This week’s veggie box is another heavy one. Even without potatoes, and no Kale *GASP!* this is a very special week indeed because you share includes several members of the plant family Cucurbitaceae. That is: Green and yellow Patty-pan, Straightneck and Crookneck Squash, Costata Romanesco Zucchini, different varieties of slicing and pickling cucumbers including some lemon cucumbers. We will not normally overload you with squash and cucumbers, but we wanted to kick the season off right. So…
This week, Wednesday and Thursday pick-ups will have approx. 3 lb of pickling cucumbers in their share-boxes this week. Next week, Friday and Saturday pick-ups will be receiving pickling cucumbers, so you guys have more time to get your spices, vinegar, and sugar purchased. Please consider this easy recipe from Martha Stewart for Refrigerator pickles if you don’t have a favorite go-to recipe yet: CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE
There are many other firsts of the season to enjoy this week, including Sausage for the Meat CSA! And Kohlrabi! (Read more below) as well as Bush Beans! But the cukes and squash are the big news this week, so let’s take a look at the pictures below to decipher which is which…
Meat CSA: (call us on Monday by noon for any additional a la carte orders: 229-641-2081 – web orders click here)
Party Wings – (2.5 lbs) Free-range, pastured, heritage cross chicken wings that have been cut into drums and flats for your convenience. Our chickens are raised with no antibiotics or added hormones. Our chickens are also Step 5 rated by the Global Animal Partnership, which is the highest animal welfare rating.
Artisan Sausage – Local Chef Jim Snyder handcrafts these delicacies with special spices and our own organic vegetables. We’ve received rave reviews on this sausage and we’re happy to share it with you.
Pasture Raised Eggs:
1 dozen beautiful brown eggs from our own lovely ladies that range freely on certified organic pasture. The eggs are washed, candled and graded fresh for you each week. (Wanna add eggs to your order this week, Please email me or call our office today to get on the waiting list! 229-641-2081)
**Also, please tell your friends and family who live near Atlanta that our eggs are now available in all 8 Atlanta Whole Foods Markets. We rely on word of mouth so much and as CSA members, you know our story best. Thanks again to all of you who help spread the word each week.
Certified Organic Vegetables:
Farao/Chinese Cabbage – Either a regular head of cabbage or Chicnese Cabbage: A peppery lettuce type cabbage that is uber-excellent for stir-fry. A personal favorite of myself and “yellow margin leaf beetle” Consequently, we had to harvest a tad early since the little critters were starting to take over. I guarantee you that the inner leaves are still terrific. Just wash thoroughly.
Bush Beans – Gold Rush, Green Provider, and Burgundy Bush beans. The kudzu bugs are already swarming so we’ll all enjoy beans while we can.
Braising Mix – A familiar mix, but probably the last until Fall.
Carrots – The sweetness keeps on coming. I love seeing the successions of these carrots coming up right on schedule and knowing that we’ll have carrots for many weeks ahead.
Watermelon Radishes – These are miraculous! The rind of this radish is spicy hot but the interior is as sweet as, well, A Watermelon!
Head Lettuce – Still holding strong. Romaine and Green loose leaf varieties this week.
Kale – Psych! NO KALE THIS WEEK, COLLARDS, OR CHARD this week. Never fear, they are not gone, just growing back more slowly in the drought.
Sweet Vidalia Onions – Ok, they can’t officially be called Vidalias because they were grown here in Early County, but these did start out as certified organic transplants grown on a farm in Vidalia country, so we consider them “grandfathered” in.
Squash – We have patty-pans that look like yellow or green space ships, and we have yellow crookneck and straightneck squash. Finally the ribbed zucchinis are called Costata Romanesco. They are tender even when large and taste amazing. (see pics above)
Cucumbers, Slicing – You have between 3 and 5 slender dark green or small round pale ones called lemon cucumbers. (see pics above)
Cucumbers, Pickling – Wednesday/Thursday Only – approximately 3 lbs of pickling cucumbers. Try out the recipe above for refrigerator pickles, or flavor your own blend and get your can on. Water imbalance and intense sunlight have managed to turn the pickling cukes yellow and orange. They are perfectly fine to eat and pickle though. (see pics above)
Mountain Mint – Perfect for refreshing cocktails and sweet teas this time of year.
And introducing… Kohlrabi – Funny looking, maybe. Some say they look like Sputnik satellites. All agree after they try them that they taste great! Here’s a recipe from last year: CLICK HERE