Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June 25 or 28 CSA

CSA boxes lined up for filling
Small boxes this week:  1 bunch of carrots, 2 sweet "Ailsa Craig"onions, 2lbs new potatoes, 2 lbs zucchini, 1 1/2 lbs cucumbers, 1 almost full pint of blueberries, 2 tomatoes, 1 bunch dill.
Regular shares:  1 bunch of carrots, 3 sweet onions, 1 head of romaine, 1 bunch of parsley, 3 lbs of new potatoes, 3bs zucchini, 1 1/2 lbs cucumbers, 1 almost full pint blueberries, 4 tomatoes, 1 bunch of dill, 1 head of garlic.

The offer still stands for pickling cucumbers!  We will pick again friday morning around 9:30.  It looks like they'll still be going strong next week as well.  Come and pick and you can have as many as you want.  Or you can get 1/2 bushel for half price.  (1/2 bushel makes about 15 quarts of pickles).
The early tomatoes are starting to come in!  We are in a race with a racoon who has a taste for the reddest, most perfectly ripe tomatoes.  When I went to pick them yesterday, a little taste-tester had gone along and eaten the best part out of all the best fruits.  Kind of funny and cute but also not so funny or cute.  Anyway, if all goes well there will be a symphony of tomatoes coming your way over the next 5 to 6 weeks. 
For breakfast yesterday morning I had zucchini hash browns.
I sauteed some onion in olive oil and added shredded zucchini right on top of the onion and let it cook about 5 minutes, flipped it and cooked about 5 more minutes then salt and peppered, fried 2 eggs in the same skillet and put it on a plate with some diced tomatoes and cucumber slices.  Twas a lovely breakfast!
We make quick pickles a lot at this time of year:  slice cucumbers into rounds.  Place in a glass bowl and cover with some lemon juice, ume plum vinegar (or salt), apple cider vinegar, and fresh dill and cover and refrigerate overnight (or longer).

We will be harvesting the garlic crop this coming Monday and putting it in the barn to "cure".  The melon patch is starting to make little round, fuzzy, green canteloupes that will ripen in 2 to 3 weeks.  So exciting for the melon lovers!  Lettuce is all done for awhile.  We've started another round of it that you'll see in your boxes mid August.  Beans and okra are sprouting.... you'll see them in 4 weeks or so.  Peppers are sizing up.
Harvesting carrots Tuesday morning

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