This chilly wet weather really makes you want to turn on your oven or get a soup going!
We have all sorts of Roastable Veggies. Fill up your oven and enjoy the results all week!
Before I forget, I mistakenly wrote last week that our weekday hours were 2pm to 6pm. They are really TUESDAY TO FRIDAY 12PM TO 6PM, SATURDAYS 10AM TO 2PM. You can still get the best seafood around from Jordan Brothers Seafood Truck on Tuesdays and Fridays 2pm to 6pm.
Make a foil packet of Beets with just their tops and tails trimmed. Remove when fork tender and allow them to steam in their packet. They will peel easily when cool enough to touch. Now you can slice or dice and toss with some balsamic vinegar and finely diced red onion to have a lovely salad topping all week. Roasted beets, toasted walnuts, and goat cheese make a really nice satisfying salad.
Roast Winter Squash or Sugar Pumpkins. Slice in half and get the seeds out (toast for snacking if you like). Place the cut side down on a baking sheet (lined with parchment for less mess). When almost cooked, turn over and add seasonings, stuffing, or nothing at all. You can scoop out the roasted squash and puree for baking or soups or to freeze so you can make pumpkin bread or cookies or whoopie pies later (I'm talking to you, Darcy!).
There are all different Potatoes for you to taste and compare. Try different shapes and thicknesses to find your ideal roasted potato - diced, wedges, fries, chips. Experiment with different herbs or dips. Maybe you could make an aioli for dipping or finish with parmesan and fresh parsley. Maybe you want to use some seasoned salt or cayenne powder.
Escarole is ready to be made into the fastest, simplest Italian soup. Sautee with garlic, cover with stock and a can of undrained white beans and simmer. Finish with parmesan. Serve with bread.
Roast Chicken with Fennel and Lemon is a combination that keeps coming up today. Do not think that you have to love black licorice candy in order to appreciate fennel.
We still have Eggplant and Peppers if you have been meaning to put those on the grill or Make a big batch of Eggplant Parm.
We have a wide array of cooking greens to be easy sides for your fall meals. Different colors and textures of Kale and Swiss Chard and Bok Choy.
We still have your salad ingredients, too. Tasty Lettuce and Frisee. There are even lots of recipes for Bok choy salad and kale salad.
For Specific Ideas Check out:
White Barn Farm's Recipe Page (searchable by veggie)
This Week's Email to White Barn Farm's Boxed CSA
I would love to hear about the results of any recipes you try - especially real winners. Especially ones that the whole family enjoys. ESPECIALLY ones that are quick and simple.
Thanks everybody! Have fun getting cozy!
Enjoy the gorgeous fall colors and cheery pumpkins everywhere and see you soon!
Hello CSA Members!
this Week in your box you found:
2 Delicata winter squash. Slice them vertically, scoop out the seeds, and place cut side down on a baking sheet to roast in the oven. Create some sort of lovely stuffing if you want to make them the main course. Pinterest is full of ideas (mostly for Acorn but delicata works the same), so are all sorts of blogs and websites. Seems like a quinoa kale stuffing is popular. Fresh herbs, sauteed onions and fennel, toasted nuts, crumbled cheese, dried fruits, honey or maple syrup can jazz up a stuffing that sounds too healthy to be tasty. Delicata could also be cored and sliced into rings. You could peel it, dice it, and roast the cubes. Any vegetable can be cut into french fry shapes and roasted for veggie "fries." Check out this Thai soup in which you can just take out the seeds and dice the squash, even with the skin on if you'd like. It uses the cilantro, too.
Green Kohlrabi. Here is a nice crunchy snack: cut off the peel of the kohlrabi and make into veggie sticks. If you aren't a fan of raw kohlrabi, try roasting - the result is more like a turnip.
Fennel. Here is a Roasted Chicken and Fennel Recipe. If you don't think you have enough fennel try making up the difference with onions.
Red Russian Kale. This is the tender sagey green kale with purple stems. The easiest thing to do is sautee in olive oil with slices of garlic and a pinch of salt, adding the chopped stems first, and the coarsely chopped greens (stripped off the stems) after the stems are starting to get tender. The product can be a side dish on its own, a crostini topping, part of a pasta dish or warm potato salad with bacon. I've made a meal of creamy polenta, kale, and an egg. If you have been wanting to try a kale salad recipe, this is a good variety to choose because it is already such a tender leaf. Chop it first and then massage with salt and some sort of fat - olive oil or smashed avocado. Add some other grated veggies or even shredded coconut, some vinegar and voila. Browse the internet for different ideas. Here is a basic recipe for a tuscan kale salad.
