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Colleen's CSA Corner Week 9

Posted 8/18/2020 6:51am by Colleen Quiram.

I am so glad the timing worked out to feature so many of our Italian favorites in one share! Romano beans, Italian Peppers, Cipollini Onions, and San Marzano Roma Tomatoes all originate in Italy. We are hoping to include Roma tomatoes in the Mini’s next week, so do not fret if you missed them this week.

These Romano beans are my favorite. Thick, juicy, and full of flavor. We will be sautéing them for dinner with some of my husband’s home smoked bacon and the white Cippolini onion in our share. Pretty sure we make this almost weekly in our house.

I am a bit intimidated by the okra in our shares, even though it is a smaller portion. My coworker Claudia loves okra and has given me some tips on how to fry it. So, I will give it a try and see what my family thinks. I will be using this recipe for Classic Cornmeal Fried Okra. 

Roma tomatoes are my favorite to use for sauce and canning. I will be making a small batch of tomato sauce to use later this weekend on our grilled pizzas. If you haven’t tried homemade pizzas on the grill, they are amazing! We use Naan bread or tortillas. I have found that Extreme Wellness brand tortillas work very well as pizza crusts. Have your toppings ready to go, Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, diced peppers, etc. Brush one side of the tortilla or naan with olive oil and place on the grill, medium direct heat. Once the bottom is lightly toasted, brush the top with olive oil and flip your crust. Top with whatever toppings you prefer – this is where each kid can have their own pizza toppings – and close the grill. Cook on medium or low until the cheese is melted and crust is toasted. Here is a similar guide to grilled pizza with photos.

The honeydew melon was harvested just this past Sunday afternoon, and their ripeness is notoriously hard to determine! Please leave this melon on your counter for a few days to ripen until the rind just barely yields to pressure. Honeydew should be soft and sweet on the inside, not crunchy.

In true CSA models, when the farm has an abundance of crops, our CSA members receive an abundance of that crop. The same goes for crop shortages, if we have an under-performing or failed crop, our members will not receive that item or receive very little of that item. As we look ahead, we have a plethora of peppers on the horizon; green bells, poblanos, shishito, and jalapeno, along with sweet onions. Our apple crop should be coming in soon, and we are already looking ahead to the squash and fall vegetable harvest. You may be receiving peppers consistently in the next few weeks as we harvest, plan your recipes or make room in your freezer!

Have a wonderful week,