2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #12

Produce spotlight: Ground Cherries

ground_cherriesGround cherries are a somewhat obscure produce item that isn’t usually found in the grocery but can often be seen at farmer’s markets (or in your CSA box!).  They’re a small pale orange fruit wrapped in paper-like husks.  Their flavor is mild but tart and sweet.  It’s frequently  compared to a mix between a tomato and a pineapple.  They’re said to get their name because they fall to the ground when they are ripe.

Ground cherries have many nutritional benefits.  They’re high in niacin (vitamin B3), thiamin, vitamins A and C and beta-carotene.  They also contain pectin which makes them great for jams, and helps to regulate blood sugar.

When storing these tasty little gems, keep them in their husks and they will stay fresh for several weeks, as long as they’re in a cool place (50 degrees F).  You may not have to store them at all because they’re quite easy to pop right into your mouth!

sugar and cinnamon ground cherries



A Route Z Route
beets, River View Farm (OG) chard, Nu Way Farm
sweet corn, Blue Goose Farm sweet corn, Blue Goose Farm
spaghetti squash, Clarion River Organics (OG) peaches, Kistaco Farm
heirloom tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm heirloom tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
prune plums, Dawson’s Orchards garlic bulbs, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
juliette tomatoes, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
ground cherries, Sunny Meadow Farm sweet medley peppers, Crighton Farm
zucchini, Clarion River Organics (OG) zucchini, Weeping Willow Farm

OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

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Grower:  Kistaco

Store:  Place them on the counter (as long as it’s cool and not in direct sunlight) until they reach your desired ripeness.  After they ripen, store them in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  fresh peach salsa



Grower:  River View Farm

Store: Remove beet greens, store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe:  roasted beet salad



sweetcorncropSweet Corn

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm 

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

Recipe: roasted sweet corn and poblano pepper soup  chilli lime sweet corn salad



spaghetti-squashSpaghetti Squash

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: At room temperature.  After cutting, wrap in plastic and store in the refrigerator.

Preparation:  how to cook spaghetti squash

Recipe: 9 mouthwatering spaghetti squash recipes  how to cook spaghetti squash 3 ways

sunsugarcropSun Sugar Tomatoes

Grower:  Nu Way Farm

Store: Keep them cool, not cold.  When you refrigerate tomatoes, any ripening you want them to do will stop because of the cold.  Unless your tomatoes are very ripe and you’re going to eat them quickly, keep them out of the refrigerator. 

Recipe: braised zucchini and sun gold cherry tomatoes and basil


heirloom_tomatoHeirloom Tomatoes

Grower: Nu Way Farm or 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 and the skin dry. If you find that your tomatoes are not yet ripe, let them ripen on your counter top for a few days.

Recipe: heirloom tomato pie  classic heirloom tomato sauce


prune_plumPrune Plums

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight to ripen.  Keep an eye on them as they can ripen quickly.

Recipe: plum crunch  plum almond gallete

julietJuliete Tomatoes

Grower:  Blue Goose 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: roasted tomato sauce for the freezer


groundcherriesGround Cherries

Grower:  Sunny Meadow Farm

Store:  Keep them at room temperature in a basket without removing their husks. In a week or less, their color will deepen from light yellow to the warm apricot gold that signals ripeness. Store ground cherries in their husks. They will stay fresh for up to three months if placed in a mesh bag and kept in a cool place (50 degrees).  Remove the husks and rinse the fruits before preparing. Husked fruits keep in the refrigerator for five to seven days

Recipe:  5 ways to use ground cherries


Grower: Clarion River Organics or Weeping Willow Farm

Store:   In a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe: baked parmesan zucchini



GarlicBasketGarlic Bulbs

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm

Store: how to store garlic and onions

Recipe:  garlic herb butter  magic bug spray



medium rainbow-chardChard

Grower: Nu Way

Store: Rinse and dry in a lettuce spinner.  Then wrap the chard in a paper towel or cloth and store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.  

Recipe:  quinoa with chard, garlic and tomatoes



sweet peppersSweet Medley Peppers

Grower:  Crighton Farm

Store: Refrigerate peppers, unwashed, in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer. Keep them dry, as moisture will eventually cause them to rot.

Recipe:   basil goat cheese stuffed peppers  quinoa pepper salad  pepper relish




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