Escarole. Not lettuce! This is a bitter green that can be used in a salad mix, but is often cooked to mild out the bitterness. Escarole and white beans is a very fast meal to prepare. Just have on hand some parmesan, chicken stock and a can of cannellini beans. Pick up some Iggys bread at the farmstand and your meal is complete. Here is Giada's recipe for Escarole and Bean Soup. What a perfect drizzly fall day for a warm soup.
Bok Choy A sautee of this fresh and mild Asian green is so wonderful with just a touch of stock to bring it a little richness. I guess that makes it a braise. Here is Martha Stewart's how-to. This is the full size bok choy so chop accordingly.
2 Heads of Lettuce. Butterhead and Freckles. Butter Lettuce makes great wraps if you want to do some sort of chicken satay wrap. Alton Brown was just making tuna ventresca (really excellent quality canned tuna packed in olive oil) on butter lettuce with diced hard boiled egg, capers, diced bell pepper, finely chopped shallots, sea salt, and the reserved olive oil the tuna was packed in to finish. He prepared them on a platter, laying out the big butter lettuce leaves first and building from there. It was a very beautiful presentation. The Freckles lettuce is such a delicious variety. Try eating it Italian style - with nothing but a pinch of salt and drizzle of good olive oil. Also great in a salad, sandwich, or burger.
2 lb of yellow onions
2 lb of Adirondack Blue potatoes. I find the blue potatoes are nice and starchy and therefore do great sliced into thick chips and roasted on a baking sheet, tossed with salt, pepper, high heat oil (like OG canola, sunflower, safflower, etc), and any other seasonings you'd like - rosemary and thyme are good. Roast at 400-425, for approximately 20 minutes, turning after 10 or 12 minutes to make sure both sides brown nicely. As mentioned earlier, any veggie can be cut into french fry shapes and roasted. I do not particularly recommend making blue mashed potatoes.
1 head of garlic
1 bunch of cilantro. Don't underestimate the versatility of this herb. It is great with curries, diced white onions and lime on a taco of any kind, to enhance a store bought jar of salsa, to elevate a tuna salad, or experience cooked in the Thai pumpkin soup described in the Delicata squash blurb above.
As the daylight grows shorter and school and scheduling get back into full swing, you may forget that this time of year is still cranking out produce! The White Barn Farmstand is still open all week through October 25: Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 6pm. Saturdays 10am to 2pm. Beginning in November the farmstand moves to the barn - Fridays 12 to 6, Saturdays 10 to 2.
We have those first tender harvests of kale and swiss chard. A side of greens sauteed with garlic and olive oil is quick, simple, and satisfying. Peppers and Eggplants are still trucking along. I wrote about how to grill those two in my email to the Boxed CSA - I got inspired at an Al Forno cooking class. I was also raving about Martha Stewart's Seasonal Produce Recipe Guide. There are great ideas for using some of our less common fall specialties: Fennel, Frisee, and Bok Choy. We have Napa Cabbage on the farmstand - crunchy delight! And if you have not tried the little orange Yummy Peppers - you must.
You've probably spotted the orange orbs from the road! Yes! Our organic winter squash/pumpkin patch was a success this year! We have Acorn, Delicata, Sugar Pumpkins, and even a few Spaghetti Squash for your culinary delight. There are big Jack-O-Lanterns and little Jack-be-Little decorative pumpkins. We even have a sampling of white pumpkins this year. Butternut squash and a few other types that need to be cured before selling will be appearing a little later.
That brings me to my next announcement! We are having a Harvest Festival at the farm this Saturday! We will have pumpkin picking from 2pm to 5pm, right in our back field. Our farmstand will be open late, until 6pm (normally 10-2 on Saturdays). There will also be farm tours leaving a gathering point in front of the barn at 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30. Last but certainly not least, there will be live music to enjoy. Tickets are $15, Kids under 10 are free. No dogs. No smoking. Feel free to bring a picnic, chair, blanket. Parking is at the farmstand. Please be cautious and courteous crossing over to the farm. Our volunteers will help direct parking and street crossing.
