West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 13

September 3, 2013 at 9:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harvest Notes September 2nd 2013

Tomatoes When it rains it pours in the tomato world so consider experimenting with some simple tomato preservation if you just aren’t sure what to do with all of these!  If any of your tomatoes aren’t quite ripe, let them sit on the counter for a few days.

Cherry Tomatoes Consider cooking with these if you’ve had your fill of cherry tomato salads and raw snack.

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

Collards These paddle shaped leaves are as healthy as kale and cook a little differently. You will notice a bit of evidence that we do not spray insecticides in the form of some nibbles on the leaves.

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.

Cucumber The cucumber plants are on their way out for the season so this could be the last delivery.  

Lettuce Heads These have endured some high temperatures and thus do not have the sweetness of spring or late fall lettuce. Try offsetting any bitterness with a sweet salad dressing or with some of these recipes.

Beets I make a really delicious red soup out of pureed beets, red pepper, and tomatoes. The flavors combine to be really rich, sweet, and gorgeous.

Tomatillos These are the main ingredient in salsa verde, the green and tangy salsa you can often find in Mexican cuisine.

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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Peppers

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Parsley

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Beets

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Lettuce

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Collards

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Garlic

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Cucumber

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Tomatillos

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Checking on the daikon radishes...

Checking on the daikon radishes…

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