Typical Summer Produce

weekly CSA produce share
A good mix of crops for the summer. Some probably came from storage, and some were fresh.

We know that Farmer Frank and his crew work hard to get us a nice variety of fresh produce each week, and we know that they’re stuck with the vagaries of weather, insect damage, crop failures, late ripening, early ripening, and probably more things that we can’t begin to think of. And yet, each week, we have a nice share to bring home. We know that part of it is that some of the produce comes from storage, which is the smart way to ensure a varied share each week. Simply place some of the staples that keep well, such as beans, onions, potatoes, garlic, etc., in storage for one of those weeks that lack in fresh, ripe produce. We love it, because we still get great vegetables, plus, we don’t have to put up 50-pound sacks of potatoes. You can see some of the stored crops reflected in this week’s share:

  • Fandango watermelon (1)
  • Pinto beans (1 bag)
  • White onions (6)
  • Sweet corn (5 ears)
  • Sweet potatoes (2)
  • Okra (1 basket)

 

Polenta With Wild Rice and Cranberries

polenta with wild rice and cranberries
polenta with wild rice and cranberries
Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Sounds perfect for Thanksgiving, but why wait? We think that all of us should give thanks every day, not just once a year. There’s just too much to be grateful for not to do so; it should spill out into other days of the year. And, if it does, we think you can have dishes that are appropriate for Thanksgiving. Such as this one.

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Honey Swirl and Thyme Marshmallows

adding honey
adding honey
We just eyed up the amount honey.

Now you know why we made Thyme Marshmallows, so we could mix them in ice cream, of course. A few weeks ago when we brought small cups of ice cream down to our fellow Monday night volunteers, one said that her favorite ice cream was vanilla bean with a honey swirl and mini marshmallows. We took that as an opportunity to try a new flavor, only we decided to add our own little touch with a bit of thyme in the marshmallows.

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Amaranth Greens Frittata

amaranth greens frittata
amaranth greens frittata
Making a frittata is easy, fast, and tasty.

At first, we weren’t sure if we’d post this, as we’ve written up a Frittata before, and, really, once you’ve made one frittata, you pretty much know how to make any other. But, then we thought, there might be someone out there who’s just picked up a bunch of amaranth greens at his or her CSA and is desperately looking for a recipe, any recipe, to use those greens, and all he or she finds is the old standard for every type of green on the planet: sauté them in olive oil with garlic and a pinch of red pepper. Ugh. How many times can you eat that?

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Pan Roasted Cauliflower Crêpes

pan roasted cauliflower crepes
pan roasted cauliflower crepes
Are we in France? Non!

Okay, we’ll say up front that these are a bit more trouble than some of our recipes. But, don’t let that deter you, as much can be made in advance, leaving only cooking crêpes and assembly for the last few minutes. Plus, you’ll have an added bonus — we think it’s a bonus anyway, as it’s a super tasty bonus.

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It’s Not Summer Without Watermelon

weekly CSA produce share
In our minds, peaches and watermelon are summer.

In our minds, watermelon means summer. Sure, we know that you see watermelon in the stores pretty much all year long, generally picked unripe and shipped across the globe, but true watermelon, real watermelon, only shows up in the middle of summer. We’re talking about that vine-ripened, juicy, sweet fruit, chilled completely in the refrigerator overnight immediately after picking. That’s watermelon, and anything else pales by comparison.

This week:

  • Watermelon (1)
  • Tomatillos (1 basket)
  • Amaranth greens (1 bunch)
  • Yellow onions (4)
  • Peaches (1 basket)
  • Canary melon (1)
  • Red potatoes (4)
  • Armenian cucumber (1)

Plus a small bunch of collard greens from the surplus basket.