We are a small family farm trying to maintain this prime agricultural land for food growing and open space. All profits of this festival go toward maintaining our existence. Thank you for your support, as always!
Hello Everyone! Fall is really here now. The colors and the shorter days and the crisp cool air are here. The warm sun is so welcome on the skin at this time of year. You are doing great sticking with us through the seasons. The share is really beginning to show some cool weather items. We hope you enjoy!
Also, we would love to see you at our Harvest Festival this Saturday, September 27th, from 2pm to 7pm. We will have pumpkin picking, farm tours, some additional vendors, and live music. Proceeds benefit the farm. $15/ticket. Kids 10 and under free. Our farmstand will be open until 6pm. I'm about to send an email to the general mailing list with more details.
Bok Choy. What a great side dish. If you want to be fancy you can blanch these first and then quarter or halve lengthwise and sautee with some garlic and ginger, adding a little stock and soy sauce to finish it off. Bok Choy can also be sliced across the stem and used as stem and greens separately (added at different times to a stir fry). You can certainly enjoy it raw, as well. I'm loving Martha Stewart's Seasonal Recipe Guide and it has this recipe for a cashew and chopped bok choy salad.
Frisee. this is that curly endive that is a little bitter but is fabulous paired with something rich or creamy or sweet. No lettuce this week - and we are covering the rest of our lettuce crops to protect them from the turkey hordes. But this is a nice salad base nonetheless. Martha Stewart has a good recipe for a main course salad: Frisee with Lardons and Poached Eggs.
Napa Cabbage. I love this crunchy, mild cabbage. I have used chopped napa in place of lettuce for a green salad with excellent results. Napa is a wonderful cabbage to choose for a slaw. It is tender so don't dress it too far in advance of enjoying. It can take a rather light dressing. We've used it to add crunch to wraps - veggie roll ups or burritos or homemade buffalo chicken wraps. Let's not leave Martha Stewart out of this one. Here are her ideas on Napa Cabbage.
Fennel. What an excellent veggie. It is actually very good for settling your tummy and adds a freshness to sauces, stews, and soups. It also is a nice component to a slaw. I'll often just add it to my onions when I'm beginning to sautee some veggies. It works great at the base of a tomato sauce or a stir fry. I used it in a really good yellow squash, corn, and clam chowder I made last week. There are also tons of ways to feature fennel - roasted or grilled or in a delicate shaved salad. This Martha recipe sounds so attainable - roast salmon with sweet peppers and fennel and olives.
Quart of Yellow Onions. Use em up! Mushrooms and onions with a steak or on a burger or even just creamy polenta is just delicious - and so fall!
Garlic. you will be needing this. If you don't know this trick for garlic bread it's a good one: Toast or grill your bread so it has a nice crusty texture - not unlike a grater! Peel a clove of garlic and slice off the end so you have a cut end to grate against the crusty bread. Wear it right down till you have just a nub in your fingertips (or you are done giving your bread the garlic treatment). Drizzle with tasty olive oil and sprinkle with salt. You can add more than that but you don't have to!
Eggplant. I am inspired to get back to grilling big rounds of eggplant after a cooking class we we attended at Al Forno on Saturday. The class featured produce from White Barn Farm, so Chris and I were invited to join in! whoopee! They use lump hardwood charcoal on their grill and just slice the eggplant in rounds, brush with olive oil (not tons) and then put them on the hot part of the grill to sear and get nice marks and then move them to a little cooler part of the grill to finish cooking through. We had roasted and peeled our sweet peppers and coarsely chopped both the eggplant and peppers, dressed with a simple balsamic vinaigrette, and used that on top of some garlic bread (prepared as described above) and a piece of divine buffalo mozzarella from Italy. wow! Of course the cheese helped elevate this to wonderful, but the eggplant was cooked so perfectly - it was so creamy - almost a spreadable sort of texture. I'm inspired. Time to perfect eggplant grilling at home.
