A Bounty of Goodness

weekly CSA produce share
Look at all those vegetables. A veritable bounty!

Look at that! Nice colors, a squash and potatoes for Thanksgiving! And a huge bunch of greens! Yes, this week Farmer Frank outdid himself on the produce share. Let’s see, we picked up:

  • Acorn squash (1)
  • Navel oranges (3)
  • Yukon Gold potatoes (4)
  • Salad mix (1 bag)
  • Purple top turnips (1 bunch) — traded for Swiss chard
  • Swiss chard (1 bunch)
  • I’itoi onions (1 bunch)
  • Easter Egg Radishes (1 bunch)
  • Bonus assorted ornamental gourds (3)

If you haven’t been getting produce from the southwest, you’ve probably never heard of I’itoi onions. These green bunching onions have been grown in the southwest desert area for hundreds of years, adapting to the harsh conditions. But, the I’itoi is not a harsh onion; in fact, the flavor of I’itoi onions is somewhat mild. Farmer Frank described it as a cross between a standard green onion and a shallot. We would agree, except that we think it’s more shallot-like, making it perfect for many dishes in which you don’t want a strong onion flavor. Oh, and the name: this onion is named after I’itoi — Elder Brother, or The Creator of the Tohono O’odom people — who lives on a sacred mountain just outside of Tucson.

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