Category Archives: Cucumbers

Papaya in Greenhouse

2017 CSA Summer August 26th

2017 CSA Summer August 26th

 

  • Ripe Papaya
  • Field Arugula 10×10
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Yellow Squash
  • Gold Zucchini
  • Tomatoes *from set
  • Cucumber
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Anaheim Peppers
  • Red Ribbed Sorrel

Papaya pie! Yeah, a little different, but i wanted to share my results: skinned, deseeded and chopped papaya was tossed with juice from 2 limes, !approximately ¾ cup of brown sugar, 2 tbs of honey, 1 ½  tbs of corn starch, plus healthy dashes of cinnamon and vanilla. This was poured into a prepared pie shell and baked on a jelly roll pan at 350F for 30 minutes. I thought it looked a little runny at end time so i dusted the top with some more corn starch, used a spoon to  gently fold that into the papaya filling and baked it for at least another 20 minutes. See the results in the photos and please overlook the tell-tale dusting trail…we thought it turned out very yummy! Maybe you will try it?

Papaya also makes a wonderful chutney for table condiments especially when enjoying a curry or rice pilaf.

Tomatoes are not encased in the box this week, they are “pick from set” and we will be encouraging you to consider canning a few pounds 😉 Rosemary, thyme and sage included to enhance sauce making.

To your health and pleasure, always, leslie

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2017 CSA Summer August 12th

2017 CSA Summer August 12th

  • Micro Celery
  • Micro Color Mix
  • Watercress
  • Arugula 10×10
  • Yellow Squash
  • Gold Bar Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thai Basil
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Anaheim Peppers

Micro Celery is great for potato salad, chicken salad sandwiches, as a garnish for any dish that calls for celery (easy flavor replacement and no chopping!), like gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya… Le Bon Temps Roule!

 

Micro Color Mix is a crisp fresh take on a fancy roll up: spring rolls! Add a few edible flowers, a sprinkle of micros, a pinch of baby salad mix, slivers of veggies like your Gold Bar zucchini, even fruit can be used to enhance and sweeten a spring roll. If you eat meat, some chicken, fish, crab, shrimp, eel, pork or steak will all work well tucked into the center of your roll. Think of sweet, tangy, salty ingredients for your dipping sauce. Since I was in a crunch and didn’t have plum or mustard sauce, I whipped up some honey, black vinegar, barbeque sauce & soy sauce into a dish for dip and garnish.

 

Stretch the meal! and serve your spring rolls on a bed of rice pilaf. If you have any of your fig leaves left, use them to infuse flavor as your steam your rice by just laying one on top before covering. I used cashews, black sesame seeds, grated ginger and turmeric, black pepper, and half a can of coconut milk to flavor the rice. With the fig leaf laid on top and cooked. Cinch a nice presentation of your colorful spring rolls!

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midnight harvest Turmeric and Ginger

2017 CSA Summer July 8th Squash & Peppers

2017 CSA Summer July 8th Squash & Peppers

  • Baby Carrots
  • Ginger & Turmeric
  • Calamondin Oranges
  • Thai Basil Cuttings
  • Potatoes
  • Yellow Summer Squash
  • Bell Pepper
  • Baby Salad Mix
  • Watercress
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber

Just a peak at a few of the creatures that visit the farm… the second photo at right was being shared around: accessible food brings new friends 😉 The deer and the groundhogs have been the worst for us, taking out broccoli, kale and a few others. We have replanted but hard to wait.. our sweet potatoes have been getting hit and we have been vigilant, transplanting from greenhouse kept cuttings. But squash is finally going fast, hence the plethora in your share. The thai basil cuttings include a few flowers and quite possibly some seed, if you would like to sprinkle it in a pot nearby your kitchen. Thanks for helping me out with the carrots: a section of plantings of carrots, spinach, etc, got overrun by weeds and grasses. Since this section needs to be dealt with, i wanted you to at least enjoy the delicacy of baby carrots and fresh tops before it all gets turned over. The greens are edible, can be run thru the juicer, be made into pesto, soup or dressing.

The photo of the juvenile constrictor, the black snake as we know them, against the blue background is to introduce you to a local friend that is sometimes mistaken for a venomous snake because of its markings. These snakes are a sigh of relief…less fear of stumbling across a copperhead. Only once have i seen a copperhead here, and nowhere near the busy cultivated areas of the farm. Now the black snake on the other hand…see ‘em all the time.

 

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