West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 12

August 29, 2013 at 1:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Goodbye Beloved Summer Fellows, Welcome Fallniks!

This week marks the transition between the summer and fall Adamah fellowships. The two groups are overlapping to share some tricks of the trade from ‘how to harvest a ripe tomato’ to ‘how to work all day on the farm and still wake up for a morning spiritual gathering at 6am.’ We want to thank the summerniks with all of our hearts for the incredible energy, care, and love that they brought to all of the CSA vegetables this summer. They are truly the engines that have transformed all of those watermelons and garlic heads from fertile soil to delicious dinner ingredients. And welcome to the brand new Fallniks!

 

Summer Adamah Fellow Itai poses with the giant watermelon we grew

Summer Adamah Fellow Itai poses with the giant watermelon we grew

Harvest Notes August 29th 2013

Melons This is the last melon delivery of the season. 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.

Cilantro This variety of cilantro has grown quite big and without entering its bitter seed making stage (a common challenge for growing cilantro). It is delicious in salsa or with a simple bean or taco dish.

Parsley It is another good tabbouleh week or you can check out some of these interesting parsley recipes.

Swiss Chard These rainbow greens work well with fresh tomatoes.

Summer Squash We had enough to give you each one summer squash at the end of the season! Toss this into a pasta dish or shred it for raw salad.

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.

Lemon Cucumber This round specialty cucumber can be used it just like a regular slicing cucumber.

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!

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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Parsley

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Leeks  

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Chard

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Garlic    

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Lemon Cucumber

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Summer Squash

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Melons  

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