Newsletter for July 8 (Sauteed Summer Squash and Peas with Fresh Basil)

So far we have been having a fantastic season, and the summer veggies and berries are coming in fast! We’re giving out peas, cucumbers, and basil this week, and beans, corn and blueberries aren’t far off. We’ve actually already started harvesting beans, although there’s not enough to give out to all CSA members quite yet. We plant lots of fields of most vegetables, so we are able to harvest summer favorites like beans, squash, cucumbers and corn right up until we get a frost in the fall. We just grow and harvest peas in the early part of the season, though, so we will only have these until mid-July. This is probably the last of the strawberries too, so enjoy them while they last!

PYO Berries

We are still picking strawberries in both locations, but the picking is day-by-day; you probably want to call first if you’re planning to come strawberry picking, especially later in the week. We are open for raspberry picking in both locations, and the summer raspberries usually last until late July or early August (we also have fall raspberries). The PYO raspberries are $4.50 for a pint and $9 for a quart. Keep an eye on the Free Press, Colchester Sun, and Essex Reporter for PYO raspberry coupons and sales! Blueberry picking could start as early as next weekend, but we haven’t yet set the price on PYO blueberries.

Bread and Cheese

The bread this week is Red Hen’s Cyrus Pringle. As we did last week, we will have coupons for $1 off local cheese. We will have Mount Mansfield Creamery’s Halfpipe and Grafton Village cheese again, as Chevre and Bonne Bouche from Vermont Creamery.

Strawberry Recipes

I never get sick of strawberries that have been sliced, sprinkled with sugar, and drizzled with heavy cream, but if you want to try something new and different this Yankee Kitchen Ninja blogpost is full of links to great ideas, from cocktails to salads to gluten free baked treats!

Baby Bok Choy

Baby bok choy is great on the grill; I like it just cut in half, brushed with with a soy-sauce based vinaigrette, and then grilled over direct heat. If you want your bok choy to be a nice and soft you can also microwave it for a few minutes first, as they recommend in this foodnetwork.com recipe. Be sure to rinse well AFTER slicing the bok choy in half to really clean out all the grit between the leaves.

Peas

We will be giving out either snow peas or sugar snap peas this week. Both types of pea can be eaten whole, and they are both fantastic raw, or sauteed in butter or oil.

Sauteed Summer Squash and Peas with Fresh Basil

This is a great way to enjoy both peas and fresh basil. You can use zucchini instead of summer squash, but the dish looks prettier with the yellow summer squash.

1 tablespoon butter

1 medium summer squash, cut in half and then sliced into thin half-moon shaped pieces

1 pint snow or sugar snap peas, stems removed

Roughly chopped leaves from 1 bunch basil

Salt and pepper

Heat butter in large saute pan over high heat until melted. Add peas and squash. Saute, stirring often, until squash is browned and peas are cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and add basil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

This Week’s Produce

Single Shares:

1 quart strawberries or 1 $6 PYO voucher

1 cucumber

1 bunch basil or 1 extra cucumber

1 pint snow peas (might be replaced by sugar snap peas)

Choose 2 options:

1 head lettuce

1 bunch kale

1.5 lbs summer squash

1.5 lbs zucchini

1 $3 PYO voucher

2 baby bok choy

Possibly: kohlrabi

Small Shares:

1 quart strawberries or $6 PYO voucher

2 cucumbers

1 bunch basil or 1 extra cucumber

1 pint snow peas (might be replaced by sugar snap peas)

Choose 3 options:

1 head lettuce

1 bunch kale

1.5 lbs summer squash

1.5 lbs zucchini

1 $3 PYO voucher

2 baby bok choy

Possibly: kohlrabi

Large Shares:

2 quarts strawberries

2 cucumbers

2 bunches basil or 2 extra cucumbers

1 pint snow peas (might be replaced by sugar snap peas)

Choose 4 options:

1 head lettuce

1 bunch kale

1.5 lbs summer squash

1.5 lbs zucchini

1 $3 PYO voucher

2 baby bok choy

Possibly: kohlrabi

 

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