Simple Cucumber Pickles

I love half-sour pickles, and with all the cucumbers we've been receiving, there is nothing I want more with a sandwich. But store-bought pickles can get pricey. Luckily, I learned how to make them myself a few years ago, so now as long as I'm not too lazy, I can make them at home. You may want to tweak a few ingredients to your liking, the number of garlic cloves or the dill sprigs. The sourness depends on how long you're willing or able to leave the pickles on their own.

1 quart plastic deli container with lid

16 oz spring water, room temperature

Hellgate share 8/26/14

Your vegetable share for tomorrow will be:
mini tomatoes
summer squash

There will be an herb share, which will be sorrel and sage.
There will be fruit (look on Facebook later today for what's coming), and
fish for those people on that rotation of the fish share. No Lewis Waite and
no tortillas.

Order your Tomatoes Now!

How to Order Tomatoes

From Farmer Bill our wonderful organic famer at Green Thumb Farm on Long Island

Each 22lb box cost $45 - these are Red Italian Plum Tomatoes.
You may order as late as noon the day before delivery.
Deliveries made starting Tuesday Aug 19th through Tuesday Sept 23.

To order:
Call the farm stand 9am to 5 pm
631-726 1900   with your credit card info.


Aug 12 Share

1 box of mini tomatoes
summer squash
string beans
Swiss chard
green peppers

Herb share is chives and thyme


Zucchini Butter, a new way to use up that pile of summer squash

Are you drowning in summer squash and zucchini? My newest zucchini recipe discovery: Jennie Cook's zucchini butter, cooks two pounds of zucchini down to 2 cups of yummy spreadable goodness. Delicious by itself on bread, or as part of a sandwich. I love it with tomatoes from last week's share and ricotta salata.


Super Easy and Delicious Zucchini Butter (or Marmalade)

Makes about 2 cups. Recipe from Jennie Cook, originally posted on

Notes from Green Thumb Farm August 1, 2014

August has arrived and our summer crops are in full swing. We started picking our own organic tomatoes last week so expect those over the next couple months! We will bring tomatoes in every week alternating between mini cocktail style tomatoes and large varieties. We grow over 50 varieties of tomatoes—the small minis of red, gold, yellow, white and black round cherries; red and yellow grape; red and yellow pear—we will bring a variety of each in as they become available.

Farmer Bill's newsletter (belated) from July 12

Notes from Green Thumb Farm 

July is here and our summer crops are doing well. Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants--many varieties of each will be here soon! We're still picking lots of lettuces and greens--mustard, Swiss chards, radicchios, beets, onions, carrots, some broccolis. We're still picking peas but only for another week or so. Beans and squashes have started, and some herbs are picking well too. Plenty to enjoy now and plenty to look forward to.    More...