Hello CSA members!
Assistant Farmer Dylan here. Since Farmer Christy is upstairs feeding Baby Graham and Farmer Chris is out delivering our farm-fabulous produce to the finest local restaurants, I have been called in from weeding the squash patch to write up this email! It is a true steamy summer afternoon, after so many refreshing cool days. We have all recovered from a wild weekend of beach trips and cookouts and have been handling an extremely bountiful harvest for you to enjoy! Thank you all for being part of our farm!
This week's share contains:
3 lbs. slicing tomatoes. We've provided a mix of standard red slicers and heirloom varieties this week, eat the softest, ripest fruit first! The funkier the tomato, the better the flavor. Since this time of year is practically The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, you might want to try them on more than just salads and sandwiches. Cool, nourishing, and healthy gazpacho is a perfect bring-along on a trip to the beach or any picnic, and a good way to utilize all those beauitful summer tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
1 quart salad tomatoes. These are great cut up in salads, snacked on, or chopped up to put in a burrito! There really is no limit to what one can do with a fresh, ripe tomato. Go nuts!
1 pint cherry tomatoes. A good mix of colors, shapes, and varieties. If you can manage to resist eating them all on the trip home from the farm and would like to stretch out your tomato supply, try oven dried cherry tomatoes.
1 bunch of arugula. After long last this delightful spicy green is back! This goes great in any salad or sandwich, and is wonderful paired with a dressing of lemon juice, fresh black pepper, and olive oil.
1 bunch of fennel. Throw these babies on the grill as part of your summer cookout spread! The licorice flavor mellows a bit when cooked, and it tastes great seared on cast iron with a simple marinade with lemon and olive oil. Throw it on a bed of cous cous or quinoa!
2 lbs. mixed sweet peppers. We mixed up the colors and varieties here and your taste buds are sure to really dig it. These are excellent grilled, roasted, raw, you name it!
1 Head of Lettuce. Use this as the base of a salad or on an awesome burger with grilled peppers and a big fat slice of tomato.
1 lb. Cucumbers! During the hot days ahead try them in a dilly cucumber salad. Or do what I do at the end of a long hot day in the field, try a few slices in a refreshing cucumber gin & tonic!
Cantaloupe or Watermelon. We leave the selection up to you! The farm crew is able to pick so many tomatoes thanks in no small part to these thirst-quenching snacks. Challenge your friends and family to a watermelon seed-spitting contest, or keep it relaxed with some tasty, tasty cantaloupe.
Thanks again for making our small organic farm possible!
Hi everybody! Well it turned out to be a lovely afternoon after all. Thank you all for coming to pick up your share (or for picking up tomorrow, Wednesday peeps). We can take back any clean dry pint or quart containers that you may be collecting. Just put them in a stack on the sign-in table instead of the lobster crate for the waxed boxes, if you do. The real heart of summer is here and we thank you all for sticking with us!
This week's share contained:
2 lbs slicing tomatoes. eat the reddest ripest first. save the slightly firmer for a day or two later.
1 pint salad tomatoes. snack 'em, skewer and grill, slice and throw on a green salad, or toss with those cute little tiny mozzarella balls, some shredded basil, salt, and olive oil for an adorable version of caprese salad.
2 lbs mixed sweet peppers. you can try pepper antipasto. Great with cheese and salami and bread for an afternoon or evening snack. Add a glass of Rose and I'm in heaven. This recipe calls for red bell peppers but ours aren't red yet, but I think this would still make a nice meal: Stuffed Bell Peppers. Another go-to meal when you've got green peppers on hand is Classic Fajitas, this recipe from those reliable folks at Cooks Illustrated.
1 Italian Eggplant. Chris made an excellent pasta (or was it on rice?) the other day with thinly sliced onion, pepper, and eggplant sauteed along with garlic and ginger until nicely golden brown. He put some magic seasonings on there (?) and then some soy sauce and a couple dashes of Bragg's Ginger & Sesame dressing. Here is a recipe for the classic antipasto element, eggplant caponata - it even calls for diced tomatoes, bell pepper, and celery - all in the share.
