Farm Share Week 13, Aug. 24-27, 2016

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Farm Share Week 13, Aug. 24-27, 2016

Dear Farm Share Members,
We are sure getting our workouts this week and you will too, lifting up your boxes. The main reason is watermelon! We have some yellow doll but mostly the classic red. We do our best to pick you the ripest and best (look for heavy for size, nice hollow sound and deep yellow spot), but if you open your melon and it’s underripe, let us know and we’ll send you a replacement on your next delivery. They really are phenomenally sweet and delicious!
This week we also have spinach! A rare treat, especially in hot, summer weather when it is hard to grow. Raw or cooked, spinach is a nutritional powerhouse for it’s iron content. To get rid of the grit from the soil it’s grown in, soak it twice in the sink and shake off the water.
If you are wondering why those crazies at the farm would send you green tomatoes…they are tomatillos! Prized in Mexican cuisine with a little sweetness to them, these are the juicy specimens responsible for enchilada sauce and tomatillo salsa. If you are not quite that ambitious, just add them chopped up into chili, quesadillas or any Mexican fare. These pair perfectly with cilantro as well.
Speaking of tomatoes, in all likelihood your sandwiches will be sporting our fresh organic beefsteak tomatoes ‎next week! Hopefully you have been enjoying the grape and saladette tomatoes. They’re really quite addicting…
Week 13
-grape tomatoes
-saladette tomatoes
-watermelon (yellow or red)
-green leaf lettuce
-romaine lettuce
-mini orange tomatoes or beefsteak tomatoes
-eggplant (why not try baba ghanoush, a garlicky delish dip that will pair great with fresh cucumber, zucchini sticks or tomatoes..I’ll post a recipe on facebook)
-green kale
-green beans or green peppers
-golden nugget squash
This past week I made my own Baba Ganoush including homemade tahini.  I must admit, I wasn’t a huge fan.  I did roast the eggplant, and may have burned some of the sesame seeds but overall I’m fairly certain it’s just adapting my taste buds.  I will give it another go-and be more careful about the tahini in hopes that improves the flavour.  I have made quite a few recipes this week but I forgot to take a picture!  If your not sure what to do with your tomatillos, here are 15 different ways to use them!  

About the Author


My name is Stephanie Hofman and this is my 5th year with the farm share program.
I am an earth loving hippie-follower of Christ-lover of all people and love to try new things. I am not a blogger outside of zephyr organics-so please keep this in mind as I continue to learn the in’s and out’s of what it means to create a good blog and to be a good blogger!

My family and I do our best to make everything at home from scratch, but we are not fully organic, non-GMO, nor are we dairy free or gluten free. I do my best with what I have and am slowly but surely making changes towards a more healthy lifestyle.

I try and keep the recipes that I share to encompass all diets-some will be desserts, some will be juicing recipes (last year I failed epically at my juicing fast-FYI don’t add ‘more kale’ just to use it up in a recipe) some gluten and dairy free-some vegan and many in between.

Most of the items in the box I am familiar with now-but a few years ago I didn’t know what bokchoy was nor had I ever heard of swiss chard-now they are my 2 favourite items to get in my box!

I’m a free going spirit who has taught herself most things and love to help others out since I’ve only become who I am and gotten to where I am in life because of the love and generosity of those who’ve I’ve encountered. I’ve never been very good at spelling nor have I been very computer savvy. Any feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

Thank you so much for joining us on this journey towards supporting local farmers and supporting the growing organic food movement. May your box bless you and your family all season long and I look forward to sharing my recipe successes and failures with you.

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