Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sunday - Week # 13



Hi,

I hope you are doing well this week.  Our small shares this week have sweet corn, saladette tomatoes, candy onions, red kuri squash, ground cherries, sweet banana peppers, and collard greens.  Our full shares have additional corn, saladette tomatoes, red kuri squash, sweet banana peppers and in addition have okra and parsley.

New in the small shares this week is our sweet corn, saladette tomatoes, red kuri squash, ground cherries, and sweet banana peppers. The sweet corn is very fresh, and very sweet and delicious.  I imagine you all know what to do with it.  The saladette tomatoes are somewhere between pear and slicing tomatoes in size and texture. They are great as is, sliced and served on bruschetta, pizza, pasta, or in a salad. They are also great roasted or grilled.  The red kuri squash has a sweet, nutty flavor to it.  It's something fairly new to us that a lot of people really liked last year, so I hope you enjoy it.

The ground cherries (which didn't make it into the photo), are a really special treat.  Also known as cape gooseberries, these tiny fruit are related to the tomato, but have a very sweet, almost tropical-fruit flavor to them.  They are something our growers have grown in their personal gardens and enjoyed for generations, and have been getting slowly more popular with our customers each year.  Our farmers like to eat them as is, or especially in pie or preserves.  The sweet banana peppers are something you are probably already familiar with--at least the pickled rings of them; which are popular on sandwiches.  They have a tart, sweet flavor and are great for many uses.

New in the full shares this week are all the same things, as well as the parsley.  Parsley has a very unique, fresh, lemon-peppery taste, and can make almost any food taste just a little bit better.

We have also included a letter from the family of Marty Schmucker, who grows a pretty significant amount of our produce.

We are putting together the final plans for the Peak of the Season Farm Tours.  It should be a really wonderful time, and I hope you can make it.  We are also finalizing plans for our Winter CSA, and this week I'll be putting together another survey for you for next week as well.

I know we haven't been the best at updating produce for the Online Store, but this week we added canning tomatoes; which are tomatoes that for some reason can't be sold to stores, but should be fine for canning. They are $14 for 20lbs; which is really good for local organic tomatoes--so check that out if you're interested.

Please remember to return your bags.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

Enjoy!

-Mark

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