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CSA #18

Dear CSA-ers,

This week’s Preassembled Bag will contain Spring Mix, Red Mist Head Lettuce, Mixed Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Mixed Cucumbers, Beets, Cilantro and Chives. Orders may now be placed on the online market at:

CSA will be delivered as usual this week; however, the farm team will be taking July 4th off. Likewise, we will not be at the Murray, Paducah, or Grand Rivers’ Farmers’ Markets this coming Saturday (July 4). For those of you who visit us at markets, but have not placed an online order yet, this would be a good week to try out the service. We have worked really hard to build an online CSA with flexibility, value, and convenience. We do ask that you meet our $20 minimum order but invite you to compare what $24 of pizza delivery looks like versus $24 of Magney Legacy Ridge Farm Organic Vegetables. In our minds, it’s no contest!

This week was spent harvesting, training plants, and planning for Fall. Notably, we dug our garlic crop and stored it for the two week curing process it undergoes before coming to you. “Curing” is a method of drying just the right amount of moisture out of a vegetable so that it can be stored for longer periods of time at room temperature. If freshly harvested garlic is set on the kitchen counter without curing, it quickly goes bad. The bulbs are small this year but packed with flavor. Look for them on the CSA online market next week!

Our featured vegetable this week is the pepper! In the same family as tomatoes, peppers are an exclusively a summer season vegetable. It is still early in pepper production season so expect the peppers you receive this week to be green, crisp, and vegetal in flavor. Excluding a small planting of our pet favorite heirloom ‘Czech Black’ (a striking black-turning-red fang-like pepper with Jalapeno-like hotness) we grew only heatless sweet peppers this year. Those of you wary of heat can rest easy. All peppers eventually ripen to color and take on a different flavor. Expect colored peppers to appear later in the season, towards the end of July and August. Nevertheless, green sweet peppers still have excellent nutritional properties with high amounts of Vitamin C, fiber, and the electrolyte Potassium. We hope you enjoy them fresh on dipping trays, or in the myriad cooked dishes that feature them!

As always, we thank you for being a part of our CSA and extended farm team. By supporting our organic farm, you are supporting sustainable agriculture and the food security of Western Kentucky. We are ever grateful for this. Your patronage allows us to do what we love!

The Magney Legacy Ridge Farm Team