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Aug 17 2005

Posted by under Recipes

Zucchini Soup

Zucchini Soup
(serves 4)
1 1/2 lbs diced Zucchini (4 cups)
1/2 cup diced Onions
1/2 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Oregano
2 sprigs Chervil (1/4 tsp dried)
1 cup Chicken Stock
Cook the ingredients until tender, strain and reserve liquid. Purée Vegetables in a blender.
1 Tbs Butter
1 Tbs Flour
1 1/2 cups Milk
1/2 cup Zucchini Stock
Melt Butter until bubbly & add Flour; cook & stir until blended. Add Milk slowly & stir until thickened. Gradually add reserved stock; cook & stir until smooth and slightly thickened. Add Purée & blend well.
Remove from heat and add: 1 cup Heavy Cream (or Half & Half) Season with Salt & White Pepper & Garnish

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Aug 15 2005

Posted by under CSA Updates

8/17/05 CSA pickup

Hello CSA and friends of Shalom Orchard and Winery,

Blueberries continues at a frenzied pace and we are now starting to rake for frozen bulk orders. Please place your order for frozen berries for the winter. We freeze them in 5# bags at $3,00/#.

The gardens are beautifully abundant: summer squash, beans, cukes, onions, chard, basil and tomatoes are starting. I am hoping to start making our blueberry syrup – whole berries with a bit of honey – available to you next week. I make a really good pesto – if any of you want me to make some for you and freeze it, let me know.

Don’t be shy about recipes for the cookbook!!! People don’t realize how much other people may enjoy a new recipe for zukes or wonderful berry desserts! Send or bring them to me and I’ll disburse them to the CSA and collect them for the future cookbook venture.

We’re looking forward to Nick arriving tomorrow!

Happy eating and many thanks,

Charlotte and Jim

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Aug 08 2005

Posted by under CSA Updates

8/10 Pickup

Hello CSA and friends of Shalom Orchard and Winery,

The full intensity of blueberry season is upon us and we are all repeating the mantra “it’s only one month out of the year!!”. We are very lucky to have a great crew – Jacob being the top raker of all time, with Molly, our apprentice, running a very close second. Jacob has promised us that he will come home every August for the rest of his natural life! Ric is the best at the winnower – somehow being able to pour so evenly that we almost never have to stop the line. Khimba, in addition to holding up the winnowing line, keeps us all organized. We are tired but glad to have these wonderful, healthy berries and to be a part of this Maine tradition.

This week is a “between” week: the spring veggies are done and the summer veggies are just getting started. We have summer squash, onions, blueberries, basil – for sure. We hope to have young carrots, green beans, swiss chard and parsley. I am leaving the rest of the potatoes for fall digging. This would be a good week to stock up on chicken and lamb. Of course, if there is ever a week that nature doesn’t provide us with enough variety to fill your share, we will make it up when she does.

On August 16, Nick Neaton will join us on the farm. Nick found us through a friend of Molly’s and will stay through the fall and possibly longer. He just finished the University of Minnesota and grew up on a large grain and sheep farm. He wants to stay in the east for a while and work on a different kind of farm. He has been a camp counselor this summer and we are very fortunate have him join us. Molly will be leaving us on 8/21 to return to her senior year at Bates. She will be coming back on the weekends throughout the fall to help with apple harvest. She has been a wonderful help this summer with her knowledge of plants and flowers. She will certainly be missed!

I have received some more recipes – thank you, Kay! Please send us your favorites. The cookbook idea is being well received.

Hope you’re all enjoying the summer!

Thank you,

Charlotte and Jim

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