West Hartford CSA Week 15

September 17, 2013 at 11:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harvest Notes September 17th 2013

Tomatoes We know you may still have some tomatoes kicking around from last week’s distribution so we it comes in handy that many of this week’s tomatoes are under-ripe. Leave them on your counter until they are soft to the touch and fully colored. Then you can make sauce or try one of these recipes or one of these.

Cherry Tomatoes Roasting cherry tomatoes is easy and concentrates their flavor into even more intense deliciousness.

Sorrel If you like sour flavors, you will likely be a sorrel fan. Check out these helpful hints or chop it up into a simple salad with other veggies.

Lettuce Most lettuce that you find in the grocery store is grown in the Salinas Valley in California where temperatures are very even and moderate. Connecticut weather provides much more fluctuation which can cause lettuces to taste a bit more bitter than we are used to in our shipping-across-the-country economy. We hope you can enjoy these Connecticut lettuces for what they are- perhaps in a salad with sorrel, tomatoes, scallions, and radishes.

Scallions These green onions are mild and crisp. They are great raw or stir-fried.

Radishes These are crisp and spicy!

Celery This is another crop that grows best in mild, steady weather. Our came out a bit tough and with quite a strong flavor so it may be better soup celery than ants-on-a-log celery. Here is a basic soup recipe and some fancier recipes. For those who find the flavor too intense to eat on its own, consider using the celery to make a soup stock by slow boiling it in water with other herbs you like and then strainging it to use as a base for other soups.

Edamame Fresh soybeans are a super healthy, simple, and delicious snack. Learn to use them here.

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

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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Edamame

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Celery

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Sorrel

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Scallions

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Garlic

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Lettuce

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Radishes

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