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…
-watermelon (yellow or red)
-green leaf 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 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!