Week 14; September 7, 2017

What's in the box?  

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Cantaloupe
Watermelon m/l
Peppers
Beets m/l
Radishes m/l
Butterhead lettuce m/l
Heirloom and slicer Tomatoes
Red and yellow Onions
Sweet Corn

Notes on the box.  

Remember that the beet greens are edible. You can add them to soup or just sauté them with some garlic and serve them as a side dish. You can also use them in place of spinach in a lot of recipes.  
Radishes are back!  These little beauties are spicy.  We like them shredded and used as a topping on tacos. Slice them super thin and make fridge pickles with them for salads and sandwiches.  If the spice is too much you can quarter them and roast them.  
This is the last of the sweet corn for the season!  If you have some in your fridge that you haven't gotten to yet, you can cut it off the cob, put it into a freezer bag, and freeze it.  We don't blanch it first and have not been able to tell the difference between the blanched and unbalanced frozen corn.  
There may be a tomato or two next week, but they are all but finished.  
Melons take such a long time to grow!  We are limited in varieties that we can grow that have a short enough day length to ripen in our northern climate.  We are aways a little dismayed when they are ripe after cool weather hits.  You can puree cantaloupe or de seed and mash up the watermelon and make popsicles for next little warm front that we may get as Autumn sets in.  

Cosmic Wheel Creamery Cheese Shares.

More yummy ricotta!  Cool weather has me craving pasta.  This ricotta is great for baked pasta dishes.  It has about a 3 week shelf life in the fridge.  If you want to save it for later than that, you can freeze it.  
I also included some 2016 Circle of the Sun.  These are some of the last wheels from last season.  It's got some nice sweetness to it.  It might be one of my favorite batches of Circle of the Sun that I've ever made.  :D  Hope you enjoy it, too!

Recipes.

Tomato Ricotta Phyllo Tart

Beet Pasta With Ricotta

Cantaloupe SmoothieYou can cube up and freeze your cantaloupe for smoothies later!  

Ricotta, Corn, And Tomato Baked Ziti

Butter Roasted Radishes

On the Farm.

We are seeing the final throes of summer. It's the last of the corn. First frost is quickly approaching. We start picking winter squash next week and finish washing and sorting potatoes. We still have quite a collection of onions that need cleaning, so we are arranging onion cleaning work exchanges with some of the local farms so we can all get this big task done! 

We are under-staffed this month. Three workers have gone back to school or moved on to more permanent work situations. We apologize for the late deliveries. Fair traffic, heavy boxes and being short handed has made us much like the cold grasshopper. We are doing our best! Apologies for any inconvenience.  

And a little encouragement to help you feel inspired to eat those beautiful beets: 
"The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.” ― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

 

Forecast for next week.    

Napa cabbage
Tomatoes
Onion
Peppers
Romaine lettuce
Turnips
Kale? 
Last of the melons
Carrots