1 Zucchini & 1 Summer Squash. You could certainly do a niced mixed grilled (oven roasting works equally well) veggie platter with the squash, eggplant, peppers, and small tomatoes (onions, too, if you have any rolling around). Leftover grilled veggies make an awesome salad - just season with s&p, splash on some balsamic and olive oil and perhaps add some crumbled feta or goat cheese and some torn basil leaves. They could also become part of a delicious pasta salad, top a pizza or foccacia, or be part of a sandwich, or a fancy bruschetta topping.
1 Bunch of Celery. We still don't grow California celery, but I do think the celery came out especially nice this year. If you are a true celery diehard you may enjoy celery sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese on our celery, but mostly this celery is about adding flavor to cooked dishes. If you are making any chowders or soups or stews or braised meats or stir fries, this celery is the perfect base. The french culinary term, mirepoix, describes the essential basis of all sauces: onion, carrot, and celery. One CSA member decided to feature the celery last time it was in the share (the week I never was able to send the email. She made a cream of celery soup, using potatoes to give it body, and chicken stock and a little cream for richness. Oh, I should also mention that you can chop the leaves as a fresh herb, add them to your stockpot, or bunch and hang upside down out of the sun to dry. When crinkly dry, crumble into an airtight container and use all winter to season soups and whatnot. You could also blend the dried celery fine with kosher salt to make your own celery salt (Chicago's secret ingredient to a great hot dog).
1 Bunch of Carrots. yummy! I've been steaming little carrot cubes for baby Graham lately and I plum forgot how good a steamed carrot tastes. especially if you put a little butter on it or make a little orange juice honey and fresh thyme glaze or something like that. Roasted carrots are wonderfully sweet, too. I usually end up just shredding them raw on a salad or just snacking on a carrot that has escaped it's bunch at the wash station.
1 Head of Lettuce. a big head of romaine. Grab your anchovies, egg yolks, lemon, olive oil, and parmesan. It's time to make a Caesar Salad.
Cucumbers! a couple slicers to enjoy.
Little bundle of Basil. you are going to want to eat or preserve this right away - some of the undersides of the leaves have a little haze of dark mildew that will turn the leaves brown after a day or two in the fridge. (I have a theory that you could maybe soak it in some water with either salt or vinegar to kill it, but i don't know). Whiz into a pesto or chop it into olive oil with some salt to put on tomato salads or sandwiches all week.
Cantaloupe or Watermelon. your choice from the baskets next to the sign in board. I have been loving the cantaloupe and so has baby Graham. Eating ripe melon in the field is one of the top reasons to become a farmer. We don't grow seedless watermelons so have fun spitting the seeds (preferably outside).
Good Morning Sunshine!!!! Whoa! What a whole lot of rain yesterday. Thank you to all of you who weathered that insane downpour just as we opened (and let's be honest, continued on for pretty much the rest of the afternoon). We are so fortunate that we have such a dedicated customer base. A crazy storm like that sure generates a lot of energy. What a hoot to see Chris in his orange fisherman pants running back and forth with umbrellas trying to get you all from your cars and back. Our crew was tireless and undampened (in spirit only, of course). Actually, a storm like that also generates a lot of laundry as our whole crew needed new socks, shorts, and tshirts to take a lunch break and then again after setting up the stand! Anyway, we hope it was worth it when you got home with your delicious fresh food!!!
Although it seemed incongruous considering the weather, yesterday was the day that the real summer bounty hit the stand: Cantaloupes are ripe! Our sweet corn is ready! Tomatoes are on!! The heirlooms and everything! Get it while the gettins good! We are open today from 10am to 2pm . . .
Melons, tomatoes, and corn have got to be the quintessential summer treats! But our other summer produce is cranking, too: cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers. We even have some midsummer lettuce to complete the BLT sandwich. And we have the onions, potatoes, basil, and parsley needed to make a meal of all of this. In fact, with Iggy's Bread, Puddingstone Organics Eggs, and local honey at the stand, you may not even need to go to the grocery store! Plus you can feast your eyes on all of the different varieties you are unlikely to find at the grocery store. Little sweet orange "yummy" snack peppers, round yellow "lemon" cucumbers, light purple and white striped eggplants, fresh specialty red potatoes, and green-when-ripe tomatoes, to name a few.
