Main Season 2017 CSA – Week # 9 – Distribution for 08/01/17

CSA 2017 – WEEK #9

July 24, 2017

Rain day!  Our tractors get to take a break when it rains, but our field crews harvest for you rain or shine!  And…they harvested some pretty wonderful crops today, including sweet corn!  It’s the first harvest from our first planting.  We have four total plantings, so you will be seeing corn in your shares many times this season!

THIS WEEK IN THE SHARES…

SHHHH!!!!!  You’re getting the very first harvest of Sweet Corn this season!  Remove the husks and silks, boil a pot of water and drop in the ears when it comes to a boil. I have found that you can turn off the flame at this point and put a top on for about 3-5 minutes.  At that point they should be perfectly cooked!  It’s also worth mentioning that there may be an earworm in the tip.  This is proof that our corn is unsprayed, organic and non-GMO!  Just cut off the very top with a knife and the rest of the ear should be good to go.  In the event that you receive an ear that has been damaged by the worm, just let us know and we’ll get you a replacement next week.  Enjoy!
Storage: Don’t store it — eat it tonight!  If you need to store it, keep it in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 2 days.

Red Long Onions – Like I said last week…Another week, another fresh gourmet onion!  These red long onions are particularly nice in salads. I’ve been eating them in my batavian lettuce salads with homemade croutons and sliced cucumbers.  Yum!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw/Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Carrots – Sweet, crunchy and delicious!
Storage: Separate the greens from the roots before storing in an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Red Batavian Lettuce – This wonderful variety of lettuce grows pretty well in the heat of the summer.  It is sturdy and crunchy like Romaine, but it has a slightly softer leaf texture.  It’s my favorite lettuce variety of all!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw. When to use: Within a week.

Cucumbers – Cucumbers are high in alkaline magnesium, calcium and vitamin K1.  So they’re not only delicious, but super healthy too!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw. When to use: Within a week.

Zucchini/Summer Squash – Zucchini plants produce zucchini day after day for 5-6 weeks.  The fruit grows very quickly, so we harvest it daily.  You’ll notice that you’re receiving lots of zucchini in your shares this season.  This is why!  It will wind down soon and we have one more planting that we expect to start harvesting in about 3 weeks.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked When to use: Within a week.

Garlic – Our hard-neck garlic is like gold.  The garlic seed is super expensive and difficult to source in quantity, so we don’t grow too much of it.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw, Cooked. When to use: Within a week

RECIPES

Cucumber & Red Onion Salad 
*Super Simple* Lemon & Cucumber Water
Garlic Croutons (for your batavian lettuce & red onions salad…)
Zucchini & Corn Fritters (Make these vegan using non-dairy milk and egg replacement.)
Curried Zucchini Soup

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