Week #17 – 2018 CSA Season

What’s in the Box:

spaghetti squash, purple glazer garlic, yellow storage onion, red storage onion, green pepper, sweet peppers, red radish, green beans, jalapeño, pea shoots, sunflower shoots, and tomatoes.

What’s going on at the farm: 

Finally we are drying out a bit and able to get some field work done.   We removed a few rows of tomatoes late last week, and today we removed some more mulch beds after picking the very last melons off the vines.    I got the pine tree stump removed today too and i’ve been able to resume work on preparing the greenhouse site.  which is almost ready to install the foundation on.  I’ve gone down a few workers the last few weeks and although its supposed to get easier late in the year for me it never does and this year is no different with this huge project developing and many other time consuming things like bean picking, weeding salad greens, winter squash harvest, and clean up going on.  I am also preparing to have you all out as guests for the annual farm potluck dinner this coming Sunday, September 16th.   We will start at 3pm and go until sunset followed by a bonfire.  I will plan on dinner being around 5-6pm.  Please bring a dish to pass and your own beverages.  I will supply plates, silverware, brats, and a variety of roasted peppers.

I’ve got a lot of good crops coming for you folks this week and the fall veggies are coming on strong for our last three weeks after this one.  Our offerings this week include;

Pea Shoots and sunflower shoots.   I hope you are all familiar with these by now.  This new addition of sunflower shoots for us this year has been a smash hit and I could go on and on about the many compliments we have gotten on the sweet flavor of the pea shoots and great shelf life we have been experiencing with these but my favorite so far was taco salad with these. Yum!

Red Radish.  These fresh bunches of roots will be great with your fresh pea shoots and sunflower shoots, or roasted up.

Red and yellow storage onions.  The base of many recipes everywhere I think you all know by now that onions are a common theme in our boxes too.    All the onions you will receive now are the long term storage types and will hold up to 6 months without refrigeration which will actually make them sprout.

Green beans.   It might be late summer but the beans are coming in strong with this mid summer planting we got in hitting just in time for the last quarter of this season.  We just had them for dinner on the grill in a foil packet with garlic and avocado oil and they were so good!

purple stripe garlic.   Purple stripe is back this week and a little spicier then the porcelain we’ve been distributing the last few weeks.  Keep without refrigerating and if you have a garden maybe plant a few large cloves for yourself around halloween this year.

Jalapeño is our hot pepper this week and a pretty familiar one.   I made poppers for dinner today and am planning on doing more for the farm party by splitting them and stuffing them with cream cheese after removing the seeds.  Please do remember to wear gloves for that job.  I then roasted them on a sheet of foil on the grill for about 20-30 minutes.

Sweet peppers.    Enjoy these sweet fruits while they are here as they only ripen when the temps stay up!  Ignore the gossip about the male and female peppers being better for certain things if you’ve heard that somewhere, it’s a real myth.

Green pepper.  These are getting bit smaller but still tasty and crisp, we like them on our mini pizzas at home.

Spaghetti squash is our first winter squash this week and everyone is getting a couple of these.  They store great at room temperature on the counter for quite some time if you don’t want to use them right away.

Tomatoes, we are trying to bring them back again this week but not very much to go around so please enjoy these while we still have them.

Thanks everyone, as always it is a pleasure and a privilege to be your farmer and I hope you all enjoy the veggies!

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