Hi, everyone! Well, we’ve reached that PEAK summer harvest window, so we decided to really load you up this week with lots of bonus items. Hopefully you can share with a friend or neighbor if it’s too much good stuff to eat. We’re especially excited that melons galore are ripening! When we find time between harvests, we’re still sneaking in more plantings for this fall. Here are a couple of photos we snapped in one of our plots the other night as the sun was getting low in the sky.
OK, here’s your action-packed CSA box for the week:
Watermelon: We grow red, orange and yellow watermelons on the farm; some folks have never tried a yellow or orange one and are usually really excited to sample them. Each of you will get a different color this week.
Cantaloupe: We also grow several varieties of sweet, wonderful cantaloupes, taking great care to pick them when they’re at the peak of ripeness. This is our Hannah’s Choice melon.
Kohlrabi: Perhaps this week try this Kohlrabi Carrot Slaw with this and some of your carrots. It looks really refreshing!
Armenian cucumber: This is such an interesting cucumber variety. Some grow curly and snake-like and long, while others are somewhat short and stout. They have light-green, edible skins (meaning you don’t need to peel them) and are just a “sturdier,” crisper cucumber than most other varieties. We love to cut thick slices and top them with hummus, sliced tomato and avacado.
Bell pepper: Did you know every kind of bell pepper will eventually turn color? A “green pepper” is really just a pepper picked early. We tend to let all ours ripen fully, turning red, orange or yellow.
Serrano pepper: These are quite hot, so don’t overdo it! Serranos are hotter than jalapenos, and are known for their meatiness and use in pico de gallo.
Apples: These are Gravenstein apples, known for ripening in summer instead of fall, like a lot of apple varieties. They’re a wonderful blend of tart and sweet.
Swiss chard: We just found this tasty looking recipe for Apple Walnut Chard Salad if you want to combine your greens with the apples.
Cilantro: You could toss a bit of finely diced cilantro with your tomatoes and serrano pepper to create a fresh salsa.
Bonus item! Cherry tomatoes
Bonus item! Cabbage
Bonus item! Zucchini
Bonus item! Sweet corn
Have fun chowing down this week, folks! Thanks again for being a part of our CSA.