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Posted 8/18/2011 9:09pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hello everyone! I apologize for not sending an email last week. I just couldn't quite make it happen. We have been very busy trying to get all of our onion crop out of the field and properly drying in the greenhouse. The downpours have made that slightly stressful. And the weeds are just bonkers. I get some satisfaction from flail mowing them, but I know that thousands of viable weed-seeds are intact and falling onto the earth. We have moved the chickens over a mowed weed hideout. They are scratching and eating the seeds and doing a great job. Today I collected three tiny eggs from the chicken coop!! The first eggs! What a hoot! I did feel dreadful when the hens came in, beaks agape, wondering where their eggs had gone and searched around the coop to see if they had moved. I tried to explain that I am going to take them, but the beaks stayed agape.
Thank you for all being part of our CSA! We hope you are enjoying the food! Apologies if the energy level on the email is down. I encourage you to browse and search by ingredient on our recipe section of the website. We'll keep doing our best!

1 Bunch of White Beets with tops. Just another type of beet for you to try. The tops are on, too, if you are beginning to crave cooked greens again.

1 pint of Juliet Tomatoes. These are a nice small plum tomato that have a truly tomato-y flavor, rather than  all sweetness, like a cherry tomato. This makes them wonderful for cooking or drying or roasting, although many people report they are great diced into a salad. I think they’d do great diced for a fresh salsa, as well.

4 slicing tomatoes. It's nice to have a few slicers around to put in a sandwich, a BLT, on a bagel with cream cheese, etc.

1 Zucchini. These should be familiar by now. If this week’s selection is large for your taste, consider shredding it for fritters or baking in a bread or muffins. 2 Summer Squash

1 Patty Pan Squash. These are the scalloped little summer squash. They are slightly firmer than regular summer squash, “meatier” you might say, and quite delicious. They can be prepared just like summer squash and zucchini. Just slice or dice or cut into big chunks.  Then marinate and grill, roast, sautee, or stir-fry.

3 Asian Eggplant. Chris sautéed onions, carrots, green peppers, and slices of asian eggplant then made a wonderful yellow curry with coconut milk. Any sort of stir-fry is another great way to use the Asian eggplant. You can also roast it right alongside the Italian eggplants.

2 Italian Eggplants: Rosa Bianca and/or Beatrice (lavender skinned). You can make fried eggplant and freeze the slices to make eggplant parm with during the winter. I found that just dicing and roasting on a baking sheet made the vegetables disappear instantly. You could also do some baba ghanouj, eggplant rollatini, grilled eggplant, you name it.


3 Slicing Cucumbers. I made a delicious dip the other day just smashing and finely dicing a big clove of garlic, salting it and squeezing lemon juice on it, then shredding a peeled cucumber and throwing that in, mixing with sour cream and/or yogurt then finishing with fresh chopped herbs - dill or basil or mint or parsley or any combo. It was great on tortilla chips or with slices of peppers or carrot sticks. If you end up making baba ghanouj or if you have hummus around, try dipping spears of cucumber for a crunchy, refreshing alternative to chips or bready stuff.

2 Lbs Yellow Onions. the key to every dish.

2 Heads Lettuce. Finally! the lettuce is back! Weather favorable for lettuce growth and germination is back, too. Enjoy those cool nights, crunchy lettuce. And curse those darn turkeys raising their fourteen teenage turkeys for eating all of the Romaine!

2 Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers. These long sweet peppers look kind of like a fat cayenne pepper, but they are actually one of the sweetest peppers around. They will continue to ripen to red if you leave them out on the counter.

1 Yummy Sweet Pepper. This point little orange pepper may remind you of a habanero pepper, but it is actually a little sweet pepper. Very tasty, as its name suggests.

2 Green Peppers. still coming. from now on we hope to be providing you with ripened sweet peppers. They do a great job in curry, I'll say. 

Handful of Tomatillos. These papery husked green-tomato-looking vegetables make a wonderful green salsa. You can either do a chip-dipping sort of salsa or a sauce for enchiladas or just grilled chicken or fish. Either way I would cook the tomatillos to bring out their rich flavor. You remove the papery husk, rinse them, and then slice or dice or halve and either roast until softened and just tinging brown or throw in the sautee pan. Tomatillos always like to be with onions, garlic, and jalapenos. A fresh salsa is nicely finished with fresh cilantro. If I'm making a sauce I like to richen the sauce with chicken broth (or veggie) and use the hand blender to smooth it out a bit.

