CSA Summer Share 2012-2013 - Week #3 (15-21December)

WHAT’S IN THE BOX The following are the items in your box this coming week.  Some items and quantities may vary depending on your harvest day. Photo is a half share box.

NOTES ON STORING THE HARVEST Unlike produce in markets, our vegetables are harvested as close to delivery time as we think is possible to ensure that they arrive to you fresh and full of vibrancy.  That being said, in order to keep that quality, proper storage is required.  We have experimented storing all of the items we put into your box  to try and work out the best way to store them in a home environment to preserve the freshness.  If you have had any problems with storing your vegetables, or encounter a new vegetable and are unsure how to best store it, please check out our Vegetable & Fruit page on the website to find tips on maximizing the life of your veggies.

NOTES ON THE SHARE Basil – Bunch in every box.  Still not enough for a "proper" pesto but I have added a recipe for a quick, unblended pesto pasta salad that children and adults love. Perfect for beach dinners. Coriander - A bunch in every box Baby Carrots – Extra big bunch. Mixture of ‘Scarlett Nantes’, ‘Cosmic Purple’ and ‘Red Core Chatenay’. The carrots are growing into longer medium size carrots. Cucumbers – Yes...a late addition which surprised us...and missed the picture.  The cucumbers are here!  Several different varieties which will have their own post. Fennel – Lovely as a raw salad or braised. This is the last week of fennel for awhile so pick your favourite way to eat it and enjoy! Garlic – One clove in every box. We have begun to clean the garlic and sort out our seed garlic for next year.  The remainder of the harvest will be divided into the summer and autumn share boxes. Green Beans – The harvest has started with the variety this week being 'Strike'. Lettuce – 'Brown Mignonette' for the half shares and 'Brown Mignonette' and 'Parris is Cos' for the whole shares. Parsley –  'Curly Leaf' Shelling Peas – The peas are ready! 'Green Harvest' is the variety.  The natural sugar in peas begins turning to starch immediately after picking.  So try and eat your peas in the first days of receiving your box. Sugar Snap Peas – The first planting of 'Sugar Anns' is almost finished and the second planting is just starting.  there may not be as many sugar snaps this week because of being in between plantings. Spinach – English Spinach this week either bunched or cut.  We bunch the spinach when it looks like the planting will go to seed.  We cut it when we think we might get another harvest. Spring Onions – We are thinning direct seeded red onions and bunching these.  Once the plantings are thinned, we will green onions for the spring onions. Squash – The variety is 'Jaune Et Verte' but in Vermont we just called them Patty Pans.  These are delightful summer squash if picked when young.  We have added a recipe for them and will get them into everyone's boxes throughout the season. They are small, round with scallop edges and a light green colour.  Really lovely baked! Potatoes – We are finishing the first planting of 'Nicola' and moving into the 'Royal Blue'.  These have blue skins and yellow insides. Zucchini – Although the plants have slowed down a bit with the cooler weather, we hope all boxes will receive more small to medium zucchini this week.

NOTES ON WHAT'S GROWING I have taken photos of most things growing on the farm and will be posting them on our website on Saturday.  Some of the climbing beans are as tall as we are now and the corn is up to my chest.  We have other cauliflower plantings which are looking like they might head up...so there may be surprise heads of cauliflower in boxes throughout the next few weeks.  We did alot of seeding in the past ten days and everything has germinated really well!  More mesclun, rocket, spinach and radishes and extra plantings of basil, beetroot, and carrots.  We have also begun the seeding for the Autumn Share...already! We can not say when the green tomatoes will begin to colour but the plants look good and healthy and there are lots of tomatoes.  There are also already baby capsicums and loads of flowers on the eggplant.  Our fruit trees are loaded with fruit this year!  We have been enjoying peaches,  loquots, raspberries and strawberries.

RECIPE SUGGESTIONS Recipe suggestions for the week are: Mango Salsa Zucchini Salad with Mint, Garlic, Chilli, Lemon and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Quick Pesto Pasta Spinach and Feta Pie Baked Patty Pan Squash

You can also search by key ingredient on our website recipe page for many more ideas.