Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Aug 24 CSA

Opalka Tomato  (a Polish heirloom paste tomato)

Late summer is setting in with these cooler nights and foggy mornings. We can tell the days are getting shorter because things are growing more slowly...the okra doesn't need to be harvested everyday anymore.
We are planning an "open farm" day for September 17 from 2pm to 6pm.  We'll prepare lots of food and be available to show folks around the farm and hang out and talk.  I'd love to know if you think you can make it or if we should choose another date.  Please let us know at market or by email.
this week's box has:  2 lbs of heirloom paste tomatoes, 1/2 lb jimmy nardellos sweet italian frying peppers, 1 lb. onions, 2 garlic, 2 italian eggplant, 1 1/2 lb cucumbers, 1 lb. green tomatoes.
Full shares get in addition: 1 melon, 2 more lbs. tomatoes, 1 1/2 lbs. more cucumbers.

The tomatoes this week are by far my favorites of the year.  They are great for eating raw, make delicious salsa, and the best sauce.  Their flavor is incredible and the texture is meaty.  The green tomatoes are small but thought they'd make good fried green tomatoes or good for pickling.
A delicious salad I had last week at "The Junction" restaurant was:  green tomatoes cut into chunks and battered and fried sprinkled over cold black eyed peas and a sliced red tomato.  The dressing was balsamic vinegar, black pepper, olive oil, parsley. 
The peppers this week are incredibly sweet and best enjoyed sauteed with onions and eaten with ANYTHING!    

Jimmy Nardello Sweet Italian Frying Pepper

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