Hope that helps you navigate this week's share.
thank you!
christy and chris, white barn farmers 

Posted 8/18/2011 9:09pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hello everyone! I apologize for not sending an email last week. I just couldn't quite make it happen. We have been very busy trying to get all of our onion crop out of the field and properly drying in the greenhouse. The downpours have made that slightly stressful. And the weeds are just bonkers. I get some satisfaction from flail mowing them, but I know that thousands of viable weed-seeds are intact and falling onto the earth. We have moved the chickens over a mowed weed hideout. They are scratching and eating the seeds and doing a great job. Today I collected three tiny eggs from the chicken coop!! The first eggs! What a hoot! I did feel dreadful when the hens came in, beaks agape, wondering where their eggs had gone and searched around the coop to see if they had moved. I tried to explain that I am going to take them, but the beaks stayed agape.
Thank you for all being part of our CSA! We hope you are enjoying the food! Apologies if the energy level on the email is down. I encourage you to browse and search by ingredient on our recipe section of the website. We'll keep doing our best!

1 Bunch of White Beets with tops. Just another type of beet for you to try. The tops are on, too, if you are beginning to crave cooked greens again.

1 pint of Juliet Tomatoes. These are a nice small plum tomato that have a truly tomato-y flavor, rather than  all sweetness, like a cherry tomato. This makes them wonderful for cooking or drying or roasting, although many people report they are great diced into a salad. I think they’d do great diced for a fresh salsa, as well.

4 slicing tomatoes. It's nice to have a few slicers around to put in a sandwich, a BLT, on a bagel with cream cheese, etc.

1 Zucchini. These should be familiar by now. If this week’s selection is large for your taste, consider shredding it for fritters or baking in a bread or muffins. 2 Summer Squash

1 Patty Pan Squash. These are the scalloped little summer squash. They are slightly firmer than regular summer squash, “meatier” you might say, and quite delicious. They can be prepared just like summer squash and zucchini. Just slice or dice or cut into big chunks.  Then marinate and grill, roast, sautee, or stir-fry.

3 Asian Eggplant. Chris sautéed onions, carrots, green peppers, and slices of asian eggplant then made a wonderful yellow curry with coconut milk. Any sort of stir-fry is another great way to use the Asian eggplant. You can also roast it right alongside the Italian eggplants.

2 Italian Eggplants: Rosa Bianca and/or Beatrice (lavender skinned). You can make fried eggplant and freeze the slices to make eggplant parm with during the winter. I found that just dicing and roasting on a baking sheet made the vegetables disappear instantly. You could also do some baba ghanouj, eggplant rollatini, grilled eggplant, you name it.


3 Slicing Cucumbers. I made a delicious dip the other day just smashing and finely dicing a big clove of garlic, salting it and squeezing lemon juice on it, then shredding a peeled cucumber and throwing that in, mixing with sour cream and/or yogurt then finishing with fresh chopped herbs - dill or basil or mint or parsley or any combo. It was great on tortilla chips or with slices of peppers or carrot sticks. If you end up making baba ghanouj or if you have hummus around, try dipping spears of cucumber for a crunchy, refreshing alternative to chips or bready stuff.

2 Lbs Yellow Onions. the key to every dish.

2 Heads Lettuce. Finally! the lettuce is back! Weather favorable for lettuce growth and germination is back, too. Enjoy those cool nights, crunchy lettuce. And curse those darn turkeys raising their fourteen teenage turkeys for eating all of the Romaine!

2 Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers. These long sweet peppers look kind of like a fat cayenne pepper, but they are actually one of the sweetest peppers around. They will continue to ripen to red if you leave them out on the counter.

1 Yummy Sweet Pepper. This point little orange pepper may remind you of a habanero pepper, but it is actually a little sweet pepper. Very tasty, as its name suggests.

2 Green Peppers. still coming. from now on we hope to be providing you with ripened sweet peppers. They do a great job in curry, I'll say. 

