Well, this past week we got over our crushing depression about our
field tomatoes, and have resolved to plant tons of fall salad greens
where the tomatoes once stood. The high tunnels have been pumping out
tomatoes despite having a little bit of blight also! We should have
some tomatoes for everyone at least through August, which is a bit of
cheery news! These are big, juicy heirlooms, which means they may
split if they are too ripe. This is fine, but eat them quickly! The
unripened ones can be left on the counter for a few days or in a paper
bag, where they will ripen slowly to perfection.
The summer season is progressing very nicely! We are predicting in our
vegetable crystal ball that MELONS and SWEET CORN will be in the share
next week! We have been snacking on melons in the field for the last
week, they aren't totally ripe but a very refreshing way to rehydrate!
This week's newcomers are green peppers! They are great on kebabs,
sauteed with onions to put on anything, chopped finely in salads, or
made into fresh salsa with onions and tomatoes and vinegar and salt.
Our fall crops are chugging happily along, getting bigger by the day,
which means salad greens, turnips, etc are all up and coming! We have
so much stuff this fall it's kind of intimidating!
Also, Kara made a delicious potato salad the other night, I must say a
few words about it because it was divine. She cubed, cooked and cooled
the potatoes, then tossed them with celery, parsley, onions and an
excellent Caesar style vinaigrette. You could add anything else to it
but that blend right there was wonderful.
And a big thank you to all for being so understanding about our tomato
situation, this is the best thing about a CSA for us, that we have
this community that supports our efforts to continually bring good
food to you all even when Mother Nature slaps us around a little bit.
It means a lot!
Without further ado, the week's veggies:
Red and White Cabbage
Heirloom Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Brandywine)
Red potatoes! (these are new potatoes, their skin
is fragile, so store them in the fridge)
Tulsi (make sweet summer sun tea with lemon, yum yum)
Sage (great paired with our potatoes)
See you soon!
Aaron and Kara