CSA 2015 Week #11

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  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet onion
  • Carrots
  • Sweet corn
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Special Announcements…

*We do have Strawberry flats available, so if you would like to order one, the cost is $28 and we can deliver to your site along with your veggies…if you would like them for this weekend, you can always order a flat to be delivered to one of our Friday, or weekend locations.

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*We are beginning to have bulk flats of tomatoes available as well…they are $3.00/lb and come in 10lb. flats for #1 mixed heirlooms. We will have slicing tomatoes available in bulk soon, and pre-ordering is fine!
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*For those of you in the Fern Ridge/Eugene area there is a water bath canning class at the Elmira Grange, August 22nd from 9am to noon taught by three Master Food Preservers (certified through OSU Extension) The cost is $30 per person and must be paid by August 19th. Contact Heather Blake to sign up at:  541-285-4376. Participants need to bring one wide mouth quart jar and one pint jar with lids and rings. They will also have these “sets” available to purchase for $1.00/set at the class. They will cover the basics of water bath canning, do a “hands-on” dill pickle recipe, and salsa. Each participant will take home their jar of pickles and a jar of salsa. A recipe packet of other things that can be canned in a water bath will be provided. Proceeds from the class benefit the grange and OSU Extension.
mason-jar-outline-clip-art-1752875*For those of you who do eat meat, we are in full swing with taking orders for our grass fed beef as well…the hamburger shares have all been claimed, but we have the mixed cuts available, so let Linda know if you would be interested in receiving that information.
Vegetable Handling and Preparation Tips…

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CORN: Eat your fresh corn as soon as possible, natural sugars begin to break down soon after harvesting. Corn can keep for a few days refrigerated with the husks on. Corn-on-the-cob is the favorite way to enjoy fresh picked corn. To cook, steam in 2 inches of water for 6-10 min. or drop into boiling water and cook for 4-7 min.

Older or over-mature corn is great added to corn bread, soups, stews, chili, casseroles, stir-fires, quiches, salads, & bean dishes.

It is not uncommon to find a worm in your organically grown corn. Simply cut away the bad section and cook the rest – it’s perfectly fine to eat!

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PEPPERS: Peppers stay fresh in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. For the highest nutrition, eat peppers raw.  Slice or dice them for pasta or green salads, thinly slice them for sandwiches, or cut lengthwise for dipping. Add peppers to omelets, stir-fries, quiches, sauces, curries and stews.  Peppers taste great in Italian, Indian, Mexican, or Thai food as well as in many other ethnic dishes. Roasted peppers are especially tasty.  Place peppers under the broiler until the skins have evenly blackened.  Place the peppers in a brown bag, fold and allow the peppers to steam for 10-15 minutes.  When cool, peel off the skins and add to your recipe.

Recipes!

Sweet Corn Recipes and Articles from About.com

Summer Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado Cream from Naturally Ella

Heirloom Tomato Salad from 101cookbooks.com

Photos from the Field…

Sadly this week I was unable to get out to the farm to take photos because of a sick baby girl, so I called upon the crew and their trusty smart phones to take some photos of life in the field! Thank you to Andréa and Jeremy for sending in some beautiful photos to share with you. Jeremy shared the bountiful corn harvest…

IMG_20150817_113933_791and here’s some of the corn harvesters enjoying the fruits of their labor…

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Andréa shared a beautiful photo of the misty morning over the peppers

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and Kevin harvesting them…

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IMG_20150815_083457I hope that you are all enjoying the delicious food in your boxes each week, I know that my family has eaten many a meal where all the dishes are vegetables from the farm! Corn on the cob, stir-fries, vegetable frittatas, fresh tomato sauce and crisp carrot sticks for snacks! If you have a favorite summer recipe, I will be happy to share it with your CSA community!

Take care and enjoy your share of the harvest!

~Sara

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