June 28, 2008

Summer is ALMOST here

I think everyone would agree that you can declare the arrival of summer with the first, ripe tomato.  Right?  (We're still waiting...patiently...)  

Or would a nice bunch of BASIL count?  Or would you need both of them together? ;)

Reading the newsletter from the farm the other day, I was shocked to learn that they plan on sending us tomatoes right up until November!!  I think the same thing happened last year, but my memory is notoriously short.

This week's box contained:
Potatoes   Yukon gold
Strawberries   'Albion'  If you ever see these for purchase - BUY THEM. The perfume is unreal
Turnips   Shoot - forgot to give them away...I should really pickle them
Stir Fry Mix   A total misnomer - these greens are not good in a stir-fry.  They are basically a mix of swiss chard, kale, collard greens and spinach.  You will notice that they all cook at different times.  After a year of trying to eat them cooked, I realize that raw is the way to go.
Arugula   Hooray - can't get enough
Zucchini  Ditto - not sick of them yet (ie: haven't made a loaf of zucchini bread yet...)
Onions   Little, red ones.  Adorable
BASIL   Need I say more???
Apricots  The cutest little jewel of a fruit!  Almost too cute to eat.
Cherries  We are getting 3 lbs of cherries a week, now, thanks to our fruit CSA subscription.  2 lbs of Rainiers and 1 lb of 'Stellas'.  The latter are really meaty and bursting with juice!

Speaking of the fruit CSA...this week we got:

Stella Cherries
Rainier Cherries
Peaches (I forget which kind)
Santa Rosa Plums (when I bite into these...I literally exclaim "WHOA" as the juice drips down my arm)


Scrumptious said...

Oh please do try pickling the turnips! They're so good and I swear they don't taste like turnips anymore.

I was also so gratified to read what wrote about the stir-fry mix - it never comes out well, whether I am stir-frying, braising, steaming, etc. I'll try it raw, although I have a hard enough time eating my arugula, and the lettuce is just bags of rotten leaves in the back of the fridge...

Anne Marie said...

Back for a visit! This is Anne Marie, from NA-DA FARM, back for a visit like I promised!! I now have a "NA-DA BLOG" where you can find some great recipes for your CSA shares...there's a kid's corner...how to videos...and more!!
Check back often - we just started the NA-DA BLOG at http://nadafarm.wordpress.com/news-events/