Friday, 24 August 2012

CSA Week 12 — Meet this week's vegetables

  • 1 quart mixed tomatoes
  • 2 sweet peppers
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1.5 L mixed beets and heirloom carrots — Perfect for roasted vegetables!
  • Celery — We're very happy to have a much improved celery crop this year.
  • 2 cantaloupes
  • 1 bunch of Kale  — This variety is True Siberian. Try it sautéed with a sweet pepper, celery, garlic and onion.

    Thursday, 16 August 2012

    Know thine heirloom tomatoes

    Spencer on taste-testing duty in the cherry tomato house.
    What a great year for tomatoes! Hot, dry weather all summer long was hard on a lot of crops, but our tomatoes were in heaven! Some of our heirlooms this year include (from right to left) Yellow brandywine, brandywine, black brandywine, red zebra, black cherry, purple calabash, glacier and gilbertie paste. (We've renamed it the gilbertie griller, since it is absolutely the best tomato to roast on the barbeque.)

    Roasted New Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

    1 quart organic new potatoes. Scrub and cut the larger ones in quarters.
    1/2 tsp. Paprika
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    3 Tbsp. + 1 Tbsp. Olive oil (more if needed)
    1 small sprig Sage
    1 small sprig Oregano
    1/4 cup Parsley
    2 cloves Russian red garlic

    Finely chop the herbs and garlic

    1. Toss potatoes in 3T olive oil, paprika, garlic, and salt and pepper
    2. Roast in a skillet in a preheated 400 degree oven till soft and brown, tossing often. (cooking time: about 20 minutes)
    3. Before serving, toss potatoes with the herbs, remaining olive oil and more salt and pepper if desired.
    4. Taste, adjust and serve.

    CSA Week 11 — Meet this week's vegetables

    • Mixed heirloom tomatoes
    • Mixed cherry tomatoes
    • Ground cherries
    • 1 quart new potatoes — First diggings of the season! They are a little late because of the drought, but are catching up fast. This is our mix of German butterballs, Russian blues and French fingerlings.
    • Arugula salad mix
    • 1 head of garlic
    • Minnesota midget melon — Always the first of our melons to ripen, it has a lovely delicate flavour and velvety soft texture.
    • Fresh herbs — Parsley, sage and oregano. Perfect for the new potatoes!

    Friday, 10 August 2012

    CSA Week 10 — Meet this week's vegetables

    • 1 quart mixed heirloom tomatoes
    • 1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes  — We grew a mall trial last year, and are very happy to have enough for CSA this season. A delicious tropical taste, each in their own individual wrapper. Makes a great topping for vanila ice cream!
    • 1 quart green beans
    • 1 sweet onion
    • 1 head of garlic
    • 2 hot peppers. The red one is my favorite, it is called Cyklon, a Polish heirloom pepper with nice heat and an underlying sweetness. Keep fresh hot peppers in a bag or container in the fridge for daily seasoning.
    • Sugar baby watermelon

    CSA Week 9 - Meet this week's vegetables

    • 1 quart mixed heirloom tomatoes
    • 1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes
    • 1 sweet pepper
    • 1 hot pepper
    • Fennel
    • 1 Artichoke
    • 1 sweet onion
    • 1 head of garlic