CSA Week 10 August 15

CSA Week 10 August 15, 2012

Week 10 brings a few new things to your share, bell peppers and watermelon.  Growing up we never grew melons.  Mother always said it wouldn’t grow in our heavy soils.  A few years ago I tried melons and had great luck with a great little green melon called Edens Gem.  It was like candy; A great green melon about the size of a softball.  Ever since I have tried to grow melons buy only had moderate success.  This year looks to be a different story.  After a little bit of a battle against cucumber beetles, the vines took off in our hot wet conditions and there are a respectable number of melons out in the patch.  This week it was an old heirloom watermelon variety called Chelsea.  We also had super long Moon and Stars, but kept that for ourselves.  The only downfall with not growing melons is I never really learned when to know they are ripe.  I think they could have been picked sooner, hence the cracking in some, but they are still tasty.  Also new are a few peppers, a green bell names California Wonder and a purple bell, Lilac. Along with the newbies, you will find 2 small heads of garlic, a mix of Yukon Gold and All Red Potatoes, some Marketmore 76 cucumbers, a bunch of lettuce leaf basil, Cour Di Bue cabbage, a mix of Chioggia, Bulls Blood and Detroit Beets, some yellow crooked neck and patty pan squash, and a mixed bag of tomatoes.  Usually I have early tomatoes compared to others, but this year mine are later than most.  The cherries are a mix of Mexico Midget (little Red), Green Grape (big yellowish green), Lemon Drop (light yellow), Blondkopfchen (dark yellow), Riesentraube (larger Red), Brown Berry (ehh, brownish), a few Cream Sausage (long creamy colored) and Wapsipinicon Peach(larger round and fuzzy).  I also had a few bigger tomatoes.  You could have received, Cherokee Purple, Dr Wyches orange,  Master (red) or Purple Russian (elongated fat purple).    They all taste so unique it is crazy.  Depending on the growing conditions each year they also taste different, but my favorites are consistently Mexico Midget, Green Grapes, and Purple Russians.

Ideas for the week:

Tomato Basil Bruschetta:

A simple way to use tomatoes is to make a simple bruschetta.  Dice tomatoes,  a few leaves of basil, season with salt and pepper and marinate in balsamic vinegar.  Eat them as they are or on a piece of crusty bread.  So simple, yet so great.  Firm dry tomatoes like the cream sausage work the best but any will do.


We love cabbage.  Baked, boiled, slawed, fermented, braised and creamed we love it all ways. It must be our Polish Roots.  Creamed cabbage is kind of an old fashion thing.  You don’t come across it too often but it is nice, different, and tasty.


Creamed Cabbage



Boil cabbage until tender, approximately 30 minutes and drain well.

Make a roux from the butter, flour and milk stirring constantly until it turns a light brown. Add bouillon and stir to combine.

Add cabbage, salt, pepper and nutmeg and stir to mix together.


 Have a Great Week!

CSA Week 9 August 1

CSA Week 9


Happy Week 8, or almost 9.  The fair this week got me kind of busy, hence this is late but it was well worth it.  The goats did great at the fair, the people had fun and my vegetables did pretty well.  You can be excited to know you are getting the best yellow wax beans, purple beans, endive, squash and beets in the county! Well, you probably don’t get the best as I used those as my entry, but pretty close to the best. 

This weeks basket contained: 

Marketmore 76 Cucumbers

A mix of Royal Burgandy, Yellow Wax and Dragon Tongue Beans.  The Dragon Tongue beans are the best raw, if cooked, watch them closely as they get soft quite easily.  Even the large beans are still quite good. 

White Onion

Hardneck Garlic

Yukon Gold Potatoes


Summer Squash Mix

Chioggia Beets    – these beets are a great sweet treat.  While their colorful stripes to leave while cooking, their flavor is great and there is less mess.

Yellow Stone Carrots

Herb Bunch of Lettuce Leaf Basil, Cilantro, and Dill Weed

Jalapeno Peppers

Sweet Corn – the first of the season but it is coming on like gang busters now.  You will probably be getting a similar amount for the next few weeks. If you would like to purchase a large quantity for freezing, feel free to contact me and we can have that ready by Wednesday.

I have 2 great recipes this week that use the ingredients provided. The first link is for Vomacka soup. This was made at the famous Schumachers Restaurant in New Prague.   http://www.showcaseminnesota.com/recipes/recipe_detail.aspx?rid=275  Again, thanks to my friend Brian for enlightening me to this great soup.

This second recipe is for a fresh zucchini salsa. Sometimes it feels like people keep shoving zucchini in things as a way to use it.  Often the zucchini doesn’t really improve the final product. This salsa is different in that it is something different, yet really yummy. The only thing we have done differently is to keep the Zucchini coarse.  It was not done in the food processor, only chopped finely with a knife. http://www.pearlandpine.blogspot.com/2011/07/all-things-zucchini.html This blog also has other great recipes and pretty nice photography as well. 


This is the high time of summer gardening.  Tomatoes and peppers are right around the corner, there is a lot of produce happening.  If you feel you are getting too much of something, feel free to give it away or just let me know and I can adjust the quantity down.  If there is something you totally don’t want, or don’t use I can avoid giving it to you all together so you don’t have to feel bad about wasting anything.