Thursday, January 29, 2015

Week 16 - Share content list and a recipe

In the skillet - Sun Golds, Garlic, Purple Beans, Baby Zephyr and Patipan Squash

This week, I didn't take a good picture of the shares, but all of the items in the photo went out to you, along with some other good stuff. 

Share Contents -

Sun Gold Tomatoes
Baby Squash (with blossoms)
Purple Beans (Green when cooked)
Salad Mix
Red Radishes

This may be the last of the garlic, ditto the carrots. I planted both white and yellow carrots for fall, but both rows were overwhelmed and choked out by weeds. I will have more paste tomatoes for next week that are still pretty good as a fresh tomato, but are great for canning, stewing or salsaing. 

I included baby squash that are almost small enough to be bite-sized, tender and taste pretty good. This will be your first week of radishes from the fall crop, one last round of purple beans and a slightly less spicy now that the arugula is out of the mix salad mix.

Here's a recipe (the photo at the top) that I made up from part of this week's share:

Garden Summer Skillet

1 pint Green Beans
1 pint Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes
1 pint Baby Squash (minus blossoms)
2 cloves Garlic
1/8 cup Olive oil
1/8 cup Stock
Splash of White Wine Vinegar
Italian Seasonings to taste

I like my squash cooked to the point the are almost mushy, so they went into the oil first alone for 1-2 minutes. Then I added the cherry tomatoes (any variety will work, but by now, I am sure you'll agree Sun Golds are superior) and green beans. I let that cook with the lid on the skillet for a few minutes on medium heat. Then I added the stock, vinegar seasoning and garlic. With lid on, it cooked for 5 more minutes on medium heat, then 20 minutes more on low. If you wanted to get really fancy, you could bread the blossoms and pan fry them in the oil as an edible garnish. I would use med-high heat to pan fry.

We had this with meatballs and risotto. 

Week 15

Week 15 - Spicy Salad Mix (Mizuna, Arugula, Beet Greens, Lamb's Quarter, Red and Green Lettuce), Roma and Sun Gold Tomatoes, Sugar Baby watermelon, Cucumbers, Sweet Peppers, Red Onions and Roma Beans.

For the next couple of weeks, all members can come to my house and pick up extra roma tomatoes for only $8 per 10 lb basket. I would be happy to discount them even more if you are interested in buying a lot for canning (I have lots of great paste varieties!).

This week is also the first week that some of my fall crops are coming in. For the rest of the season, expect a nice salad mix along with a nice mix of summer and fall veggies. I can't believe there are only 5 weeks left. This summer has really went by fast.

Week 17 - End of Summer Madness Blowout Basket!!!!

Salad Mix, Paste and Saladette Tomatoes, Yellow Filet Beans, Zephyr Squash, Cayenne Peppers, Okra, Eggplant, Sweet Peppers, Garlic
Well, a couple of slow-growers decided to make a showing this week. First, my Okra plants have really struggled this year, and this is the first week I have had enough to give to all of the shares. I don't expect I will be able to get another harvest out the plants as the weather is really beginning to cool. Also, red cayenne peppers are finally here. I swear there have been green peppers on these plants for over a month and they were not ripening. Well, something finally happened right. If you want more, let me know as I won't put them in the shares again, but you can definitely get some more as there are lots of them right now.

Also, this week we are likely saying goodbye to tomatoes. Once the weather cools, I don't think the taste is as good, and you have received tomatoes from me every week for the past 8, so you are probably about tomatoe-d out. Zephyr squash is back again, and these are the last couple of heads of garlic I've got for you. Remember, garlic will last for months in a dark cabinet, so I am just getting you ready for the winter (or part of it, at least).

CSA week 7 through 14

Once again, I am way behind

Week 7 - Zucchini, Collards, Carrots, Cucumbers, Onions, Beans, White Bell Peppers, Red Fingerling Potatoes

Week 8 - Corn, Celery, Tomatoes (Cream Sausage, Amana Orange and Taxi Yellow), Purple Potatoes, Yellow Squash, Beets, Carrots, Garlic

Week 9 - Zephyr Squash, Candy Onions, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Tomatoes (Cream Sausage, Brandywine and Amana Orange),  Yukon Gold Potatoes (5 lbs)

Week 10 - Carrots, Purple Jalapenos, Yellow Squash, Tomatoes (Roma, Taxi Yellow, Chocolate Cherry), Green Peppers, Onions, Cucumbers

Week 11 - Carrots, Beans, Tomatoes (Roma, Brandywine, Pink Oxheart and Sun Gold), Garlic, Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Basil

Week 12 - White Watermelon, Sweet Peppers, Beets, Eggplant, Squash and Zucchini, Tomatoes (Pink Oxheart and Indigo Rose), Cucumbers

Week 13 - Tomatoes (Lobe fruit, Red and Striped Roma, Brandywine - Red or Yellow may vary by box), Peppers (Sweet and Tequila Sunrise Salad Pepper),  Baking Apples, Garlic, Onions, Eggplant, Cucumbers

Week 14 - Tomatoes (Amana Orange, Red Stripe Globe, Green Stripe Roma, Cream Sausage and Sun Gold),  Sugar Baby Watermelon, Beets, Carrots, Yellow Squash, Butternut Squash and Green Peppers

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CSA Weeks 3 through 6

It is summer, and I am pretty busy both in the garden and doing other activities away from home. I have missed a few weeks of CSA posts, so I am putting a bunch of them together this week.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

CSA Week 2 - June 1st

This week is the second week of delicious spring vegetables. Everything is growing great in the garden, and it looks like more recognizable garden fare is right around the corner (stuff like potatoes, squash, beans and the like). But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let's enjoy this week's spring bounty:

Sunday, May 25, 2014

CSA Week 1 - May 25th

Spring was slow going in my garden in March and Early April, but the plants are really growing now.

What that means is, the first round of spring goodness went out today, Sunday May 25th! Here is what's in the share:

Week 1 - 5/25/14