Happy Hump Day! Plus the first day of school for many of our local districts. Summer is bowing out, and Fall is stepping up to the plate for season debut!
Tomorrow we will have a variety for all of you! Sweet potatoes, hot peppers, potatoes, onions, garlic, leeks, eggplant, green and burgundy beans, summer squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, assorted herbs, and some Zinnias (cut flowers).
Here are a some recipes for you to try with your new veggies!
Stuffed Mexican Peppers
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Ready In: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
"Mexican-inspired ground beef and rice stuffing fills red or green bell peppers for a family-pleasing meal."
1 pound ground beef
1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce, divided
3 large red bell peppers
6 (1 inch) cubes Colby-Jack cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
2. Place the ground beef into a skillet over medium heat, and brown the meat, breaking it apart into crumbles as it cooks, about 8 minutes. Drain excess fat. Stir in the taco seasoning, water, chili powder, cooked rice, salt, garlic salt, black pepper, and 1 can of tomato sauce; mix until thoroughly combined. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise, and remove stems, membranes, cores, and seeds. Place a steamer insert into a large saucepan, and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Cover, and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Place the peppers into the steamer insert, cover the pan, and steam until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Place the steamed peppers into the prepared baking dish, and fill lightly with the meat filling. Press 1 cube of Colby-Jack cheese into the center of the filling in each pepper, and spoon the remaining can of tomato sauce over the peppers. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender and the filling is hot, 25 to 30 minutes.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
"Cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, garlic and onion are mixed in with the cooked eggplant and formed into patties. A few minutes in hot oil and you have your croquettes."
2 medium eggplants, peeled and cubed
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup vegetable oil for frying
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Place eggplant in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on medium-high 3 minutes. Turn eggplant over and microwave another 2 minutes. The eggplant should be tender, cook another 2 minutes if the eggplants are not tender. Drain any liquid from the eggplants and mash.
2. Combine cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, parsley, onion, garlic and salt with the mashed eggplant. Mix well.
3. Shape the eggplant mixture into patties. Heat oil in a large skillet. Drop eggplant patties one at a time into skillet. Fry each side of the patties until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes on each side. Patties can be frozen before frying and cooked later.
DIY: Crushed Red Pepper
Take those hot peppers and make your own flakes! Then you will use them up!
Your jar of homemade red pepper flakes will be a vibrant shade of red, hinting at the life in each bite. But even more than the heat, which of course I loved, was the texture – crisp and crunchy.
A coarser grind (done by hand, blender, or food processor) will give you a crispy, crunchy bite when sprinkled on top of a bowl of honey sesame chicken and couscous. A finer grind (done with a spice grinder) will give you a powerful powder for seasoning a mean pot of chile.
There’s no real recipe here – after all, there’s only 1 ingredient: Fresh red peppers (I used serrano). I don’t have a food dehydrator so I simply used the “Keep Warm” setting on the oven – it’s 170 degrees. One day, I’m going to try Alton Brown’s DIY dehydrator method (2 AC filters, a bungie cord, and a box fan) but for now, the oven is about as unmessy as it gets.
We cut the stems off the peppers and cut them in half down the length of the pepper. I put them on on an ungreased baking sheet in the oven at 170F (the “keep warm” setting) for 6 hours and then I shut the oven off and let them sit overnight. By morning, they were perfectly crispy and will crumble when squeezed. And shatter into a million pieces when dropped on the floor and stepped on.
Peppers can be crumbled by hand – but only if you have gloves; crushed in a plastic bag, run through a food processor, or coarsely ground and then transferred to a spice grinder.
71 peppers yielded over 1 cup of coarse red pepper flakes. And I’m a little disturbed at how fast we’re tearing through it.
This week’s goodies are colorful and plentiful! We have cabbage, peas, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, potatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, and eggplant! Enjoy!
Till next week!
Happy Hump Day Shareholders!Lots of goodies coming your way tomorrow in your 4 Seasons bag!
Tomatoes (slicers and cherry)
Hot Peppers & Assorted Herbs
Here is a recipe for Parmesan Zucchini Patties!
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups shredded zucchini
2 large onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground thyme
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup crushed saltine crackers
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup vegetable oil, or as needed
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste(optional)
PREP 25 mins
COOK 10 mins
READY IN 35 mins
Till next week … Enjoy!
Here is a Red Cabbage Recipe for some Slaw!
1 small head of red cabbage, thinly sliced & chopped
1/2 c grated carrot
1/2 c mayonnaise
1/4 c dried cranberries
1/4 c chopped walnuts
1 tbsp milk or more if needed
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp white sugar, or more to taste
Combine all ingredients in bowl; stir well. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours!
Happy August Everyone! This week’s pick-up is big and we got plenty! We have Heirloom Tomatoes, Snacker Peppers, Bell Peppers, Peas, Summer Squash, Hot Peppers, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Cherry Tomatoes, Leaf Lettuce, Okra, and Assorted Herbs! Yummy!
