Share Notes 6-29-17
CSA Share Notes:
Welcome to this week’s CSA share. Here’s your vegetable line-up:
- Zucchini—Large shares are receiving a share of our zucchini. We didn’t have enough for all the shares this week. This planting has recently been weeded and fertilized with our organic mix, so we’re hoping they pick up in production in another week.
- Onion—Everyone received a couple of our super sweet and mild yellow onions. These are so delicious we’ve been eating them raw alongside our holiday burgers and catfish. They’re fantastic, truly probably the sweetest we’ve grown.
- Beets—Large shares received about 5 and small shares about 3 lovely beets. This crop is winding down to the end so this might be the last week of beets for ya. Most of you are going to enjoy our fantastic golden beet, a lovely orange color. But a few of you may also get to eat the Red Ace, a deep red beet, or the Chioggia, which is the bull’s-eye beet.
- Carrots—almost all of our shares received a bunch of our beautiful mix of yellow, orange and white carrots.
- Green tomatoes—Each share received a handful of our fresh and bright green tomatoes. Make yourself a delicious fried green tomato appetizer this week!
- Sungold cherry tomatoes—They’re here! They’re here! The tomato you’ve all been waiting for. We’ve grown a wide array of different cherry tomatoes varieties over the years but all other cherry varieties paled in comparison to the Sungold in trial after trial. This super sweet and delicious cherry tomato is the only variety we bother to grow anymore. Enjoy this burst of summer!
- Sweet bell peppers—The very first harvest of this hearty crop! Sweet and crips, these beauties would make a wonderful stuffed pepper entree with ground beef and spices or a great snack with some hummus.
- Italian Frying Peppers—These long and slender peppers are nice and sweet, similar to bel peppers, but a nice treat to try something a bit different. Let us know how you like them!
- Cucumbers—We partner with other farmy friends from time to time, and this week we’re bringing you cucumbers from David Fisher of Fisher Family Farm. This hardworking friend of ours does use conventional fertilizers on his fields. A good rinsing to remove any residue will do the trick for these crip and juicy cucumbers.
Veggie Storage tips:
Onions, squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and green tomatoes will all prefer to stay at room temp. Tomatoes especially will begin to get mealy if stored any colder than 55 degrees. The squash and zucchini can be stored in the fridge if you won’t be getting to them for a few days. Peppers, cucumbers, and root crops should be in the fridge. For the root crops, make sure you cut the tops off to keep the roots from getting rubbery. Everything will need a gentle washing before cooking, but leave the dirt on until you’re ready to use them to prevent faster spoilage.
We’d love to hear stories and recipes of your culinary adventures this week. Send us a note or post a comment of how you’ve used your CSA share.
Jess & Justin