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CSA Box Week 10: Tips, Tricks and Ideas

Posted 8/21/2018 3:58am by Jenna Untiedt.

If you are like me, you are trying to fit every summer activity into the last few weeks of guaranteed summer. Cabin trips, trips to the pool, ice cream shop visits, walks around the lake, anything and everything outside. Let’s be reasonable though, it isn’t all going to happen. I am not going to make it to the cabin, but maybe I can squeeze in one or two more trips to the pool, and early morning lake walks are likely to happen. As I write this, I think to myself, what happened to summer? How did it go so fast? What did I do with my time? I don’t know if I can answer all those, but I do know that I will make the best of what is yet to come.

These last few weeks of August bring the Minnesota State Fair, Canning Season, and Back to School preparation. While my back to school days are over, there is something about back to school season that is just a good reset or recharge for me, and hopefully you too! Alright, let’s get into the share this week:

Sweet Corn: If you are tired of eating corn on the cob, try something new like grilling you corn or cutting it off the cob and sautéing it in a pan to add to the top of a salad, fresh salsas, or even a side dish. You can even try corn cakes. Don’t fall into the same old routine, spice it up a bit and try something new! I have been cutting the corn off the cob, sautéing it with onions and peppers, and making taco bowls regularly lately. The best part? I can do all of that in about 20 minutes and have meals for several days….that’s the best kind of cooking in my house.

Roma Tomatoes: The perfect tomato for tacos, fresh salsa, or a small batch of sauce. Please don’t store in the refrigerator! Store on your counter-top and use throughout the week. They have great flavor and you won’t be disappointed.

Onions: I had an abundance of onions from the last couple weeks, but this past weekend I sliced and prepped them for the week. I cooked two of them for taco bowls, but the rest are in a bag ready to go when I need them. I find that if the produce is cut and prepped, I am much more likely to eat it! Give it a try, take 20 minutes and prep your produce tonight and it will make your week much easier.

Jalapenos: Great when added to salsa, to the braised chicken recipe included in the newsletter or made into poppers. Don’t be afraid of the heat, they haven’t been outrageously spicy, just a nice added kick.

Tomatillos: Give tomatillos a try. Salsa verde, baked with chicken, or a myriad of other ways. If you are lost with this unique vegetable try googling it- you will come up with a million different ways to enjoy the tomatillos.

Cucumbers: Sliced and enjoyed with hummus, added to cocktails, or mixed into salsa recipes these are great to enjoy for any snack or meal. Make sure to give them a wash before enjoying as we didn’t get to washing them all and they may have a little dust on from their post harvest trip from the field to the farm to be packed.

Eggplant: Now, if we were an absolutely true CSA, you might end up with a full box of eggplant for several weeks because we have never seen anything like the plants we have this year. We have more eggplant than all of you would know what to do with. We planted the same amount as in years past, but this year the yield is astronomical. SO MUCH EGGPLANT! Anyways, be happy that you are just receiving two pieces instead of an entire box. Give Eggplant Roll Ups a try, they are delicious and you may even be able to trick your kids into eating another vegetable as they really appear just like manicotti.

Mini Bell Peppers: If these make it past your ride home, add them to salads, tacos, or an afternoon snack. They are sweet and crisp and absolutely delicious. Enjoy!  

Potatoes: Baked, fried, mashed, grilled, the opportunities are endless. Try a new potato salad recipe or try making a quiche with a potato crust. So many different ways to enjoy these this week.  

Garlic: Roast it and add it to your potatoes or to any salsa you might try to make this week. It takes very little time and the results are definitely worth it.  

Apples: Zestars! are here. Enjoy Minnesota apple season as long as you can, because it definitely doesn’t last long enough. Zestars! are perfect for eating alone or baking with. Normally, I would say try making an apple crisp, but that is just too fall sounding to me, so Im not sure I can recommend that yet.  

There you have it, the contents of week 10. A nice variety of produce that hopefully you can spice up your weekly meals! Make sure you get your canning tomato orders in this week if you are interested in canning! If you have never canned before, stay tuned to the next blog post where I will share my experience with canning tomatoes this past weekend. If I can do it, you definitely can. You will find your order form in an email from me last week or the link is included in the weekly newsletter today as well.   Have a great week!

-Jenna