CSA Basket #19

Jack at the farmers market

What a great time of year! We were out early while there was a heavy dew and temperatures in the 50’s. We picked the lettuce first while it was still cool before it gets the field heat.

You will notice basil in your box today; we’re nearing the end of the basil season. So, if you like pesto, perhaps you could make a batch and freeze for winter!

You will also notice a bag of arugula as well. Not sure what to do with it? Here is a recipe that combines watermelon and parmesan cheese with this fiesty little green. It’s from one of my favorite chefs – Ina Garten.

Most of the boxes have at least a couple of the Momotaro tomato – a smooth-topped Japanese pink tomato. Their size makes them perfect for a lunch box or eating whole as a snack. Not included in your box, but plentiful at the market today, are the Juliette tomatoes. These little tomatoes lend themselves well to roasting and freezing. I roasted three trays overnight last night – put them on cookie sheets at 200 degrees overnight. They seemed to need a little more time this morning, so I increased the temperature to 325 and left for about 45 minutes. Freeze them on the tray and when frozen, pull them out, put them in ziplock bags, and back in the freezer. Use them in recipes that call for sun-dried tomatoes.

Today’s basket includes
Fingerling potatoes
Lettuce mix
Bunching onions
Yellow wax beans – probably the last of these!

It’s hard to believe there are only seven more weeks till October 31. Details soon about a fall CSA option.

Next Saturday is a big day at the Farmer’s Market – activities throughout the day with an extended market (till 2:00pm) and topped off with a lunch prepared with food from the farmers at the market. Get your tickets today at the market!

Also, mark your calendar for Sunday, October 7, 4:00-8:00 – Farm Night Out – Community Farm Alliance fall gathering at Lazy Eight Stock Farm. It’s shaping up to be a really fun fall event on the farm.

Thank you for supporting your local food economy!

Lazy Eight Stock Farm