What’s in the Box:
Heirloom tomatoes, yellow carrots, pea shoots, eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, cucumber, sweet onion, celery, basil, and lacinato kale.
What’s going on at the farm:
Another busy and challenging week on the farm this week as we prepare for fall while managing summers bounty. We’ve got a new employee that joined the team this week and three people back from vacation on Monday so i’ve very relieved to say I think we can power through the rest of this month and hopefully right through August with planting and preparation for fall. Beds from spring are being cleaned up including the pea trellising and lots of weeds will be turned into the ground this week. We have some more new crops coming for you in this weeks offerings too including eggplant, yellow carrots, and heirloom tomatoes. All our garlic will be harvested this week and afterwards cured in the greenhouse until we trim it and make room for the onions to come in from the field. We got some good rain a few days this last week which was much needed after weeks of extreme heat with no rain. Here is your rundown of this weeks share contents.
Heirloom tomatoes are also beginning to peak and looking great. They are so good this time of year with cheese, or oil and vinegar, or possibly a great home-made sauce for pasta or pizza. My favorite is BLT’s and i’ve been
Summer squash and zucchini is still pouring in too so more of these coming to you this week. I had some amazing home-made zucchini fries with them this week. It’s a little work to bread them and fry them up but oh man are they good!
Eggplant is also coming in very fast now. We have such a huge harvest this week so expect a good portion coming to you. Eggplant parmesan or using them as gluten free noodles for lasagna is so good with these and zucchini slices layered with sauce and ground beef. Ratatouile is a great way to use your eggplant also with zucchini, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and squash all together for an amazing summer stew too!
Pea shoots are our micro green this week and you’ve had them before a few times this season but they can literally be used on anything or even eaten as a healthy snack!
European cucumbers are coming in a little slower now but we will have at least one for each of you, probably the larger type this week but you could get either the long euro type or the mini type. A summer CSA share is never complete without some crispy cakes to keep you cool out there!
Lacinato kale is our favorite kale here. It’s also known as dinosaur kale because of its reptile like look. The dark blue color is beautiful but the tenderness and flavor of this variety is also first rate.
Sweet onions are in the share again and ailsa craig sweet yellow onions are what you will receive this week. They are good raw or cooked.
Yellow carrots are new this week and it’s the first time i’ve ever grown them. This variety is called golden nugget. They are very sweet and crispy. and the bright yellow color is beautiful too.
Basil is our herb again this week. Its so perfect with tomatoes, eggplant, and cucumbers or anything else… maybe even homade basil and fruit popsicles or drinks.
Lastly celery is back one more time this week and it’s nearing the end of our crop. Our celery is so much darker and much more flavorful then store bought celery. I hope you all enjoy it as a snack or as an ingredient in soup or roasted up with your other veggies.
I hope you all enjoy the veggies this week, stay cool, and eat well!