Stephanie is taking a few weeks from the blog as she anticipates the birth of her new baby, so this is Jennifer bringing you the scoop from the farm (and a couple food ideas) this week.
Hello heat wave! It’s been an adventure picking out in the fields in this sweltering weather, and I’ve been so grateful for that sweet time packing the boxes in the ice cool building (not to mention trips to the cooler to grab more items). However, I am thankful that this is great growing weather! Veggies come along in leaps and bounds in this kind of heat. For the whole shares we have some new mid-summer treats like cauliflower, eggplant, and green peppers. I am hoping to get enough cauliflower (or broccoli if I run out) for everyone next week. Grape tomatoes and ground cherries look like they’ll be ready for the eating next week, and the other tomatoes shouldn’t be far behind. I hope you enjoy these last weeks of peas and beans as we trade them for new items.
Just thought I would comment on a few items in your boxes for this week. One is, the large green and red peppers loose in your boxes are actually a sweet pepper, tasting very much like bell peppers (one of my favorite veggies- yum!).
The whole share boxes contain some hot peppers, which are tied with an “organically grown” tie. Please test before using them as they are quite hot. Also, you are again receiving roma tomatoes. While they can be used as regular tomatoes, they are the ideal tomato for cooking in pastas or sauces. Also, this week the radish has returned. If you do not enjoy the bite that radishes have, try steaming them- they mellow to quite a mild flavour with a nice crisp texture.
You may notice that your green leaf lettuce is much smaller than at other times of the year. The high heat slows their growth and makes it necessary to harvest them earlier so they do not go to seed and spoil.
Finally, the whole shares will receive watermelon this week which I am ecstatic about! They are huge and full of flavour. We will have some type of melon for everyone soon (we also are growing cantaloupes and honeydews).
Here we are in week 9 and, as you can see, we’ve made a few changes!
We’re looking forward to providing you more great information about organics and how to keep and cook them and hope you enjoy the new format.
Each week you’ll get the usual list of what’s in your boxes, both full and half shares, along with news about the farm, recipes, and some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your organic foods.