Tuesday, August 4, 2015

2015 CSA Share 10

CSA Share 10

New this week are tomatoes and cabbage. It's been dry here on the farm, we went nearly two weeks without rainfall until the most recent storm finally gave us about 3/4 in of rainfall. We'll take it! Send us more! The plants are hungry for water to grow, the melons and watermelons are swelling, corn tasseling, tomatoes turning, okra flowering. The bugs have been making more of an impact on the garden, with squash beetles on the summer squash, cucumber beetles on the cucumbers, and tomato horn worms on the tomatoes. For most of these we use Neem oil,  a naturally occurring pesticide (biopesticide) found in seeds from the neem tree. With the tomato hornworm however, it's all manual, if you can find them. 

We'll have extra produce available at pick up this week, Tuesday 6-6:30 at the Ionia Farmer's Market Pavillon. 

Free Range Eggs-$3/dozen
Green Beans-$1.25/1 lb
Tomatillos-$1.50/1 lb
Summer Squash-2/$1
Lemon Cucumbers-4/$1


Large Share Pictured: 2 Kohlrabi, 6 onions, 2 bunches herbs, 2 bunches green onions, 2 cabbage heads, 4 cucumbers, 5 summer squash, 6 lemon cucumbers, 2 lbs green beans, 2 bags of snacking tomatoes, 2 slicing tomatoes, 2 peppers




Tomatoes

New this week are the first tomatoes of the year! Everyone gets a nice big Black Krim slicer tomato and a bag of mixed snacking tomatoes (pear, cherry, salad roma). We've seen the first of the tomato horn worms out in the field and in the greenhouse, but we're keeping a vigilant eye out for them. 

The Mothership Tomato Salad

Peppers

New this week is a sweet pepper for everyone, we have either Hungarian Wax pepper (great in sandwiches) or a purple beauty bell pepper. 

Cabbage

New this week is cabbage! Try some Sauerkraut or Coleslaw or Corned Beef and Cabbage this week. We always enjoy making egg rolls with our home grown cabbage, which is another way to use some onion, kohlrabi, and cucumber! Below is a good template for making egg rolls, but feel free to change up some of the ingredients. 

Egg Rolls

Kohlrabi

The word Kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip, and it can be eaten raw or cooked. We usually eat them raw, just peel off the skin and slice them like an apple and sprinkle with a little salt or dip in your favorite dressing and enjoy! They're also great raw on a salad, or roasted, or baked. They are also popular in Indian food, in dishes like Kohlrabi Curry.


Kohlrabi Curry

Roasted Kohlrabi

Butter-Braised Kohlrabi 

Green Beans

Our green bean mix includes purple, yellow and green beans, which will all turn green when cooked. 

Green Onions

We prefer these in salad or fried rice, for a dash of onion taste you can't go wrong! 

Onions

Everyone gets a white, yellow and red onion this week. 


Cucumber-Slicer and Lemon

Cucumbers have been doing well, this week large shares get 4 slicing cucumbers, 6 lemon; small shares get 2 slicing and 3 lemon. We like to just eat the lemon cucumbers raw, like an apple, but they can be pickled or used in salad or cucumber salad just like any regular cucumber. 


Summer Squash


More Summer squash this week, 2 for small shares and 4 for large shares. We will have extra available as well. 

Bacon and Summer Squash Spaghetti Carbonara

Herbs

This week for herbs we have Italian Basil, lemon basil and catnip. 

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