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CSA Week 7: Helpful Hints and Tricks

Posted 7/31/2018 4:05am by Jenna Untiedt.

Here we go, week 7. As I write this at 3:30 in the morning, I am holding my eyes open with toothpicks. My Monday night was thrown off by having to attend a gubernatorial forum. Doing my civic duty by educating myself is important, but not getting home until 10pm is pretty hard when the alarm goes off at 2:15am on CSA days. Anyways, here we are with a great share and I will soon have some coffee running through my veins  to help me make it through the day.  

I am not going to lie to you all, but I haven’t cooked anything from the box yet. Because of the forum last night, I wasn’t able to cook, but I look forward to cooking everything in the box this week with you all. As always, if you are feeling stumped and don’t know what to do with your share contents, simply google some recipes. Recipes don’t need to be fancy. Heck, 99% of the time recipes in my house are not fancy, but they even the most simple way of cooking these vegetables make delicious meals.  

Let’s take a look at the box:  

Sweet Corn: An all yellow variety that we only grow for you, our CSA members.  A delicious treat with burgers or brats on the grill this week. As always, please remember to store in the refrigerator, and if possible store no longer than 2 days. The fresher the better!  

Green Beans & Shallots: One of my absolute favorite meals, and yes, this the meal itself. Simply sautee the shallots in some butter and remove from pan when golden brown. Add the green beans to the pan and cook until tender, add shallots back in and there you have it. One of the most simple side-dishes or meals!  

Zucchini: Bread, muffins, stir fry, the opportunities are endless. I prefer to slice into about ¼ inch pieces, toss in some olive oil and fresh herbs and roast. Yum!  

Green Peppers: Take a moment and just smell the peppers, they smell amazing. Every time peppers are being washed at the farm, the aroma carries itself to our office. A strange smell you may think, but definitely one of summertime. Add these to anything you are cooking, they make a great flavor enhancer.  

Onions: You truly have everything you need right here for a great stir-fry. Onions, peppers, zucchini, carrots, beans….what more could you want or need? These are a mild onion, so they make a great addition to any meal.  

Jalapenos & Tomatillos: Great green salsa right here. Don’t let the tomatillos stress you out. They are super easy to cook, simply husk and boil. Toss into a blender along with the amount of spice you like from the jalapenos and there you have a green salsa.  

Carrots: These don’t last long in my house. I peel them as soon as I get them home and they are the perfect snack for anytime of day.  

Potatoes: I can’t wait to boil up a batch of these. Freshly dug, homegrown potatoes are one of the best things ever. Top with a bit of butter and fresh thyme and you have a complete meal. I see a lot of vegetarian meals in my future this week. Have leftover potatoes from the night before? Try warming them up a bit, smashing with a fork, and frying in a pan….crispy potatoes are great too!  

Watermelon: The one thing I have tried from the shares this week is the watermelon. We taste test so many melons to make sure that we are sending out good ones, and these definitely passed the test this week. Remember, we do not have x-ray vision and we never send a bad melon out on purpose. Should you receive a melon that is less than perfect, let us know and we will fix it.  

Strawberries: I'm not sure you need ideas for the berries, as they are likely to be gone before you even get home. If they make it past Tuesday night, you have great will-power!

There you have it, week number 7. Lots of great produce awaits you and your culinary skills this week. Enjoy! Now, I’m off to find some coffee.  

Until next week-