Wow, CSA week #5! Time sure does move fast during the season. I hope you are all enjoying the bounty our farm has to offer so far this summer. I loved hearing your excitement about the squash blossoms last week, I’m so grateful to hear they were a hit!
On the farm…
This week on the farm, we welcomed July! July is a month where summer really comes on in full force. All of a sudden, the harvests diversify and the weeds intensify. Most of our days are spent harvesting, trellising tomatoes, weeding, moving irrigation, catching up on fall plantings, and mowing. LOTS of mowing!
We also welcomed a kitten into our house last week! He will be a farm cat, getting plenty of sunshine and hunting mice for us. We are feeling fortunate to have this little piece of joy in our lives! Let me know if you need some kitten snuggles, he definitely has plenty to spare.
In the box….
Red russian kale, lacinato kale, chard, green onions, basil, cucumbers, summer squash, tulsi basil.
Red russian kale, chard, green onions, basil, summer squash, tulsi basil.
Another big pile of basil again this week! We planted a TON in our small greenhouses, and it just keeps giving. We will keep enjoying this summer flavor in the form of pesto, bruschetta, or just fresh on salads and sandwiches.
The red russian kale is one of my favorite varieties of kale. It has beautiful red stems and crisp green leaves. It has a flavor similar to broccoli and can be eaten fresh or cooked.
Yes, we are loading you all up on summer squash of all colors! Luckily, there are a million uses for summer squash in the kitchen. If you’re tired of stir-frys, or egg dishes with zucchini,, you could try making a zucchini guacamole, or zucchini muffins, or you could bread and deep fry them in a pan! Follow the links below for recipe ideas.
Finally, all of you get to try a bunch of tulsi basil. This is a very special, medicinal herb that is primarily used in tea. I recommend steeping it n hot water, then making an iced tea drink, or you can drink it hot. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and has a lovely flavor.
See you tomorrow!
Eleanor and Pearce