And the farm flowers are going crazy, too. Laurene Hulbig has worked her magic again and there are lots of gorgeous bouquets to brighten your day. Only 12 bucks to make your friends' week and provide a lovely hostess gift (or just put on your own table!).
This Sunday, August 11th, is your chance to celebrate, support, and see White Barn Farm! We are having a farm fundraiser Sunday market, bring-your-own picnic, farm tours, live music, a raffle, face painting, hula hooping, dancing etc. The event is $15 and is located at the farm. You will still park at the Roadside Stand and carefully cross the road (being courteous to all those rambunctious Sunday drivers on 1A). There is some parking at the farm house for anyone with a wheelchair or mobility issues. Bring lawnchairs or blankets, your cooler (nothing with bottle caps, please), lawn games, and maybe sunscreen and insect repellent. No pets. But kids under 12 are free!! The event is from 2pm to 7pm. You can purchase tickets in advance on Brown Paper Tickets.
The Sunday Market lineup is looking good: a version of our farmstand, Franklin Honey with honey and their outstanding soaps, lip balm, hand cream, etc, WMR Woodworking with his stunning reclaimed hardwood cutting boards and wooden utensils and cool objects galore. We even coaxed the talented Karl Zeigler to bring whatever beautiful ceramics he has ready for sale. There will be a community art project ongoing and face painting for all ages. The musical guests are Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, Birdie Busch, and Jenee Halstead. For more info check out: https://www.facebook.com/events/546427158749049/ All proceeds of the raffle go towards maintaining the White Barn Farm grounds and buildings, stewarded by the locally famous Mary Alice Raymond, aka Grammie, Ganga, Liz, Mama (my 91 year old grandmother who tolerates and even supports a young farm (and family) springing up on her family homestead). Please respect our home and our neighbors and join us for a lovely afternoon!
Thanks as always!
Christy, Chris and Baby Graham at White Barn Farm
This week in your share you received:
2 Heads of Lettuce
1 pint of 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.
2 lbs of onions. These won't last forever - we cut the tops before they were completely cured. But we expect you to be able to use these for the next couple of weeks. They will store fine in a basket at room temperature.
1 lb of green peppers. These are sweet peppers. There are two very small hot peppers in your share (one is a jalapeno and the other is a Hungarian hot Wax pepper). All of the large peppers are sweet, not hot, even the big pointy green ones. Peppers and onions are a classsic combo for pizza topping, accompanying grilled sausage, as a base to a stir fry, or rice and beans. Veggie burritos are a great easy meal at this time of year. Just cook some rice, open a can of beans, and sautee some veggies. Shred some cheese. finish with fresh herbs (sorry you probably have to buy cilantro for now), sour cream, and hot sauce. pow. done. especially recommended for growing boys.
2 Hot peppers (mentioned above). Use for fresh salsa or if you want a spicy veggie mix for your burritos. Or throw some spicy rings on top of a tray of nachos. yum. discard the seeds if you want less heat. and for goodness sakes do not touch your eyes or sensitive parts without washing your hands after you've handled hot pepper seeds.
2 lbs of slicing tomatoes. you can transform these beauties into BLTs, Lettuce and mayo sandwiches, fresh hand cut salsa, caprese salad, eggplant tomato stacks. whatever you decide!
2 lbs of cucumbers. Now you may have to start getting creative with your cucumbers. Chris and I stayed up late making pickles last night. The whole process began in the afternoon with our babysitter Caroline, Grammie, and my cousin Max beginning the slicing party. Even Caroline's mom, a longtime CSA member picking up her share, got into the act for a little bit. We cover the sliced cukes w/ kosher salt and ice cubes and wait for them to melt. After the ice melted, the farmstand was closed, Graham was asleep, and we had finished our BBQ sandwiches from the Commonwealth BBQ on Wampum Corner, the pickling process began: Making the pickling liquid, washing all the mason jars, tracking down all the lids and bands, getting the water bath canning pot out and heated up, etc. Chris packed the jars and I ladled the hot liquid on top. We were able to finish 36 quarts before Graham woke up and would not go back to sleep, we ran out of pickling liquid, and our eyes were puffed shut with weariness. I will have to do at least one more batch this evening. Anyway, now that I've made the pickling process sound so fun and easy I will share a completely different recipe: Cold Cucumber Soup. Some other recipes from our Recipe Page when you type "cucumber" into the search recipes box are: Cucumber Gazpacho (Trader Joe's is a pretty great source of organic avocados), Chilly Dilly Cucumbers, and Shaved Cucumber Salad (feel free to use this as a recipe for a slicing method of cukes and then improvise the rest).
