Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Big Red Farm Share, August 6


Full Share:
  • 2 heads of lettuce
  • 1/2 lb summer squash
  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • 3 cucumbers
  • 1 green or purple pepper (they taste the same!)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 bunches of herbs -- your choice; we'll probably have basil, rosemary, mint, parsley, thyme, and chives
Half Share:
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of herbs -- your choice, we'll probably have basil, rosemary, mint, parsley, thyme and chives
  • Pick-your-own flowers!  Up to 10 stems per customer, follow signs to the flower garden. 


In honor of the ever-so-slightly cooler temperatures and (fingers crossed!) rainy conditions predicted for later this week, here are two recipes that require you to turn on your oven!  It's still early in the tomato season, so it's hard to imagine doing anything with these sweet little cherry tomatoes besides consuming them raw on the way home from the farm.  If, however, they survive the trip back to your kitchen, Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes make an incredibly flavorful addition to salads, pizza, pasta, scrambled eggs and/or omelets, or anything else you can think of.

The blocky white potatoes we're harvesting right now are a variety called Elba, and I ordered them because of just one line in the seed catalogue description: "Even the Organic guys can't screw up Elba."  An ideal potato for the Big Red Farm, where conditions are never ideal!  As it turns out, the bonus is that these potatoes have some of the best flavor and texture that I've ever tasted.  We've been eating a lot of them.  Cold salads certainly show off their best qualities, but there's nothing quite like a gratin for taking potatoes to the next level.  With this very simple and Infinitely Adaptable Potato Gratin, you just add a little milk and butter to play up the creaminess, plus, if you want, a few sauteed veggies or greens between the layers.  A sprinkling of cheese on top crisps up nicely in the oven.


Share pick-up takes place at the farm, on Thursdays between 3:00 and 6:00pm. Pull into the Lawrence Township community gardens and follow the gravel road uphill to the left. Please remember to return last week's bags and/or containers, and sign in when you take your share. Any payment can be placed in the envelope next to the sign-in sheet. See you at the farm!

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