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April Joy Farmmpany CSA is SNAP Approved! I am absolutely thrilled that I have officially completed all the necessary paperwork to accept Food Stamps for my CSA program. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps) has approved my application. If you know of anyone who would like to join as a shareholder and pay using food stamps, please have them contact me. As far as I know, April Joy Farm is the first CSA in our county to offer this service.
Sweet Corn: Yeay! The first of the season is one of two varieties: Sweet Treat and/or Luscious. This corn is tender and fresh, so don’t overcook it. Boil a pot of water, put the corn in, turn off the stove, put a lid on the pot and carry it to the table to eat!
Along with the sweet corn you may find a corn earworm. This green caterpillar-like guy may have taken up residence in your corn, aka his “corn tassle condo.” Corn attracts a number of bugs and critters; with its sweet taste, it’s not hard to see why. In many commercial operations, the sweet corn is typically sprayed with pesticides not once, but multiple times throughout the growing season to kill earworms. I much prefer bugs to pesticides, thus an earworm many be hiding in your corn tassels. Please don’t be alarmed. Simply cut off the end of the cob with the earworm and put it all in a bag for safe travel back to the farm. My chickens happen to go giddy for corn earworms, and they will adore you for saving them!
The Sun Still Shines: Working outside each and every day give you a real appreciation (and respect) for the changing weather. So while the sun’s rays are not nearly as intense as mid-July, I’m delighted to find the end of August bathing us in sunshine and warm days. The bountiful harvest continues, with a full and delectable share headed to your kitchen!
Eggplant Info: Half-share CSA’ers may want to read last week’s newsletter for lots of good tips on how to store and eat eggplant.
Here’s to wholesome food, grown and eaten with love.