2 Eggplants. This could be a perfect week to try Eggplant-Tomato Stacks. Grilled eggplant is delicious. Eggplant can certainly be used in a stir fry or a sautee of fresh veggies to go into those veggie burritos i was talking about.
Hope you have a great week!!
Thanks as always!
Christy, Chris, Graham, and the White Barn team :)
One Tomato. A beefsteak from our High Tunnel. If it is not really solid red, give it a day or two of sitting out on the counter to ripen. Never Refrigerate tomatoes! It makes them mealy and crystallized. Wait until it’s perfectly ripe, then slice and enjoy. A BLT or just a tomato mayo lettuce sandwich can really hit the spot at this time of year. A nice piece of toast spread with goat cheese or cream cheese and topped with a slice of tomato and finished with salt and fresh pepper and perhaps a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil is just divine. Tear up a couple basil leaves to really complete the dish. Of course there is always the classic Caprese salad: Sliced fresh mozzarella instead of the toast with cheese described above. Don’t underestimate the power of a pinch of salt and grind of fresh pepper – it’s as important for the mozzarella as for the tomato.
One Eggplant. The first of the season! You have an Italian type eggplant in your share – it is either the classic black variety or a more lavender skinned variety. Both are great. It’s amazing how far one sliced eggplant can go. It all depends on the thickness of the slices. I usually don’t bother with salting and draining and rinsing. I just toss the slices with plenty of olive oil (eggplant is greedy that way), S & P and maybe some herbs. Then I bake them on a baking sheet at 375 or so, flipping once until nice color has developed and they are quite tender. You can do all sorts of things with roasted eggplant. You can have it right away in a pasta – with fresh tomato, basil, cheese. Or a cool salad of chopped roasted eggplant, feta, and mint. Eggplant is delicious grilled. And you can always do the classic eggplant parmesan with the flour, eggwash, seasoned breadcrumb sequence before pan frying then baking in a casserole with mozzarella and tomato sauce.
2 lbs pickling cucumbers & 1 slicing cucumber
1 zucchini & 1 summer squash
2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes
1 quart beets. Roast and eat! These will store for a while in your fridge if you don't feel like using them this week.
2 lbs Ailsa Craig onions. These are not cured so they will store best in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
1 bunch Basil1 little head of lettuce. Just enough to have some leaves to put on your tomato sandwich.
White Barn Farm is BLOOMING. Big Time! Treat yourself or someone you've been thinking of. These are locally grown, never sprayed with anything, super-fresh flowers. Gentlemen, you do not have to bring home flowers only if you are in trouble! You can just bring some home for everyone to enjoy! Bouquets are only $11.30 plus $.70 tax for a total of 12 bucks. Not bad!
We have Lilies for $2/stem and the first picking of Sunflowers for 75 cents/stem! Plus Laurene Hulbig is putting together fabulous bouquets with all of the flowers we've cut in the past two mornings. Amazing! Come see for yourself! Laurene is a floral designer specializing in wedding design, normally. We are so lucky to have her arranging our farm flowers!! Her website is www.laurenehulbig.com if you want to connect with her about wedding flowers for an upcoming event. She can certainly feature some (or all) White Barn blooms, in season. Just ask!
Just a reminder, Jordan Brothers Seafood is at the farm Tuesdays 2pm to 6pm! If you need a fast, easy supper, pick up something from the seafood truck. The scallops are phenomenal. Rinse them, pat dry thoroughly with a paper towel, season with salt and pepper or more if you're feeling fancy, and sear on both sides in a blend of butter and a high heat oil like organic canola, safflower, or sunflower. Take them off the heat when they still yield a little bit when pressed. Serve immediately (so don't cook them until everyone is ready to eat - almost sitting at the table). Boil some White Barn potatoes, sautee some zucchini and basil in olive oil and Voila! Dinner.
