|SAVE THE DATE! Our annual CSA Harvest Festival will take place at the farm in Riverhead on Sunday, October 16th from 11am-3pm. It’s open to all CSA members and their guests! Farm tours, Q&A with your farmers, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, live music. It’s a really lovely day of farm fun and an opportunity for you to see where we grow your food and connect with other members. Stay tuned for more details coming soon…
YOUR REPLACEMENT Red Leaf Lettuce – This Red Leaf Lettuce is your replacement for the less than perfect Romaine that we sent out last week. Our apologies again for the leaf tip burn. These should be beautiful inside and out!Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw When to use: Within 5 days.
Romaine Lettuce – This Romaine Lettuce looks perfect, so you should have no quality issues…
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw When to use: Within 5 days.
Saladette/Cocktail Tomatoes/Cherry Tomatoes
Storage: On the counter until they are a deep red/yell0w/orange. 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 colors.
Red Beefsteak Tomatoes
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 colors.
Acorn Squash – I like to cut in half lengthwise and then scoop out the seeds. You can either put these halves in a steamer and cook until the flesh is tender, or rub with olive oil and set the halves face down in a baking dish. Sometimes I pour a few tablespoons of water around them and bake in the oven at 350F until soft. Scoop out the flesh and season with salt and a little butter (or olive oil) and enjoy!
Storage: Winter squash should be stored at room temperature – and dry. Keep in paper bags or baskets out of direct sunlight and they will up to a month. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within a month
Festival Sweet Dumpling Squash – Eat these right away! They are not good storage squash. These unusual looking squash have a rich (& sweet!) flavor. Cook like acorn squash – see above.
Storage: Winter squash should be stored at room temperature – and dry. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within a week.
Zucchini/Summer Squash – These plants are almost finished, but we do have 1 piece per member this week. I wanted to address an issue that was raised in our survey by some members who were not happy about receiving just one of something… I know it’s not always easy to come up with a recipe for one zucchini, for example, but one is better than none, right? Try to think of it as a great addition to a recipe instead of the star. You can throw in a zucchini to most soup and stir-fry recipes, or mix it with shredded potatoes in zucchini & potato pancakes – see below. When a crop is just starting to produce, or just winding down, you’ll likely find just one in your shares. I hope our decision to include it in the shares instead of letting it rot in the fields is one that you would agree with!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or Cooked, Baked When to use: Within 5 days.
Red and Yellow Onions – Great in all your recipes…
Storage: In a cool, dry, well-ventilated place. Uses: Cooked or Raw When to use: Within a month
Swiss Chard – To please all the greens-loving members…. See pic above to prove that other greens are coming!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.
FRUIT SHARE – 1 bag mixed Gala Apples & Peaches
Zucchini & Potato Pancakes – 1/2 this recipe to use up your 1 zucchini this week!
Swiss Chard with Garlic & Lemon – A CSA-member favorite!
Swiss Chard, Feta & Mozzarella Bake – Another CSA-member approved recipe!
Bon appetit! xoMaggie