Week 11; August 27, 2015

Heads up!  We are switching our delivery route around this week and next to try to get ahead of the State Fair traffic.  Look for your delivery email to know when your box has arrived at your drop site. 

What's in the box? 

 medium share

medium share

 

  • red or gold green top beets (medium and large shares)
  • heirloom and slicer tomatoes
  • bell peppers
  • sweet onions
  • sweet corn
  • water melon
  • new potatoes

Notes on the box.

Everything in the box will look familiar to you this week. 

Large and Medium Shares got Golden or Red Green top beets.  Remove tops for the beets so that the roots don't get soft.  The greens are edible and you can use them in any recipe calling for chard or cooked spinach. 

We had our first taste of fall!  The cool weather slowed some things ripening.  The summer squash, zukes, and cukes have petered out with not enough out there to harvest for CSA members.  This may be a relief for many of you!   I know it's a relief for the backs of the workers who have been picking these crops 3-4 times per week for almost 2 months to stay ahead of them! 

I know I know I know... Wow.  That's a lot of Watermelon.  Watermelon stores best at cool room temperature (or 55 degrees, ideally).  It can be stored for around 10 days before you cut it.  Store cut watermelon in the fridge for up to 4 days.  You can cube it and keep it in a lidded container or cover the flesh with plastic wrap if you have left the rind on. Sorbet, popsicles, and fruit leather are all great ways to preserve watermelon if you can't eat it all fresh.  

Good weather for corn and potato chowder or vegetable soup.  Warmer weather again next week!

Don't worry, everyone.  Next week will bring more variety.  Expect Arugula, broccoli, maybe bok choi or another green, red bell peppers??  plus one more round of sweet corn (there was supposed to be a week off, but the successions ran together). 

Cheese Share.

This week we have yummy feta and some more of the Circle of the Sun from larger wheels.  It's aged a bit longer and has some really nice flavors coming out.  I'm tasting brown butter, mushrooms, wood, and hay.  Great with some red wine after the kids have gone to bed since this is a smallish slice that you might not be willing to share.  Don't worry!  A larger chunck will be delivered before the season is over.  Waiting waiting waiting for more to ripen...

The feta is great in a salad with watermelon or tomatoes or roasted beets. 

Recipes.

Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad) very popular here!  We could eat this everyday. 

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Sorbet (no icecream maker needed)

Watermelon, Rosemary, Feta Salad

Sweet and Savory Watermelon Salad

  • juice of a lime
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. honey
  • salt to taste
  • 8 cups diced seeded watermelon
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
  • 2 Tbsp. minced sweet onion

In a large non-metallic bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients.   Toss in the other ingredients and fold gently to combine.  Refrigerate for 2 hours to allow flavors to develop. 

On the Farm.

Morning milking with Ben.  Thanks so much, Dana, for the beautiful photos!  And thanks Ben and the cows for the beautiful milk for our cheese!  And thanks cows for the manure that becomes the compost that fertilizes the vegetable fields! 

and on the rest of the farm...