Handful of Tomatillos. These papery husked green-tomato-looking vegetables make a wonderful green salsa. You can either do a chip-dipping sort of salsa or a sauce for enchiladas or just grilled chicken or fish. Either way I would cook the tomatillos to bring out their rich flavor. You remove the papery husk, rinse them, and then slice or dice or halve and either roast until softened and just tinging brown or throw in the sautee pan. Tomatillos always like to be with onions, garlic, and jalapenos. A fresh salsa is nicely finished with fresh cilantro. If I'm making a sauce I like to richen the sauce with chicken broth (or veggie) and use the hand blender to smooth it out a bit.

Hope that helps you navigate this week's share.
thank you!
christy and chris, white barn farmers 

Posted 8/4/2011 10:58am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
It's going to be a big day for White Barn Farm tomorrow, Friday August 5th, 2011.
The latest check of weather.com says it is the only day in the forecast with no isolated T-storms predicted. We'll take it!

MOVIE. We are showing our first open-to-the public film on the barn at 8pm!!! The Greenhorns Film is about young people with non-farming backgrounds starting farms. It will be more of a solution to the problem, uplifting and inspiring movie, rather than a doom-announcing film like Food, Inc. (Although I do recommend watching that movie, too, if you eat food).

The sun officially sets at 8pm, so while we are waiting for the darkness to set in, Tyler Harris of T's Greens will get us going w/ some live music. Whole Foods is donating drinks and a granola creation station. Sheldonville Roasters will be here with coffee and iced coffee for sale. and with any luck we'll be popping popcorn and serving Meg Tobin's marvelous handheld fruit pies. There will be White Barn Farm pint glasses for sale. and MV Bleach, a local farmstand shopper with a T-shirt company startup will be here selling T-shirts, including a hilarious one just for White Barn Farm devotees. Hope I'm not forgetting anything . . . .

Park at the Roadside Stand and carefully cross the street. Bring your blankets, chairs, coolers, snacks, bug spray, etc. Tickets cost $6. You can reserve them online at Brown Paper Tickets. or buy them sans processing fee at the Roadside Stand or at "the door."  All proceeds benefit White Barn Farm.

YOGA. is Friday evening, too. 5:30 - 6:45. It will be held in the barn again this week, since we will be setting up for the film in the outdoor spot. Great turnout last week. Thanks for coming!

FISH. Jordan Brothers Seafood at the Stand Friday 3-7pm. Everyone seems to know that!

MEAT. This Saturday Floyd will be at the Stand 10am to 2pm with pastured pork and grass-fed beef. Stock that freezer. 

a note:
We can reuse perfectly dry, clean pint and quart containers (the little green paper boxes the cherry tomatoes come in).
We will also accept paper egg cartons, mason jars (not any jars - just ones to can with), and flower vases. if you have too many of any of those.
While I'm at it, we would also accept unwanted wheelbarrows - even if the bucket is broken. It's time to make more flatbed wheelbarrows. 
Posted 8/4/2011 10:33am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Hello CSA!
Hope the summer is rolling along nicely for you. This is such a summery summer, if I do say so myself. The leafy greens are done for a month or so. Lettuce should be back in a couple weeks, if those darn turkeys keep their beaks off!!! For now, try to imagine the non-lettuce salads. Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella w/ balsamic vinaigrette; Cucumber, Tomato, Feta, Olives; Roasted Beet & Goat cheese w/ red onion, parsley; shaved marinated zucchini & summer squash w/ herbs and lemon vinaigrette; etcetera.

Martha Stewart (my secret idol) just published a "Special Issue" Everyday Food. $5 in the grocery checkout lane. A fabulous resource for easy, simple recipes for just the kind of veg you are finding in your boxes at this time of year.

Eggplant. If you haven't grilled it yet, try that. Everyday Food gives three recipes for Roasted Eggplant Salads. Here is the Basic Roasted Eggplant Recipe w/ Three Eggplant Salad Ideas

Potatoes. Yum. Boil, drain when fork tender - don't let them disintegrate in the water, drain, and serve w/ butter and salt and pepper. or mix w/ sour cream and herbs. or serve w/ lemon juice, olive oil, and herbs. or allow them to cool and make a potato salad. or roast them along w/ some carrots on a sheet pan w/ olive oil, s&p.

