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Posted 7/11/2018 11:22am by Amy Philson.

I forgot to mention in this morning's reminder email that it is Chicken Share week.  For those with monthly Chicken Shares, I hope you grabbed yours!

What a beautiful week we are having.  Our veggies are growing by leaps and bounds right now.  The veggies could use a little rain, but those of us making hay are thankful for this dry spell.  

News from Grateful Life Farm

This week's weather has been a real challenge to our livestock systems, most of which are designed with keeping animals warm as the goal.
At this stage of development, this little girl is just starting to get her wing feathers and would be most comfortable at about 85 F.  This week we saw the temperatures inside the brooder enclosure reach 100 F, despite having all the heat lamps turned off and the plastic sides rolled up for ventilation.  We added electrolyte to their water and added a second waterer to eliminate competition for water. 
 
The seven week old chickens, out in the pasture pen, pant and hold their wings out from their bodies to try to cool off.  We added more coverings to the pen to provide more shade and a third watering at midday because their water consumption increased by around 50%. 
And the poor rabbits!  They are very resilient to cold, but hate heat.  I put ice cubes in their water bowls, checked the water often throughout the day to make sure it didn't get spilled or go empty, and ran a hose to mist them with cold water.    
 
Fortunately, the hot spell appears to be over and we made it through.  I also feel very grateful that we have avoided the flooding and storm damage that a lot of our area has seen.  We've had nothing but some intermittent heavy rains that the crops and flowers love!

News from Glacial Till Farm

Garlic is harvested and curing:

Cover crops enrich the soil.  We plant green crops in some sections that will then be tilled into the soil, leaving their nutrients to feed the soil.  Sometimes this is done 2-3 times during a season on a plot.

Tomatoes are growing.  We hope to have our first tomatoes ready in a week or two.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 pt. blueberries from Hostetler Farm
  • 4 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 bag spinach from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 herb from Springfield Acres, The Way Nature Intended and Bushel and a Peck Farm
  • 3 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, and Springfield Acres

Small Share

  • 1 pt. blueberries from Hostetler Farm
  • 3 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 herb from Springfield Acres, The Way Nature Intended and Bushel and a Peck Farm
  • 2 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, and Springfield Acres

Mini Share

  • 1 pt. blueberries from Hostetler Farm
  • 2 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, and Springfield Acres

This week we put the herbs directly into the boxes for Full Shares and Small Shares instead of having the choice.  Some locations have been doing this, and some have been offering the choice.  Let me know which way you like it better:  do you want to receive an herb that we choose and figure out how to use it or be able to choose which one you want?

This week's shares are again smaller than we had hoped.  I had planned pickling cucumbers for your shares, but they just weren't ready yet so we have to wait another week for those.  Rest assured that we will make up the difference.  We assign dollar value to each item in your shares (generally a little lower than the Webstore price), and I have a weekly "budget" for each size of share.  Over the course of the season, you receive the average of that budget, with some weeks more abundant and others less so.

Recipes

Spinach and Zucchini Vegetable Bake

Spinach White Bean Enchiladas with Pepper Jack Sauce (I would just add fresh spinach and let it bake with the enchiladas instead of precooking it)

Blueberry Chicken Chopped Salad

Blueberry, Feta and Honey-Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza

Blueberry Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

Lemon Grilled Zucchini (One of my favorite zucchini recipes; I have made it twice in the last week.  I increase the lemon juice in it and use whatever savory herb I feel like:  dill, parsley, oregano, thyme, etc.)

Lasagna Zucchini Boats (Another zucchini favorite!)

Have a great week!  I am off to farmer's market this afternoon so the rest of my family can finish our first cut of hay.

Amy


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