Cook Field Pick-Up, Thursday August 6, 3:30-6pm
Produce this week…
- cherry tomatoes
- green beans
- hot peppers
- slicers tomatoes
Tentative produce list for August 12…
- green beans
- napa cabbage
- swiss chard
It has been an abundant summer so far. Sun and rain have been alternating nicely and our valuable staff has been doing a lot of harvesting at the farm in the last days. So… get ready for big bags!
As we announced last week, it’s time to give credit to the generous help and support we receive from our volunteers. We begin this week by introducing to you…
Annika Goldman is a graduate student in clinical psychology. She learned about the farm and the work-share opportunity from her friend and, since the beginning of the summer, Annika has been coming to the farm regularly. She loves vegetables and every time she comes she learns something new about farming practices. One thing she learned recently, for example, is about the healing properties of garlic. Her appreciation to know where the food comes from has been growing. She hopes to continue to volunteer once the semester begins. Annika thinks the people at the farm are really nice and finds her time at the farm very relaxing.
What to do with this week’s produce
It’s time to talk about eggplant, another star among the summer produce. Eggplants belong to the plant family of Solanaceae, commonly known as nightshades, which also include tomatoes, bell peppers, and potatoes. The ancestors of eggplants used to grow wild in India, before being introduced to Africa and then into Europe. For centuries eggplants were used in Europe mainly as a decorative garden plant than as a food. Only in the 18th century eggplant lost its bitter taste and begun to be appreciated in many European countries and the cuisine of Italy, Greece, Turkey and France.
Cooking with eggplants
Eggplants are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are a great source of vitamin C, K, B6, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, potassium, fiber and more! The fiber in eggplants does more than helping with digestion, it also helps in improving heart health. Let’s explore some yummy recipes together!
We hope you are continuing to enjoy your produce and remember, if you come up with some recipes you loved while using our vegetables, contact us! We are always happy to include them in our blog!