The Edible Plant Walk scheduled for this evening (Tuesday 7/23) with John Root has been postponed due to uncertain weather. Stay tuned for the new date. The free, open to the public, Wrentham Cultural Council sponsored walk was quite popular last year. These are Wild Edible plants, by the way. Of course they are on the edges of the farm and among all of our cultivated edible plants!
Keep your eye out for our beautiful new "OPEN" flag. It is truly a beautiful piece of folk art, quilted by none other than Heather Willey, who usually designs our Plant Sale poster each year and who made the signs on the front of the market shed with the help of her woodworking husband, Tim. Thanks Heather!!!
For those of you who haven't seen yet, our early tomatoes are rolling in. We have been picking all the ripe and all the ones turning color to get them out of the field before they are damaged by the bunnies, chipmunks, crows; cracked by too much water, or damaged by rot. So if it looks a little more orange than red, let it ripen on the counter for a few days. I like to sit them on their shoulders so the weight of the tomato doesn't crush the bottom, which is more useable anyway. The exception is if the tomato is supposed to be orange when it is ripe, like the delicious variety, Orange Blossom. If you aren't sure, just ask the person at the farmstand.
Thanks as always. Do not miss us this week! Hope you like the flowers!
It is a heat wave. This is crazy. It is extreme and our amazing crew has been keeping up a really good attitude and even sharing their swimming pools with us after work! Yesterday we harvested all of our garlic and got it into the greenhouse to cure (dry). It was a major group effort. We have two volunteers that come every Thursday from the Providence restaurant, North, that we sell produce to. The chef there wants all of his employees to have experience growing food. So G and Andrew have been weeding like madmen every week until finally this week all hands on deck were pulling garlic and then arranging it in the greenhouse. My husband Chris has an unstoppable attitude and makes the work fun and efficient. We had our solar powered radio blasting bluegrass and all of us sweating hard and getting the project done. We would fill one tractor bucket with garlic plants and send it to the greenhouse to be unloaded and arranged so that they will dry but the tops layered over the bulbs so they would not sunscorch. Meanwhile, a second tractor bucket would be being filled in the field. And switch! Good times!
Needless to say, I missed sending the CSA email this week. I have been inundated with cutting and arranging flowers, doing deliveries in Providence, the garlic harvest, and taking care of Baby Graham after the babysitter leaves. The share was pretty straightforward this week. Maybe a little smaller in volume than usual, but full of things that are easy to use and super tasty:
Fresh Onions. This variety is called Ailsa Craig. Since they are harvested fresh they are sweeter than others. They are great for grilling like the other fresh onions, excellent in your quick pickles, or at the beginning of any sautee. Feel free to fine chop them for a hot dog condiment or sliver to top a pizza.
2 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes. golden fleshed freshly dug taters.
Carrots. enjoy the crunch of a fresh, raw carrot.
2 Zucchini and 1 Summer Squash. versatile and tasty.
Basil. Make a pesto and you can freeze it in small blocks to pull out anytime. Tomatoes will be coming . . .
3 Pickling Cucumbers and 1 Slicing Cucumber. taste and compare. like I mentioned last week, you may decide to peel the picklers. slice or dice and munch on these refreshing vegetables.
Purple Cabbage. What a gorgeous color. Thinly sliced red cabbage can easily be added to a green salad. Sorry no lettuce this week - a gap in the plantings! Check out this recipe for Sweet And Sour Red Cabbage.
Thank you for bearing with us! We hear the heat wave should subside after a wild thunderstorm Saturday afternoon. sounds great!
Sweet Deal! George Labonte, a Wrentham local, who keeps bees in Plainville and Wrentham is keeping us in honey! We are fresh out of Franklin Honey; 48 lbs sold out in a week! amazing! We have 48 jars just in today from George. One pound jars, $8.50.
My woodworking brother Will is going to make an appearance at the farmstand tomorrow, Friday, July 12th 2pm - 7pm. It's also Fish Friday and produce has been rolling in steadily so we are hoping for a great afternoon!
