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CSA Recipes

Posted 8/29/2018 6:53pm by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 13 of our season (and Week 7 of Peak-of-the-Season).  I forgot to note that last week was our halfway point in the season.  While many people are seeing much of their garden plants fading at this time of year, we are clearing out old plants and sowing new beds for fall and winter harvest.  We still have many weeks left in our growing season when we use succession planting and change the type of crops that we grow.  

Many of us have been waiting for sweet corn to appear in CSA Shares. Sadly, we won't have any this year.  If you remember, we had a very wet spring.  Many of our fields flooded time after time.  Sweet corn was drowned out.  Our potato crop looks to be less than spectacular for the same reason.  Wet fields prevented planting, and we lost some of what was planted as it rotted in saturated soil.  This is the challenge that we face in PA with our heavy clay soil that doesn't like to drain when we have lots of rain.

When NuWay Farm left NWPAGC this year, we were wondering how we would fill their shoes.  Our farmers tend to specialize in certain crops that grow well in their particular soil.  NuWay grew a lot of greens, root crops, and heirloom tomatoes (among other items).  In stepped Glacial Till Farm.  This week's shares have carrots, mixed lettuce, arugula, salad greens, and some eggplant from them.  Look at these delicious veggies!

  

I bet some of you wish you had a Full Share to get some of these carrots!

Grateful Life Farm

This week was something of a Bye Week in our chicken production schedule.  We processed the third batch on Saturday and we will not move the final batch of chicks to the pasture pens until early next week.  We’ve used the little bit of extra time to cut grass, can lots of tomatoes, and even make a casual dinner for a few friends last night.  One of the recipes we made was this very easy and delicious chicken enchiladas with green sauce.  I appreciate that this recipe is quite flexible.  You could cook chicken specifically for this dish, or use leftovers from a whole chicken, roasted ahead of time.
 
We sell at the Lawrenceville Farmers Market.  Our Market Manager Sarah organized a County Fair themed market for last week, with lots of great competitions and prizes.  I was excited to enter a quilt I made in the textiles category. This is what I do when I’m procrastinating my farm work.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 watermelon from Byler Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. eggplant from Detweiler Farm or Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, and Miller Farm Products
  • 1 herb choice from Springfield Acres

Small Share

  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 eggplant from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. arugula or baby kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, and Miller Farm Products

Mini Share

  • 1 tomato from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 eggplant from Detweiler Farm or Glacial Till Farm
  • 1/2 lb. green beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 green pepper from Byler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Springfield Acres, and Miller Farm Products

CSA Recipes

Eggplant Tomato Pie

One Pot Greek Eggplant and Rice

Eggplant Pasta with Caramelized Onion and Tomatoes

Warm White Bean Arugula Salad (you could sub other hearty greens if you want)

Peach and Arugula Summer Salad (again, sub other greens if desired)

Jalapeno Arugula Pesto (you could sub other hot peppers and other greens in this)

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Dressing (sub chopped tomatoes for the cherry tomatoes)

Green Bean Fries

Sadly, I can't eat the delicious tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant in your shares this week.  I get to drool over the recipes that I find and share them with you.  Show us what you do with your CSA veggies on our Facebook page!

May your food be blessed and your home be joyful.

Amy

 


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