Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 CSA Share 11

CSA Share 11

The garden is in full swing, though it's also getting a bit buggy--with tomato hornworms, squash bugs, cabbageworms, and cucumber beetles. The cucumber beetles have infected all of the cucumbers outside in the field with downy mildew. Luckily the greenhouse cucumbers are still going strong! Tomatoes are coming in well, we're only seeing a little damage from the tomato hornworm, we've been keeping up the watch for them, and we've only see a little bit of calcium deficiency, which causes blossom end rot.  We decided it would be a good week as well for fried green tomatoes, pulling off a few green ones this early helps the other fruit to ripen faster. We'll have plenty of extra green tomatoes, heirloom slicers, snacking tomatoes, and some roma available at pickup and market, so enjoy a fantastic BLT or some bruschetta this week!

If anyone is interested in helping out at the garden, getting some sun and some exercise, just let us know, the garden could use a good weeding and we always appreciate the help! 

Available at Ionia Pickup 6-6:30 at the Farmers Market Pavillion, Friday at the Harvey's Farmers Market 1-5 pm, and at our farm stand. 

Heirloom Tomatoes-$3/lb
Green Tomatoes-$2/lb
Slicing/Snacking tomatoes-$1.50/bag
Slicing cucumbers-2/$1
Lemon Cucumbers-4/$1
Summer Squash-2/$1
Okra-We have 1 bag of our first okra picking!-$1

Large Share Pictured: 2 Slicer tomatoes, 2 Roma, 2 bags of snacking tomatoes, 2 lbs tomatillos, 2 lbs green beans, 1 eggplant, 2 bell peppers, 4 green tomatoes, 2 slicing cucumbers, 4 lemon cucumbers, 2 bunches herbs, 2 kohlrabi, 4 summer squash, 6 onions.

Green Tomatoes

New this week we have green tomatoes! We know we enjoy making fried green tomatoes every year, and we didn't want you guys to miss out! 


New this week for only our Full Shares are the first Eggplant of the season! 


Lots of tomatoes for this week! Everyone gets to try the slicers, the roma, and the snacking tomatoes. We've been seeing lots of the tomato horn worms out in the field and in the greenhouse, probably found and killed over 20 today! 

The Mothership Tomato Salad


This week we have a bell pepper for everyone. 


More tomatillos this week. We enjoy making a salsa verde out of these or for enchilada sauce with chicken or pork. They also go well in a pot of chili or soup! These are easy to preserve for a later day, just take out of the paper-lantern like husk, wash and then freeze for another day. 


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, except strangely the yellow variety, when cooked. 


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

Cucumber-Slicer and Lemon

Cucumbers have been doing well in the the greenhouse, though those out in the field are losing the battle to cucumber beetles and downy mildew. 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. Try these sautéed or steamed or grilled. Sadly the squash beetles have been holding back our zucchini, so we haven't been able to get any good size zucchini for zucchini bread. 

Bacon and Summer Squash Spaghetti Carbonara


This week for herbs we have Italian Basil and parsley. 

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