FALL CSA 2020 – Week 1

Cook Field Pick-Up, Thursday August 27, 3:30-6pm

Produce this week…

  • basil
  • cucumbers
  • garlic
  • green beans
  • summer squash
  • tomatoes

Tentative produce list for September 3…

  • green beans
  • kale
  • onions
  • shallot
  • potatoes
  • swiss chard

Farm updates…

First of all, we would like to welcome you all to this first week of the fall CSA! While for many of you this is just a transition from the summer to the fall CSA (thank you for keep subscribing to our program!), for others this is the first time joining the program. The Institute for Food farm is very excited to provide you with fresh and healthy vegetables during this CSA season! The farm staff continues to work and prepare for the fall, planting every two weeks and harvesting summer vegetables. With the beginning of the fall semester, students started volunteering and coming to the farm through the student work-share program we offer. We want to acknowledge their presence and help. It’s great to have you back!

Pick out your own flowers!

Stephanie Beckner, one of our farm staff, loves flowers and she usually creates beautiful bouquets and brings them at the CSA pick-up for sale. While there will be some bouquets on Thursdays at Cook Field in the following weeks, we would like to offer you the opportunity to come to the farm and pick out your own flowers. This could be a great opportunity for you to enjoy some time outdoor and visit our farm. If you are a flower lover like Stephanie, come to create your own bouquet on Fridays from 10am to 12pm. Small bouquets are $10 and large bouquets $20.

What to do with your produce this week…

It’s time to give some space to an essential summer herb: basil!

Basil belongs to the mint family, there are many different varieties and it is mainly used to add flavor to meals. Among its amazing benefits it is worth noting that basil helps digestion, can be a good remedy for headaches and insomnia, it has strong anti-inflammatory properties, it contains natural antioxidants, and has strong detox properties that help the health of the liver. Basil, as you may know, is a very popular herb in the Mediterranean cuisine. Let’s explore some easy and tasty recipes together, many of which can be used with most of your farm produce.

Some ideas on how to use basil in your kitchen

homemade pesto

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/2653-basic-pesto

basil potato salad

https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/pesto-potato-salad/

Enjoy!