3 Sweet Peppers. If your grill is going, try roasting your peppers right over the flame. You want to blister the skin on all sides of the peppers - it will take on a blackened appearance. You want it to cook a little too, so don't just catch it on fire, let it sit there and blister up. Place them in a paper bag, folded down so that they will steam, until they are cool enough to touch. Coming out of that paper bag treatment, they should peel quite easily by hand. Pull the top off and remove the seeds. Do NOT run under water to clean them. That will remove all of the wonderful flavors you have developed. You can tolerate a random black fleck of skin or seed. Now you have a wonderful roasted pepper to put on a sandwich or marinate with the grilled eggplant like described above.
Quart of cherry tomatoes. Probably the last cherries of the season.
Quart of tomatoes. The last of the field tomatoes.
1 Quart Cherry Tomatoes
1 Quart End of the Season Tomatoes
We are transitioning into fall, with some summer crops still going strong.
Delicata Squash. The yellow Zeppelin shaped squash with green streaks. This is a winter squash that you can halve, scoop out the seeds, and roast very easily. Delicata and Acorn squash do not need to be cured in order to sweeten up and store properly. They can be picked straight out of the field and cooked. The skins of these squashes are both edible, as well. I love them because they are such a simple to prepare and satisfying component to a meal.
My preferred winter squash roasting method: cut the squash in half and remove the seeds (toast like pumpkin seeds if you are going for the nose-to-tail approach). Place the cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy clean up. About ten minutes before it's finished cooking, turn the halves over so you have a little canoe for adding flavor to. I like to use butter or olive oil, fresh herbs (especially sage), salt, and pepper. Chris made a version with garlic and parmesan on top. You could go the sweet route with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. You could jettison the squash to the star of the meal and make some sort of grain or meat stuffing. No limits here!
Winter squash can be used in soups, curries, burritos, etc. With the edible skin varieties, you can easily dice the squash up to throw into a broth, or a sautee pan, or a simmer sauce.
One Quart of Broccoli Florets. After you harvest the main head of the broccoli plant, side shoots start to form. They are easy to snap off the plant and require very little preparation on the cutting board!
We also had a take-it-or-leave-it, while-supplies-last, subpar broccoli bin for you to take a crown of broccoli from. There is a tiny window when broccoli is perfect (it is a flower whose buds are too tight one day, perfect the next, then bright yellow and covered with honey bees the next). Anyway, last Friday a ton of broccoli was ready - so we harvested, washed, and stored four crates of brocc in ventilated plastic bags in our walk-in cooler. We wanted to see what the storage possibilities were and had an outside hope we could use them for the Boxed CSA on Tuesday. The results were mixed and I was not willing to sell any crowns with brown spots between the florets. There was a ton of edible broccoli in there, though, so we put it out for you to take if you wanted - great for soups, I was thinking. It should be used right away and inspected for brown spots and since these have never been sprayed - keep your eye out for caterpillars too (a soak in salted water before cooking should render away any pests).
One Quart of Adirondack Red Potatoes. These have a pink skin AND pink flesh. Roasted rounds of these babies are fantastical, especially with some rosemary and thyme. So are simply boiled potatoes with salt and butter.
Sweet Peppers. A couple bells and a red pimiento type. What a colorful salad or shish kebab these will make! Dip in hummus or veggie dip for a raw crunchy treat.
One Zucchini and One Summer Squash. As the harvests dwindle, these seem more precious. If you can't face one more sauteed or grilled zucchini, here are two ideas. Raw Zucchini salad. I have a veggie peeler that makes tiny thin matchsticks, but you could use knife skills or a mandolin for the same effect. I peeled a large-ish zucchini from the outside, skin on, stopping when I got to the seed cavity, rotating it around til all that was left was a floppy seed mass for the chickens. I put the raw zucchini in a bowl, gave it a generous sprinkling of salt, the juice of one lemon (squeezed over a tiny sieve to prevent the lemon seed chasing game), chopped basil, a dash of garlic powder, fresh pepper, and crumbled feta cheese. yum! zucchini can also be grated on a box grater (or with a food processor attachment) and used in baking - classic or new age zucchini bread, muffins, coffee cake, etc. Search around for your fave. or use this recipe my mom got from an old-timer in Maine in the 70's. If you don't have time to bake now, portion the shredded zucchini into 2 cup pint containers or bags and freeze to use when zukes are long gone.
Two Heads of Lettuce. Our red-tinged stalwart, Magenta. and our tender treat, Panisse.
1 head of garlic. yippee!
