Summer CSA – Week of August 31


Happy Peak Summer to all of our CSA members! August is coming to a close, and with the last few shares overflowing with tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, I think we can all agree that this August was truly the month of nightshades! In the recipe sections below, you will find many creative ways to work these veggies into your meals. Be sure to check out our Pinterest boards for more recipe inspiration. They are organized according to item to make it easy to browse for your new favorites!

A Route Z Route
1/2 lb braising mix, Nu Way Farm 3/4 lb rainbow chard or 3/4 lb escarole, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) or Crighton Farm
1 pint sun sugar tomatoes or grape tomatoes, Nu Way Farm or Kistaco Farm 1 lb green beans, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
1.5 lbs green bell peppers, Matthews Family Farm or Clarion River Organics (OG) 1.5 lbs prune plums, Dawson’s Orchards
1.5 lbs heirloom tomatoes, Weeping Willow Farm 1 pint ground cherries, Clarion River Organics (OG)
1 seedless watermelon, River View Dairy (OG) 6 jalapenos, Matthews Family Farm or Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
1.5 lbs prune plums, Dawson’s Orchards 3 colored carmen peppers, Weeping Willow Farm
1 zucchini or summer squash, Weeping Willow Farm or Pucker Brush Farm 1 pint sun sugar tomatoes, Nu Way Farm
1 lb leeks, River View Dairy (OG) 1 lb fairly tale eggplant, Clarion River Organics (OG)
  1 lb red onions, Clarion River Organics (OG)

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*** OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown

Braising Mix

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store:  Rinse and dry the leaves before refrigerating. Line a plastic storage container with paper towels. Dump in the leaves in an even layer on top, add more leaves and cover until the box is full but not jam packed.

RecipeSimple Braised GreensAfrican Braised Greens with TomatoesBraised Greens Taco Recipe

sunsugarcropSun Sugar Tomatoes

Grower: Nu Way Farm

Store: Store on your counter at room temperature with the stem side down out of direct sunlight.  They’ll last longer and taste better than storing them in the refrigerator.  Refrigerating tomatoes changes both their taste and texture because it damages the membranes inside the fruit walls and changes the chemical structure.

Recipe: Pasta with 15-minute Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce, Fried Cherry Tomatoes with Ranch, Baked Eggs on a Bed of Roasted Tomatoes

greenbeans_sunshine_printGreen Beans

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Store unwashed fresh beans in a reusable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days. Freezing Green Beans: Rinse your green beans in cool water and then drain. Cut the ends of the beans off and then cut the beans to whatever length you prefer.

Recipe: Green Beans with Sweet Tomatoes, Middle Eastern Green Beans & Onions, Chinese Dry-Fried Green Beans

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 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: Fresh Corn, Tomato, Avocado and Basil SaladTomato, Peach, & Burrata SaladAvocado Tomato SaladOpen Faced Heirloom Tomato Sandwich with Garlic AioliGreek Village SaladGrilled Lemon, Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Seedless Watermelon

Grower: River View Dairy 

Store: A watermelon can be stored in the refrigerator for as along as 2 weeks.

Recipe: No-Churn Watermelon Sherbet, Watermelon Salad with Jicama, Cotija, and Lime, Watermelon Sashimi


Grape Tomatoes 

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Avoiding storing tomatoes in the refrigerator when possible. Instead, keep them at room temperature, lightly wrapped if you prefer.

Recipe: Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and GarlicGrilled Tomato “Lollipop” Toasts, White Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad


Green Bell Peppers

Grower: Kistaco Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Bell Pepper Pizzas, Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers, Marinated Green Peppers

Prune Plums

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards

Store:  If the plums seem a little hard, leave them at room temperature for a few days to soften up, but be aware they will not actually ripen further to develop more sugar like some fruits. Refrigerate ripe plums in a plastic bag and use within four days. Wash just before using.

Recipe: Roasted Plums with Olive Oil, Thyme & Yogurt, Purple Plum Torte, Sugar Plum Crepes with Ricotta & Honey

Summer Squash

Grower: Pucker Brush Farm

Store: Refrigerate yellow squash and zucchini, unwashed, in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer.

Recipe: Spiralized Yellow Squash with Herbs, Summer Squash Salad, Creamy Cherry Tomato & Summer Squash Pasta


sweetcarmenCarmen Peppers

Grower:Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Grilled Eggplant & Pepper Pizza, Roasted Red Pepper Carrot Pesto, Tomato-Mozzarella Salad with Sweet Peppers


Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Store freshly picked, unwashed zucchini in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to one week. The bag should be perforated or loosely tied, not sealed tightly. Do not cut the zucchini until you are ready to use it or freeze.

Recipe: How to Freeze Summer Squash, 35 Zucchini Recipes


Rainbow Chard

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Do not wash chard before storing as the exposure to water encourages spoilage. Place chard in a plastic storage bag and wrap the bag tightly around the chard, squeezing out as much of the air from the bag as possible. Place in refrigerator where it will keep fresh for up to 5 days.

Recipe: Easy Swiss Chard, Rainbow Chard & Feta Orzo Bowls, Apple-Walnut-Chard Salad

Jalapeno Peppers

Grower: Matthews Family Farm or Blue Goose Farm

Store: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

Recipe: Jalapeno Cornbread, Baked Stuffed Jalapenos, Roasted Jalapeno Hummus

ground_cherriesGround Cherries

Grower: Clarion River Organics 

Store: Remove the husks and rinse the fruits before preparing. Husked fruits keep in the refrigerator for five to seven days. To freeze ground cherries, simply spread the husked, washed fruits on a rimmed cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once they’re hard, package them in plastic bags.

Recipe: Ground Cherry Compote, Cherry Tomato & Ground Cherry Salsa, Ground Cherry and Watermelon Salad

Fairy Tale Eggplant

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: If you don’t intend to eat the eggplant within 2 days, it should be refrigerated. To refrigerate, wrap in a paper towel and place in a reusable container or perforated plastic bag in the crisper section of your refrigerator for use within 5 – 7 days.

Recipe: Eggplant with Yogurt & Tomato Relish, Fairy Tale Flatbread, Roasted Tiny Eggplant with Muhammara

Red Onions

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Onions can last for several weeks (if not months) without compromising their taste or nutritional value. However, you must be sure to store them in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place. Once you cut an onion, wrap whatever portion you don’t use in plastic wrap, and put it in the refrigerator. It will keep about 4 days.

Recipe: How To: Pickled Red Onion, Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes & Red Onion, Zucchini Chickpea Fritters with Red Onion Marmalade


Grower: River View Dairy

Store: Refrigerate in plastic bag; do not wash until ready to use.

Recipe: Baked Salmon with Leeks & Bell Peppers, Lemony Leeks with Chickpeas & Feta, Marinated Leeks




Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Escarole will keep tightly wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe: Garlic & Olive Oil Escarole, Spicy Escarole with Sausage & Tomatoes, Sicilian Chickpeas with Escarole & Caramelized Onion

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