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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The bounty continues

The pick-up from my CSA (thats Community Supported Agriculture) was so GREAT last night.

In fact, this season has been real strong overall. Lots of variety, lots of produce and fruit.
We are heavy into tomatoes (heirlooms and the likes), corn, potatoes and peaches - I got 8 tomatoes, 12 ears of corn, a bunch of potatoes and 6 peaches yesterday, as well as lots of other things (lettuce, arugula, zukes, peppers, apples, raspberries, nectarines). I got 6 Habeneros yesterday as well!

The berries have been amazing this year as well, starting with the strawberries, followed by blueberries and now closing out with raspberries.
Nectarines and apples are just popping in as well.

A couple weeks ago, the peppers and eggplants showed up.

All along I've been getting zukes, cukes, squash, kolrabi, arugula, string beans, a bunch of lettuces (red leaf, romaine, butter etc), carrots, kale, various chards, bok choi, the list goes on....

During pea season, the shelled peas were exceptional this year.

Still to come are melons, pumpkins, winter squashes, and who knows what.

I made a corn chowder on Sunday:
Render the fat from some streaky bacon until crispy, then remove and set aside.
Saute diced onion, celery and scallions in the bacon fat.
Add in chopped potatoes and corn (removed from husk).
Add in chicken stock and warmed milk, plus a boquet garni.
Simmer until done - you'll know when.
S+P all along!
When you serve, float crispy bacon on top.

I'm digging tomato salad as well:
Chop up a variety of tomatoes and arrange over a variety of different chopped lettuce.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, Extra-Virin olive oil, and some acid (lemon juice is good or vinegar of some sort).

My kids like string beans, steamed, with butter.
They also like carrots, boiled, then sauteed in butter w/ a bit of brown sugar.

The farm that I do my CSA at is Stillman's Farm. I've been with them 3 seasons already.
Check out CSAs in your area here.


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