West Hartford CSA September 18th

September 18, 2014 at 9:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harvest Notes September 18th 2014

Potatoes Thought potatoes were a boring vegetable? Well, think again. There are close to 4000 different varieties of potato cultivated around the world and this one is blue- inside and out!! These are especially well textured for baked or roasted potatoes but they do make a stunning mash as well. Store potatoes in a cool, dark, dry place.

Broccoli The broccoli leaves cook up just like kale. We think we should have plenty more of this popular veggie this fall.

Garlic Try this trick to peel garlic- cut off the little brown bit at the bottom where the roots were. Then use the flat part of a large chopping knife to press down on the clove. Once it is lightly crushed, the skin should slip off relatively easily.

Jalapeno Red jalapenos are mature and hot. Try them in the matbucha recipe below. We’ll keep hot peppers coming for all the members out there who appreciate heat. If you are not a lover of spice- drop these in the swap box or share them with a neighbor. If you do like spice but feel inundated by all the hot peppers you found in the swap box, remember that you can easily blanch and freeze them for later.

Sweet Red Peppers The long skinny red peppers in your share are sweet, not hot. This is a specialty Italian variety called Carmen that tastes unbelievable. I saw Adamah director, Shamu, bike by this morning while munching one with several strapped down on the rack behind him. The red bells have more typical thick skins and are not quite as sweet as the Carmens but they are still delicious raw, roasted, or sauteed.

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Dill Ever had blue potato salad? Now is definitely your chance.

Tomato Check out the matbucha recipe the Adamahniks made this week. The tomato plants are dyeing off for the fall so enjoy them while they last!

Cherry Tomatoes The variety is called sungold and it just can’t be beat as a raw snack, roasted, or tossed with pasta.

Lettuce Leafy salads are back for the fall! You have two varieties in your share- a crispy green one and a leafy red one.

Recipe from the Adamah House

Each week the Adamah fellows harvest produce from the fields and cook big meals for Shabbat in their shared house. Check out one of the dishes they made with the same produce you have in your share!

Matbucha 10 ripe or overripe tomatoes, 1-2 jalapenos, and 3-4 cloves garlicBlanche and peel tomatoes. Mix with olive oil, jalapeno, garlic, and a pinch of each- salt, pepper, paprika, and black pepper. Cover, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 2-4 hours (no stirring required. Most of the liquid will evaporate. In the end it should be thick like a dip.

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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 OUT OF FRIDGE

FREEZES WELL

DRIES WELL

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Cherry Tomato

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Tomato

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Lettuce

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