1 Quart of Juliet Tomatoes. the small plums. These are equally delicious on a salad or in a cooked preparation. I have been dreaming about making a sweet corn and summer squash risotto with a fresh tomato, onion, basil "salsa" on top. The flavor of tomatoes intensifies when you roast them. Try halving these guys, salting, drizzling with olive oil and roasting.
1 Quart of Sauce Tomatoes. These would be good for a hand chopped salsa, or a bigger version of the roasted tomatoes described above. You could make a garlic and herbed bread crumb/parmesan mixture to spread on the halves before making for a sort of tomato gratin.
1 Quart of Shishito Peppers. This is a trendy Japanese frying pepper that you may run into at fancy restaurants, and quite possibly, in Japan. They are not hot even though they look all wrinkly and small like a hot pepp. I believe these are meant to be blistered in a hot fry pan with oil and served salted for snacking. Chris roasted japanese eggplant sliced on the bias and shishitos on a baking sheet and served grilled steak tips with a chimichurri/pesto sort of sauce on top. fab.
There was a black crate of hot peppers at the display share table for you to take up to 3 hot pepps for whatever culinary wonders you'd like. The Cayennes will dry nicely and you can chop the dried peppers to throw in with your garlic and olive oil for a quick pasta or to season meat for a chilli, etc.
Golden Beets. No fuss, no muss. these tasty treats will not stain your hands and are tasty as red beets! Sort through the tops and cook up the nice ones like chard or spinach. Use the greens soon, but you can store the roots for quite some time in a plastic bag in the fridge - just cut the tops off at the crown. I love a good old roasted beet and goat cheese salad.
Eggplant Mania! These are not counting towards your share, but you could take up to four eggplants. If you can set aside an evening to make fried eggplant slices to freeze you will be delighted to see them in the winter. I like to slice rounds, toss with salt in a giant stainless bowl, dust with flour, then eggwash, then a nice seasoned (salt, pepper, fresh herbs, garlic powder) breadcrumb mix (panko is always a winner) with parmesan - the powdery style does work well for this application. You can then pan fry or roast on a baking sheet, flipping once one side is golden brown. When cooled, put into freezer ziplocks. During the winter you can make eggplant parm, eggplant parm sandwiches, pizza, lasagna, etc with your prepared eggplant slices. Just add tomato sauce and cheese.
Don't overlook Thai or Indian curries for your eggplant. And they are still good on the grill!
Hi Everybody! Second Share of September already. wow! Hope you all navigated the last share okay. Last week's email was a victim of the back-to-school craziness that gobbles up all of our farm workers. We hustled through and managed to get a share together and stock the farmstand each day, but I never saw the screen of this computer. You will still be seeing Erin, Zach, Sarah, and Karen at the farmstand and behind the scenes. Dan, Jacob, Colleen, and Cam have all gone to college. Two new faces have arrived on the scene: Derek and Kelly will be joining us for the fall after finishing at a summer camp and before they head to Jay Peak to teach skiing. Thank goodness for that! Yesterday our super sitter/office manager, Caroline, jetted off to Italy to study for a semester! She did a fabulous job all summer making the business run and getting the email started each week, we are reeling a little bit without her! Anyway, here goes my attempt to tell you about this week's share:
Zucchini and Summer Squash really responded to last week's heat wave! You have a couple zucchini AND a couple summer squash in your share. I love an egg scramble with sauteed zucchini and fresh herbs - I've been buying grocery store basil :( - add some cheese (cheddar, chevre, or feta are great), and serve on seven grain toast with butter - mmm. The yellow squash naturally has a kind of buttery flavor profile that you can take advantage of by making it the star of a creamy soup (perhaps thickened by some creamy textured white beans and seasoned with sage) or a gratin.
Yellow Onions are in the share this week. These have been properly cured and should do fine in a basket at room temperature. Cool, dry and dark conditions are best for long term storage, but you should be able to find a use for these babies within the week!
Yummy Peppers. These are the pint of little orange peppers whose variety name is "yummy." The name will not lead you astray! These peppers are also known as lunchbox or snack peppers. Their seed cavity is very small which makes them super easy to work with.
