Summer Share Trial 2012 - Week #7 (24th & 25th February)


Summer Share Trial Week #7 - Half Share Box (2 people) February 2012

WHAT’S IN THE BOX The photo shows the items in your box this week.  Some items and quantities may vary depending on the harvest.

This is the last week of the Summer Share Trial. We hope you have enjoyed it.

NOTES ON THE SHARE Basil – In addition to the standard green basil, we have put two other basil varieties in the box. 'Lemon'- and ‘Purple Opal’ – a deep purple leaf with a subdued basil flavour. Beans – This week there are green ‘Strike’, yellow ‘Cherokee Wax’ and purple ‘Royal Burgundy’ beans.  The harvest of beans will be small this week...maybe that is a welcome change! Beetroot – The beetroot are smaller ones again this week.  Perfect for steaming whole or in quarters.  Each bunch has a mixture of purple ‘Ruby Queen’ and golden ‘Burpees Golden’. Bok Choy – There is both the red and green variety. Cantaloupe- We have grown three varieties - 'Hale's Best', 'Hearts of Gold' and 'Planter's Jumbo'.  We wait until they slip off the vine, the plants indicator of readiness. They may still need a bit of time on a counter to finish.  When the picked end smells sweet, it is ready for eating. Carrots – This week there is a mix of 'Nantes', 'Cosmic Purple' and 'Atomic Red'. Cauliflower – Our cauliflower planting is finally coming on.  We are hoping that everyone will receive some this week. Eggplant – The only ones ready are ‘Long, Thin, Purple”, an Asian variety. We are continuing to divide the harvest to ensure everyone gets some. Lettuce – All boxes have a head of Green Oak Leaf. Parsnip - The variety is 'Hollow Crown'. Tasty white long roots with sweet flavor. A popular variety in the 1820’s...we believe it still is... with very long roots. Pimientos de Padron – We will be again dividing the harvest of these peppers.  There is a recipe on the website for making a special ‘Tapas’ dish with this sometimes hot, sometimes not pepper. Potatoes – This week the variety is white skinned ‘Coliban’. Some do have a bit of scab. The scab is little more then visual annoyance.  They are fine inside. Tomatoes – Look forward to some extras in your box this week.

NOTES ON SURPLUS If you would like a pesto bunch of basil (or 2), please email or call us.

RECIPE SUGGESTIONS Recipe suggestions for the week are: Roasted Parsnips, Beetroot and Carrots Cucumber, Tomato, Feta and Olive Salad Zucchini, Cherry Tomato and Chicken Kebabs Beetroot, Feta and Almond Salad