Share Notes 7-6-17
CSA Share Notes:
Welcome to another abundant CSA share! Here’s this week’s vegetable line-up:
- Cucumbers—Our first picking of cucumbers. More crops are getting ready every week this time of year, and we are thrilled that the cucumbers are now in season.
- Green Beans—Another first harvest for you. This mix of purple and green is especially nice. When cooked, the purple loses it’s vibrant color, so enjoy them raw if you want to them to keep their purple hue.
- Zucchini—The weeding and fertilizing two weeks ago really payed off! The squash and zucchini are both doing well.
- Yellow squash—Finally got these plants healthy. Enjoy these squash this week.
- Onion—Our crisp, sweet yellow onions for everyone.
- Beets—We thought last week was the end of the beets but we were wrong! We’ve got a generous bag of storage beets for you, loaded with iron and other nutrients. Roast wrapped in foil, then slide the skins off and dice into a fresh salad, a lovely pasta dish, or eat topped with an orange juice balsamic reduction. Mmmm!
- Blueberries—one more time we’re bringing you the deliciousness of Winona Orchards this week! This is the tail end of their blueberry harvest. Rinse and enjoy.
- Sungold cherry tomatoes—Did you enjoy these last week? These are the very best cherry tomato we’ve ever grown. We hope you like it!
- Sweet bell peppers—Have you eaten bell peppers on the grill? They’re fantastic with little bit of char on them. We enjoyed ours in a fresh thai coconut milk curry this week.
- Cayenne Peppers—Large shares only. These long skinny peppers have a wonderful flavor and nice amount of heat, though surprisingly not any more spicy than a jalapeño. Enjoy in any dish you need to spice up.
- Heirloom potatoes—Our friends at Fisher Farms grew these beautiful purple potatoes, a delectable heirloom variety. Enjoy them!
Veggie Storage tips:
Onions, cherry tomatoes, and potatoes, 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, cucumbers, and bell peppers like to be cool but not cold. They can be stored at room temp if you’ll be eating them soon, otherwise put them sealed up in the fridge if you won’t be getting to them for a few days. The beets, blueberries, and green beans should be in the fridge. 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