Specialty Sweet Peppers. Larger Red, Orange, and Yellow sweet peppers. These are shaped like pimiento peppers rather than bells. It turns out the weeds had been shrouding a couple beds of these peppers just enough to protect them from sunburn and excessive damage from pests. Sometimes weeds can serve a purpose! These sweet and crunchy treats are great raw in a salad, as veggie sticks, diced in a pasta salad, stewed with tomatoes and chicken drumsticks over some rice, in a stir fry, on a pizza, on the grill, roasted under the broiler or right in a flame. enjoy this harvest of fruits that are tough to ripen successfully in an organic system.
Baby Tomatoes. A two-bite cherry tomato or a small plum. These were the two quarts of mixed small tomatoes: Juliet is the small red plum that holds up really well, tastes like a real tomato rather than a supersweet cherry tomato, and dries beautifully. Golden Rave is the bright yellow plum. Sweet Treats is the fat pink orb that has a sort of Brandywine flavor profile in a mini. Mountain Magic is the bright red round one. You can definitely quarter these raw into a green salad or any sort of pasta or grain salad. Another way to use them would be to halve them, arrange cut side up on a cookie sheet (lined w/ parchment or sprayed with cooking spray for easier clean up), salt, pepper and roast in the oven. The flavors will get richer and the assortment of colors will make a beautiful display. The product could be used as a side on its own, on a bruschetta, in a pasta, with fish or chicken, use your imagination!
Carrots. 2 lb bag of delicious carrots. Shred onto your lettuce for a confetti of sweet crunchy goodness. Roast. Steam til just tender then toss with a honey glaze, butter and fresh sage, a soy glaze, whatever. You could cut these into matchsticks for a stir fry with onions, peppers, and broccoli.
Broccoli. Everyone seems to know what to do with broccoli. See if you can taste the difference between shipped grocery store brocc and our broccoli picked at optimum maturity. Chris roasted broccoli florets with some red onion and sliced mushrooms tossed with salt, lemon juice, and olive oil. The lemon was so good! If you usually throw away the stalk, try peeling it and slicing into matchsticks for raw snacking or your stir fry.
Lettuce. One head of Panisse lettuce, a green oakleaf type with a very tender texture similar to Boston.
Slicing Tomatoes. 2.5 lbs Keep slicing. so good on a sandwich. any sandwich. even a mayo lettuce only sandwich.
Box 14: Here's a little breakdown of what was in (and outside of) the box.
Bunch of Carrots. Who doesn't love carrots? Grate into a salad or sandwich, eat as just a snack or roast along with some other veggies. If you're looking for something more creative to do with your carrots, try this recipe for Honey-Glazed Carrots. Yum!
2 heads of lettuce - the heads of lettuce are getting big and luscious again - a sign of last week's cooler weather.
pint of cherry tomatoes
10 lbs tomatoes. These tomatoes are ready to use! Cute them up, discarding any blemishes, and cook down in a heavy pot or roast them in baking dishes in the oven for a richer flavor. One CSA member shared that he just puts them in the Ninja blender before cooking down and then never worries about the skins. At this point in the tomato season, I hope you have been making some awesome recipes with all these tomatoes. Share with us your favorites! If you need more ideas, check out the recipe catalog on Whitebarnfarm.org. For a cool, summer lunch, how about some stuffed tomatoes with tuna fish or chicken salad? So fast and simple. Gazpacho is another great way to use your tomatoes. It makes a perfect meal during these dwindling hot summer days!
Green beans. I love them sautéed with scallions or onions and olive oil or butter. Snap and eat raw, steamed, sautéed, or grilled. Try this Orzo Salad and you can use your tomatoes, too!
Ringmaster onions. These are the same large, white onions you saw in the share last week. Known for their single centers, and large crisp rings, they are perfect for onion rings. Use them just how you'd use any onion! Add them to salads, sandwiches, stir-fries, burgers, salsas, veggies on the grill, pasta, etc.
Italian eggplant. Try making this Baba Ghanouj (similar to hummus, but with eggplant instead of chickpeas). It makes a perfect dip for veggies and pita, or you can use it as a spread on a sandwich! Looking for more ways to use your tomatoes with other veggies? Try these delicious Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Stacks.
2 green bell peppers. Slice these up and use them with your favorite veggie dip. Add them to salsa, pizza, salad, or stir-fry, or roast them on the grill. The possibilities are endless.
We hope you all have been enjoying our veggies this summer. It sure has been crazy lately with the tomato invasion. Crazy, but nevertheless, tasty! The crew here at White Barn Farm would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!
