Week 10

full share
medium share
small share

Honey Time!

Our dear friend and long-time CSA member Mark Adams is beginning to extract honey from the hives he maintains on local (like, only Polk County, Wisconsin!) organic family farms. We are offering his honey for our members to order. We use his honey exclusively, and can vouch for how fantastic it is. If you’re interested in helping support the dying breed of small, local, and pesticide/antibiotic-free beekeepers, shoot us an email with what you’d like to order. We’ll invoice you and package it in your boxes when we take delivery from Mark, at the end of August.

6 oz hex glass $5

9 oz hex glass $5.75

8 oz plastic bear $5.50

12 oz plastic bear $7.00

14 oz glass bear $8.00

16 oz glass $8.50

Bulk $7.50/lb

Some comb honey is available 14oz plastic case for $12.  (While supplies last)

A little while back a Nicole and Hannah were bold enough to climb to the top of our silos and took a few awesome pictures of the farm from up there.

What’s in the box:

  • Garlic
  • Corn-4 each for small and medium shares, 6 each for full shares
  • Tomatoes or cherry tomatoes-about 1# for everybody!
  • Beans-3/4# for small shares, 1# for full shares
  • Zucchini-1 each for medium and full shares
  • Onions:spring green onions or red long onions- 1 bunch for medium and full shares
  • Oregano or Mint-1 bunch to medium and full shares
  • Mustard bunches-1 bunch to medium and full shares
  • Cabbage-small shares
  • Bell Peppers-1 each to full shares

Recipes + Notes

Now that tomatoes are finally coming, here are a few tips on storage: Keep your tomatoes at room temperature, if they are in a fridge long enough to cool down below 50 their texture and taste will change! Sometimes your tomatoes will be under-ripe when you receive them. Storing them at room temp and out of direct sunlight will allow them to ripen fully. If your tomato seems a little firm or pale in color, go ahead and let it sit for a few days to ripen up. That being said, all cherry tomatoes should be ripe when you get them, and we send out tomatoes that range from red, to orange, to “black” (actually kind of a deep purple chocolate red), to pale yellow. Remove your tomatoes from the plastic bag they came in and store them in a single layer on a counter or plate top-side-down (unless they are cherry tomatoes, then they can just be stored in a bowl without a lid). Their shoulders are the firmest part and will bruise the least  from the weight of the tomato.

Everyone is getting a great assortment of summertime veggies this week, so instead of a lot of one-ingredient recipes, I’m going to focus on recipes that use up several ingredients at once! Of course, if you like your veggies one at a time, visit our recipe page for inspiration.

Provencal Tomato and Squash Gratin

Summer Squash and White Bean Saute

My beloved Sam Sifton’s guide to tomatoes

This just uses corn, but WOW does it look good!

Summer Succotash

Zucchini, Tomato and Corn Salad

Balsamic Glazed Veggie Kebabs

Happy cooking, and savor the moment! Summer is rapidly slipping through our fingers!

 

Sneak peek for next week:

More tomatoes!

Corn!

Eggplant?

Peppers!

 

All the best from all of us,

Heather, Brandon, Maybelle, Ted, Hannah, Nicole, Karen, and Michele

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