The freezer is keeping everything cold and crisp till tomorrow :)
See you all Thursday, 11-2pm!
Some Salsa Recipes for you!
Pico de Gallo “Fresh Salsa”
2 tomatoes, 1/2 onion, 1 cilantro, 2-3 limes, salt to taste.
Chop everything small by hand, squeeze lime juice mix, and serve!
Salsa Verde “Cooked Salsa” - Medium Heat
3 jalapenos, 6-8 tomatillos, 1 onion, 1/2 head of garlic, 1 fresh cilantro, salt & pepper
Boil or roast until done, add 1/2 cup of water and blend, add chopped cilantro and salt & pepper to taste.
** Lime or lemon juice is optional **
We finally have some different veggies to put in your shares this week besides lettuce….BUT we still have lettuce! So keep those salads coming to the table for good eats! This week, your bag will hold:
RED ROCKET HOT PEPPERS
SUMMER SQUASH / ZUCCHINI
ENJOY! Bill, our Farm Manager, has provided a tasty dressing for all your lettuce that you have been getting in your shares. Yummy!
Hot Bacon Dressing
1 lb bacon cooked and crumbled
2 cups of Sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup white vinegar
4 cups of water
Preheat large skillet, lightly greased to medium to high heat. Mix all ingredients, except for bacon, in a mixing bowl. Pour ingredients from mixing bowl into skillet and heat just to boiling. Add crumbled bacon. Add flour or cornstarch to thicken to about the consistency of gravy, and its done.
Here is another one!
1. Place zucchini and onions into a large bowl, cover with water, and stir in salt until dissolved. Let the vegetables soak in the salted water for at least 2 hours; drain and transfer to a large heatproof bowl.
2. Bring sugar, vinegar, celery seed, turmeric, mustard, and mustard seeds to a boil in a saucepan; pour the mixture over the zucchini and onions. Let the mixture stand for at least 2 more hours. Return zucchini, onions, and pickling liquid with spices to a large pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes.
3. While vegetables are soaking in pickling liquid, sterilize jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the zucchini and onion into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top with pickling liquid. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.
4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.
5. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area, and wait at least 24 hours before opening.
Hello Members :) This week we have a few more goodies for you PLUS a bigger CSA bag for you to carry everything home. We do have extras; however, please remember to bring your bag back each week with you so we always have one on hand to fill. The smaller natural colored bag is for you to keep, and the bigger green one is to be returned each week.
Here’s what we have this week…head lettuce, spinach, spring onions, mixed greens, red cabbage, broccoli, summer squash, sugar snap peas, radishes, and assorted herbs.
Enjoy! PS: Here is a recipe from Bill, our FM.
Sugar Snap Peas
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
"Shallots and a little thyme are sprinkled over irresistible sugar snap peas!"
1/2 pound sugar snap peas
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
kosher salt to taste
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
2. Spread sugar snap peas in a single layer on a medium baking sheet, and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with shallots, thyme, and kosher salt.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, until tender but firm.
The weather is warming up, and veggies are coming along nicely! Hopefully some heat will generate some faster growth so you all can enjoy many veggie variations in upcoming weeks.
This week, we have more lettuces, some kale, and beet(s). More salads … which is what we should be eating because who wants to cook?
Breen Romaine Lettuce
Dragoon Romaine Lettuce
Gourmet Blend Lettuce
Red Russian Kale
Red Ace Beets.
All future CSA Pick-up contents and recipes will be posted here. No more brochures unless you personally request one from me.
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We also have tours available so you can see the gardens and talk to Bill, our farm manager, about what’s growing, and we appreciate any feedback to keep our CSA program positive and successful for YOU!
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Well, we are in week 3 of growing and harvesting some greens, beets, and a couple of radishes. Our CSA members picked up some mustard greens, beets and greens, herbs, kale, leaf and head lettuce.
With the last week of CONSTANT rain, I kid you not, our beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, and cucumbers decided to take a swim without permission, so Bill may have to replant at a higher and dryer location.
And on a dryer note … here are some good looking cabbage and broccoli …
High Tunnel Tomatoes!
Okra and eggplant!
AND … watermelon and popcorn!
Can’t believe 4th of July is 2 days away! As we move into hopefully, the HEAT of the summer (we so need that here), have a great holiday, and till next time, Happy Growing and Harvesting!
It may not be much, but some lettuce, spinach, and a few radishes are leaving the dirt and heading to consumption! Here are some update pics of what’s up and growing from our gardens and tunnels!
Here is Ashley, one of our FT employees … smile Ash!
Lettuces are looking good…
Here is Amanda weeding away … what is she listening to? Some good working tunes I am sure.
Popcorn in the high tunnel! Can’t wait to try this goodness.
Tomatoes … looking good Bill!
Hope your gardens are growing and getting close to some good eats. Summer is officially this weekend… looking forward to warmer weather, fireflies, and BBQs. Till next time … happy gardening!