CSA Week 15

 

Hello CSA Members!

We’re so excited to see you all for week fifteen! Here at the farm, we are working hard to bring you the best of the beautiful summer bounty. That means more amazing veggies for you to prepare! We love to talk recipes. Share your kitchen successes with us at CSA! Your happy eating makes us happy! 

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 15 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

Bell Peppers

Herb CHOICE
Roasted Peppers
Eggplant
Pepper CHOICE
Onion
Cucumber
Tomatoes
Melon

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

DOUBLE Herb Choice
DOUBLE Pepper Choice
Potatoes
Celery

FRUIT SHARE
Peaches and Apples

 

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Quick Pickled Spicy Hot Peppers

If you are a fan of hot peppers I think you will really like this hot pickled pepper recipe.

These are great on pizzas, sandwiches and Mexican dishes like nachos or tacos. The peppers we have this year are really hot, to me at least they are hot. The quick pickle brine I use here is sweeter than I usually make. I think that cuts the heat of the peppers a little.

For about 1 quart of pickled peppers I used a mix of about 10 peppers (inferno banana, Fresno,  jalapeno and 1/2 an onion. You don’t need the onion, but I like it mixed with the peppers. I used white vinegar because I like how it looks but you can use any vinegar you like. I used white sugar for the same reason (I like how it looks) you can use honey or agave or turbinado sugar, it will just look different.

Gather your ingredients.

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 an onion any color (optional)
  • 10 large and medium hot peppers sliced thinly, about 4 cups total. I used a mandolin to slice them.

Heat the vinegar, water, sugar and salt until it boils and add the peppers and onions (if using) and remove from the heat.

Let it cool a little and pack it into a jar with a tight fitting lid. These will keep in the refrigerator for at least two months. I like to use the spicy brine for salad dressings or for making tuna or egg salad or deviled eggs. What are you doing with your spicy peppers?

Have a great week. I’ll see you at pickup.

Mo

 

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CSA Week 14

 

Hello CSA Members!

We’re so excited to see you all for week fourteen! Wow! Can you believe we are already at week 14!? Here at the farm, we are working hard to bring you the best of the beautiful summer bounty. That means more amazing veggies for you to prepare! We love to talk recipes. Share your kitchen successes with us at CSA! Your happy eating makes us happy! 

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 14 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

CHOICE: Sorrel OR Squash Blossoms OR Garlic OR Basil OR Assorted Hot Peppers
CHOICE: Roasted Chilis OR Tomatillos
CHOICE: Tomatoes OR Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumber
Onion
Eggplant OR Greens
CHOICE: Bell Peppers OR Shishitos OR Jimmy Nardello OR Inferno Banana Peppers
Melons

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

DOUBLE Herb Choice
Tomatoes AND Cherry Tomatoes
CHOOSE TWO: Bell Peppers OR Shishitos OR Jimmy Nardello OR Inferno Banana Peppers
Secret Item

FRUIT SHARE
Peaches

 

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U-Pick Day at Thomas Open Space Farm

We had our first You-Pick Day at our beautiful Farm Saturday. It was so great to see so many of our great CSA members and Lafayette neighbors enjoying the great weather and huge abundance of food we have in the fields.

The pepper plants are dripping with peppers this year. Lots of cherry and field tomatoes.and flowersMore flowersand more flowersCheck back here for information on more You-Pick days. We would like to do more You-pick days for the next several weekends but it depends on staffing.

Hope to see you at the Farm.

 

 

 

 

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Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes

I am loving the abundance of eggplant we are getting in our CSA share this year! I hope you are too. Also, aren’t the tomatoes delicious? I mean, they are always good, but this year they seem to taste even better than I remember in years past.

This is a really simple dish celebrating both eggplant and tomatoes.

It’s great as a main dish or side with anything grilled and leftovers are nice in a sandwich or with topped with an egg or two.

I used Barbarella eggplant, the big globe variety. You can use any Italian style eggplant. If you don’t have pesto just use some olive oil and herbs and garlic, 2 or 3 tablespoons will do.

Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes

Preheat your oven to 400F

  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp pesto or about 4 tablespoons of finely chopped herbs (parsley or basil) and garlic mixed with 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Manchego or parmesan cheese or any cheese that will melt
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • handful freshly chopped chives

Slice the eggplant into about 3/4 of an inch and salt and pepper them and rub some olive oil on.

Spread some pesto (or garlic herb oil if you don’t have pesto) on the slices.

Now top with some beautiful tomato slices.

And cheese.

Bake in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes until the eggplant and tomatoes are soft and the cheese is bubbly.

Top it with some fresh herbs and that’s it. Delicious. The Barbarella eggplants are so creamy. It’s hard to see, but look close at the cut cross section of the cut eggplant, you can see how creamy it is.

Have a wonderful week. I’ll see you at pickup.

