CSA Newsletter – Week 5 – July 18, 2018

by jennifer on July 18, 2018

 

summer share Week 5 2018
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
carrots
beets or chard
green onions
garlic
new potatoes
green beans
lettuce
green zucchini
Italian zucchini
patty pan or crookneck squash
Italian parsley
cilantro
kohlrabi
cabbage

I am so excited about this week’s box! We are definitely in summer mode. I’ve have some pretty amazing dinners this week.

NEW POTATOES: New potatoes are such a treat. They are sweet, delicate, and will melt in your mouth. The skins are quite fragile thus there is no need to peel. We tried not to bang them up too much in the washing process. The variety is called Bintje (pronounced Benji) and they are the “it” potato in Denmark.  They are very similar to Yukon Gold and Yellow Finn. To prepare, gently wash and cube them into similar sized chunks. Steam for 15 or so minutes until fork tender. Toss with melted garlic butter and minced fresh parsley or top with chimichurri sauce. They are also good oven roasted, esp. with garlic.
GREEN BEANS: We have a ton of simple and delicious green bean recipes on our website. My current fave is Green Beans with Walnuts, Balsamic, and Honey.
CABBAGE: Add to your salad, shred on tacos, or make a summer slaw. Check out some ideas on our cabbage recipe page.
PARSLEY AND CILANTRO: I have been obsessed with chimichurri lately. It is a pesto-like sauce made with parsley, cilantro, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, cumin, red pepper flakes, and salt. It goes with everything: stir fried veggies, steamed potatoes, eggs, and any type of meat.

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GARLIC HARVEST
The big project for the past week has been harvesting our garlic. We are so busy with harvest and weeding these days that it’s been hard to fit that in. It was so hot late last week and Monday, that we had to haul a few market tents out into the field to sit under while cleaning. Thankfully, it is all in and hanging to cure from the barn rafters.

THE STATE OF THE FIELDS:
It’s hard to believe we are already tilling in expired crops and post-harvest stubble. However most of the fields are full of happy plants; lush foliage and heavy with fruit and flowers. (We won’t talk about the weeds….) I will squeeze in a few more plantings of carrots, beets, green beans, and herbs by month’s end. The greenhouse is overflowing with fall brassica transplants and Maryclair is seeding more as I type. July is the final planting push that will see us through the fall and winter.

That’s all the news for now. I hope you have a great week.

Jen, Jim, and Crew

 

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