From the Farmer

2018 CSA Week 12

Besides the sweet and savory flavors that summer brings, our share this week could not be more colorful! We have purple and pink potatoes, red and yellow sweet peppers, orange carrots, red onion, and a variety of purple and sunburst tomatoes. Not only do the bright colors in our produce make dining a fun and beautiful experience, but a variety of colors also indicates an array of different vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your health! The orange you see in carrots and cantaloupe is loaded with Vitamin C and Vitamin A (beta-carotene) which boosts your immune system and eyesight. Yellow fruits and vegetables are full of potassium (think bananas), manganese, and Vitamin B6, which helps promote healthy cognitive function. There are so many ways to mix and match these summer colors and flavors but a fantastic dish to incorporate almost all of our share items this week into one dish is a classic Ratatouille. The Billy Parisi recipe that I’ve linked you to below could not be more elegant and beautiful, but this summer stew can also be prepared by way of an easy throw-everything-into-a-pot method (which is a little more my speed to be honest). Ratatouille is also a fun kid-friendly meal to prepare – both my mom and dad patiently taught me to prepare it oh so long ago, and I in turn taught my little sister (8 years my junior) to how to cook while we watched the Disney animated film together. Good memories guaranteed 😊

  1. How to Make a Classic Ratatouille Recipe
  2. Ratatouille: A Classic French Dish that Brings Together Our Favorite Vegetables

Did you know all sweet peppers are green peppers first? The Green peppers you saw in your shares several weeks back were from the same plants that are now producing beautiful red and yellow fruit. Sweet Peppers are definitely one of my favorite summer vegetables – they are sweet, versatile, and a sure fire crowd pleaser. Peppers are fun to eat raw and dip into hummus or throw into a salad, easy to sautΓ© with onions for fajitas, and fantastic to throw on the grill – they really are the perfect vegetable to incorporate into any dish. Ask Farmer Deb about her grilled kabobs and you’ll be sure to get some tips on how make the best skewers!

SmallΒ  Shares

  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Large Shares

  • Carrots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Dry Beans
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Melon Choice: Cantaloupe or Watermelon
  • Potatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Thanks so much and we will see you at the Farm Stand or at the Boat House for pick up this week!

Be Great and Well,

Anya, Deb x 22 goats, Dan and Ann, Lex x 800 laying hens and x 17 hogs, James and Rocko, Nate, Christina, Kate, Amanda, Julia, Anna, Radish the feline queen

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