Share Notes 8-9-18
CSA Share Notes:
This week is likely the final week of the summer CSA season. We expect to have a great crop to start off the Fall CSA, which is now open for you to get registered! Follow this link here to sign up.
In the fall season you can expect some summer-like crops early on, with loads of root crops, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and winter squash to follow soon after. It’s our most diverse season!
Ok, now on to this week’s vegetable line-up:
- Eggplant—Small shares received a few eggplant, possibly our Japanese varieties, or maybe an Italian, and one lucky share received the cute Fairytale eggplant.
- Cucumbers—A few nice, crisp slicing cukes for everyone along with a seedless cucumber.
- Onion—A handful of large yellow onions.
- Sungold cherry tomatoes—Large shares this week. That’s pretty much the end of ’em! We’ll keep getting just a few pints a week which we will continue to bring to Rose City Farmers Market each Saturday.
- Slicing tomatoes—Small shares. We harvested everything, slightly cracked and damaged….everything. And we sent it all to you. We really wanted you to get as many tomatoes as we could possibly give you. Any under ripe ones, just set them on the counter, shoulders down, and they’ll be ready in a few days. Any cracked tomatoes should be eaten first. Remember, don’t store your tomatoes in the fridge, they hate cold temps.
- San Marzano—Large Shares. These are an heirloom Roma and are totally fantastic roasted in the oven or sliced onto a homemade pizza. Also fantastic pureed into a tomato sauce, or simply chopped up into a salsa. You can’t go wrong with the San Marzano.
- Melon—Spanish Melons for all the Large shares this week. This varitety is called Piel De Sapo and it’s wonderful!
- Basil—a lovely bunch of fragrant Genovese Basil. Cut the stems and place in a glass of water on the counter.
- Okra—A wonderful mix of our 4 heirloom varieties.
- Bell Peppers—A whole bunch of teeny tiny colorful peppers for you.
- Italian Peppers—These sweet, crisp peppers have been getting smaller and smaller as summer moves along. Which may make it difficult to tell them apart from your cayenne hot peppers, which are also long and slender and a light lime green. We tried to place your hot peppers on one side of the box, and sweet peppers on the other side so you could more easily tell. Use caution!
- Hot Peppers—a few cayenne and a few jalapeno.
Veggie Storage tips:
Onions, tomatoes, and basil will all prefer to stay at room temp. Tomatoes especially will begin to get mealy if stored any colder than 55 degrees. The cucumbers, melon, okra, peppers and eggplant will store longest sealed up 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.
And that’s a wrap!
Jess & Justin