CSA Newsletter-Box 10-August 24th, 2011

by jennifer on August 24, 2011

Hello,

I am almost giddy looking at the 7 day forecast. Is it really true? Hot summer days? We may have to modify our harvest schedule and pick certain things like cukes, squash, and beans 3 times/week instead of 2, lest they all become gargantuan. This would be a good week to order extra green beans or basil to put up for the winter. Call us at 360-273-5368 or email to place an order. We’ll be at market Thursday-Sunday, as always.

With this heat comes the possibility of field curing the onions. I am reluctant to get too hopeful about it. I don’t want to jinx ourselves. In an ideal world we would pull all the onions and lay them out in the field for a week or two and they would dry nicely in the summer sun. The whole crew would spend a few days clipping, cleaning, and bagging and the onions would be safely tucked away in the barn for future distribution. Sadly, we are not always given such perfect conditions and mid-way through the curing it rains and we have to haul them all into the greenhouses, barns, and lofts to finish out. It is a lot of work and requires twice the handling. To give you a sense of the sheer quantity of onions I am talking about, we planted 15-300ft beds containing 3 rows each of onions and shallots. If we had planted them in a single row that would be  2-1/2 miles of onions!

I spent a bunch of time over the last few days adding recipes to the website to give you new ideas for all those English cucumbers! (Sick of them yet?) The summer squash is insanely prolific and we have had to exercise great discipline to not give you 10 pounds each. I have added new recipes for summer squash/zucchini as well.

New Cucumber Recipes:
Sassy water
Cilantro cucumber salad
Cool cucumber and avocado salad
Tomato and cucumber salad with mint

New Zucchini/Summer Squash Recipes:
Chocolate zucchini cake
Barbara’s invisible zucchini
Zucchini with oil and lemon
Zucchini hummus

Be sure to check out all the old recipes on the website and in your cookbook. Click on a crop you want to use in the tag section on the lower left corner of any page of our website and get a list of great recipes to try.

In Your Box Today:
Lettuce
Green beans
Carrots
French fingerling potatoes
Beets or chard
Walla Walla onion
Cilantro
Rosemary
English cucumbers
Green zucchini
Italian Zucchini
Yellow crookneck
Sungolds or red tomatoes

Rotational:
Eggplant, broccoli, basil

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