2018: Week 13

Hello from the Farm -

With the peak of tomatoes arrive the mozzarella, the basil and… the Basil Downy Mildew. Every year, farmers in the region are hit by the notorious Basil Downy Mildew, or BDM. This disease spreads rampantly and travels with weather and wind patterns. We receive alerts from farmers north and west of us that notify us of their basil status. When the BDM has struck in Massachusetts, we know it only a couple weeks away from arriving on Eastern Long Island. The disease causes discoloration of the leaves that can often be initially mistaken for nutrient deficiency, followed by a dark gray growth on the underside of the leaves.

This year we tested a new variety of basil touted to be BDM resistant, and while it has allowed us to elongate our season, it’s not foolproof. Home gardeners are often lucky to escape the BDM, since it spreads upon large quantities of crops, so your isolated pot of basil on the patio may make it through the summer just fine.

For this reason, basil is optional this week, it is totally edible and mildly affected, but within the next week or so, the mildew will overtake our plants and we will rush to glean what we can and churn out as much pesto as possible!

    This Week’s Box:

    • Heirloom Tomato Boat
    • Beefsteak Tomatoes
    • Bunched Arugula
    • Shishito Peppers
    • Fairytale Eggplant
    • Green Peppers
    • Sungold Cherry
    • Zucchini
    • Garlic
    • Okra - optional
    • Eggplant - optional
    • Tomatillos - optional
    • Basil - optional
    • “Seconds” Tomatoes - optional

    Recipe Suggestions:

    • Use your arugula and grab some optional tomatillos in a Green Harissa used as a sauce, marinade, or spread. Substitute the jalapeno with the highlander pepper in the box (the small, lime one) for a milder version.
    • This recipe for an Arugula Gimlet makes for a refreshing summer cocktail.
    • If you don’t opt to eat all your tomatoes raw, this Tomato and Roasted Garlic Pie is a great way to use all your tomatoes. There are also extra “seconds” available to take on the optional table this week.
    • Grab some optional basil and use the zucchini in your box for a Summer Squash and Basil Pasta

    This Week’s Fruit:

    • Blackberries
    • Peaches

    This Week’s Cheese:

    • Mozzarella

    This Week’s Bread:

    • Carissa’s Sourdough

    In the Fields:

    • Sungold tomatoes
    • Husk Cherries
    • Shishito Peppers
    • Raspberries (If you can spot any. They will make a second appearance in the Fall if we are lucky)
    • Herbs
    • Flowers