West Hartford CSA – July 17th

July 19, 2014 at 10:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harvest Notes July 17th 2014

Cucumber These are typical American slicing cucumbers- sweet and crunchy!

Summer Squash Not sure what to due with all of this squash? If you’ve already tried soups, sautes, shredded raw salads, stir-fries, roasts, stuffed bakes, and leaving them on your neighbor’s doorstep, consider freezing some for the winter. It is hard to imagine a time when this prolific vegetable is hard to come by but the zucchini season is actually quite short!

Cabbage These spring cabbages are more tender than their fall counterparts so cook them lightly if you are making them into soups or sautes. They are perfect for slaw or other raw salads.

Carrots The greens are quite beautiful and are useful in making soup stock or feeding to pet bunnies. To store your carrots for more than a week, be sure to separate the greens from the roots.

Beets These gorgeous golden beets can be used the same way that red beets can but they won’t turn the other parts of your dinner purple. The greens can be cooked just like chard.

Broccoli Last season members requested more broccoli so we are excited to be delivering it for the third week in a row. Broccoli grows best in early summer and late fall. We hope it lasts until next week for one more summer delivery. These smaller broccolis are just as delicious as last week’s gargantuans. Consider freezing some broccoli if you feel overwhelmed.

Garlic Scapes This is the last delivery of garlic scapes so enjoy them while they are here! Garlic heads are almost ready for harvest.

Curly Kale So healthy and delicious! These beauties make great kale chips and also work well as an addition to almost any soup, stir-fry, pasta dish or saute whether the recipe calls for it or not.

Lettuce Heads This week’s lettuce variety is crisp and has resisted the bitterness that affects many lettuces in the heat. This is the last week of lettuce until fall.

Basil Finally, this summer herb is ready! Basil does not store well when wet or cold so keep it on your counter top with its’ stems in water, wait to wash it until right before use, and do use it sooner rather than later in the week.

Storage Guide for This Week’s Share

CROP

SHORT STORAGE LIFE

(eat first)

MED STORAGE LIFE

(1-2 weeks)

LONG STORAGE LIFE

(2 or more wks)

STORE IN FRIDGE IN BAG

STORE ON COUNTER

FREEZES WELL

DRIES WELL

Cucumber

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Squash

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Cabbage

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Beets

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Beet Greens

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Carrots

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Carrot Greens

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Broccoli

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Garlic Scapes

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Kale

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Lettuce

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Basil

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