Monday, August 31, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 8/31

We've got 2 more weeks of regular CSA pick-ups and then will take a week or two off to let those fall brassicas, fall greens, winter squash, beets and turnips get ready for harvest. Expect the following this week:

Potatoes, carrots, chard, kale, arugula, tatsoi cabbage, parsley, eggplant, peppers, onions (red and white).

Sunday, August 23, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 8/24

The last week of August, always a turning point on a farm. Planting is done, weeding continues, people are getting back-to-school and back-to-work, September and fall are just around the corner. We are still enjoying the summer bounty for our harvests, but we'll soon move onto fall crops. Sadly, a rabbit - who I see run from the garden every single time I go out there - has eaten all of our final lettuce and spinach planting starts. And it's nibbled the tops of our carrots and beets. We can't seem to catch the critter (might be because it has since multiplied into hundreds of critters). But we did quickly plant some more lettuce and spinach, so we hope they will mature in time.

Expect the following in this week's basket:
Corn, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, shallots, scallions, arugula, lettuce, radicchio, parsley, kale or chard, and possibly melons.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 8/17

Summer is still here. We are weeding, finishing up our last planting of the season and desperately watering our thirsty crops. Hope you're not sick of tomatoes and eggplants!

Expect the following in this week's basket:
Corn, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, sweet pepper, hot pepper, onions, lettuce, arugula, parsley, kale or chard, radicchio, cilantro.

Monday, August 10, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 8/10

Evan Rio and big sister Seneca
Thanks for accommodating us last week with the schedule change... with the arrival of Evan Rio, we had to push back the harvest.

This week we're back on track and the tomatoes will continue to make you happy. Consider taking some of the saucing tomatoes to make a sauce (they are considered saucing because they have less water content so get to that saucy consistency faster than the heirlooms).

Not sure what to do with eggplant? Try this recipe for burnt eggplant, fry the eggplant and put it in a pasta sauce or on top of pizza, slice it the long way and baste it with a miso paste glaze and throw it on the grill, or make a classic ratatouille.

Expect the following this week:
Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, peppers (hot and sweet), sweet corn, green beans, lettuce, arugula, chard, parsley, basil, scallions, shallots, onions.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 7/27

Tomatoes abound! And to those of you who came to our April work-ation - remember all those potatoes you planted? We've harvested some "new" ones for you (new, meaning small).

Also, several people have asked me how to keep their greens from going limp in the fridge. Our greens are cut fresh in the morning so are full of water content, then we store them with the stems in water so the leaf continues to draw water up, keeping itself fresh and crisp. If the leafy green has more water content than your fridge (i.e., it is more "humid" than your fridge), then the leaf can wilt and go limp (and since the greens are so fresh, they likely do have more water content). Greens are best kept in water like you would keep cut flowers or in a breathable (e.g., open, or one with a few holes in it) plastic bag. Here's a link to an earlier post on storing vegetables that might be useful.

Expect the following in this week's basket:
Heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, new potatoes, eggplant, peppers, hot peppers, green beans, kohlrabi, scallions, parsley, basil, cilantro, lettuce, kale, radicchio.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 7/20

We are doing a lot of tomato care this week, making sure the plants will stay strong and healthy through September. And with no rain last week and no rain in the forecast this week, we are having to do a lot of watering. But summer's bounty continues! And it seems like we are having great luck with tomatoes, eggplants and peppers - the other CSAs around here have not yet included them in their shares.

Expect the following in this week's basket:

Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, kale or chard, arugula, frisee, basil, parsley, scallions, squash, cucumbers, green beans, garlic.

Monday, July 13, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 7/13

Thanks very much to Davoren Farm for contributing summer squash and cucumbers to our CSA!

Expect the following in this week's basket:
Summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes (a tiny taste), green beans, lettuce, arugula, basil, cilantro/dill, parsley, kale, collards, frisee, radicchio, scallions.

Here's a recipe for a greens salad that will be perfect for the frisee and radicchio: http://longhauling.blogspot.com/2014/07/recipe-w-bitter-greens.html.