Week 12; August 23, 2018

What's in the box?  

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Sweet corn
Cucumbers
Romaine
Bell Peppers/ Sweet Peppers/ Biscane Peppers
Tomatoes
Watermelon
New potatoes
Dragon Tongue Beans
Cantaloupe

Notes on the box.

Last round of sweet corn!  Last of the melons!  The new item in the box this week is New Potatoes.  It may seem late for them, but we plant them quite a lot later than most farms to avoid Colorado Potato Beetles that can munch down entire plants in no time.  Keep them out of the fridge and out of the light until you want to eat them.  
Forgot to mention last week that the beautiful purple speckles on the Dragon Tongue Beans will fade when cooked.  They still taste great, but if you want to keep that beautiful color, try them raw in a salad.

Cosmic Wheel Creamery Cheese Shares.

Feta and Antares (our cows milk Manchego).  If you want to store your Feta for a while, you can unwrap it and put it in a container of brine- 2 tsp of salt in 2 cups of water.  The Antares is a pretty strong cheese that is really nice cubed or grated onto a salad or enjoyed as a snack.  

Recipes.

Corn Pudding recipe by CSA member Kris Chew - Kris brought this for lunch one day when she came out to do a workday on the farm.  Everyone ate it up and love it.  It was a big hit!

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1 box (8.5 oz) corn bread mix
1 teaspoon corn starch
2 cups corn

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, milk and sour cream. Stir in corn bread mix and corn starch. Fold in corn. Grease 9x13 pan and bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes until set and lightly browned.

Veggie Sauce for Pasta - Quick and Easy!
This is really wonderful with some shrimp in it (Rama's parents are visiting from Texas and always bring some yummy gulf shrimp with them) but it's also really great as a vegetarian meal.  If you can get your hands on some fresh pasta, you have a really fancy and delicious meal in no time. If serving with shrimp, sautée them in butter until cooked with a clove or 2 of crushed garlic and remove from pan while you cook the vegetables.  
Dice an onion and several bell peppers.  Sautee them in bacon grease, butter, or your preferred cooking oil until onions are translucent and peppers are getting tender.  Add 2 cloves of crushed garlic and stir in, then add several diced tomatoes and continue to cook until tomatoes release juices.  Season to taste with salt and crushed red pepper.  Get extra fancy by adding come fresh herbs like parsley or basil.  Spoon sauce onto cooked pasta and enjoy.  

On the farm.

Believe it or not we are quickly approaching the end of the growing season. We only have  5 more main season deliveries left!
This delivery we wanted to give you pure summer... Because next week should be a little different. We are close to the end of cucumbers, tail end of tomatoes, this is it for melons and sweet corn. Beans days are numbered. 
The fields are dry. We’ve been irrigating and to get fall crops established, but even with the effort we lost our fall broccoli and cauliflower due to flea beatles. But shouldn’t notice too many holes in the box. We have some nice crops of spinach, radishes, beets carrots, lots of pumpkins coming on. 

Sept 22 we are having a party!  More details to come soon, but put it on your calendar!