Monday, June 29, 2009

The Cornucopia Carrot Vol.3, Issue 8

"Warm" Greetings to all of you!

It has been a very hot week!  While we welcomed the drying that the warmth brought so that we could get at the weeds, it was also a challenge to work in such heat.  Most of our days started early so that we could take a break during the day when the sun was hottest.  We also recruited some extra helpers to help us with the weeding.  Tuesday my cousin and her daughter, in town visiting from Ohio, dropped by and volunteered their services as well - which we did not refuse :)  Thank you Rachelle and Elaine!  

On top of all this, it was a week of strawberry picking.  The strawberry season has been rather short-lived this year due to the heat that seemed to make everything ripen at once.  We probably could have picked every day last week, but in order to stay sane and save our backs, we managed to keep it to every other day.  The berries in your share this week will be the last this season.  I think that eleven days is a really short season, but I noticed that the beans are coming on, so it is a good thing that they are finished.

Recycle your green strawberry boxes back to us if you still have them - we would really appreciate it - as we have many uses for them throughout the season.  Thanks!

This is a week of standard vegetable favorites that we hope you will enjoy.

In your share this week......

Peas - Super Sugar Snax

Carrots - crisp and flavorful

Potatoes - Purple Viking - these have purple skin and white flesh.  We have enjoyed them this week mashed with skins on and also as "oven roasted fries".  Scrub your potatoes and cut in wedges.  Pat dry. Toss in olive oil to coat.  Arrange on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt or seasoning salt.  Bake in oven 425F for about 45 minutes, or until tender.  The time may vary depending on how thick you cut your wedges.  Serve with ketchup or mayo.  We also like to roast carrots with the potatoes.

Broccoli - 

Onions - Super Star white onions are mild and sweet and the greens are still great to use too!

Strawberries - get out the ice cream or whip up some cream and enjoy this seasonal treat!

Full share will also include Garlic Scapes this week.  Try coating these with a little olive oil and grilling them.  Yum!  or... add these to your potatoes like chives.  

Have a great week!

Next week look forward to green beans and cauliflower

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