Thursday, August 30, 2012

CSA for August 30th!

Winter squash: from left 'Winter Sunshine' Kabocha,
Acorn, 'Sugar Pie' Pumpkin
Hard to believe it's the last CSA day in August.  Next date is September...just sounds like Fall!  And we're so, so, so glad CSA was not yesterday!  Harvesting in yesterdays' heat and humidity would have been very difficult; today is such a pleasant day to work!

A reminder to consider the trading table.  Some items in limited supply will be available the next few weeks including ground cherries and tomatillos!  And, if anyone loves frying green tomatoes please let us know and we'll bring some!  Of course, the tomatoes are mostly in demand red and we usually let them fully ripen on the vine, but green are absolutely and completely possible for you!  Just let us know!  On the trade table today will also be the first pick of some Acorn squash and 'Sugar Pie' pumpkin.

Today's Full Shares are getting the first harvest of one of our favorite Winter Squash: Kabocha 'Winter Sunshine'!  This smooth, sweet squash is one of the few that improves as it cures so you can easily use it in a display (out of direct sun) for a couple of weeks and it will only get better.  This one rivals 'Sugar Pie' pumpkin in the pie-making category but as a side dish it's as nice as sweet potatoes!  With all the winter squash: you do not eat the skin or the seeds, unless the seeds are roasted!  Easiest way to cook is to cut in half, scoop out the seeds, face down on a cookie sheet with a wee bit of water or face up loaded with butter and bake until the skin can be easily pierced by a fork.  Then you just scoop out the flesh! Awesome for recipes for cookies and loaves that call for canned pumpkin - it's an even swap, just don't forget that a lot of canned pumpkin has already been flavored with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and/or allspice!  Today's Single Shares are getting a Bush Delicata, also known as sweet potato squash because of its' flavor!  The Part Shares got an Acorn squash, one of the best known winter squash because of it's nutty flavor.

So, for the FULL SHARES:  5 lbs. potatoes 'Almera' white potato, 'Winter Sunshine' winter squash, assorted Patty Pans, Crookneck squash, cucumber, 1 lb. Dragons Tongue beans, pint grape or cherry tomatoes, slicer tomatoes, beets, carrots, apples.

PART SHARES:  5 lbs. either Almera white potatoes or Yukon Gold, marked on the bags, Acorn squash, assorted Patty Pans, Crookneck squash, cucumber, 1 lb. Dragon's Tongue beans, pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, beets, apples.

SINGLE SHARES:  3 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, Bush Delicata winter squash, assorted Patty Pans, cucumbers, pint cherry or grape tomatoes, beets, apples.

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