2 zucchini, 1 summer squash, 1 patty pan. The scalloped, flying-saucer looking squash is just a different shaped summer squash. I find them especially delicious, grilled or sauteed or roasted. We often get asked if you have to peel them and the answer is no. just treat them like you would a zucchini. I believe all Ratatouille ingredients are in your box this week!

1 bunch of basil. keep it in a plastic bag in the fridge and it should be fine. to preserve the leaves you can pack the dry leaves (plucked off the stems) into a small jar and cover w/ olive oil. You can leave it right next to your stove for easy seasoning. just make sure there are no leaves above the surface - top off w/ olive oil if you need to. when the leaves are gone you can use the oil for cooking or salad dressing or potato salad or whatnot and it will have a slight essence of basil.

2 Bell Peppers. these offer great crunch to leafy salads, potato salads, and pasta salads. They also belong in Ratatouille. You could stuff them, but maybe it would be more worth it when more peppers are rolling in. Although these are quite large - perhaps you could serve 1/2 a pepper per person for a family of four.

1 Bunch of cilantro. fresh salsa! a little chopped red onion and hot pepper, seasoned w/ salt and pepper and the juice of a lime, finished w/ a  chopped tomato and chopped cilantro. You can also do fruit salsas w/ this method - mango or peach. Tequila-lime-cilantro is a popular marinade for grilled shrimp and I bet it would be good w/ chicken, too. You can make a cilantro butter to bake w/ white fish. Cilantro is a wonderful way to finish a curry or a spicy stir-fry. We even stir it into tuna salad for sandwiches.

2 Slicing Cucumbers. These guys may be your salad ingredients this week. Dice and toss w/ sour cream and dill or feta and cottage cheese and olives, or mint and yogurt, or just slice and add vinegar, and a pinch of salt and sugar. cucumber spears are super for dipping, and often overlooked.

1 lb of carrots. Shredded carrot is excellent on leafy salads or in a cole slaw. You can make a carrot salad w/ shredded carrots, golden raisins,
Steamed carrots w/ butter are surprisingly tasty. You can also do glazed carrots. There is a recipe for Honey Glazed Carrots w/ Fresh Mint in the "From Asparagus to Zucchini" Cookbook for CSAs that I recommend to all of you. You could make carrot cake or Morning Glory Muffins. or just make carrot sticks and serve w/ hummus, baba ghanouj, ranch dressing, homemade creamy herb dip, etc.

2 tomatoes. whoopie! the tomatoes are beginning! and the sunflowers are blooming! it really feels like summer!
slice and serve w/ salt and pepper. make a BLT or just tomato and basil mayo sandwiches. grilled cheese and tomato. chopped tomato in a salad. fresh tomato in a simple pasta w/ butter, basil, and parmesan.

hot peppers. remove the seeds to enjoy a less spicy experience. use gloves or plastic sandwich bags fashioned into impromptu mitts when touching the seeds and inside of the hot peppers to prevent getting the capsaicin on your hands then accidentally touching your eye or sensitive skin. make sure to wash the cutting board and knife, too. salsa, marinades, BBQ sauce, chilli, homemade hot sauce, ceviche, pickled hot pepper rings.

Again, hope this email finds you all well. Perhaps we'll see you tomorrow evening at the barn for yoga and/or the showing of the Greenhorns Film on the barn.
Thank you, as always, for your support! 
Posted 7/28/2011 6:16pm by christy raymond.
White Barn Farm Groupies!
the big, exciting news!! 

We are showing

 the Greenhorns film on the barn on Friday August 5th at 8 pm.

It is a documentary about young farmers, often not from farming backgrounds, just up and beginning a farm. Kind of like me and Chris :) We have a projector and speakers and a big canvas sheet. It will be like a drive-in with no cars! Park at the Roadside Stand and carefully cross the road and go left down the hill in front of the barn. Bring your own bug repellent and a beach chair or inflatable couch if you're like Tarah and family. Bring your own movie snacks and a cooler of refreshments, if you like. If you're lucky we will pop up some locally grown popcorn and little Meg will bake a couple batches of handheld fruit pies (doesn't "hand pie" sound like it is a pie containing hands?) So throw in a few bucks in case you want to buy some.  A limited number of White Barn Farm pint glasses will also be on sale for $10 to jump start our "buy-the-farm fund" We have limited ticket sales to 65 tickets, available at Brown Paper Tickets for $6 plus whatever fee they charge. The limited number is so we can all fit in the barn in case it is raining. In that case we will provide chairs. If the weather turns out to be lovely we will definitely be outside and we will increase the tickets available to 100 the day of the event.

