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CSA Box Week 8: What to Do

Posted 8/9/2016 3:54am by Jenna Untiedt.

Week 8 is upon us and the shares are showing more summer than ever. Sweet corn, a few varieties of tomatoes including the perfect ingredients for fresh salsa. Often times, so many people think June any July are prime times to receive a CSA share, but in my opinion, we are getting into the best part of the season! August brings us into full harvest mode with so many different crops including melons, more tomatoes, sweet corn, and soon enough apples.  

I don’t even want to say this, but the days of summer are winding down! Before we know it, the State Fair will be here. Two weeks from tomorrow, we will make our first delivery of sweet corn for the fair….crazy to think about! We are gearing up for the State Fair in a few short weeks, but check out how we harvest all the corn for the Great Minnesota Get Together.  

Alright, let’s get to what is in the box this week:  

Heirloom Tomatoes: Now, these are going to have a different flavor and texture than traditional red slicing tomatoes. These are old fashioned varieties. Try creating a beautiful salad with these tomatoes. I prefer to slice them, top them with a bit of feta cheese, toasted pine nuts and a few pomegranate seeds. Yum!  

San Marzano Roma Tomatoes: These are perfect for a fresh salsa. Dice up with a fresh jalapeno and onion and serve on top of eggs, with chips, or top off tacos! Feeling adventurous? Try mixing in a peach with your salsa for a little bit of extra sweetness.  

Kale: Sautéed, baked, or raw……this is one of my favorite veggies. Try topping some sautéed kale with a slice of heirloom tomato and protein of your choice.  

Sugar Cube Melon: Simply delicious. These are a perfect breakfast option with a scoop of cottage cheese in the middle. Looking for a dessert option? Trying placing a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle. Remember, we cannot see inside these melons, so if you get a bad one, please let me know and we can replace it next week. We do not send bad ones on purpose, but unfortunately there is no way to tell what the inside looks like.  

Sweet Corn: Grilled, boiled, plain or mixed in with salsa there is truly nothing better than Minnesota sweet corn in the summer.  

Green Beans: I cannot get enough of green beans in the summer! I always try to buy beans in the winter at the grocery store and I just cannot do it. These beans are something special. So dark green and tender. They are great sautéed with a little butter and served with any meal….or they make a meal by themselves. Enjoy!  

Colorado Peaches: As Jerry said in his newsletter, these might have a bruise or two. As a special treat dice up the peaches and sauté with a bit of butter and brown sugar and top off a bowl of ice cream. Otherwise, just slice and enjoy! Colorado peaches are some of the best of the season.  

Jalapeno Peppers: You may not know what to do with all the peppers now, but these are so easy to slice and place in the freezer for use at a later time. Really, all you have to do is slice, remove the seeds and place in a container and freeze. Note: use a container and not a freezer bag so the flavor doesn’t spread to other items in your freezer. These are great to take out mid-winter for chili or soups!  

Slicing Cuke: Enjoy on top of a salad or as a side to a sandwich.  

Red Cabbage: Here is an adventure for you, you could try and make Borscht, a Eastern European soup! Honestly, I have never made the soup, but I found a recipe that looks pretty similar to some of the Borscht I have had before. Each summer, some of our employees from Ukraine always make Borscht to share with us while they are here. I had the opportunity to visit Ukraine last December and saw Borscht on many menus while I was there. Give it a shot and let us know what you think!    

There you have it…..a few ideas to help you through your box this week.