What’s in the Box 8/23/16

CSA Week #13 – August 23-26

This week marks the half-way point of our CSA growing season.  We hope you’ve been enjoying all of the delicious food we’ve grown for you so far.  The second half of the season brings more yummy produce, including the return of cooking greens, root veggies, and a wonderful array of cool-season delights like sweet potatoes and winter squash!
Watermelon Another planting is ready for harvest this week!  The color will be a surprise- some are yellow and some are red.  We’ll try to get the yellow ones in everyone’s share some time over the next couple weeks.  We do our best to be as fair as possible!  🙂
Storage: In the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within the week. 

Swiss Chard – Our late summer chard planting is coming in now.  If it’s been too hot to think about cooking chard, these cooler evenings should get you in the mood.  The Huffington Post article (link in the recipe section below) has some great recipe ideas.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked  When to use: Within 5 days. 

Lettuce Green leaf lettuce is back!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within 5 days. 

Cucumbers – This is our final cuke planting of the season. They’ll be gone by the time school starts…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw  When to use: Within 5 days. 

TomatoesMore tomatoes this week!  Our plants are so healthy and they’re producing like crazy.  We’ll have tomatoes well into September if the weather cooperates.  If they’re too much for you to use in a given week, try preserving them!
Storage: On the counter until they are a deep red.  At that point, eat them right away or if you must, put them in the refrigerator. Uses:Raw/Cooked  When to use: Right away when deep red.

Zucchini/Summer Squash – The new planting is in!  I’ve been throwing these in everything…including chicken soup.  Delish!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked, Baked When to use: Within 5 days. 

FRUIT SHARE – 1 mixed bag of Nectarines & Peaches

Recipes

Great Swiss Chard Recipes from The Huffington Post
How to Freeze Tomatoes
Other Ideas to Preserve Tomatoes

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.