By popular demand, you will be able to reserve tickets at the Roadside Stand during our regular hours this week: Tue, Wed, Fri 3pm to 7pm. That way there is no fee.

Stay tuned on the website calendar if we add any bells and whistles. For now, that's the basic info.
 Pass this email along to anyone you think could be interested. Look forward to seeing you there!! 

 

Posted 7/28/2011 5:21pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Summer vegetables are in full force! Tomatoes made their first significant appearance on the farm yesterday. Summer is complete :) and they should be in your boxes soon!

This week's box contained:

1 Italian Eggplant and 1 Asian Eggplant. The Asian eggplant is perfect for slicing up and marinating along with squash, zucchini, and green peppers. You can make a grilled vegetable pasta, cold pasta salad, pizza, grilled sandwich, grain salad, you name it.

1 Green Pepper and 1 Lime-Green Sweet Pepper (a yellow-when-ripe variety named Flavorburst). I normally poo-poo green peppers, claiming that they are not ripe. But they do have their own special characteristics. All House of Pizzas across the US are sure to promote green peppers and onions as a classic 'za topping. slices of green pepper, red onion (you can use scallion slices), feta, and olives are another HOP Greek Salad classic - and it's kind of a treat to make the homemade version with ingredients that are fresh and full of flavor. Cook 'em up with sausages and onions and throw it on a roll. Use it in a homemade tomato sauce.

1 Bunch of Scallions. Your onion again. The real onions are ready to be brought in from the field to cure. Just as soon as we can!!! We've been calling all members of the "panic list" workforce to help us barrel through these challenging days when there is SO much to do.

1 Bunch of Dill. Hurray! my dream come true! Finally, year number three the box contains dill and cucumbers in the same box. In case you weren't aware, cukes and dill are great companions! Dill is also superb for fish or potatoes. You can make a real simple dip using sour cream, garlic powder, and fresh chopped dill. finish with a squeeze of lemon. taste to adjust - maybe w/ salt and pepper. You may also mix sour cream with mayo, cream cheese, yogurt. Go wild! See what happens if you put goat cheese and sour cream in the blender together. get creative. then let me know your top recipe. If you still have a kohlrabi rolling around in your fridge get out the big chef knife and the big cutting board - butcher the skin off of it and make little sticks for dipping in your delicious new dip :) You could also use it in a dijon-lemon-dill vinaigrette. If you are worried about wasting any dill you can hang what's left of the bunch upside down and let it dry in a dry not-too-hot spot out of the sunlight. OR make a compound butter to use on fish in the winter - throw a stick of butter (pre-cut into cubes to be nice to your machine), some zested lemon peel, a pinch of salt, a grind of pepper, and chopped dill in the food processor. When it's smooth it is done and it can be frozen like that. I like to make a little log in parchment paper so you can easily slice off just how many slices you want to throw in a baking dish with fish later.

4 Slicing Cucumbers. Yum! Tzatziki. cucumber salad. I like to keep a bowl of cucumber slices in seasoned rice wine vinegar (along w/ a pinch of salt and pinch of sugar) in the fridge. I bring it out when everyone comes in from the field and is waiting for lunch to be ready. Maybe this is your week to try to make Cold Cucumber Soup. Our website has lots of good cucumber recipes. Just go to the recipes page and type "cucumbers" into the search box.

2 Zucchini and 2 Yellow Squash. Grilled. or try some of the raw salads. or make roll-ups. or just sautee in butter (maybe along with some lemon basil leaves)- but not too crowded or they tend to boil in their own liquid. You want them to sautee and become golden brown. Use a real big pan or do batches.

