What’s in the Box 7/26/16

CSA Week #9 – July 26-29
I’m going to spoil the surprise and tell you right away how excited I am for the sweet corn in this week’s share!  Organic, GMO-free sweet corn is nearly impossible to find in stores and it’s super tough to grow organically, but we did it!  This is the first year we’ve been able to successfully harvest it in quantities for our CSA and there are a few more plantings to come.  You might find a little visiting earworm in the top of your corn ear.  Just cut it off and the rest of the ear should be perfect! Please be sure not to overcook it – see cooking instructions below. Walla Walla Onions – These are wonderful mild onions perfect in salads or you could make a quick onion marmalade. (My favorite- see recipe below!)
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days.

Sweet Corn – Just the best!  Here’s how to prepare it… Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.  Then shuck the corn (instructions here) by removing the outside leaves and the silks around the ear.  Discard these parts.  Once the water comes to a boil, place the corn ears in the water (either whole or break the ears into 2) and turn off the stove.  Cover the pot with a top and let the corn sit in the hot water for 3-4 minutes.  That’s it!  Remove with tongs and transfer to a plate.  My kids insist on lathering the corn with butter, but it tastes so amazing that I just eat it plain.  Enjoy!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Right away!

“Lovelock” Red Leaf Lettuce – Are you as obsessed with lettuce as I am?  After a winter of blah varieties in the supermarket, I just can’t get enough of the gorgeous leaf textures, colors and flavors of the lettuces we grow. This is my new favorite – a red leaf variety that we’re growing for the first time this year.  The heads are big and full and it’s sweet!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within 5 days.

Parsley I love the summery flavor of parsley in my salads.  It’s also great juiced or in pesto.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within 5 days.

Scallions – Slice in salads or grill!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days.

Swiss Chard – I’m finding lots of creative ways to enjoy this summer loving green.  If you have any winning recipes, please do share!  info@goldenearthworm.com
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days.

Zucchini – It’s almost the end of this planting, so enjoy one more…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked, Baked When to use: Within 5 days. 

Cucumber  – We’re nearing the end of this planting too.  More to come later in the summer, but for now, a little break.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw When to use: Within 5 days.

Recipes

Balsamic Onion Marmalade
Swiss Chard with Onions
Parsley Lemon Pesto

Bon appetit! xoMaggie

At the Farmers’ Market

As a separate program from our CSA, we grow produce for 3 farmers’ markets on Long Island.  Our CSA members are often our best customers at the market, so please stop by and say “hello”!

Islip – Saturdays 7am-12am
Port Washington – Saturdays 8am-12pm
Huntington – Sundays 7am-12pm

Click here for maps & directions to the markets.