West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 10

August 15, 2013 at 10:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Field Notes

 

If you didn’t get a chance to check out our field update last week, scroll down to the previous post.

 

Harvest Notes August 15th 2013

 

Melons Make room in your refrigerator because it is melon season! We have a short season for warm weather crops like melons here in Connecticut so we try to make it count during the few weeks when we can grow melons. Everyone will get one of each of the following:

CantaloupeThese are a super food packed with beta carotene and delicious to boot.

Watermelon These “ice-box sized” watermelons are incredibly sweet and juicy.

Sun Jewel Melon These single serving, crisp melons appeal to folks looking for a milder, less intensely sweet melon.

Basil We have had a great run on basil this season but this is likely to be the last week. There is a mix of Thai basil and Italian basil available this week so you can choose your favorite

Jalapenos Hot peppers start to crack and get a pretty white pattern on the skin when they are truly heating up.

Lemon Cucumber This round, thin skinned cucumber is debatably the most delicious variety. You can use it just like a regular slicing cucumber.

Green Beans Last week I predicted that there wouldn’t be any more beans but the plants kept going. Enjoy!

Garlic The garlic is now fully dried out and should store well out of the fridge.

Cherry TomatoesThe bounty of cherries continues!

Tomatoes The tomatoes are still doing well despite the fact that Late Blight (a troublesome disease) is spreading throughout our region. Lets hope for many more weeks of these!

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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Jalapenos

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Green Beans

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Garlic

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Lemon Cucumber

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Melons

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