CSA Newsletter – Week 6 – July 25, 2018

by jennifer on July 25, 2018

summer week 6 2018

WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
carrots
beets or chard
fingerling potatoes-Russian Banana
rosemary
green onions
garlic
green beans
lettuce
Italian zucchini
patty pan squash
crookneck squash
cherry tomatoes-large shares
red slicing tomato-small shares

ELABORATIONS AND IDEAS:
Russian banana potatoes-A delicious waxy fingerling. Try tossing with olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, and minced garlic then roasting in a 400 degree oven until tender.
All that squash-You will seeing it pretty regularly for awhile. We try not to go crazy with it, but the bartar box will be well stocked.
-Add to whatever savory recipe that you already know how to make. I put it in stir fry, soup, quiche, pasta sauce, etc.
-Drop $12 on a hand held veggie spiralizer and make “zoodles” to be used in place of pasta. Simply spiralize your squash and saute for a few minutes in a bit of olive oil.
-Make zucchini bread or muffins for a healthy breakfast or snack.
-Grill your squash. Jim is a pro at this. We eat it at least twice a week during squash season. (You can do this with eggplant, potatoes, and winter squash too.) Make a marinade of 1 part balsamic vinegar and 2 parts olive oil, a clove or two of minced garlic, a tablespoon or so of chopped rosemary, salt, and pepper to taste. Cut veggies into 1/4 inch planks and coat with marinade. Let soak at least a half hour then grill on a hot grill until tender. Flip them half way through.
-Make zucchini fritters. My friend just made me some for dinner. Simply divine!
Cherry tomatoes and slicers-Tomatoes are just appearing on the scene. We hope all of this heat will translate into lots of tomatoes in the near future.

WILDLIFE
Situated near the Chehalis river, Independence creek and forested hillsides, the farm is teaming with wildlife. It is enjoyable to hear the choir of bird songs throughout the day and to try to identify various tracks in the soil. We do have the occasional deer sampling the lettuce or pruning the green beans, but it is usually not enough to take drastic measures. This year we are graced with a nest of blue herons. Hard to believe such giant birds are still too young to fly, though they do seem to be experimenting with their wings.

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