Week 12 8-26

What’s in the box?

Peppers

Onions

Potatoes

Baby Sweet Corn

carrots

Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Parsley   ( Not shown in picture)


This is not the best looking box. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best box ever  this box is  a 4 at best. This round of corn was pummeled by the rain and was planted in a field that didn’t receive enough compost this spring. We almost didn’t put it in the box, but the flavor was still very good even though the ears were small. This box was planning to have some great salad mix that was washed out by the 5 inch rain we had one day, and some great Spinach that rotted right as it was almost ready, both would have been ready to pick this week, had the rain stopped in time. The Grubs really started eating the potatoes. We had anticipated  about 20,000 lbs of potatoes from this years planting, but have now pulled all the potatoes out of the field and have estimated a total harvest of about 4500 lbs. It will get us through, but they aren’t pretty and won’t hold as long as they should. Oh and we planted about 3000lbs of Seed. So that’s a net gain of 1500 lbs of potatoes, sometimes it makes me want to cry. The carrots we had to pull out of the field about a week or so ago while we had a dry spot so they didn’t rot. We held them while we still had lots of things to put in the boxes.  They hold well, and don’t depreciate in quality while in storage. The little sprouts on top can be cut off and the carrots should be stored in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Potato Harvest

The Cucumbers are done, Squash is done, Corn is done, Tomatoes are Done, The coming weeks we are going to see a lull in the bounty. But coming down the pike is some Broccoli that is really starting to perk up now that the weather has cooled and dried off, and the winter squash is on the small side, but there is a good number of fruits out there.  We are planting like crazy now that it’s finally dry enough to get out into the fields and should have more salad mix and spinach before the season is out.

Next week

Tender Sweet cabbage, Pie Pumpkins?, Potatoes, Leeks, Carrots, Greens, Garlic, Italian Red Peppers

lovely little porkers!

Recipes

Minestrone Soup

1 can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 14.5 oz cans whole tomatoes or similar amount of fresh tomatoes
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves chopped garlic
2 zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 potato, peeled and cubed
1 can corn, drained or 2 Cups of fresh corn
1 small carrot, sliced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/3 cup Fresh parsley
1 ½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
5 cups water
1 cup uncooked ziti or other pasta (I use wholegrain pasta.)
Oil for sautéing
Directions
Cut the onion and saute it over medium heat in a little oil in a large soup pot. Covering the pot with a lid helps the onion cook more quickly. While the onion is cooking, cut the bell pepper and garlic, add them to the pot and continue sauteing the vegetables. When the onion and bell pepper are soft, add the garlic, basil, salt, oregano, and pepper. Cook covered over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add 5 cups of water and turn the heat up to high. Add the sliced zucchini, potatoes and carrots, as well as the corn and beans. After the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for ten minutes. During this time, add the juice from the tomatoes to the soup pot and either slice the tomatoes on a plate or give them a few whirls in a food processor. Add the tomatoes, the parsley, and the uncooked pasta and cook until the pasta is ready and the potatoes are tender.
Some of you may be wondering, What am I suppose to do with this parsley?
Well, if you worked at Denny’s you would use it for a garnish on your Chicken Fried Steak and mashed potatoes. But Parsley is one of the most Vitamin C rich foods out there. and full of great micronutrients. It does well in a salad dressing, or an herb baste for grilling.

Just mix up some Salt, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, Chopped Parsley and brush it on your Grilling food.

OR how about this great idea that I just read about, but never tried. Use those Potatoes to make some baked or Fried french fries and when you pull them out of the oven, toss the hot fries with a little chopped parsley to give it a lighter more citrus flavor.

You can also add it to your mashed potatoes.

This Parsley wet rub will provide a great garlic flavor that works well with any meat, poultry, or fish.

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon

Combine parsley, garlic, cayenne, lemon juice and zest in a food processor. Slowly add oil as you blend. Mix until smooth. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Or if your feeling fancy….

Piquant Parsley Paste
This is just lovely and can be used with a whole myriad of things: stuff a whole fish; spread on grilled aubergine slices, spread with soft goats cheese and roll up; spread on grilled ciabatta for a crostini-type nibble – or pop into the cavity left by the stalk of a large mushroom after grilling it.

Ingredients
200g jar pitted green olives, drained
3-4 tbsp capers
2-3 anchovy fillets, drained/rinsed
1 clove garlic
handful flat-leaf parsley
1/2 lemon

Throw the first five ingredients into a food processor and blitz until you have a paste. Taste and add black pepper and as much juice of the lemon as you like.
Keep in a jar in the fridge.

Potato Corn Chowder is the yummiest soup….

In some bacon grease, butter, or oil saute one chopped onion and some garlic.  Add to that your diced potatoes (with the icky spots cut off) and stir it up.  Dice up some green and/ or red bell pepper and add that to the pot.  Cut the kernels from a few ears of corn (older corn is fine to use for this recipe)  and add that.  When it starts to smell really wonderful and onions are translucent, add some broth and let it all simmer until the potatoes are tender.  Take the soup off the heat and add some milk and some fresh herbs (I like chopped sage, but basil or parsley would also be delicious.) Salt and pepper to taste.

4 Comments »

  1. Nicki said

    This made me hungry for it like you wouldn’t believe! Can’t wait to make some!

  2. Mary said

    Grilled up a melange of potatos, onion, tomato, parsley and sage last night. Maybe not pretty in the box but beautiful and tasty at the table.

  3. Marina said

    The tomatoes were delicious! Thank you. One question: Would you like the little pint- and quart-size cardboard boxes returned, so you can reuse them?

    • turniprock said

      YES! we love to re-use these things. You can bring them back to your drop site and we will pick them up there. Thanks!

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