CSA Box for the Week of August 29, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone! We have some pretty exciting news: We’ve started the process of cutting the first of this year’s bush dried beans to dry down for threshing! I know you all are really stoked to try more beans this fall, and it’s shaping up to be a great harvest. We’re growing about 40 varieties of dried beans this year. Soon, as the weather cools and more varieties dry down, we’ll have the thresher chugging along almost every day. Then, each variety goes through a meticulous hand-sorting. Starting around mid- to late-September, they’ll be ready to share in the CSA boxes and at farmers market. For now, all kinds of late-summer crops are still in their peak. Here are the goodies for this week:

Spigarello-Salad   Eggplant

Spigarello broccoli leaf: We developed a really simple and delicious recipe for this crop that we wanted to share with you this week, along with the ingredients to make it. Here’s how to make Spigarello Apple Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing (pictured above).

Apples: Great for use in the above salad.

Red Anaheim peppers: These look similar to the red Carmen Sweet roasting peppers we’ve included in the CSA box before, but these are different. Anaheims are a classic type of pepper to use in Chiles Rellenos. For a twist on this, here’s a recipe for Chile Relleno Casserole. They also make a nice salsa for those who like to impart a pepper flavor without a lot of heat.

Giant Thai Hot peppers: Thai peppers seem to be gaining in popularity this year. These little peppers are QUITE hot, so a little goes a long ways. They are classic in Thai cuisine, including in spicy red curries and in making curry paste and hot sauces. They can also be dried and ground into a nice pepper seasoning.

Honeydew melon: We don’t want to sound TOO sure of ourselves, but we hope this is the best honeydew you’ve ever tasted. We just love this variety of orange-fleshed (yes, orange, not green!) honeydew called Honey Orange that truly has a honey flavor.

Cantaloupes: One more Hannah’s Choice and one more French Orange melon for you to enjoy.

Sweet slicing cucumbers: These could be the star of this dish for Creamy Cucumber Salad.

Yellow wax beans: These are a small, mild, delicious type of fresh bean. Try them roasted or in this yummy dish: Yellow Wax Beans with Toasted Almonds.

Italian plums: These are a classic type of plum to dehydrate into prunes. You can also eat them fresh or try them in German Prune Cake.

Eggplant: Perhaps try it in a classic Ratatouille recipe.

Garlic: This is another head of our popular Oregon Blue garlic.

Bonus item! Sweet onion

Bonus item! Heirloom tomatoes

Bonus item! Zucchini

Happy cooking, friends! We hope you all have a lovely week.