2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #6

Our featured farm this week is Clarion River Organics.  Click here to read more about their co-op of Amish farms and a “cool” way they keep their produce fresh without electricity!

This week’s featured food is the heirloom tomato!

Heirlooms Heirloom tomatoes come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and have a sweet, juicy quality not found in commercially grown varieties because they are ripened on the vine.  An heirloom is generally considered to be a variety that has been passed down through several generations for their favorable characteristics.  Every heirloom variety is genetically unique and has its own resistance to pests and diseases and an adaptation to specific growing conditions and climates.

Some folks say that they are not aesthetically pleasing with cracks, lumps and bumps but we think that’s what makes them beautiful.  Their colors vary and range from deep browns and beautiful purples to light yellows and pinks.

The skins of heirloom tomatoes can be thinner and more prone to bruising.  This also means their shelf life is less than that of a commercially grown tomato.  You’ll want to plan to eat them within two or three days.  Storing the tomatoes in the refrigerator changes their texture and flavor so you may want to avoid doing that unless you’ve cut into one.  There are 100-plus kinds of heirloom tomatoes growing on vines these days, and most have names — Sun Golds, Green Zebras, Black Krims — as unique as their looks.

Tomatoes in general provide iron, potassium, fiber, a host of B vitamins, and quercetin, a phytochemical that may reduce types of cancer as well as protect against heart and degenerative eye diseases.  The tomato’s biggest selling point, though, hinges on the presence of lycopene.  This cartenoid is associated with lower risk of both macular degeneration and several types of cancers.

They look good and they taste great!



 A Route  Z Route
 blueberries, Dawson’s Orchards  fennel, Clarion River Ogranics (CRO)
 basil, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)  green beans, Beccari’s Farm/Nu Way Farm
 zucchini, River View Farm (OG)  zucchini, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
 cucumber, Weeping Willow Farm  cucumbers, Weeping Willow Farm
 heirloom tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm  heirloom tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm
 broccoli, River View Farm (OG)  red cabbage, Clarion River Organics (CRO)
 chard, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)  chard, Nu Way
 sweet corn, Clarion River Organics (OG)  new red potatoes, Weeping Willow Farm

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

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heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: At room temperature on a plate not in plastic, keep out of sunlight.  Keep in mind that storing in a refrigerator can make tomatoes mealy. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: heirloom tomato, basil, and onion salad

heirloom tomato toast with balsamic drizzle




Grower:  Dawson’s Orchards 

Store: It’s best not to wash the berries before storing them in the refrigerator as the moisture will promote spoilage.  For best results, wash them when you’re ready to use them.

Recipe:  blueberry hand pie  50+ blueberry recipes



Grower:  Blue Goose Farm

Store: tips for storing basil 3 ways

Recipe: basil blueberry dressing basil garlic aioli




Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe:  cucumber lime cilantro salad





Grower:  River View Farm

Store: wrap in a damp paper towel and store in the refrigerator crisper

Recipe: 20 fresh broccoli recipes healthy broccoli salad



medium rainbow-chardChard

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Refrigerate loosely in plastic

Recipe: spicy pickled swiss chard stems  potatoes in garlicky chard broth



sweetcorncropSweet Corn – Organic corn is very challenging to grow you may find that this corn doesn’t look like the corn you would find in a grocery store. Give it a try, we think it’s delicious!

Growers:  Clarion River Organics

Store: Keep the husks on and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it. 

Recipe: grilled sweet corn 5 ways





Grower:  Clarion River Organics

Store: how to chop fennel    how to store fennel

Recipe: pasta with fennel, kale and lemon




greenbeans_sunshine_printGreen Beans

Grower: Beccari’s Farm/Nu Way Farm

Store:  in a plastic bag, unwashed in the refrigerator crisper

Recipe: baked green beans 


red-cabbageRed Cabbage

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store:  wrap cabbage in plastic and refrigerate.  

Recipe: cuban slaw



newpotatoesNew Red Potatoes

Grower: River View Farm

Store: At room temperature out of heat or sun, if you plan to eat them quickly. New potatoes are not cured so they will not last as long as other potatoes (a few days vs. a few weeks). For longer storage keep them in the refrigerator.

Recipe: basil potato salad




Grower: River View Farm

Store:  keep in the refrigerator

Recipe:  zucchini chips 4 ways    chocolate yogurt zucchini bread    zucchini fritters




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