Hi all, Alli here.
August is here and brings us to week 10 of the CSA! Crazy, but true. But we welcomed August with open arms, as it seems July was sad to be over and (thankfully) cried tears of rain all over the farm! We’re always happy to have a few nights off from running sprinklers on our new crops, and our more well established plants were definitely in need of a deep drink of water. It was even more satisfying that we were able to get our broccoli, fall Napa, yukina, and some bok choy in the ground before the weekend.
We were able to start harvesting some of the onions on Thursday, before the rain. Now that the rest have been soaked, we’ll have to wait til they dry out a bit before harvesting them. In the meantime, we’ll keep busy with weeding now that the soil isn’t quite so hard and dry!
This week will be the final harvest for a few of the items you’ve been getting (Napa, cabbage, scallions, and possibly even the basil–a good time to make kimchi or freeze some pesto), but the peppers, eggplants, okra, and so on are just getting starting! The tomatoes do seem to be taking their sweet time this year, but that’ll just make it even better when they finally do appear (we were hoping to have enough for the CSA this week, but that doesn’t seem likely now with the cooler temperatures of the past few days…soon, though!).
Here’s what we think will be in your share this week:
Arugula and/or Yukina Savoy
Napa or Cabbage
Beans (green and/or Dragon’s Tongue–give them a try!)
Cherry Tomatoes or Tomatillos
Okra, Shishito Peppers, or Eggplant
A CSA member recommended the site ‘Yummly’ to all of you for recipes, so check it out if you’re looking for inspiration. Here are some of my finds for the week:
A very simple bean dish (using Dragon’s Tongue, but either will work):
While I think scallions are a delicious topping for pretty much any meal, why not make them the star with some scallion pancakes?!
Happy eating, everyone, and enjoy week 10!