I hope you are all excited for some tomatoes! The CSA members are really reaping the bounty of the tomato frenzy this year. We are calling this share the "Sauce Share." You are getting lots of tomatoes and other veggies that will be perfect for making a delicious tomato sauce. The list is as follows:
10 lbs tomatoes. That's right, 10 pounds! As I said above, this would be a great week to make a tomato sauce with your share items. Sautee all of the veggies and then cook down the tomatoes. If you don't want to stir a pot, try roasting down a batch in shallow baking dishes in the oven - let the flavors of a sprig of rosemary and a few whole cloves of garlic infuse right in there. Once your tomatoes have cooked down a bit what you do with them is up to you! There A hearty onion, peppers, eggplant sauce is an easy choice considering this week's box. You can even add some ground meat to make it a meat tomato sauce. If you can't finish all of your tomatoes now, we recommend freezing or canning them. That way you can enjoy White Barn Farm throughout the winter! Here are our instructions on how to can and freeze tomatoes and freeze your sauce.
If you don't feel like making a sauce, here are some other uses for these items of your share:
Spanish Ringmaster onions. These large white onions are known for their firm and mild flesh. You might be wondering why they are called "ringmaster onions" - They are perfect for onion rings because of their single centers, and large, crisp rings. At a restaurant I used to work at, they would soak these onions in buttermilk to make them tender before adding the batter to make onion rings. So delicious! You could also try baking the onion rings instead of frying them to make for a healthier snack! You can use this onion just like you would any other onion- put it on a sandwich, dice it for a salad or salsa, sautee it with vegetable, etc!
Garlic. Garlic is great for adding some flavor to veggies, pasta, pizza, sauces, etc! Here is a fun and easy recipe for making excellent Italian hummus-style dip for bread or veggies. Infuse some olive oil w/ thick slices of this garlic, rosemary leaves, and some diced fresh fennel. Add that to a food processor already filled w/ a couple cans of cannellini beans (drained w/ liquid reserved if needed for texture adjusting). The add the juice of a lemon, all the contents of the pan w/ the oil, garlic, etc, and hit go. Adjust for salt and pepper and ta da: white bean puree.
Peppers. these peppers would be good sauteed with onions at the base of your tomato sauce or grilled in big slabs or on skewers along with eggplant - just toss w/ salt, pepper, and oil beforehand. You can always dice them and throw them on a green salad.
Eggplant. Maybe some roasted or fried eggplant could be the main course you are dressing with your beautiful tomato sauce. You can make a casserole of roasted eggplants, slices of fresh mozzarella, tomato slices or sauce or both, and parmesan. maybe pick up some grocery store basil :( or just use our hearty friend . . .
Parsley. prezzemolo! that's Italian for Parsley! i hear my own voice loudly shouting this name whenever i go to harvest it.
2 ears of corn. Here is a little tasting of our corn. Chris had the idea to use this corn for a corn and tomato salad. It is sort of a delicious tuscan salsa - finely diced red onion, chunks of tomato, corn cut off the cob (raw or cooked), basil or parsley, balsamic and olive oil. to elevate it to a heartier hearthrob of an Al Forno inspired salad, toss with a freshly grilled butter brushed day old piece of bread, cut into croutons. If you cut the kernels off the cob raw, those cobs still have a lot of flavor - throw them in a pot and cover with water, add your onion ends and peels (the ones w/out dirt), parsley stems, some celery tops and carrot scraps, a bay leaf, some peppercorns - stockpot stuff. bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer for a few hours. when it looks like all the life of the ingredients has been transferred into the water, turn it off and let it cool. strain and use for a delicious risotto or delicate corn/seafood chowder. you can freeze it in a couple quart containers for that time to arrive if you like.
2 heads of lettuce. I love a crunchy salad. and it is always a diabetes friendly part of the meal.
Hello CSA Members!!! Hope you are enjoying tomato time! The farmstand is closed today (8/13) due to bad weather. If you forgot to pick up your share yesterday (six of you!!) feel free to come by the farm and get it today. We are here, we're just not putting one of our employees under the tent during lightning strikes! Just park in front of the white barn (across the street from the farmstand) and give me a call or text when you get here (774-210-0359). I'll run and grab your box for you. We can sell seconds tomatoes (10 lb minimum) and Iggy's bread, too.
