Summer CSA–Week Seven

On Farm Pick Up: Tuesday, July 2, 3:30-5:30

Produce this week…

  • Broccoli
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Green onions
  • Tomatoes

Self-select items….

  • Kohlrabi
  • Radish
  • Turnips

Tentative produce for July 11 Pick Up

  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Fennel
  • Greens

Farm Up-dates…

We have had some reports of green worms in the kale. Our apologies for the stow aways. This is a good opportunity to remind everyone that it is a good idea to thoroughly wash produce and prep for storing immediately after you pick up. We do a triple wash on all produce before the CSA pick up, but because the veggies are coming right from the field un-prepped (unlike the packaged produce at super markets), you can get other farm inhabitants with your produce. The best way to clean is to wash and prep your vegetables. Fill your sink with water, remove leaves, submerge, agitate, and thoroughly rinse. Then put in a bag or wrap up and place in your produce drawer in your refrigerator.

In other news, this week past week was Ian’s last week working for us on the Institute for Food Farm. He has decided to move on. Stephanie Beckner will be taking over his position. As many of you might already know, Stephanie is a local farmer. Her family owns Jerricho Run Farms. She sells her heritage meat and sustainably grown produce at the Oxford Farmers Market and at Moon Coop.

What to do with your produce this week by farm intern Kendall Eshmont

We have tomatoes this week. This marks the true beginning of summer. Tomatoes take from 60 to 70 days to reach maturity. We planted our tomato starts back in early spring in the green house to to get you tomatoes before July 4.

Even though tomatoes are technically a fruit, they are predominantly prepared and served as a vegetable. There are about 1,000 varieties of tomatoes; including an array of colors – yellow, red, pink, green, and purple!  There are tiny “cherry” tomatoes , medium sized “roma” tomatoes, and large “beefsteak” tomatoes.  Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants, folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C.  It’s no wonder these heart healthy fruits are a staple of the Mediterranean diet!

Tomatoes should be left on the vine as long as possible, and picked as they ripen, which is why CSAs are the perfect place to get tomatoes.  They should be stored at room temperature and not in direct sunlight. In order to keep that “straight off the vine” robust taste, fresh tomatoes should be kept out of the fridge.

Tomato Interesting Facts:

  • In the 19th century, tomatoes were known as the “apple of paradise” in Germany and known as the “apple of love” in France
  • Drinking tomato juice can alleviate a headache  

Recipe ideas…

Tomatoes are so diverse – they can be used in a multitude of dishes and can be prepared many different ways.  They are the perfect topping on a salad or addition to a pasta dish; they are the perfect summer food, full of zest!