THIS WEEK’S HARVEST
This is for the August 30th CSA, which is an even week share
|Eggplant – Blue Goose/Matthews Farm|
|Beets – Clarion River Organics|
|Delicata Squash – Clarion River Organics|
|Tomatillo Salsa – Penn’s Corner|
|Red Bartlett Pears – Dawson’s Orchards|
|Peppers* – Kistaco/Gid’s Produce|
|White Potatoes – Nu Way|
|Sun Sugar Cherry Tomatoes** – Nu Way|
|Tomatoes** – Weeping Willow Farm|
|Cantaloupe*** – Weeping Willow Farm|
|Spaghetti Squash*** – Weeping Willow Farm|
*Members will receive either Semi Hot Block Peppers from Gid’s Produce or Shishito Peppers from Kistaco.
**Members will receive either tomatoes from Weeping Willow or Sun Sugar Cherry Tomatoes from Nu Way.
***Due to a shortage of Cantaloupe, members will receive either Cantaloupe or Spaghetti Squash from Weeping Willow Farm.
Cheese shares will receive Allegheny Raw Milk Cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy
Egg shares will receive eggs from Keim Farm
**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free
Grower: Blue Goose Farm/Matthews Farm
Store: Keep eggplant in a cool spot, away from direct sunlight, and use it as soon as possible after harvesting or buying. You can place it in a vented bowl, but avoid sealing it in a plastic bag, which can increase decay. Eggplant is highly sensitive to ethylene, a natural gas that causes certain foods to ripen (and eventually spoil) very quickly. So it’s best to keep eggplant stored separately from bananas, tomatoes, and melons, which are all high ethylene producers.
Grower: Clarion River Organics
Store: Beets should be completely dry before storing. Place in a large Ziploc bag and remove all air. Then place in the crisper drawn of your refrigerator. With this preparation and care, the roots should last at least 2 to 3 weeks.
Grower: Clarion River Organics
Store: Delicata can be stored for about three months at room temp in a cool, dry area. Or, the fruit can be frozen. Simply cook the squash until soft, scoop out the flesh and pack and label in freezer bags. This will extend the length of time you’ll have to enjoy this delicious heirloom squash variety.
Grower: Crighton Farm
Store: Sweet onions have a shorter shelf life than common varieties due to a higher water and sugar content. Thus, it’s important to store them properly. Ideally, sweet onions should be stored in a cool, dark, dry location and spread out for optimum air circulation. Most growers suggest placing onions in a clean pair of pantyhose, with knots tied in between each onion, then hung in a cool, dry place. Just snip off below each knot when you need one. Stored properly, sweet onions should last in your pantry about ten days to two weeks.
Red Bartlett Pears
Grower: Dawson’s Orchards
Store: Unlike other fruits, pears ripen from the inside out so by the time they are soft on the outside, the inside flesh may be overripe and mealy. Ripe pears should be stored in a refrigerator set at 35 to 45 degrees. Leave unripe pears at room temperature in order to induce ripening. To speed up the ripening process, place pears in a brown paper bag. This traps ethylene (a naturally occurring gas) which pears produce as they ripen. You can also place pears next to bananas or avocados in order to ripen them. Just like pears, both fruits naturally release ethylene as they ripen.
Grower: Kistaco and Gid’s Produce
Store: Store the peppers in a tightly sealed plastic bag on the top shelf of the fridge (peppers store the best at between 45°F and 55°F). You can also freeze almost any kind of pepper for as long as a year; just seal them snugly in plastic bags. Frozen peppers will retain their flavor and heat, though their crunchy texture will be lost—not a problem in the case of chiles destined for cooked dishes and salsas.
Grower: Nu Way Farm
Store: Store potatoes in a cool, well ventilated place. Colder temperatures lower than 50 degrees, such as in the refrigerator, cause a potato’s starch to convert to sugar, resulting in a sweet taste and discoloration when cooked.
Heirloom/Sun Sugar Cherry Tomatoes
Grower: Weeping Willow/Nu Way Farm
Store: Store tomatoes that aren’t quite ripe at room temperature, with the stem side down. If you have a cool spot in your home, like a wine cellar or root cellar, with temperatures in the 55° F to 70° F range, store fully ripe tomatoes there. They’ll keep well for a day or two.
Grower: Weeping Willow Farm
Store: Refrigerate ripe melons, but do not freeze. It is best not to cut a cantaloupe until you are ready to eat it. If you need to return cut melon to the refrigerator, do not remove the seeds from the remaining sections as they keep the flesh from drying out.