Summer CSA Week Thirteen

It’s the melon week we’ve all been waiting for! The few melons that we cracked open during harvest were delicious, but keep in mind that every melon is the fruit equivalent of a grab-bag. It could be amazing, it could be less than so. There’s no way of knowing until you bite in. Good luck!

We’re in the final stretch of the summer CSA. Just three more weeks after this week! We have a number of shares left in the fall CSA, but space is limited and will go fast, so make sure you sign up soon if you want to add a fall vegetable or add-on CSA share (click here or click on the ‘manage your account’ button on the right).

Tomatoes are slowing down a little bit with the cool nights, but we hope to start to have 10# bags of tomato seconds at the CSA pick-ups for $15. These tomatoes are perfect for canning, or do as I do: roast them, face down, on a baking sheet in a 275’ oven for hours until the tomatoes are deflated and shrunken. Let them cool, then pop the skins off and the core out. Load them into a freezer bag and stick them in the freezer. Roasted tomatoes are the best addition to winter cooking that I know of! Click here for a picture of a serious tomato aficionado

We know that these beautiful sunny days are a great way to close out summer vacations, but they are making growing food a bit challenging! You’ve probably noticed that most weeks we try to give salad greens in the CSA, but without appropriate rain levels we’re going weeks without our usual mesclun mix. We’ll definitely have it in the fall CSA, when our greens will be growing in the hoophouse again (and hence with good irrigation), but it’s going to be challenging before then. Luckily we have lots of other delicious fall crops to get us through!

Enjoy your meals this week, and get in touch with any questions! 

Reba and the HCF crew    

Summer CSA Week 13 of 16:  Green Beans, Carrots, Watermelon, Cucumbers, Zucchini/Zephyr/Patty Pan Summer Squash, Onion, Big Tomatoes and/or Cherry Tomatoes, Green (or becoming Red) Pepper, Basil, Potatoes     

This week’s recipes: Pesto Potato Salad with Green Beans, Summer Panzanella, Flourless Zucchini Brownies

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