Summer CSA Week 14 Preview

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

 

 


Italian Eggplant

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.

Recipe: Italian Style Eggplant Parmesan, Stuffed Italian Eggplant, Baba Ganoush

Red Beets

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.

Recipe: Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze, Roasted Beet Hummus, Colorful Beet Salad

Delicata Squash

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.

Recipe: Roasted Delicata Squash, Whole Roasted Stuffed Delicata Squash

 

Sweet Onions

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.

Recipe: Roasted Balsamic Sweet Onions, Grilled Sweet Onions, Sweet Onion Soup

 

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.

Recipe: 5 Sweet and Easy Pear Recipes, Chicken and Pear Salad

 

Peppers

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.

Recipe: Sauteed Shishito Peppers, Stuffed Hot Peppers

 

White Potatoes

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.

Recipe: Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Perfect Mashed Potatoes, 16 Potato Salad Recipes

 

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.

Recipe: Herbed Heirloom Tomato Salad, Pasta with Sun Gold Tomatoes, Roasted Tomatoes

Cantaloupe

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.

Recipe: 15 Creative Melon Recipes, Cantaloupe Sorbet 

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Week 13 Summer CSA Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the August 23rd CSA, which is an odd week share

Eggplant  Blue Goose
Sweet Corn – Clarion River Organics
Bartlett Pears – Dawson’s Orchards
Bell Peppers – Gid’s Produce
White Peaches Kistaco Farm
Leeks – Nu Way
Tomatillos – Nu Way
Watermelon* – Weeping Willow Farm
Tomatoes* – Weeping Willow Farm

*Members will receive either Watermelon or Tomatoes in their share this week

Cheese shares will receive Allegheny Raw Milk Cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy

Egg shares will receive eggs from Jarosinski Farm

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free

 

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Remove the tomatillo’s papery husk and rinse off any sticky coating before using.

Ingredients

MAKES ABOUT 2 CUPS

  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked, rinsed, quartered
  • ½ medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 serrano chile, seeds removed if desired, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • Kosher salt

Preparation

Purée tomatillos, onion, garlic, chile, and cilantro in a blender, adding water as needed, until smooth; season with salt.

Recipe Courtesy of bon appetit

Summer CSA Week 12 Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the August 16th CSA, which is an even week share

Garlic  Crighton Farm
Cantaloupe – Clarion River Organics/Weeping Willow Farm
Ground Cherries – Clarion River Organics
Herbs – Gid’s Produce
Sweet Banana Peppers Gid’s Produce
Yellow Peaches – Kistaco Farm
Rambo Apples – Kistaco Farm
Green Tomatoes – Nu Way Farm
Carmen Peppers – Weeping Willow Farm

 

Cheese shares will receive Schof Kase Sheep’s Milk Cheese from River View Dairy

Egg shares will receive eggs from Jarosinski Farm

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free

What are Ground Cherries?

Ground Cherries are a small fruit contained in a papery husk with a slightly sweet taste and a texture similar to tomatoes or grapes.  Husk cherries are great to eat on their own, just pop them in your mouth and enjoy!  They are also great in salads and salsas, and you can even make preserves out of them!  Check out this recipe for Ground Cherry Salsa!

August 9 CSA Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the August 2nd CSA, which is an even week share

Carrots  Blue Goose Farm
Zucchini – Clarion River Organics
Eggplant – Matthews Farm
Hot Banana Peppers* – Matthews Farm
Peaches – Dawson’s Orchards/Kistaco Farm
Inferno Pepeprs* – Gid’s Produce
Tropea Onions – Crighton Farm
String Beans – Nu Way Farm
French Heritage/Heirloom Tomatoes – Weeping Willow Farm
Carmen Peppers – Weeping Willow Farm

Due to lack of ability some members will receive another item in place of tomatoes.  Members will receive either corn, candy onions, or preserved chopped tomatoes.

Members will receive either Hot Banana Peppers or Inferno Peppers

Cheese shares will receive Temptation Cheese from Hidden Hills Dairy

Egg shares will receive eggs from Keim Farm

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free

August 2 CSA Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the August 2nd CSA, which is an even week share

Summer Squash  Blue Goose Farm
Green Bell Peppers* – Clarion River Organics
Sweet Corn – Clarion River Organics
Purple Kohlrabi* – Crighton Farm
Peaches – Dawson’s Orchards/Kistaco Farm
Candy Onions – Gid’s Produce
Herbs – Gid’s Produce/Pucker Brush Farm
Swiss Chard – Nu Way Farm
French Heritage/Heirloom Tomatoes – Weeping Willow Farm
Cucumbers – Weeping Willow Farm

Members will receive either Green Bell Peppers or Purple Kohlrabi

Cheese shares will receive Feta Cheese from River View Dairy

Egg shares will receive eggs from Jarosinski Farm

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free

July 26 CSA Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the July 26th CSA, which is an odd week share

Summer Squash  Blue Goose Farm
Celery – Blue Goose Farm
Yellow Beans – Clarion River Organics
Beets – Gid’s Produce
Leeks – Gid’s Produce
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove Farm
Lodi Apples – Kistaco Farm
Basil – Nu Way Farm
White Potatoes – Nu Way Farm
Cucumbers – Weeping Willow Farm
Zucchini – Weeping Willow Farm

Cheese shares will receive Gold raw milk cheese from Hidden Hills

Egg shares will receive eggs from Keim Farm.

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free

Lodi Apple Crisp

Lodi Apples are early season apples with a sharp flavor and best used for cooking.  Use the recipe below to make a Summer Apple Crisp with your CSA Apples this week!

Recipe courtesy of  tastesbetterfromscratch.com
Ingredients
For the crumb topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter diced into small chunks
For the Apple filling:
  • 3-4 large Lodi apples peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
For serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
For the topping:
  1. In a medium size bowl combine the crumb topping ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until it resembles small crumbs. Refrigerate while you prepare the apple filling.
For the Apple Filling:
  1. (I use a Johnny Apple Peeler to peel and slice the apples all at once. It makes the process so fast!)

    In a small bowl, combine melted butter and flour until well blended. Add lemon juice, milk and vanilla and stir well. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour butter mixture over apples and toss to coat. Pour apple mixture into an 8×8-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and top is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

  2. Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream and Homemade Caramel Sauce

 

July 19th CSA Preview

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST

This is for the July 19th CSA, which is an even week share

Red Shallots  Crighton Farm
Blueberries – Dawson’s Orchards
Yellow Beans – Gid’s Produce
Peaches – Gid’s Produce
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove
Red Potatoes – Nu Way Farm/Weeping Willow Farm
Cucumbers – Weeping Willow Farm
Zucchini – Weeping Willow Farm
French Heritage Tomatoes – Weeping Willow Farm

Cheese shares will receive chevre from River View Dairy

Egg shares will receive eggs from either Keim Farm or Jarosinski Farm

*Some shares will receive tomatoes, onions, beets, or peppers in lieu of zucchini.

**This week’s shares are Vegan and Gluten Free