Mo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CSA Week 13

 

Hello CSA Members!

We’re so excited to see you all for week thirteen! Are you trying out any new recipes? Be sure to tell us all about it at CSA! Here at the farm, we love to eat WELL just like you! Happy cooking!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 13 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

CHOICE: Sorrel OR Squash Blossom OR Garlic OR Hot Peppers OR Shishito Peppers OR Basil
CHOICE: Potatoes OR Tomatillos
CHOICE: Tomatoes OR Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumber
CHOICE: Zucchini OR Green Tomatoes
Eggplant
Melon
CHOICE: Bell Peppers OR Shishito Peppers OR Roasted Anaheim Peppers

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

CHOOSE TWO: Sorrel OR Squash Blossom OR Garlic OR Hot Peppers OR Shishito Peppers OR Basil
Potatoes AND Tomatillos
CHOOSE TWO: Bell Peppers OR Shishito Peppers OR Roasted Anaheim Peppers
Jimmy Nardello Peppers

FRUIT SHARE
Peaches

 

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Zucchini Melon Salad

There probably isn’t an easier salad recipe to toss together than shaving some zucchini and maybe one or two other herbs or vegetables, maybe a melon? I like to use a vegetable peeler to shave the zucchini thin like noodles then dress it with vinegar or lemon and olive oil and topping it with some hard cheese and maybe some nuts or seeds.

I could eat this every day.

Zucchini Melon Salad

  • 2 medium zucchini cut thin or shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 cup fresh herbs I used mint and basil-sorrel is wonderful here
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small, sweet melon, halved, seeded and thinly sliced into half-moons, then skins removed
  • a handful of nuts or seeds
  • Shaved hard cheese like parmesan or Manchego (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper

Toss the shaved zucchini, herbs, oil, nuts and vinegar or lemon juice and salt and pepper in a bowl, separate the zucchini ribbons and make sure they get some dressing on both sides of the ribbons and get the nuts and herbs in there too.

Layer the zucchini mix on a plater with the slices of melons in a couple of layers.

Taste it to see if it needs more salt or vinegar or lemon or oil and top it with a few more nuts and herbs and cheese. I like to eat this zucchini salad, actually I like to eat most salads with chopsticks. I find it easier to include different salad components in each bite.

Think outside the box. You don’t need lettuce to make a delicious salad!

Have a great week. I’ll see you at pickup.

Mo

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CSA Week 12

Hello CSA Members!

We’re so excited to see you all for week twelve! Are you trying out any new recipes? Be sure to tell us all about it at CSA! Here at the farm, we love to eat WELL just like you! Happy cooking!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 12 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

Herb CHOICE
CHOICE: Zucchini OR Cucumber
Eggplant
Onion
CHOICE: Potatoes OR Tomatillos
CHOICE: Tomato OR Cherry Tomato
CHOICE: Kale OR Collards OR Chard OR Bell Peppers
Melon

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

DOUBLE Herb Choice
Leeks
2 Other Items

FRUIT SHARE
Peaches

 

 

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CSA Week 11

Hello CSA Members!

We’re so excited to see you all for week eleven! Are you trying out any new recipes? Be sure to tell us all about it at CSA! Here at the farm, we love to eat WELL just like you! Happy cooking!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 11 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

Herb CHOICE
Onions
CHOICE: Zucchini OR Cucumber OR Cherry Tomatoes
Eggplant
CHOICE: Potatoes OR Tomatillos
CHOICE: Tomatoes OR Peppers
CHOICE: Kale OR Chard OR Collards

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

DOUBLE Herb Choice
Leeks
2 Other Items

FRUIT SHARE
Peaches

 

 

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Sage Brown Butter

I am a huge fan of herb butters. Herb butters are a simple way to brighten up everyday dishes. You can add them to mashed or steamed potatoes, drizzle some on pasta or ravioli, top mushrooms, beans, or corn to uplift almost any ho-hum dish into something special.

Sage brown butter only takes a few minutes to make and keeps for at least a couple weeks in the refrigerator so make some and keep it on hand.

All you need is

 

  • 4 ounces (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (about) coarsely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Take the leaves off the sage and chop them.

Put the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat and let it melt

The butter will start to foam, bubble, and pop, this is good! Eventually these bubbles will just sort of sink to the bottom of the pan and start to brown and it will start to smell nutty and yummy. Add the sage and garlic now, if you are using garlic. It will bubble a little and smell amazing.

Leave it to simmer on a medium heat for 3 or 4 minutes, but don’t let it get too dark. Take it off the heat if it is getting too dark.

When the butter is brown and clear and stops bubbling t’s done. Take it off the heat and add salt and pepper and taste it to see if it needs more.

At this point your kitchen will smell so good you won’t need me to tell you what to use this on, you will want to put it on everything!

Try some on eggs too.

Have great week. See you at pickup.

Mo

 

 

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