Week 8, August 11

What’s in the box?

full share

sweet corn!

watermelon!

potatoes

zucchini

summer squash

cucumbers

patty pan squash

sweet onions

garlic

green peppers

tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

single share

sweet corn!

new potatoes

green peppers

zucchini

patty pan squash

green beans!

onions

garlic

tomatoes

Notes on the box….

Sweet corn is best eaten as soon as possible.  Store it in your fridge with the husks on.   To eat, husk the corn, remove silks, drop into boiling water for 2-3 min. Serve warm with butter and salt.  Sweet corn begins turning its sugars into starch as soon as it’s picked, so I suggest eating corn on the cob asap. If you don’t get to the corn within a day or two, use the corn in a salad or salsa.  Something that the flavor of the corn isn’t as much of the focus.  It will still be tasty, but not as good as on Thursday.  More sweet corn coming next week and the week after that….

Tomatoes should not be stored in the fridge!  They get mealy.  Leave them on your counter.  Store them on their shoulders (that’s the stem end) because that side ripens last on the vine and is less prone to bruising than the other side.  tomatoes every week from now until frost!

Garlic also should not go in the fridge.  Keep it on your counter or in your pantry.

Sweet onions are not “cured” like regular storage onions and should be kept in your fridge.

More melon next week!  We will see if we have any smaller melons that will fit into the single shares.  We grow small “icebox” melons which we think should be called “CSAbox” melons since they fit in the box, but leave room for other goodies.

Everything else can go in the fridge, but the watermelon doesn’t need to until you cut it if you have limited space in your fridge (and with all that cabbage, cukes and zucchini, we are guessing you might be running into limited space).

Recipes….

Cucumber, tomato, and watermelon salad

seed and slice a cucumber, slice a couple of tomatoes, cube up some watermelon, thinly slice some sweet onions and toss gently together.  Dress with a vinaigrette of red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Add fresh basil or mint leaves before serving.

Tomato Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette

This was shared by one of our members.  Credit to the Star Tribune.

In a blender combine 1/2 cup. fresh parsley, 1/3 cup olive oil, 3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 clove garlic, salt and pepper.  Blend until smooth.  Drizzle over tomatoes and serve.

Potato Salad 

Make the vinaigrette above and drizzle over boiled and drained (cooled or warm) new potatoes and finely chopped sweet onions and chopped green beans if you got those in your box.

or check out this amazing selection of potato salads from Martha Stewart  there’s a good one with olives and even one with golden beets and walnuts!  Speaking of Martha Stewart, I’ve been told that the new issue of Living has a whole lot of good zucchini recipes!  Anyone tried any of them yet?  Or you can pick from one of the many zuke/squash recipes on the website.   zucchini Quesadillas for lunch here at Turnip Rock!

PattyPan Mini-Pizzas

Here is a good way to get your kids to eat some squash or a good way to enjoy some pizza if you are gluten-free!  This works with the large patty pan squash.

Turn the oven to 400, Slice patty pan so that it is in rounds about 1/4 inch thick.  While you are getting your pizza toppings ready, roast pattypan slices in the oven with nothing on them (the idea is to get them to dry out a bit) leave in about 10 min.  When you have your toppings ready , put them on the “crusts” and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly.  We topped our pizzas with tomato sauce, grated cheese, some feta, sausage, green peppers, and olives.  They were a hit!

Veggies for Breakfast

Just a reminder that you can add zukes, squash, tomatoes, onions, garlic, potatoes, and green onions in any combination to eggs or tofu for breakfast.  One of my all time favorite breakfasts is a bagel and cream cheese with cukes, tomatoes, and onion on top.

On the Farm….

Last Saturday when we went to Minneapolis, we visited with some friends and enjoyed a super lovely sunny day.  We came home to wet streets in New Auburn and learned that we had gotten 3/4 an inch of rain while we were gone.  REALLY?!?!!  Ugh….  BUT we are SO HAPPY to report that it hasn’t really rained (besides a sprinkle here and there)  since then.  So now we are really enjoying some beautiful sunny, dry weather.  And we’ve all been noticing the underlying nip of fall.  We think we should have several more weeks of nice warm weather, though.  We are looking forward to the dinner on Saturday the 20th.  Please feel free to RSVP.  Dinner will be served at 5 PM.  We are also working out the date for our harvest party.  We will let you know soon!  Now for some pictures….

the crew playing our favorite game "rock or potato?"

Larry shows how the potatoes grow.

Otto says "Growing teeth was so worth it!"

loading up the sweet corn

bringing it in

1 Comment »

  1. Lori Sartori said

    Can’t make the dinner on the 20th unfortunately but thanks! Also, the picture of baby eating corn (Otto) is about the CUTEST thing ever!

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