets.  Remove from heat and stir in basil.

-from The Real Dirt cookbook

Thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm!!

 

 

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