CSA Newsletter – Week 10 – August 22, 2017

beets or cabbage
broccoli or green pepper
slicing cucumber
lemon cucumber
a variety of summer squash
cherry tomatoes
slicing tomatoes
yellow onion
green & purple beans
basil & parsley OR dill & cilantro
yukon gold potatoes


Alex and Isaac picking  your corn this morning.

I hope you’re hungry! This box is the epitome of summer. I wish we had the time and capacity to eat 6 hearty meals a day. Everything looks and tastes so good that I want it all now. Tonight I am making pizza with onion, garlic, summer squash, tomatoes, basil, peppers, and broccoli.

Did you get to watch the eclipse? We took 40 minute break to kick back, share a meal, and experience the wondrous phenomenon. None of us had the proper glasses and the mirror/screen thing I rigged up on the fly didn’t quite pan out, but it was amazing all the same. The light, the shadows, and the buzzy energy made me a little giddy. I am glad we were in a position to allow ourselves and our crew to just stop what we were doing and experience a rare and unique moment.

Let’s get right to the box content, shall we?
CORN: Cuppa Joe is the name. (Who comes up with these names?) It is a bicolor that we have come to love. My family has it for dinner nearly every night when it is in season. We try to get sick of it so we can endure the long spell when it is not available. Try to eat it within a few days as the sugars turn to starch as soon as it is picked.
BEANS: You get a mix of green and purple today. They taste and cook more or less the same. The purples are actually green on the inside and will fade toward green when cooked. They really stand out in a raw bean salad.
LEMON CUCUMBER: I forgot to mention them last week. They do not taste like lemon but instead get the moniker based on shape and color. They have a hint of melon flavor. I find the skin to be thin enough that peeling is not necessary.
BROCCOLI AND PEPPERS: They are both just starting to come on, but not in massive quantities so they are on rotation.

Everything else should be self explanatory.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with all the produce, make a soup to freeze. Grate and freeze your summer squash for use in winter. Make several quiches and freeze. Notice a theme here? Finish off that ice cream and make some space. Or host a dinner for some friends you haven’t seen in awhile, but keep meaning to reach out to. Sharing food is always a good reason to get together.

Have a great week!

Jen, Jim and Crew.