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CSA Box Week 13: Tips, Tricks and Ideas

Posted 9/12/2017 3:26am by Jenna Untiedt.

This time of year always gets me. One day it is cool and we dress for fall, the next day is hot like July and we have to turn the air conditioning back on. It's a little crazy if you ask me, but we make it through it enjoying every day as much as we can. Any day we have sunshine and no rain right now is a happy day. We may need the rain, but our crews definitely enjoy sun and nice weather instead of working in the rain as they begin harvesting fall items such as squash and pumpkins. 

September brings us shares that are unique as we are merging two growing seasons together. We still get the best of what summer has to offer, but we also start to see the great things that come with cooler weather such as squash, fennel, new types of potatoes and so much more. 

The share this week is great and the opportunities are endless. For me, this week is all about quick, easy meals as I have a whirlwind of a week which leads into an even crazier weekend. 2017 has been the year of weddings for me. Most everyone has had one of these years, but for me, it is probably my second or third. Luckily, there is usually a year of no weddings in between the years of multiples! This years wedding lineup has been mostly destination weddings though...I mean, I can't really complain and should really thank my friends for choosing to get married in super cool places, but it definitely has added some chaos to my summer! This coming weekend is another wedding weekend, but this time in Michigan. Everything was planned out perfectly for my friend's wedding in Michigan, but in the meantime another good friend's mother passed away. Needing to be in two places at once, I somehow managed to rebook flights and will now make it to both events to support both friends, but preparing for a busy weekend doesn't leave me a lot of time to enjoy well thought out meals this week. Oh, and good college friend from Australia is coming to visit too...life in my world is a bit chaotic this week! I can always sleep next week, right? It is a good thing that most items in the share this week are great for quick and easy meals.

Here we go, let's break down the share:

Sweet Corn: This is some of the best. I will cook all mine at once and probably eat an ear or two with dinner tonight, but the rest ill end up cutting off the cob and mixing in with some of the pico de gallo ill make with the salsa mix. 

Radishes: If you aren't a fan, add these to stir fry. The taste blends right in and you get another veggie added to your diet for the day. I call that a win-win. I have a chicken stir fry on my menu for Wednesday night and this will be the perfect addition for a tiny pop of flavor. 

Honeydew Melon: Slice and enjoy! I enjoy the melon with a side of cottage cheese as a mid morning snack or sometimes my breakfast. I'll be real with you all, I leave my house at 530am to make it to the gym before work and sometimes I forget to eat breakfast until 10am or so when my stomach starts talking and my coworkers begin looking at me weirdly. Try with a squeeze of lime and im sure you will be pleasantly surprised with the great flavor. 

Grape Tomatoes: Extra tomatoes for you all this week! I toss a few of these on my salads at night or for lunch. The rest get eaten quite quickly as a snack throughout the day. So many of you have told me these never make it home for your family to enjoy as you eat them at the office. Hopefully this larger pack will make it home this week!

Potatoes: These fingerling potatoes are absolutely amazing. I enjoyed them last night, but I will probably make them again Friday night so I can have leftovers before my crazy travel day on Saturday. Simply slice the long way, toss in some olive oil along with sliced fennel, add a dash of garlic salt and powder and roast at 425 until crispy. They are so good! 

Fennel: If mixing the fennel with your potatoes doesn't appeal to you, roasting it alone or alongside any type of pork is a great option as well. Ideally, I will end up making pork chops with the roasted potatoes and fennel on Friday, but I can't count on that quite yet. 

Cabbage: If you don't get to using your cabbage this week, that is totally ok. Cabbage keeps a long time in the fridge. Mine will likely be kept until next week when I can make cabbage rolls with half of the head and the other half will be used for some slaw for fish tacos. Be adventurous and try something new!

Pico de Gallo Mix: Pico is so easy to make, it just takes a little bit of slicing and dicing time. I plan on making mine right away when I get home tonight so that I can enjoy it throughout the week. I put this on everything from eggs to a salad to my potatoes. Yes, you can use it as a normal salsa for chips too, but I usually just add it to anything im already eating. Ill also set some aside to so I can mix the sweet corn I don't eat tonight into it as well. The mix with the sweet corn makes a great topping for burgers!

Shockwave Cantaloupe: Let this sit for a few days on your counter, but then slice and enjoy! This will make a great addition to your weekend breakfast options. Again, drizzle with a bit of fresh lime and enjoy! Some melon on the porch with a cup of coffee sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

Snow Peas: These are great to mix into any stir fry or just sautee them. Because I already have stir fry on my menu for the week I will probably add a few to that, but the rest ill just sautee with a bit of butter so I can enjoy them for lunch or as a side for dinner.

There you have it, week number 13. Four more weeks after this to enjoy fresh and local produce from your shares. Hopefully a few of you have taken the tips to freeze a few things you haven't gotten around to using. If not, it's not too late. Enjoy the week!