Archive for August, 2012

CSA Share for 2012 Week Twelve

Let’s reminisce a bit this week, looking back at some old farm newsletters for recipes and inspiration.  But first, in our share this week:

  • garlic
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • peppers
  • broccoli
  • collard greens
  • basil
  • corn
  • apples

It’s fun to see what the farm was up to during Week 12 of years gone by.    Just last year, Week 12 of 2011 brought writings of Hurricane Irene; thank goodness this year’s weather has been much quieter.  In contrast, going all the way back to Week 12 of 2005, there was talk of the drought!  Each year of farming seems to develop its own personality.

Don’t forget to use the search feature on our farm’s website, through which you can find recipes from years gone by.  I’ve got you started below:

Collards:  Try a collards soup recipe and also a collards and rice recipe from our Week 3 of 2012 newsletter, and look to our Week 8 of 2005 newsletter for a list of ideas for sauteed greens.  But really, my favorite recipe for greens is from page one of our Week 8 of 2011 newsletter, where our farmer explains how to make a warm BLT pasta salad…mmmmm, delicious. (Just substitute your collards for the called-for arugula.)

Potatoes:  You can find main dish recipes in our Week 16 of 2004 newsletter, and our Week 15 of 2010 newsletter has a delicious-sounding Zuppa Toscana recipe.

Peppers:  Our recent Week 10 of 2012 newsletter has a recipe that I haven’t tried yet and uses five of this week’s veggies:  Relish of Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes, Garlic, and Basil.  Then try another main dish, Smothered Pork Chops that calls for a lot of peppers, given in our Week 17 of 2008 newsletter.

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CSA Share for 2012 Week Eleven

Now that we’re getting bagfuls and bagfuls of veggies, it might help some of you to read my post from last year which gives a quick tip on how to stay on top of it all.  In our share this week (another BIG week):

  • basil
  • greens (collards, kale)
  • beets
  •  broccoli
  • tomatoes
  • potatoes
  • peppers
  • Tropea onions
  • green beans
  • corn

Another tip to avoiding veggie waste this week is to hit first the veggies that won’t last long, or won’t stay fresh long, such as the green beans and corn.  Then over the next few days eat up or freeze your greens, broccoli, and bell peppers.  Then you can store the beets and potatoes for a much longer time.

For those of you who had a chance to grab some of the eggplant extras, give baba ghanouj a try (see my previous post).  I’m sure you still have some farm garlic leftover to use in this recipe.

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CSA Share for 2012 Week Ten

The pickup list sure is looooong this week.  Such variety!  And the peaches and apples are an extra-special treat.  In our share this week:

  • garlic
  • basil
  • tomatoes
  • green peppers
  • white onions
  • broccoli
  • greens (kale, swiss chard, or collards)
  • eggplant
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • potatoes
  • peaches
  • apples
  • hot peppers

Green peppers galore!  I’m glad to see them since I love simply dicing them up and freezing for use atop our winter pizzas.  To use them now, though, Rachael Ray’s Green Pepper and Tomato Salad sounds refreshing.

Those white onions look interesting, so I needed to find out more about them over at onions-usa.org.  Frankly, I use all types of onions interchangeably with no thought to each one’s nuances, so the info on each type’s best usage will be particularly helpful in my efforts to change my onion-usage ways.  Be sure also to click the History of Onions link and the Onion Health Research link at this website.


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CSA Share for 2012 Week Nine

With all this lovely basil we’re getting, don’t forget to keep making that basil pesto and then freezing it.  You’ll be happy you did come wintertime.  In our share this week:

  • basil
  • swiss chard
  • cucumbers
  • bell pepper
  • kohlrabi
  • beets
  • potatoes
  • corn
  • tomato

I thought a mid-summer collection of recipes for this week’s veggies would be helpful.  I haven’t tried any of these, so let me know what you think.  I found these over at the Mayo Clinic’s website, where they have lots of recipes and healthy living tips.

Peppers:  Pasta Salad with Mixed Vegetables.  This recipe calls for several of our farmshare veggies including garlic, onions, zucchini, and basil.  You could even throw in some of the sweet corn.  It calls for green and red bell peppers, but you could omit the red bells until they start coming in.

Cucumbers:  Cucumber Pineapple Salad.  Never had these two foods together!  I wonder if it’s good…

Beets:  Beet Walnut Salad.  In addition to beets, this recipe calls for some of our greens.

Potatoes:  Potato Soup with Apples and Brie Cheese.  Save this one till later on when the weather turns a bit cooler.  Doesn’t this one sound delicious?

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CSA Share for 2012 Week Eight

the beach of Tropea

Aren’t those Tropea onions beautiful?  See my post from last year for info on and ideas for these onions, and check out wikipedia for more images.   In our share this week:

  • lettuce
  • swiss chard
  • Tropea onions
  • cucumbers
  • beets
  • corn
  • garlic
  • basil
  • sweet corn

Farmer Anne mentioned in our newsletter that, despite all the recipes you can find online, she still likes looking through cookbooks; I certainly am with her on that one.  And I also agree with her that the Moosewood Restaurant cookbooks are fantastic.  Currently, Moosewood has published 12 cookbooks and have another one coming out soon.  I’m sure you can find some of them at your library, or you can buy them right from the Moosewood website.  One of my favorites is Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health, which has a fantastic Oatmeal Cookies recipe.

But until you track down some great cookbooks, these recipes featuring Tropea onions should hold you over:

Happy cooking, and happy eating!