Weekly Weed Archive

Week Nine

August 18, 2010

What’s In Your Basket This Week?

  • Potatoes
  • Green Beans, Roma bush
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Egg Plant (only in full share baskets)
  • Bell Peppers, Yellow or Purple
  • Banana Peppers
  • Onions, White or Spanish Yellow
  • Swiss Chard
  • Summer Squash
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce Mix: Read Romaine,Oak leaf,Red Leaf and Nasturtiums(the little spicy guys)
  • Cucumbers
  • Tarragon
  • Basil
  • Dill

Ideas for Eating, Cutting, Cooking and Keeping the new stuff:

Potatoes

Potatoes store almost forever in the fridge. We usually put ours in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. That said, there is nothing like a freshly-dug potato – they usually have much more flavor and juiciness than those that have sat around on shelves for months.

Some spud trivia for you:

  • Potatoes are the leading vegetable grown worldwide, produced in 130 countries, from below sea level to above 14,000 feet.
  • They are native to the Andean mountain region of South America where they have been cultivated for over 5000 years.
  • Potatoes belong to the Solanum family, along with tomatoes and many deadly nightshades.
  • Americans eat an average of 75 pounds of potatoes per year – mostly in the form of French fries and potato chips.

Dill

Is for your spuds with butter.Yumm!You do not have to make pickles just put a little vinegar and Dill on your Cukes and enjoy instantly.

Beans

Store your beans in the fridge, plastic bag, the usual drill.Do not over cook,steam or drop in boiling water for 1 min. drain toss with olive oil,salt and run under the broiler. They won’t keep forever, though, so find a reason to eat them soon!

Tomatoes

Never put in the fridge. Many many more to come just waiting for them to turn red.

Celery

Wrap in a damp paper towel and refrigerate in the  vegetable crisper.

Just do something with it besides putting peanut butter on it.

Eggplant

A day or two is okay out of the fridge otherwise refrigerate in an open plastic bag.

Grill, and yes there is the usual Eggplant Parmesan and  Lasagna but do Cannelloni instead it is better and not done as much.

Farmers Markets: Another important way to support and eat local.If your friends and family like what they are seeing,  on Saturday send them to Lady Bug Nursery in Cedar  ( 9 to noonish) Springdale (entrance to Zion)  (ends at 11:30)  and Tuachan by St George (ends at 1).  Yes , we sold at all 4 markets last Saturday. We will be at Lady Bug every other Saturday, Springdale  every week and Tuachan  well we will see. This is not California or Salt Lake City. Considering the climate and where we live this is a good start. Encourage and support these growers.

We were true foragers taking bounty from over 5 gardens to the Farmers Markets last week.To be ready and leave on time the night before none of us were ever able  to go to bed.  Days like that are a haul – long and tiring – but also rich..
 
The irony in this time of veggie bounty is that we farmers often resort to ridiculous things like cheese and crackers to see us through a long work day. I would love to claim that we feast daily on all the fruits of our labor, but there are days, embarrassingly, when we’re too busy  it to eat  it! We fantasize about  recipes and having an intern  through the summer – live the good life on the farm, cook with all our produce, and FEED us what we grow – so that during this time of wild abundance we could truly celebrate it at every meal.
 
In reality, a lot of the bounty ends up in smoothies,canning jars and freezer bags, put by for winter when the pace slackens and there is more time to cook and eat, and yes… sleep.

Lynn, just made us theee most delicious soup from Local Flavors. Chard Cilantro soup with noodle nest. Excellent! Do not let your chard go to waste make time for this one.

Local Art  Fair

Tim one of our share holders will be selling his work there this Saturday August 21, 9 to 8 at SUU .

Bread, Honey, Yogurt, Butter , Milk, Cheese and Eggs are for sale every week for those who do not have a share. I am sorry if you have wanted an item and it was gone. Please order by Sunday night.

More then half way through the season. We hope you are enjoying your baskets…….

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