Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday July 21st, 2004
|Sungold Cherry Tomatoes|
Hello everyone! I am overwhelmed and pleased with how many members responded to my email inquiry about Green Tomatoes, Tomatillos and Oregano. I think I heard responses from close to 20 members requesting one, two or all three of the offered items. I hope all members know that that was not just a one time offer, but that if at any time you would like to receive Green tomatoes and Oregano, they will be available. You may also request Tomatillos at any time, and I will do my best to get them to you. The harvest is a little lighter there, but consistent. I can't express enough how happy I have been with growing the tomatillos this year. This is my first encounter with them, and it has been a very good one. What an under- appreciated vegetable!
Spaghetti Squash, Cucurbita pepo, is a variety of winter squash. It is oblong and smooth with purposely stringy and mildly sweet flesh. You haven choice between two options for preparation. If the squash will fit in a pot, try boiling water then adding the squash whole, uncut, into the boiling water. Depending on the squash size, boils for 10-20 minutes or until a fork will easily penetrate the skin and flesh. You could also bake the squash in the oven. This may be the preferably route if your squash is too big to fit whole into a pot of boiling water. Once cooked, slice the squash in half. Spoon out the seeds. The flesh is stringy and can be easily extracted by scraping it out of its skin with a fork. The stringy flesh is ready to eat, or can be frozen or refrigerated for future use. The squash has such unusual and random flesh that I find it a lot of fun to play around with cooking it. I hope you do as well. Let me know what you think.
The snap beans half share members have received this week are a variety called 'Tongue of Fire'. The name is representative of the yellow background color of the bean and then the purple/red zebra streaks of color speckling the bean. The are quite pretty, but I am afraid the color fades when cooked.
I have once again cut off any portions of the corn that seemed damaged by the corn earworm. If yours are topped or bottomed that is what it is from. The damage wasn't too bad this year, although progressively seemed to get worse. Enjoy them while they are here, they are nice and sweet.
The green Zebra tomatoes are on a role all of a sudden. Most members received a mix of Big Beef red tomatoes and Green Zebra tomatoes. Remember, the Green Zebra is a 'ripe when green' tomato and has a sweet taste to it. One suggestion would be to blend some in with the tomatillos to make a Salsa Verde. Yum.
What to look forward to...
Next week full share members will receive 'Tongue of Fire' snap beans and half share members will receive eggplant. The peppers are starting to turn color slowly, so we should be seeing some red, yellow and orange bells soon! Members can look forward to many more tomatoes and cherry tomatoes this summer. There is more watermelon to come as well, with two more plantings to come. The Butternut squash was harvested along with the Spaghetti squash so we will be seeing some of that in shares as well. I would love to hear member's thoughts on the winter squash they receive. More basil, cucumbers, summer squash and garlic as well. Hope you are all enjoying the summer's bounty. Elise.
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