Seventeenth CSA Share 9/30/13

Hiyah! Its the second to last distribution of year and these are the veggies this week:

Baskets Include:

  • Herbs: cilantro, parsley, sage, thyme, oregano,and basil (Italian & Thai)
  • summer squash (yellow, patty pan, and zucchini)
  • Swiss Chard
  • tatsoi
  • beans (green, yellow, and purple)
  • peppers (purple beauty, Anaheim, banana, bell, and a variety of hot peppers)
  • tomatoes (red and green)
  • cucumbers (Armenian slicing and Pickling)
  • beets (golden)
  • kale (beira and starbor)
  • winter squash (butternut, buttercup, acorn, and delicata)
  • potatoes (garnet chile, kipfel fingerling, irish cobbler)

NOTE: Your veggies HAVE NOT been washed.  Please wash them before you enjoy them.

Storage Tips

  • Greens and lettuce are best stored in the crisper drawer of your fridge. It is helpful to bag them or put them in an airtight container and best to wash them just before using them, NOT before storing them. You will find that your greens will remain fresh for 2 plus weeks.
  • Basil is best kept in a little bit of water on your kitchen counter.
  • Beans will stay fresh in a loosely-sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for several days. Wash, trim and cut them just before using.
  • Zucchini/Squash: Store zucchini in a plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper drawer four to five days and do not wash until just before you are ready to use them. At the first sign of wilting, use immediately. Softness is a sign of deterioration.
  • Peppers can be stored for up to a week in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the fridge. Green peppers will keep longer than other varieties.
  • Potatoes: Store your tubers in a cold, dark environment with moderate humidity. Store your best tubers in a dry room with constant temperature of 35 to 40 degrees and moderate humidity. Make sure to keep them dark, as light will turn them green and make them unfit for table use. Discard potatoes with an excessive amount of greening.

Cooking Tips

Mustard Greens are here this week and here are a couple recipes! Presto Pesto!

There are few crops in abundance this week and those are kale & potatoes. Why not put them in a dish together! Swap out leeks for onions if you don’t have them.

Go ahead and roast those new potatoes. Mashed is good. Roasted is better.

Happy eating!

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