West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 11

August 22, 2013 at 10:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harvest Notes August 22nd 2013

 

Melons The short-lived melon glut is subsiding. This week we only have enough for folks to get either a watermelon OR a honeydew OR a cantaloupe. The honeydew have orange flesh but are extra crispy like the standard green-fleshed ones.

 

The best way to get melons out of the field and closer to your picnic basket.

The best way to get melons out of the field and closer to your picnic basket.

Cilantro This is a great salsa week with the tomatoes, jalapenos, green and red peppers and cilantro. We leave a bit of the cilantro root on when we harvest because it helps the greens last longer in your fridge.

 

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 debateably the most delicious variety. You can use it just like a regular slicing cucumber.

 

Green Pepper Peppers are one of the last summer crops to come on. They should store pretty well in your refrigerator.

 

Sweet Red Pepper Don’t be fooled by the shape of this pepper- it is not spicy but rather incredibly sweet.

 

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

 

Cherry TomatoesThe bounty of cherries continues!

 

Tomatoes A mix of varieties is available this week.

 

Leeks We are incredibly proud of these little leeks! Along with the onions they are the only crops to have made it through some truly challenging weather in one of our fields. Anyone who remembers our prize winning leeks and onions from previous years will be able to appreciate just how much these little ones must have struggled to show up so small at harvest. Leeks are amazingly decadent when slow cooked, so saute them as long as you have patience for!

 

Kale We try to keep you in greens for as many weeks as we can- even in the summer.

 

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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Cilantro

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Peppers

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Leeks

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Kale

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Garlic

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Lemon Cucumber

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Melons

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