Your box this week:
1 bunch mixed color carrots, 1 bunch beets (some are mix colors, some are all chiogga), 1 bunch of sweet onions, 2 heads of fresh garlic, 1 small head of red cabbage, 2 lbs. cucumbers, 2 lb. mix of zephyr and patty pan squash (value $19)
"Regular" boxes also get:
2 costata romenesca zucchini, 2 fennel bulbs, and 1 pint of blueberries (value $29)
Carrots, beets, and sweet onions will all keep well in your fridge for a week or more but you need to remove the tops if you're going to keep them longer than 2 days. The tops start to go bad faster than the roots and will make the roots go bad. The garlic is uncured and should be kept in your fridge and used within 3 weeks. You can use it just like cured garlic however the flavor is slightly milder and it is MUCH easier to peel. Cabbage, cucumbers, and squash all need to be kept in your fridge and eaten within the week. The patty pan squash is the round cup-like squash and has a very sweet flavor. The zephyr is the long yellow with green tip squash; also quite sweet and tender. The costata romanesca in the regular boxes is an open pollinated squash with a sweet and mildly nutty flavor that holds its form and texture well when cooked. It is the light green deeply ribbed long squash.
We hoped to put new potatoes in the boxes this week for 4th of July but we had such a heavy rain on Monday night that we could not get into the potato field today to dig them. You can look forward to some creamy new potatoes next week!
The sweet onions are one of our most anticipated vegetables of the year. The variety name is Ailsa Craig. They do not "cure" well so we only have them fresh with the tops on and then for a little while we'll have those that we can store in our walk-in and dole out until they're gone. They are very mild and taste great raw in any salad. They are also delicious lightly sauteed or grilled.
Check this great and simple recipe for beets:
It is good using the sweet onions and with some goat or feta cheese sprinkled on top.
Thanks to those of you who came out last weekend to see the farm! It means a lot to us that you came!