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Updates for Sept.19, 2023

What’s in our shares this week?

(Some of the following will be in your shares this week – some delivery locations may receive differing varieties in their shares).  Tomatoes, okra, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, bell peppers, purple hull peas, zucchini, winter squash (acorn or butternut) cucumbers.

The Combo and shares and the Fruit shares will receive Jonagold apples this week.  They are great for eating out of hand or baking.  A cross between a Golden Delicious and a Jonathan apple.

A farm newsletter to your email inbox will follow this online update, in a day or two.  Be on the lookout for it.  I have a few recipe links for you to check out for using winter squash, both Acorn and Butternut, and also for using your Jonagold apples.

 

 

Updates: Sept 12, 2023

What’s in our shares this week?”

Fall is here!   Sweet potatoes, Cucumbers, Butternut Squash, Spaghetti squash, tomatoes, okra, Banana peppers, bell peppers, summer squash.  Combo share: Tomatoes.       Fruit share: Golden Delicious.  Enjoy!

Do you freeze extra peppers from your share? You should – they freeze great! Here are some ideas for you: How long will they last?
 The colder the better, so at 0 degrees they should last 6-8 months. That’s a pretty good long time!
What kinds of peppers can I freeze?
You can freeze any kinds of peppers this way: green, yellow, orange, and red bell peppers, Italian frying peppers, poblano peppers, other hot peppers, etc. Any kind of pepper will work well!  They don’t require blanching! Here’s how to do it:

Prepare your peppers: Wash and dry your peppers well.
Core and seed your peppers: Slice in half and remove seeds. Cut up your peppers into strips, rings, or chunks. Or – leave them halved or Whole for stuffing. Keep your peppers dry! Don’t rinse them after you cut them up! This will help prevent freezer burn.
Optional steps: (1) Lay them out in a single layer on a cookie tray: This helps to freeze them fastest and keep them separated from each other in the bag for easy access later. (I actually never do this, but know it is the best practice if you have the time and freezer space to do it. I find they come out good without though, too.)
(2) Put them in freezer bags: Use heavy-duty freezer bags and remove as much air as possible from the bags to help prevent freezer burn. Yep that’s all you do.

Use them in the following ways:
Stir-fry: Use other veggies fresh or frozen and add in peppers towards the end to warm through. I personally love to see that bright red or green color in my wintertime stir-fries!
Soups: Use with other veggies in a veggie-based soup. So good! Or try a red pepper pureed creamy soup! They’ll warm your heart with memories of summer flavor!
Fajitas: Slice your onions and sauté until browning, quickly throw in frozen peppers to warm through and voila – you’re ready for fajitas.
Italian sausage sandwiches/subs: Repeat above except put on a sandwich or sub. Yum!
Pizza topping: Use them on a pizza! Easy and you won’t regret it!
Chili:
 add them into a pot of chili towards the end. You’ll have your summer pepper flavor in your warming winter chili! This is probably our highest use of frozen red and green peppers.
Egg dishes: Scrambled in with eggs in the morning or in a quiche or frittata, fresh peppers are delicious with eggs and frozen are no different!
Shakshuka: I make this in the winter with our frozen peppers and canned tomatoes. It’s soooo good and reminds me of late summer gardens when there is snow on the ground.

Theres nothing more aggravating in winter than needing peppers or onions to make a particular recipe and have none in the house! Freezing to the rescue! Both freeze well.

 

September 5,2023 Updates

What’s in our shares this week?”

Tomatoes, Delicata squash, yellow summer squash-also Spaghetti squash.  Poblano and green peppers, onion, green beans, eggplant, Yukon Gold potatoes,and cucumbers. Hope I didn’t leave anything out.

FYI:  Spaghetti squash and Delicata squash are not what you’d call storage squash, so use them up within a few weeks.  When you get Butternuts or Acorn squash, they hold over longer. I try to use them within 6 weeks or so, though they may last a bit longer.

The fruit share and the combo shares this week get Fuji apples. 

**I will send out a Newsletter by Friday that will come to your email inbox-watch for it! 

 

Updates: Tuesday, Aug.29, 2023

‘What’s in our shares this week?

Redskin new potatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, summer squash and Delicata squash, red and white onions, bell peppers and Beacon peppers. Poblano peppers, green beans, red slicing tomatoes. Fruit shares: Apples.  Our apples come from the Scott family at Scott’s Orchard.

Your vegetables are always delivered to you free of soil so as to not make a mess in your kitchen. . We still stress that you should wash things well right before you are ready to prepare them.

We love Delicata squash at our house, we hope you enjoy it too! Share with us on Facebook how you like to serve yours. Everyone loves to try new recipes!

We are in the Apple season! Here is a link to information that we think you will like having available that covers what Apple varieties are best  for cooking, eating out of hand, etc. Very informative!

This week 14 of 20 in the CSA season. Have a lovely week!

Judy

 

Updates August 21, 2023

Good Monday evening!

Here is a listing of what we plan to deliver in your CSA shares this week:  green beans, cucumbers, Delicata squash, onion, Yukon Gold potatoes, okra, zucchini, and eggplant.  Marconi (red) Banana (orange) and Poblano (dark green) Caution: If you have children, warn them that some peppers may be too hot for them to sample.  It’s never easy to tell which ones are hot and which are not.  Historically, Marconi and Banana peppers are mild, but this doesn’t hold true in every situation.

The Combo this week is Fruit – Gala apples.  Time for a good old apple pie!

Here’s a link to a quick and easy green bean recipe that you may enjoy.  (It isn’t highly seasoned). 

https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/362784/quick-easy-green-beans/

Don’t forget to pick up your share this week!  Have a lovely week everyone!

Judy