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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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More cucumbers

There will be more cucumbers in the CSA box this week! We hope that you consider that to be good news, knowing that the cool, crunchy delicious cucumber is the perfect summer snack food. You may have already searched the internet for good pickling recipes, or perhaps brought out time-honored family recipes. If you have good recipes to share, please do! I found these helpful hints on evaluating pickling recipes from the test kitchen of Bon Apetit http://bonap.it/bFqpRLb

This cucumber and yogurt soup recipe was a favorite of Bill Dow, NC’s first certified organic farmer. Making a batch of this soup and sampling it at the farmer’s market sold a lot more cucumbers and dill. This weeks CSA box will have dill as well, and maybe even some of this seasons garlic! While this recipe specifies a different kind of cucumber, use the ones you get in your box, they will work just fine. (also, just a side note, my brother-in-law grew up in Bulgaria and I do not ever remember him putting ice cubes in our bowls when serving this soup!)

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1014021-bulgarian-cucumber-soup-with-walnuts

September 17 CSA

The weather is cooling down and growing seasons are changing on the student farm. Our beds are being cleared and prepared for spring strawberries and cold weather crops have been planted. Now is a good time to see our rich soil that has been built up with organic practices and good soil management over the years.

Some changes are coming to the farm. We will be building onto the shed. Alas the apple tree will be cut down in a few weeks for this needed construction. So enjoy the apples in your CSA box this week. Our new orchard will be producing in the near future.

 

Items in your CSA box this week is,
White and purple eggplantIMG_3121
Variety of peppersIMG_3098
White and red potatoesIMG_3103
OkraIMG_3111
GarlicIMG_3113
Lemongrass

 

Grilled Eggplant
Linda E. Sampson Costa
East Bridgewater, MA

Makes 2 servings

Large sprig of fresh rosemary
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 small, homegrown eggplants

1. Mix together rosemary and olive oil. Let stand for 15 minutes
2. Cut the eggplant into ¼ slices.
3. Brush each slice with oil and grill for 3-5 minutes on each side, until nicely browned.

Lemon Grass Chicken
Louise Hyde
Port Murray, NJ

Makes 4-6 servings

1 lb. boneless chicken breast, cut into strips
2 stalks lemongrass, chopped
1 tsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
3 green onions, dices
1Tbsp. garlic, minced
2 red Chile peppers, sliced
½ cup chopped fresh basil or mint

1. Mix together all ingredients. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
2. Stir-fry chicken in hot skillet for 3-4 minutes or until done.
3. Serve over rice.

Variation: Add 2 Tbsp. apple vinegar to the marinade.