Tomatoes Galore

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We are in the middle of North Carolina tomato season. Look for Cherokee Purple and Cherokee Green tomatoes for a variation on the more common red tomatoes. 

The CSA box this week has:

Rattlesnake Pole beans

Sweet peppers

Shishitos

Jalapeños 

Cucumbers 

Garlic 

Beets

Carrots 

Potatoes 

Sweet corn

Parsley 

Italian Basil

Don’t forget to take a purple cabbage and some cherry and sliced tomatoes.

 

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Shaquannah and Jaime clean sweet corn in the Pack Shed.

 

 

What’s in the box this week…

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Eggplant
  • Famosa cabbage
  • Hot peppers: jalapeno and joe’s long cayenne
  • Ichilleum red garlic
  • Italian basil
  • Melons
  • Parsley
  • Potatoes: Harlequin Gold
  • Rattlesnake beans or pole beans
  • Shishito peppers
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet peppers
  • Tomatoes: slicers and cherry tomatoes

A highlight in this week’s box is the Cherokee Green Tomato, an heirloom tomato variety with green and gold tinted flesh. There is a resemblance to unripe green tomatoes but give it a squeeze and taste test. The unripe tomato will taste tart and bitter while the Cherokee is noticeably sweeter. Looking for ways to try the box’s produce this week and you’re interested in beating your mouth to death with fresh flavors, try this salsa fresco variation.

Cherokee Tomato 2017

Cherokee Green

 

 

Fresh and Flavorful Salsa

Makes about 3 cups

2 cups red and green tomatoes, chopped

2/3 c onions, chopped

1/4 c shishitos, diced

½ c red and green peppers, chopped

1/3 c parsley, finely chopped

1 jalapeño, minced

1 1/2 T lime juice

Salt to taste

Combine All ingredients in bowl and mix well. Make a day ahead to let flavors meld. Enjoy

Salsa Fresh JulyPost by: Shaquannah Faison

Yes, Your (Purple) Majesty

Look for Purple Majesty potatoes in the CSA boxes this week. These antioxidant-rich potatoes are purple on the inside and out.

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Please note that the garlic has already been divided into cloves this week. It has been cured, but the rainy weather has negatively impacted the durability of the garlic requiring that it been broken up to salvage.

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This week’s box includes:

Cucumbers

Summer squash

Rattlesnake Pole Beans

Shishito peppers

Winter squash

Chard

Jalapenos

Summer greens (Purslane, Dandelion, and Nasturtiums)

Copenhagen or Capture cabbage

Ichilleum Red garlic

Carrots

Beets

Purple Majesty potatoes

Purplette onions

Kohlrabi

Parsley

Cilantro

Basil

Mint

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CSA Boxes

June 21st, officially the first day of summer.  We are halfway through the year and full of cheer! Why? Because the CSA box this week is bursting at the seams with flavor and potential.  The variety of basil can take you around the world and back to your home kitchen. So lets talk about what’s in the box…

Beets

CSA 6-21-2017

Have a glimpse : )

Carrots

Chard

Cilantro

Cucumbers

Dill with leaf and flower

Feher Ozon Peppers

Italian basil

Kale

Mint

Non-Italian basil

Parsley

Potatoes

Rattlesnake pole beans

Shishitos

Spring onions

Summer & winter squash

Summer greens: nasturtium, garnet stem dandelion, golden purslane

 

Post by: Shaquannah Faison

What I did with my bulb fennel

Bulb fennel is not the most common of vegetables, and with its slightly sweet, anise like flavor, many are puzzled about how to use it. I like to use it as an ingredient in a slaw. Traditionally slaw is cabbage based and mine is as well. I used about two-thirds finely sliced red cabbage and one-third finely sliced bulb fennel for this recipe. One half of a medium-sized sweet onion and some finely diced fennel leaves were the additional vegetable ingredients. I made a lemon juice and olive oil dressing, added salt and pepper to taste and then added some crumbled blue cheese and toasted walnuts when ready to serve.

Out with the old (crops), in with the new

There have been many changes in the fields at CCCC Student Farm in the last two weeks. The garlic has been harvested, and is currently curing in the barn and new pack shed. The strawberry plants in block 3 have been replaced with sweet potatoes, and we have started the process of harvesting Irish potatoes which you will find in the CSA boxes after the curing process.

In the CSA box this week you will find:

Baby leeks

Spring onions

Bulb fennel

Rattlesnake pole beans

Chard

Collards

Kale

Cabbage

Kohlrabi (In the bin, to the left of the box)

Carrots

Beets

Squash

Basil

Parsley

Dill

Cilantro