1 Bunch of Lemon Basil. This herb has been surprising me. I thought I just grew it because of my compulsion to grow variety. But I have found it to be really nice! A couple Fridays ago, Bobby Jordan sent us home with a few packages of fresh Haddock. I rinsed and patted them dry, salt and peppered each side, then placed them in an olive oiled ceramic baking dish. Then I used about 1/3 a stick of butter - melted it in little pan on the stove. Cut some lemon peel off a lemon and chopped it (yellow part only - no white), added that. Then added about a tablespoon of chopped lemon basil and a teaspoon of chopped dill. I poured that over the fish, massaged it on to make sure it was coated, then foil wrapped it and baked at 350 for 20 minutes or so. I removed the foil for the last few minutes. The fish is ready when it is just beginning to flake apart - not when it is totally dried out!
We also use lemon basil in potato salad, in marinades for grilling (herbs, a little vinegar, a little lemon juice and olive oil). Meg Tobin, our flower specialist here at the farm, recommends an easy pasta dish with lemon basil. While your pasta is boiling heat some good olive oil on the stove, throw in lemon basil, some lemon basil, garlic would be good, chilli flakes if you like, then add the pasta once it's cooked and drained and finish with broken up pieces of goat cheese. yum.

2 Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers. These are spicy. They are the pointy lime-green ones. the most common place to see these is pickled rings as an accompaniment to fried calamari. The State of Colorado has created a webpage all about pickling peppers: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09314.html Anyway, the mix need not be fancy - just salt, water, and vinegar is fine. The peppers themselves have plenty of flavor on their own. We like them as a pizza topping - especially with Barbeque chicken. They are also super on sandwiches - but to tell you the truth they are even better when pickled first. So do a quick pickle.

1 Bunch of Chioggia Beets. This variety is candy-striped inside, you'll notice if you cut cross-sections of it raw. The colors do tend to run together when cooked, however, leaving a pinkish colored cooked beet. Another variety that will not stain your hands, clothes, cutting board, sponge, etc. You can roast them just the same way as ever. or what about beet chocolate cake? There are lots of beet salad recipes on the website, too. To make them last the longest, cut the tops off right at the crown of the beet. You can steam or sautee the greens if you want. then keep the roots in a plastic bag in the fridge and they should stay there, firm and happy for quite some time.

1 Green and 1 Red Head of Romaine lettuce. Our enormous herd of turkeys and turkey adolescents that graze around the farm prefer White Barn Farm Romaine lettuce. The birds do no have much consideration for us farmers. Can't they see the whole bed of lettuce gone straight to seed with the heat? We need that Romaine!! We just eeked out enough to throw in the box. Apologies for any nibbled edges. Hope you have a crunchy salad despite those wild turkeys!

 
Posted 7/23/2011 6:21am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Heat Stroke! Holy Smokes! We are on full irrigation mania mode. Drip all day. Overhead early and late. I have stopped counting how many gallons of water I am drinking a day.

Hi Friday Peeps! We have 3 boxes left - if you forgot yours come by the stand between 10 and 2 today to grab it. Hang in there with the heat wave. Cold showers are good! So here's what was in the share:

2 lbs of Red Ace Beets. Roast 'em up. or put in a foil packet on the grill. or just boil them. or just shred them raw on a salad. or try this different roasted beet salad with a spicy orange vinaigrette.

2 lbs New Potatoes - Dark Red Norland. Boil them in salted water. Don't peel, eat the peel. From there you can make a warm potato salad, cold potato salad - scallions and herbs and lemon and mayo do the trick. or parsleyed potatoes (see the parsley section). or mash. or just put on the plate and put butter, salt and pepper on the table. Enjoy!

2 Zucchini and 1 Summer Squash. I don't seem to ever get tired of marinated grilled zucchini. TJ, my KP classmate, and chef at the Black Rock Cafe on 140 headed to Franklin from Wrentham, elevated it one beautiful step when we went in the other day. He grilled zuchhini slices and then made an herbed goat cheese and put a good puff of that on each slice, then put them under the broiler until just barely browned on top. That could be a killer appetizer to share at a BBQ. They were absolutely delicious. You can see our zucchini, basil, hot peppers, and whatever's happening in our fields on the Black Rock's menu.

