West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 14

September 12, 2013 at 9:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harvest Notes September 12th 2013

 

Tomatoes It is a good week for making sauce or experimenting with some simple tomato preservation. This week and next are likely the last weeks for ripe tomatoes as we found a small population of spores from the problematic disease Late Blight on the plants. The tomatoes themselves are not infected and are thus still quite a wonderful reminder of summer as we slide into the routines of fall.

 

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

 

Dill If you don’t plan to make any dill recipes this week, try drying it down for a winter seasoning.

 

Swiss Chard These gorgeous bouquets of rainbow chard cook down much like their relatives- spinach and beet greens.

 

Sweet Red Pepper Don’t be fooled by the shape of the long thin peppers- all the peppers in this week’s share are not spicy but rather incredibly sweet. Try these roasting tips for even more concentrated flavor.

 

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

 

Cucumber This is the last week of cucumbers. You may want to peel these as their skin has grown more bitter with the lateness of the season.

 

Eggplant This season was not the best for eggplant, which normally thrives in consistant hot weather. We have had too much fluctuation in temperature this summer to come up with very many eggplant (not to mention the residual affect of all that early summer rain.) Nonetheless, here is the last of it. There is a mix of slender Asian varieties and the classic Italian globe variety.

 

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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Tomatillos

 

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Peppers

 

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Dill

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Eggplant

 

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Swiss Chard

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Garlic

 

 

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Cucumber

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Tomatillos

 

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Adamah fellows haul all the green tomatoes that didn't ripen before fall plant diseases arrived.

Adamah fellows haul all the green tomatoes that didn’t ripen before fall plant diseases arrived.

Adamah fellows load the pickup with green tomatoes destined for the pickle barrels.  Stay tuned for our new product to be unveiled in a few weeks!

Adamah fellows load the pickup with green tomatoes destined for the pickle barrels. Stay tuned for our new product to be unveiled in a few weeks!

Future Pickles of America are heavy!

Future Pickles of America are heavy!

The green tomato haulers take a moment to strike a pose.

The green tomato haulers take a moment to strike a pose.

 

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