West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 8

August 1, 2013 at 10:22 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
A ripening tomato on the vine.

A ripening tomato on the vine.

sweet corn

Sweet corn developing on the stalk

Harvest Notes August 1st 2013

 

Sweet Corn Organic sweet corn is very hard to grow so we are excited to have enough beautiful, pest-free ears for pickup this week! Corn is at its sweetest just after harvest so we recommend making a salad or grilled corn on the cob as soon as possible.

 

Tomatoes We grow many different tomato varieties so you get to choose from a few colors. Orange tends to be more acidic and darker colors tend to be richer in flavor The most delicious varieties aren’t always the most uniform because heirlooms have been selected over generations for taste rather than perfection. You may receive a tomato with a funny shape, size, or mark but it will taste incredible. Some tomatoes will be ready to eat right away while others will need a few days to ripen.

 

Cherry TomatoesThere is a mix of varieites in each share. Sungolds are the dark orange ones and Esterinas are yellow.

 

Basil If you don’t plan on using your basil right away, you can always hang it in a very well ventilated area to dry. Once 100% of the moisture is gone, crumble it up into a jar or plastic bag for use as a dried herb.

 

Green Peppers The first peppers of the season are in!

 

Parsley This would be a great week for tabouli.

 

Kale Like the sweet corn and basil, this is part of your share that you should eat earlier in the week. We will have a wider variety of leafy greens later in the season as our fall varieties start to come in.

 

Garlic I recently read this good news for our high lyme disease area, “High doses of dietary garlic, over about a five-month period, seem to reduce the number of tick bites.”

 

Cucumber More crunchy, cooling salad, sandwich, or tabouli ingredients!

 

Green Beans These have the crunch and complex flavor that only fresh beans can have. Try them raw in one of these yummy looking recipes or try dry frying them the way I learned to in China.

Storage Guide for This Week’s Share

 

CROP

SHORT STORAGE LIFE

(eat first)

MED STORAGE LIFE

(4-10 days)

LONG STORAGE LIFE

(2-6 wks)

STORE IN FRIDGE IN BAG

STORE ON COUNTER

FREEZES WELL

Tomato (storage life depends on how ripe it is the day you get it)

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Cherry Tomato

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Basil

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Stems in water

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Parsley

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Green Beans

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Green Peppers

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Kale

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Fresh Garlic

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Cucumber

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Sweet Corn

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