PERSEID METEOR SHOWER
Just a reminder to get out and watch the annual Perseid meteor shower this week. The 2020 Perseid meteor shower will probably produce the greatest number of meteors on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. Try to watch after midnight but before moonrise. Not optimum for our work week schedules, but so worth it to sneak a peek if you awake in the night. You can find lots more info on the best time and way to optimize your meteor sightings at EarthSky . Happy Meteor hunting!
WHAT’S IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:
- Green Beans
SOME SITES ONLY
- Cherry tomatoes
If all we had to think about was this glorious day in August, life would be perfect! Crystal clear blue skies, a tender breeze, and we’re so excited for this week’s veggie box. A good day to focus on the positive blessings in our life!
We’re also excited to have EGGPLANT in your boxes this week (well, some of you received it on Friday last week!).
Eggplant is best when it’s fresh. Store unrefrigerated at a cool room temperature, or in a hydrator drawer of the fridge for up to 1 week. Eggplant can be peeled, but it’s not essential. To remove any acrid flavors & excess moisture, lightly salt slices, and allow them to sit in a colander for 10-15 min. Gently squeeze out any liquid. Eggplant should always be cooked to eliminate solanine, a naturally occurring toxic substance.
GREEN BEANS are one of my most favorite parts of summer! I could eat them every night, cooked (or not cooked) any style.
Fresh green beans taste best when eaten soon after harvesting. They will stay fresh for up to one week refrigerated in a plastic bag. Remove stem end and cook whole; beans will retain more nutrients if uncut.
To cook beans, simmer in (or steam over) boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Watch for the beans to brighten in color and become tender but not soft. Cook less for chilled bean salads to maintain crispness.
Green beans taste incredible when served with simple ingredients. Try them with a little lemon, butter, salt and pepper or with onion in a warm dill vinaigrette. For an unusual flavor, serve them with green onions, chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.
While we aren’t experiencing the Strawberry flush we have been trying to keep up with for the last couple of weeks, we do still have flats available for you. If you missed out on ordering, and would still like to have some berries in your freezer, or are dreaming about Strawberry Shortcake, it’s not too late! Just call/email the farm and we’ll be happy to send one your way. Just to tempt you a little bit more….
The Tomatoes are coming in out of the fields and they are looking wonderful. My favorite tomato treat is an Everything Bagel, layered with Creamed Cheese, slices of fresh Tomatoes, and topped off with fresh Basil…Yum!!
Here’s a recipe that will encompass several of the featured veggies in your box this week. It looks fun to make, delicious to eat, and just plain fun to say…hope you enjoy!
We all send wishes for your week ahead to be full of all good things! We hope our veggies nourish your body and soul!
Linda, Bronwynn and all of your Winter Green Farmers