Italian Eggplant and 1 Asian Eggplant. the eggplants are coming! They looked like goners at one point earlier this season. Colorado Potato Beetle larvae were skeletonizing the leaves overnight. We donned gloves and had a squishing fest, or as our wonderful British WWOOFers would say, "squidging." I'm not sure that helped, but either way the plants have made a tremendous recovery and are now just being beautiful plants with purple flowers and fuzzy leaves. Do be careful of handling the calyx, they can be very spiky!  I had a breaded eggplant epiphany the other evening. I did 1/4 - 1/2 inch slices into a big stainless bowl, shaking some salt and drizzling olive oil every time a layer was formed. Then I would mix with a wooden spoon to make sure they got completely coated. I was doing this mostly so they wouldn't turn brown as I continued to cut. Eggplants are little sponges, so don't be stingy with the olive oil! then I chopped up some basil and parsley and added that. Then I grated parmesan on a box grater and threw that into the food processor with some panko bread crumbs (roughly half and half - maybe slightly more crumbs). I added that to the bowl and stirred it around to try to coat the slices. I oiled two baking sheets and placed the slices on the sheet, patting on some extra crumbs as i arranged them on the sheet. Notice this was the first time my hands were messy. Hurray for no flour dredge, egg wash, then crumbs. I baked them at 350. flipped them after twenty minutes, then left in for another twenty (estimates - check for golden brown deliciousness.) They were terrific. More delicious than any triple dipped and griddled fried eggplant I've ever made. There was no bitterness. The skin was easy to cut. The texture was extra creamy. Delicious! I served them with some penne and tomato sauce with veggies. yum. easiest of all - marinate and throw on the grill along with the zucchini.

Bunch of Basil. Some of you may be wondering "why basil when there are no tomatoes?" Basil is wonderful anytime it will grow! It is equally well paired with zucchini, believe it or not. Here is a recipe for a raw zucchini salad with lemon and basil. I also am quite fond of making Zucchini and Basil Carbonara, which I learned to make at a little agriturismo in Abruzzo. thanks Marino!

Bunch of Parsley. Parsleyed potatoes! My mom would always make this and it is really a winner. Just boil your scrubbed new potatoes in salted water until fork tender. drain.  add a good amount of butter to the hot pan and melt over low heat. Add a good handful of chopped parlsey to the butter. toss in the potatoes and stir around. Such a wonderful side dish. or try Ina Garten's Tabouleh.

2 Heads Lettuce. this variety, Magenta, from High Mowing Seeds, is a real trooper in the dog days.

Fresh Red Torpedo Onions - Tropeana Lunga. Use like a red onion. salads, potato salad, sautees, pasta salad, beet salad, sandwiches, burgers.

Bunch of Scallions Grilled Scallions with Sesame Oil

Slicing Cucumber. refreshing veggie.

Serrano Hot Peppers. how about some fish tacos with a spicy coleslaw. You've got to still have a kohlrabi or cabbage back there somewhere. Or you can make a spicy Salsa Verde. I found a very interesting recipe with nice photos on Laylita's Recipes I am thinking of the anchovy and herb pesto. Just turn it up a notch. These peppers are quite hot so chop them fine if you're tossing them on nachos and serve with sour cream! (you may also remove the seeds to make the effect even milder)
Posted 7/21/2011 4:18pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Heat Stroke! Holy Smokes! We are on full irrigation mania mode. Drip all day. Overhead early and late. I have stopped counting how many gallons of water I am drinking a day.

2 lbs of Red Ace Beets. Roast 'em up. or put in a foil packet on the grill. or just boil them. or just shred them raw on a salad. or try this different roasted beet salad with a spicy orange vinaigrette.

2 lbs New Potatoes - Dark Red Norland. Boil them in salted water. Don't peel, eat the peel. From there you can make a warm potato salad, cold potato salad - scallions and herbs and lemon and mayo do the trick. or parsleyed potatoes (see the parsley section). or mash. or just put on the plate and put butter, salt and pepper on the table. Enjoy!

2 Zucchini and 1 Summer Squash. I don't seem to ever get tired of marinated grilled zucchini. TJ, my KP classmate, and chef at the Black Rock Cafe on 140 headed to Franklin from Wrentham, elevated it one beautiful step when we went in the other day. He grilled zuchhini slices and then made an herbed goat cheese and put a good puff of that on each slice, then put them under the broiler until just barely browned on top. That could be a killer appetizer to share at a BBQ. They were absolutely delicious. You can see our zucchini, basil, hot peppers, and whatever's happening in our fields on the Black Rock's menu.

