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CSA Box Week 6: What to Do

Posted 7/26/2016 3:42am by Jenna Untiedt.

First off, thank you to all of you who attended the farm tours this season. We appreciate the opportunity to get to know our members in addition to being able to share our philosophy on growing local produce and what goes on at the farm. Unfortunately, I had to miss out on the weekend tours this season due to my mother's injury and the need to be at the Farmer's Market instead. You were in good hands though. A big shout out to all of our staff who put in many, many, many extra hours to make sure the tours were ready for you all!

Now, on to what you can find in your share this week:

Sweet Corn: As I said last week, I am a really picky corn eater. This corn though.....it is AMAZING! My parents have been getting meals delivered most nights since my mom isn't able to cook at all due to her injuries, so the staple of corn for dinner has been lacking for my dad. Last night though, I made dinner for them and we had corn and it was fabulous. I just can't picture eating summer meals at their house without corn. 

Eggplant: Oh, the infamous vegetable that you all either love or hate. When I sell CSA shares throughout the winter so many people tell me if we include eggplant they do not want to sign up. Rest assured, you are not receiving a full box of just eggplant, and more importantly, you will receive it a couple times...that's all. Now, what to do with it? Here is the thing, there is so much you can do with it. Eggplant Parmesan, eggplant lasagna, baba ganoush. So many options! Some of you may be thinking...What is baba ganoush? Well, it is like hummus...kind of. Give it a try. It is easy to make and you can dip your cucumbers, green pepper, and even carrots in it! 

Tomatillo/Jalapeno Bag: Salsa Verde, enough said. How about make tacos this week and top with salsa verde and fresh tomatoes? The salsa verde will keep in your fridge for a while, you can even freeze some of it if you know you can't make it through the entire batch this week. 

Onions: Well, you can use half in the salsa verde, but the other half chopped up and roasted with potatoes would be awesome. Dinner last night included roasted onion, green pepper and potatoes. Yum, Yum. 

Carrots: Anything better than fresh carrots? I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, I am definitely a purchaser of baby carrots in the store as well, but these taste so much better! Pair with some baba ganoush and you have a few snacks covered for this week. 

Kale: My favorite vegetable that I could definitely eat every single day. The downfall? The mess it makes on my kitchen floor when I chop it. Oh well, I think it is totally worth it. Anyways, I like to just chop it up and mix with a bit of olive oil and bake until crispy. Keep a close eye on it because it does burn easily. If you don't eat it all once cooked, save until the next morning and mix in with your eggs. 

Chub Cucumbers: The fact that there is going to be a break in these for a while is making me sad. A friend of mine recently asked if I had tried the baby cucumbers from Costco....I may have rolled my eyes and said, yes, but why would I buy those when I can have fresh ones? These are just so crispy and crunchy, great for any snack or another batch of refrigerator pickles. 

Tomatoes: A great topper for those tacos I talked about earlier, or a BLT, or mixed in with eggs and kale, or so many different options. Truly enjoy the flavor homegrown tomatoes have because before we know it, we will have to buy them in the store again and that is definitely not fun. 

Potatoes: Since the heat has subsided a bit, try chopping these up and roasting with onion and green pepper. I made a batch last night and there is some left. I can't wait to mix it with some kale and eggs for breakfast.

Green Pepper: Now you may think, oh great, a green pepper. Wait til you cut into your pepper....look at the walls of it. They are much thicker than any pepper you would buy in the store. Crunchy and sweet all at the same time. Enjoy!

There you have it, the week 6 share. Hopefully you can all take some time to enjoy what is in your box this week.

Until next week....