June 22 2011, Week 10

****OUR ANNUAL CSA FARM DAY AND POTATO HARVEST IS SUNDAY JULY 3RD FROM 1PM TO 3PM.  You are all invited to come to the farm to tour, meet your farmers, and help us harvest the plethora of beautiful potatoes we have grown this year.  Bring your kids, friends and family.  You can help with the harvest or just tour the farm, what ever suits you.   The potato harvest consists of us plowing them up with the tractor, then you and all sifting through the loose soil to find them and put them in bins.  It really is like digging in a big sand box to look for the treasures.  It is fun for kids, and fun for us.  Let me know if you have any questions.  We have a lot of potatoes this year, and we need all the help we can get!  I will be sending out directions closer to the date.

Items discussed below:
-What to look forward to…
-Half share ‘one more item’ description
-Information on your storing your cantaloupe, PLEASE READ
-Information on your tomatoes…..
-Recipe for eggplant….

What to look forward to…..
Wow, week 10 means we are exactly half way through the season.  Things are flying by.  What to look forward to:  Potatoes (probably every other week until the season ends), onions (the same), tomatoes (a good eight more weeks if not the remaining ten), Japanese eggplant (on and off for the next 8 weeks), Peppers (green then red and yellow and sweet and hot, on and off for the next ten weeks), melons (we have lots of cantaloupe and watermelon in the ground that look good.  It is hard to predict when or how many though, these guys have a mind of their own.  If all goes as planned, you should get a good bit), basil (on and off, we are keeping the plantings coming), cucumbers and squash (more plantings in the ground but we want to be careful not to overwhelm anyone.  The weather Gods have blessed farmers this year, things are off the hook!), and we are hoping to have some new items in August like sweet potatoes and green beans.  Yum.

One more item….
Half Shares:  Your one more item may be an onion or a cantaloupe…..I know, I wish I had a cantaloupe for all of you, but they are JUST starting, and when any crop is JUST starting, there are only a few here or there.  When they really pick up, we will have enough for all, we have plenty in the ground. 

This weeks Cantaloupe….
Some of you may have received a cantaloupe with a small split in it, we had a few like this.  They seemed to be stable though, not rotting due to the small opening.  We normally would discard as they seem like they won’t last long with such a split.  BUT, in our taste trials of the cantaloupe in the field, it was apparent that those melons were the ones that tasted absolutely the best, actually delicious!!!  We think this might be the case because they are RIPE, and ready to be eaten, thus with the irrigation water the skin burst just a little.  Put these melons in the refrigerator to store before eating, not the counter, and eat soon.  If you received a melon that has not splits, you can put it on the counter or put it in the refrigerator.  Most of them should be ready to eat, but if yours is not split and not totally tan/orange then wait a couple of days.  The frustrating thing about cantaloupe or melons in general is that as a farmer you never can know exactly how each one is going to taste.  We wish we could cut each one open to make sure it tasted good, then put it back together for you ;)  We wish this for melons as opposed to other vegetables because the flavor of a melon can be so up and down within the same planting.  I hope we have got good ones for all of you. 

Tomato Information…..
It would be best to take you tomatoes out of the paper bag and set them on your counter, in case some of them are not fully red or ripened.  Wait until the whole tomato I a deep red (or pink if you got a pink tomato).  DO NOT PUT YOUR TOMATOES IN THE REFRIGERATOR, temperatures below 55 affect the flavor. 

 

Chinese Steamed Eggplant:  From Asparagus to Zucchini, Madison Area CSA Coalition
One large eggplant cut into six wedges (with skin)
2 T vegetable oil
One onion, cut into two inch pieces
2 clove garlic, minced
2 T soy sauce
¼ t sugar
Pinch of black pepper

Steam eggplant until tender, about 30 minutes.  Heat oil in a wok or large skillet.  Stir fry onion 1 minute.  Add eggplant, garlic, soy sauce, sugar and pepper.  Stir fry and additional 3 minutes.  Ta-Da!

What's in the box?

Full Share
Crop Amount  
 

Tomatoes!!!            3 lb.
Sungold Cherry Tomatoes  1 pint
Fairytale Eggplant   1 lb.
Japanese Eggplant  one
Green Peppers         two
Goddess Cantaloupe   one
Basil                       1/8 lb.

Half Share
Crop Amount  
 

Tomatoes!!!         2 lb.
Japanese Eggplant   Two
Green Peppers       One
Basil                     1/8 lb.
One more item (see below for more info)