Italian Eggplant and 1 Asian Eggplant. the eggplants are coming! They looked like goners at one point earlier this season. Colorado Potato Beetle larvae were skeletonizing the leaves overnight. We donned gloves and had a squishing fest, or as our wonderful British WWOOFers would say, "squidging." I'm not sure that helped, but either way the plants have made a tremendous recovery and are now just being beautiful plants with purple flowers and fuzzy leaves. Do be careful of handling the calyx, they can be very spiky!  I had a breaded eggplant epiphany the other evening. I did 1/4 - 1/2 inch slices into a big stainless bowl, shaking some salt and drizzling olive oil every time a layer was formed. Then I would mix with a wooden spoon to make sure they got completely coated. I was doing this mostly so they wouldn't turn brown as I continued to cut. Eggplants are little sponges, so don't be stingy with the olive oil! then I chopped up some basil and parsley and added that. Then I grated parmesan on a box grater and threw that into the food processor with some panko bread crumbs (roughly half and half - maybe slightly more crumbs). I added that to the bowl and stirred it around to try to coat the slices. I oiled two baking sheets and placed the slices on the sheet, patting on some extra crumbs as i arranged them on the sheet. Notice this was the first time my hands were messy. Hurray for no flour dredge, egg wash, then crumbs. I baked them at 350. flipped them after twenty minutes, then left in for another twenty (estimates - check for golden brown deliciousness.) They were terrific. More delicious than any triple dipped and griddled fried eggplant I've ever made. There was no bitterness. The skin was easy to cut. The texture was extra creamy. Delicious! I served them with some penne and tomato sauce with veggies. yum. easiest of all - marinate and throw on the grill along with the zucchini.

Bunch of Basil. Some of you may be wondering "why basil when there are no tomatoes?" Basil is wonderful anytime it will grow! It is equally well paired with zucchini, believe it or not. Here is a recipe for a raw zucchini salad with lemon and basil. I also am quite fond of making Zucchini and Basil Carbonara, which I learned to make at a little agriturismo in Abruzzo. thanks Marino!

Bunch of Parsley. Parsleyed potatoes! My mom would always make this and it is really a winner. Just boil your scrubbed new potatoes in salted water until fork tender. drain.  add a good amount of butter to the hot pan and melt over low heat. Add a good handful of chopped parlsey to the butter. toss in the potatoes and stir around. Such a wonderful side dish. or try Ina Garten's Tabouleh.

2 Heads Lettuce. this variety, Magenta, from High Mowing Seeds, is a real trooper in the dog days.

Fresh Red Torpedo Onions - Tropeana Lunga. Use like a red onion. salads, potato salad, sautees, pasta salad, beet salad, sandwiches, burgers.

Bunch of Scallions Grilled Scallions with Sesame Oil

Slicing Cucumber. refreshing veggie.

Serrano Hot Peppers. how about some fish tacos with a spicy coleslaw. You've got to still have a kohlrabi or cabbage back there somewhere. Or you can make a spicy Salsa Verde. I found a very interesting recipe with nice photos on Laylita's Recipes I am thinking of the anchovy and herb pesto. Just turn it up a notch. These peppers are quite hot so chop them fine if you're tossing them on nachos and serve with sour cream! (you may also remove the seeds to make the effect even milder)
Posted 7/21/2011 2:46pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
More gratuitous flower pushing!!!

Come see Meg at the Patriot Place Farmers Market Today! Thursday, July 21st from 3pm to 7pm.

We are selling just flowers, since there are plenty of produce vendors already.

The bunches are ten dollars, to account for the extra cost of the market, transport, and labor.

But! If you mention to Meg that you came because you saw this email - back down to eight dollars!!! 

The market is a row of white tents set up kind of near the Red Robin at Patriots Place. Swing by on your way home from work!

Thanks Again!!! and I apologize for stuffing your email box two days in a row!!! 
Posted 7/21/2011 2:33pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
More gratuitous flower pushing!!!

Come see Meg at the Patriot Place Farmers Market Today! Thursday, July 21st from 3pm to 7pm.

We are selling just flowers, since there are plenty of produce vendors already.

The bunches are ten dollars, to account for the extra cost of the market, transport, and labor.

But! If you mention to Meg that you came because you saw this email - back down to eight dollars!!! 

The market is a row of white tents set up kind of near the Red Robin at Patriots Place. Swing by on your way home from work!

Thanks Again!!! and I apologize for stuffing your email box two days in a row!!!