Week 11 ~ August 2 – August 8 CSA Newsletter

This Weeks Share: Kale, Broccoli/Cauliflower, Onions, Garlic, Cucumber, Summer Squash, Full-pint Blueberries and Farmer’s Choice.

  • Kale: Summer sweet ‘big green’ or purplish kale for members this week. What is a CSA share without tasty greens? We don’t know because we always have them! Or at least we try to anyway. Lettuce days are numbered and not for everyone this week so please enjoy the tasty, summer kale.
  • Broccoli or Cauliflower: I’ve said it before, but it has been a good season for our broccoli and cauliflower~ This week the heads keep a rollin’. Hope you are enjoying the cruciferous explosion into your shares this year. We sure are! They are more fun to harvest the bigger they get! Here is Martha Meza’s recipe for ‘Cauliflower Ceveche’. Ceveche is simply citrus marinated seafood. In addition to adding flavor, the citric acid of lemons or limes causes the proteins in the seafood to become denatured, which pickles or “cooks” the fish without heat. Traditional style ceviche was marinated for about 3 hours. Martha made her version for a party we recently attended. Yum!! It is healthy as heck, beyond delicious and sooo incredibly refreshing and cool in the summer heat.

Cauliflower Ceveche’

INGREDIENTS: 1 lb small shrimp ~ lemon juice (5-8  freshly juiced lemons) ~ 1 large head cauliflower ~ 3 medium tomatoes ~ 1 small onion ~ 1 Serrano pepper ~ about 1/4 of a bunch cilantro ~ sea salt ~ Guerrero Tostadas (she says these taste and hold up the best ).

METHOD: Rinse shrimp. Tear and shred them as you put  in a bowl. Cover the shrimp with the juice of lemons until all the shrimp is submerged and soaking in lemon juice. Set aside for 3 or 4 hours. Boil or steam the head of cauliflower. When it cools break it apart (dice) into small pieces in a bowl. Finely dice and add tomato, onion, cilantro and the Serrano pepper. Mix in the shrimp with lemon juice and add sea salt to taste. Adjust salt or lemon juice according to taste. Serve cold on tostadas. Delicious! Thank-you Martha!

  • Onions: Nice sweet Walla-walla onions arrive in the share for you again this week. We hope everyone is enjoying onions and garlic, the staples that every kitchen needs to have plenty of on-hand.
  • Garlic: Another head of  freshly harvested garlic for you this week. The garlic is new to the world above ground and technically still in the curing process. The flavor now is considered slightly milder than what it may be completley dried. Keep your bulbs in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Humidity hastens decomposition. Terra cotta or ceramic garlic jars store garlic very well.
  • Cucumber: I am enjoying the cucumbers so much, are you guys? My girls LOVE to find them on the plants and pick them, promptly shoving them in their mouths. They are a delight in the garden or field and even better after they have been chilled. We have not grown a single variety that gets bitter with age this year. That is comforting as well….enjoy the refreshing vegetable no matter the size. Here is a nice and refreshing cucumber salad recipe that uses fresh herbs. http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cucumber_salad/ Very simple and light. Also this version of Tabbouleh salad sounds divine. It uses cucmbers too….mmm…I’m making some of this Friday http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Tabbouleh-III/Detail.aspx along with some hummus!
  • Summer Squash: More fabulous summer squash for the shares. As I said, they will be coming to you for a while. Do try something different each week if you’re adventurous. We love them all. Last week members at NE pick-up had the pleasure to try some of Jules and Steve’s “fresh-from-the-oven-fabulous-zucchini-bread”. That was sooo good, thanks again lovelies! Here is Steve’s recipe so that everyone can try it out. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sophies-Zucchini-Bread/Detail.aspx We made a couple loaves over the weekend and it’s about gone….delicious!
  • Farmer’s Choice: There will be a mystery item this week to round out everyone’s share. Some possibilities may be kholrabi, cabbage or even some lettuce or possibly some herbs, more cutting celery or more fennel. Thanks for your share-holder expertise in understanding and support!
  • Full-Pint Blueberries: Everyone gets a full pint of our plump and yummy blueberries this week. They are big and bursting with flavor. I probably don’t need to give you suggestions on what to do with them….they might not even make it home! Enjoy.

BERRY SHARE:  Now is Week 8 for our berry-share holders. That leaves 2 more to go. This week we have our delicious blueberries for you so you will be taking 3 containers (pints) home with you from your pick-up.

FARM NEWS:  As you may notice this week the bounty is lighter compared to last week. We figured some of you may still have plenty of food left in the fridge. We are patiently waiting for the summer crops to come on in abundance for all. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are sure to be gracing our tables soon. Beans and corn aren’t too far behind either. We hope you have enjoyed the spring crops and that you welcome the shift to other new seasonal foods grown organically by yours truly. There will also be another round of carrots and beets for which I am getting very excited about.

The weather has been very pleasant and looks to sustain itself in this perfect summer holding pattern for the days to come. Last weeks morning clouds allowed for much comfortable transplanting and hoeing to get done as well as some pleasant berry picking before the clouds burned away. The days ended with warm, bright and sunny late afternoons and evenings. Many a handful of dirt and berries alike managed to make it into small mouths around here. Also many a toes needed cleaned before bed….mostly my own!

Our baby girl Zoe turns one year this week. It is hard for me to believe that one year ago today it was 107 degrees out and I was so pregnant I could barely move! She has brought us so much joy and laughter…she truly is a happy little girl and we are blessed to be in this world with her and Ava both. They are wonderful children teaching us so much about life. Stopping to see the world through their eyes is amazing! I am very grateful to walk along with them for a while. 🙂

If you have recipes you would like to share, please email them to me or pass them along to me at pick-up. I love to share your thoughts and takes on different foods we grow. Thanks for your support!

Well until next week…..Your farmers…Your Farm!

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