Will makes gorgeous cutting boards, utensils, and more from reclaimed wood. Get an idea of his style by checking out his etsy page: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WMRWoodworking Many of you probably caught a glimpse of his handiwork at our annual plant sale in May. He has a wide range of offerings and prices. I say it's never to early to stow away some holiday gifts!
Thank you for all supporting us! The weekdays have been picking up and we have been feeling very proud of the produce (and flowers!) we've had stocked at the stand.
We can smell the tomatoes and basil around the corner . . . (wait a minute! basil is already here!)
Our Summer Hours Postcards* are at the farmstand! Take one for your fridge or your glovebox if you can never remember when we are open. Take some extras if you have any family, friends, coworkers, new acquaintances, checkout people, or strangers on the street that you'd like to share a card with.
*TYPO DISCLAIMER: I asked the Copy Center at Staples to duplicate a card I had printed earlier in the season, deleting the top blurb on the back side. Somehow Sheldonville Roasters was changed to Roaster, croissants to crossaints, and bouquets to boquets. I'm assuming an accidental delete and manual retype happened. I really like the girl that always helps me there and I did not feel like wasting 500 postcards just to prove to Staples that I was right. BUT I also did not want you to think that this farmer (after 4 years of French at KP!) didn't know how to spell croissant or bouquet. Now I feel much better about distributing our typo'd cards . . .
Greetings CSA Members!!! Hope you are settling into your summer routines. Zucchini and Cucumbers are strong right now - hope you enjoy that. Eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes are not too far off - I found some orient express eggplant forming (in the field next to the farmstand) and we harvested three whole pints of cherry tomatoes yesterday :) Summer Trucks on and we are already on Share Seven!
3 heads of Lettuce
Dark Red Norland New Potatoes You really don't need to do more than boil these in salted water til fork tender, drain, and plop them on a table next to a salt shaker and a butter dish, but you can certainly make a warm potato salad, roast, hash brown, etc. Check out the Roasted Fennel and Potatoes recipe in the fennel section.
Gnome Cabbage. Pointy top. Not sure if I've mentioned this already but these were selected in Austria or Germany so that you can shred them easily, just holding the base of the cabbage, instead of having to quarter a big round cabbage. So shred away and dress or cook or kraut how you like! Don't miss our recipe page on the website you can use the search box, typing in "cabbage." The latest cabbage recipe added was Cabbage Strudel. If you cannot face a cabbage this week, put in a plastic bag and shove to the most out of reach place in your fridge for another time. It should store for a few weeks.
1 Head of Fennel. If you think you hate fennel, give Roasted Fennel and Potatoes a shot. Ex-con and foodie sweetheart, Martha Stewart, will tell you how. The recipe calls for two heads of fennel (is last week's still kicking around?) but you could use some torpedo onions to make up the volume. We had a dining room full of cousins last night and we all thoroughly enjoyed a bowl of roasted potatoes, onions, fennel, and carrots - tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, herbs, and garlic before roasting on a baking sheet in the oven.
2 Zucchini. Zucchini and basil taste wonderful together. I always share a recipe I learned during my farming travels in Italy: Zucchini and Basil "carbonara" I checked our website today and other farms that use Small Farm Central had shared these more zuke recipes, including Grilled Zucchini and Orzo Salad (you could substitute basil for the cilantro and grilled torpedo onions for the cherry tomatoes). If you got a rather large zucchini, consider making a Zucchini Lasagna.
1 Bunch of Beets. A couple of diced torpedo onions would make a lovely base for a roasted beet salad. Roast your beets, then peel and dice, toss with the onions, salt, pepper, balsamic and olive oil. Jazz up with blue cheese, goat cheese, feta, and/or avocado. Serve over lettuce or just on its own.
3 lbs Pickling Cucumbers. Here is a good secret about pickling cukes: you can eat them as regular cucumbers! Sometimes their skins are a little tougher or more bitter so you may want to peel them first, but you can cut off a slice to assess for yourself. One delicious way to serve these little guys is to slice them in coins and add a few pinches of salt and sugar, then add a few tablespoons of seasoned rice wine vinegar. Cover and put in the refrigerator. Within an hour the cukes will have released a lot of their water so all the coins are covered (if not, maybe add a little more of the vinegar). They are ready to eat and will keep much longer than plain sliced up cukes. If you are feeling more ambitious you can try one of these recipes for Bread and Butter Pickles or Dill Pickles, downsizing the recipe for the quantity of cukes you have. Or you can pick up more picklers at the farmstand. We had quite the harvest this week!
