WEEK 15: August 24 – August 30, 2009 CSA Newsletter

This Week’s Share:  Summer Squash, Cucumber, Heirloom Tomatoes, Chard Greens, either Pepper’s or Eggplant, and “Farmer’s Choice”.

Week 15

Recipes, Information and Suggestions: 

By now everyone is well used to Summer Squash. I hope you are finding new, exciting things to do with it each week. I remember last year some members found that cutting it up and then after a quick blanching, just tossing in bags for the freezer was the best way to deal with it, so as to ensure loads of great sauces or muffins in the winter time. Here’s a great and informative link from ‘Pick Your Own’ explaining blanching and putting up squash….  http://www.pickyourown.org/freezing_summer_squash.htm 

Cucumbers  are still in the veggie share this year. We grow some interesting varieties that Farmer Kip quite enjoys for their subtle differences in appearance and flavor. I like them raw with salt, oil and vinegar and of course with fresh tomatoes!  Here’s a recipe for refreshing cucumber soup. If you’ve never tried Gazpacho, I encourage you to do it…..I finally did and found it surprisingly lovely!  http://foodandstyle.wordpress.com/2009/08/08/a-green-gazpacho-chilled-cucumber-soup-with-yogurt-and-fresh-mint/

I hope you’re enjoying the Tomatoes. I have been eating three or four a day with sea salt….I truly can’t get enough of them! Lately I have been loving them with basil all over the fresh scrambled eggs from our chickens. Add them to everything and enjoy them alone!

With Peppers  in the share now, you can always have some fresh salsa or pico de gallo around. With some tortilla chips or over fish or eggs, a quick and easy diced pepper, tomato, onion and cilantro mix makes a nice fresh addition to a meal. Or for the more adventurous chefs out there do try this delicious looking pepper popper recipe sent in by our delightful Garden Home member Jane…yum! http://www.hungrycravings.com/2009/06/happy-fathers-day-and-jalapeno-poppers.html  Jalapenos would be best for the recipe, but I suppose any pepper would work…..let us know.

Some of you will be getting Eggplant  this week. It is a fabulous vegetable which we love to roast or saute simply in olive oil, salt and balsamic vinegar. Every summer I also try at least once to make a nice baba ghannouj. This middle eastern dip makes a great sandwich on pita with pickles and tomatoes. You’ll find a good recipe here…  http://www.sudairy.com/mer/recipes/ghannouj.html

Enjoy the hearty greens this week. Your Chard  could be what is also known as perpetual spinach (a vigorous variety of chard), regular bright lights chard, or you might even get it mixed with some kale.

The “Farmer’s Choice” could be anything this week….. we hope you welcome the surprise!

FARM NEWS:  Well here we are at week 15 of our season, and hope you all are enjoying the food bounty and what it means to be part of a CSA. We have 8 weeks remaining for 2009. Berry season has pretty much ended with only small remnants for the gleaners and birds left on the bushes. Hopefully you all enjoyed the berries this season and will welcome them back next year.

 The farm is doing well and the vegetable crops continue to prosper in the warmth of summer….however this morning we awoke to a very chilly 42! Brrrrr is fall here already? We still await the beans, potatoes, more onions and fall squash…and hopefully melons to have as new additions to your share, as well as returns of some favorite cooler Spring crops.

Our plans for two Farm-Member gatherings this year have unfortunately changed. It seems we were overly optimistic to think that right before, or directly after the birth of our second child, we could be ready to host a work party. Instead we are looking ahead now and planning the Fall Farm-Member Harvest Work Party….to which we hope you can all attend.  We are going to shoot for a garlic planting combo harvest party in early October. The date will be chosen by next week so I’ll post it then with more details.

All things are wonderful with our new little girl and the rest of our family. I have enjoyed the new nesting period and am now starting to feel eager to get back to working.  I look forward to seeing you again at pick-ups soon.  Hope you have all been well. Take care and until then….;->

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