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Happy Independence Day! Here's what we picked for you on this beautiful Monday, you couldn't ask for better weather on the 4th of July!

Red Ace Beets
Sugar Ann Snap Peas
Green Garlic
Bok Choy
Green Cabbage
Head Lettuce
Purple Basil
Ginger Pickled Carrots
Arugula
Purple Basil

The beets are back! Personally, I am over the moon about this development but if you or those that you are sharing your veggies with don't prefer beets here's a fun way to sneak them into a tasty dessert: 

Ross Burden's Beetroot Chocolate Cake

This recipe is from my first CSA experience in the foothills of southwest Virginia. Ross was from Canada so everything is in metric. I did my best to convert it. Enjoy!

  • 85 grams dark chocolate chips (1 cup)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 300 grams granulated sugar (1.5 cups)
  • 240 ml vegetable oil (1 cup)
  • 300 grams cooked pureed beets (3/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 30 g cocoa powder (1/4 cup)
  • 200 grams flour (1.5 cups)
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 250 grams dark chocolate chips (1 cup)
  • 250 ml heavy cream (1 cup)

Melt the chocolate for the cake batter over a double boiler. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, and oil. Slowly add the beet puree, then the melted chocolate, and vanilla into the egg mixture. Sift cocoa, flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the beet batter slowly. Fold until combined. Pour batter into two, 9" cake pans or a bunt pan, grease and flour pans. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 min or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Ganache: 

Heat cream in a sauce pan. pour chocolate over and whisk until smooth. Sometimes it helps to melt the chocolate in a double boiler first and then add the cream.

Top your cake with the ganache and dig into this beety treat!

If you're in the mood for something more savory I've been topping arugula salads with roasted beets, basil, pumpkin seeds and some goat cheese. Yuummm.

Here are some things to look forward to over the next few weeks:

Cucumbers!

 
The cucumbers are taking over our newest hoop house and Town and Country 11th's produce section. 

Tomatoes!

 
Red Slicers, Ripe and Ready to Harvest. 

Flowers!

 
If you've got a Flower CSA it's coming at you tomorrow. Pick up is at the farm or bogert park from 3:30-8:00. 

Flower CSA details are below: 

This Tuesday July 5th will be your first flower share of the season!

Pick up times will be:
Tuesdays
On Farm: 3:00-6:00 pm
Bogert: 3:30-8:00 pm

OR

Wednesdays
On Farm: 8:00 am- 6:00 pm

This weeks flower share includes: Snapdragons, Wheat, Cosmos, Celosia, Sweet Annie, Delphinium, Bachelor Buttons, and Sunflower or two. 

Again happy Independence Day hope you get a chance to see a rodeo and/or some fireworks tonight!