1 bunch of Tropeana Lunga "Torpedo" Onions. More fresh onions. Fresh onions are milder than cured onions. They should be stored in the fridge. Though not as tender, the tops can still be used like scallion greens, particularly if you're cooking them or tossing them in with your hot potatoes for a warm potato salad. If you're firing up the grill, I suggest cutting these in half lengthwise, leaving the root base on to hold it together, and tossing with oil or a marinade before grilling (across the grates). I even find the sizzled greens delicious. Any leftover grilled onions are excellent for salads, orzo or grain salads, pizza, pasta, etc.
1 bunch of Basil. Since this is a bunch with stems this could keep quite well in a glass of water on the counter. Just as with fresh flowers, make sure there are no leaves in the water ( you may have to strip some lower leaves) or the water will go bad. Basil leaves can also be plucked, dried, and preserved whole submerged in olive oil. As long as no leaves are poking out into the air, you can keep it like this in your cabinet. It will definitely keep in the fridge this way, too, but the olive oil will solidify so you should take out the jar twenty minutes or so before using. The olive oil will take on some basil flavor so you can use if for cooking or salad dressing once the basil is gone. Pesto is another choice - whiz in the food processor with olive oil, garlic, parmesan or pecorino cheese, toasted nuts, lemon juice, salt and pepper. I could eat the whole batch on wheat thins. If you want to kill two CSA Birds with one Stone check out this Zucchini Pesto Bruschetta Recipe.
That's all folks! Thanks a bunch!
christy, chris, graham man and our wonderful crew!
ay ay ay. i'm sure most of your produce is long gone at this point. but just in case, here is the email that I sent Tuesday and accidentally did not put on the website OR email to Wed/fri members. Hope you all had a fun fouth!!
Howdy Everyone! This is a tasty share with lots of items you probably are already familiar with!
1 Bunch Carrots. The obvious choices are to shred on a salad or crunch on for a snack with hummus or something. If you want to feature the carrots give this Honey Glazed Carrots with Mint recipe a try.
1 Head Fennel. If you are already going to do some grilling, why not try grilled fennel. If you make pulled pork sandwiches ever, a quick pickled thin sliced fennel would be a lovely sandwich topping.
3 Heads Lettuce
1 Bunch Torpedo Onions. Fresh red onions that are kind of like a big fat red scallion. Great for mincing as a base to a roasted beet salad, guacamole, balsamic vinaigrette, pasta salad. anything. use like a red onion they are just a little milder.
1 Head Radicchio. Chop and mix with your lettuce and you should have salad for the week.
1 Yellow Squash and 1 Zucchini. This would be a great week for Pasta Tutto Giardino. You could use the onions, carrots, fennel, and squash and zucchini if you wanted. If you have the ability to slice super thin, you could try the Squash, Potato, and Goat Cheese Gratin.
2 lbs New Potatoes. Scrub if necessary. Boil and eat with butter and salt. These potatoes are sublime. Usually potatoes are a storage crop that we consider a staple. These potatoes, dug before the tops have died back and the skins are hardened, are more of a fresh vegetable. Once dry, they will store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. These would be terrific for a warm potato salad. Just boil them whole until tender (not until totally blown out and waterlogged), drain and return to their pot with the lid open a crack to let the steam escape. Once they are cool enough to touch, quarter or halve them so they are a good size for potato salad. Meanwhile sautee your fresh onions, saving the greens to chop like scallions and chop some fresh herbs as well(parsley or fennel tops, perhaps?). A few strips of bacon diced up never hurts, if you like that sort of thing. Once the onions are to desired tenderness, throw in the potatoes, season with salt and pepper, add the herbs, and drizzle with some tasty olive oil and the juice of one lemon. You can add mayo or butter or really whatever your heart desires at this point. Snap peas are a wonderful addition to the party and kale has proven delicious as well. Be creative and enjoy the taste of a fresh potato.
Choice of an herb
Choice of a Cabbage