Week 6 share from our farm included::
2 heads lettuce 1 head cabbage
2 zephyr squash 1 costata
5 zucchini 3 summer squash
8 cucumbers 2 peppers
1 bundle thyme new potatoes
baby onions 1 bunch kale
a few broccoli cuttings 1 bundle par-cel
3 eggplant (oriental + italian)
It has been *such* a hot and muggy summer here. I'm so impressed at the bounty we keep bringing home from the farm. Tomatoes should be in any day now too! I'm going to ask about buying extras they have to get some sauce and salsa canned.
This week we've eaten lots of grilled veggies with a little olive oil + salt & pepper. Last night we had grilled eggplant, tomato & mozzarella cheese sandwiches….. they were amazing! This morning I made a salad (for lunch) with leftover grilled veggies (zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms), mozzarella cheese cubed, a splash of italian dressing & olive oil, kidney beans & artichoke hearts. I'm back to making lunch for Joe…. so I always try to think of that the night before at dinner. Leftover grilled veggies make awesome pizza toppings too. So. Good.
With all those cucumbers we're on our second batch of fridge pickles! They are so darn tasty. I really should put some up for the winter…. but the chilled variety really are our favorite anyway. (last week's csa post had lots of zucchini ideas!)
In other kitchen news…. I got those berries taken care of. Two quadruple batches of jam (6 half pints & 12 pints) and three quarts frozen. Oh what a hot day in the kitchen! Jade also made a seriously kick butt blueberry pie. Which we devoured with ice cream before we thought of taking a picture. I guess she'll just have to make another one. I used Pomona's pectin for the first time and I loved it. The jam set up perfectly, even with a quadruple batch (which is one box of Pomona's) and it uses a fraction of the sugar. I'd like to find some local honey for my next batch. Maybe at the Farmer's Market this weekend?
Last of all…. the Cicadas are buzzing outside warning me of the hot day ahead of us. We'll be making popsicles and finding some shade. Heat index of 104 will be darn toasty. I guess I'll be turning the chick light off this afternoon!
Stay cool guys.