Here is what you had in your box this week:
5 lbs slicing tomatoes. These are top notch slicing tomatoes. I like mine on top of a slice of toast with cream cheese or a nice baguette and goat cheese. I always finish a slice of tomato with a pinch of salt and grind of pepper. Chris is a tomato and mayo sandwich monster. My brother, Will, is a Caprese Salad die hard. That is just fresh mozzarella slices, fresh tomato slices, sprigs of basil, salt, pepper, and tasty olive oil on top. Sometimes I jazz it up with some finely diced red onion or shallot and balsamic vinegar as well. *Just as a note, Late Blight has been found in the area, which will probably affect our tomato crops. Although this will make our tomato season a bit shorter, the short season will be extremely plentiful!
Pint cherry tomatoes. yum. snack em. or slice in half with a serrated knife and put on a green salad or with diced, peeled cukes, feta, herbs (like mint, basil, or parsley), s&p, oil & vinegar
3 Italian Eggplants. – These are great cubed, tossed with oil and roasted, or for Eggplant Parmesan. For some good comfort food, I recommend dusting slices in flour, then beaten egg, then a tasty mixture of breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. Line them up on a baking sheet prepared with a layer of oil (I usually do some organic canola, some olive oil) and bake at 375 or so, turning once, until golden brown and delicious. If you do not use all of the slices right away for eggplant stacks (with ricotta and tomato sauce), on a pizza, or for an eggplant parm casserole or sandwich - they freeze very well. To freeze just wait until cool and freeze on a baking sheet (just so they don't stick together). Then put them in a freezer grade plastic ziplock and you have an excellent commodity for a quick meal
2 bell peppers. Bell peppers can be used for so many different things. Get creative with stuffed peppers, use it for soups, make a pepper slaw, grill them and add to a cheesesteak sandwich, sprinkle on a pizza, make a salsa with them, throw it in a stir-fry, the list is endless!
1 silver slicing cucumber, 1 regular slicing cucumber. This silver slicer is characterized by its excellent, mild flavor, its juicy texture, and its smooth, thin skin. You'll be able to tell the difference from its creamy, white color!
2 heads lettuce.
Specialty sweet peppers. we love to slice these in rings on our salads with some tomatoes, cukes, and red onion. add some feta and yummy olives for a homemade greek salad. also great grilled, in strips for straight snacking, on a pizza, in a stir fry or base for rice and beans. taste, compare, and enjoy!
Couple hot peppers. Here is my friend Sonya's recipe for some delicious salsa. It features a few of the veggies that you'll find in your share this week!
This can either be made chunky by chopping all ingredients, or smooth by processing them in the food processor. You need 2lbs Tomatoes , 1-3 Hot Peppers (how much depends on how hot you want it!), 1 bunch Cilantro, 1 Sweet pepper, 1 small Onion, 1-2 cloves of garlic, 1-2 TBSP Lime or Lemon juice (or vinegar), Salt+ Pepper. Its recommended to add the hot peppers slowly so you don’t overdo it!
and a sunflower
Although this is a much needed rain spell, heavy thunderstorms and flooding are predicted for the remainder of the day. We don't mind rain, but Lightning - ay ay ay! In order to make sure our employees and shoppers are safe, we are going to keep the farmstand closed today, Wednesday, August 13th. We apologize for any inconvenience.
I got a text this morning from a customer asking if we had seconds tomatoes to sell since it is such a great day for cooking! The answer is yes! We will have our "seconds" available for sale by appointment - call or text me (Christy) at 774-210-0359. There is a ten pound minimum and the price is $1/lb. With the quantity of tomatoes coming out of the field right now, the seconds are actually quite beautiful and can easily be hacked to perfection for a chopped salsa, tomato sauce, soup, or jam, gazpacho, even an heirloom tomato caprese salad. We also got our Iggy's bread delivery as usual, so that would be available if you were coming for tomatoes anyway. The "tomato rummage sale" is packed into the little red pickup truck parked safely in the right bay of the barn. Make an appointment if you'd like to get some processing tomatoes. Get your serrated knife and wooden spoon ready, clear some space in the freezer or sterilize those jars!
Thank you for understanding!
Christy and Chris at White Barn Farm