Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Week #5 - 2015 FFF CSA - What's in the Box! - Mix 'n Match - Cool Summer Suppers

It's Week #5 in our CSA season and the hot weather and frequent rains are producing both blessings and burdens.... but it's all delicious! 

Our shareholders will enjoy their first tomatoes and cucumbers this week and I wanted to share a few ideas for some cool supper ideas that use these yummy treats and avoid having to turn the oven on! 

Summer is a great time to throw together a bowl of fresh veggies with a tossing of vinaigrette and a sprinkle of cheese (feta, old cheddar).  My favorite combination is sliced cucumber, quartered tomatoes, diced onion, chopped basil (or cilantro) all tossed with a splash of red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar. If you don't like the sound of that you can use your favorite salad dressing as well. Add salt, pepper.... of course some garlic and chives, toss and serve. No hot stove and a flavour explosion in your mouth. Mix and match by leaving out the cucumber but throwing in more basil or perhaps some fresh beans, some zucchini or carrots. There is really no wrong way to do this! 

The scourge (bounty) of the zucchini plants has begun and you will undoubtedly be looking for ways to use this prolific producer. Check out one of my prior year's blogs for Grandma Fenez's Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe... because who doesn't like cake!

So in summary... What's in the CSA Box this week?

Lettuce (mixed greens in bag)
Swiss Chard
Cucumbers New this week!
Tomatoes New this week!
Beans New this week!
New potatoes
Peppers (spicy)
Basil (in ziploc bag)
Herbs in the red cup:

  • Oregano 
  • Chives 
  • Parsley 
  • Cilantro
  • Rosemary 
Notes to our CSA Share holders:

We pick the vegetables within 24 hours of the box being delivered. We do rinse the produce but it would be important to wash all vegetables before you eat them. Keeping the herbs (ends) in a cup of clean water will keep them fresh longer.

Please return your empty box along with all re-usable containers (pails, cups, bags etc) so that we can reuse them all over again.

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