Newsletter for July 22 (Cucumber and Black-Eyed Pea Salad)

Basil is back this week, along with beans, cucumbers, cabbage, and more. It’s supposed to be a hot week, so it would be a great week to try out some different cold salads. With this week’s share you could make a simple cucumber salad with fresh basil and a red wine vinaigrette, or a creamy coleslaw with finely chopped cabbage and carrots. It would also be a great week to try a cold bok choy salad with some sort of sweet and salty soy-based dressing, or a pasta salad with blanched green and yellow beans, thinly sliced kohlrabi (tastes like broccoli!), carrots, fresh herbs, and basic oil and vinegar dressing.

As I mentioned in the e-mail on Sunday night — don’t worry all you corn-lovers; despite the slow start we are growing TONS of corn, and once the later varieties start we should have plenty for a very long time. We rotate our crops for the health of the soil, and since corn is a great (disease-resistant) crop for the soil we grow acres and acres of it, especially later in the season. Please just let me know if you want to buy large quantities of corn (or anything else!) for canning or freezing and I will let you know when it will be available and what the price will be. We sell most items in bulk when we have plenty available, and we are always happy to help you if you want to put up large quantities of produce for the winter.

Bread and Coupons

This week we’re giving out Red Hen’s baguette (which makes fabulous bruschetta). We’re also giving everyone a coupon for a dollar off Vermont Creamery and Grafton Village Creamery cheese. All CSA members also get a coupon for 50 cents off Pennsylvania peaches and/or nectarines. We carry Pennsylvania peaches and nectarines every year, and they are delicious — much better than anything from California! The normal price is $2.49/lb, but CSA members get them for $1.99 with the coupon.

Shelling Peas

We are giving out shelling peas as an option this week. You don’t eat the pods of shelling peas (also called English Peas). In the past I’ve giving out recipe ideas for shelled peas, but honestly, the best thing to do with shelling peas is just eat them raw, shelling them as you go. (Kids especially like this for some reason!). The sugar in shelling peas turns to starch VERY quickly, so best to eat your peas ASAP. One bag (about a lb) might look like a lot, but it can be polished off in no time once you get the basics of shelling down!

Cucumber Recipes

Running out of ideas for using all your cucumbers? Here is a great slide show full of recipe ideas from Eating Well. Below is my favorite. I used fresh basil instead of the oregano and cannellini beans instead of the black-eyed peas. You could also use chopped tomato instead of the pepper.

Cucumber and Black-Eyed Pea Salad

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 cups peeled and diced cucumbers
  • 1 14-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed
  • 2/3 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup slivered red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped black olives

Whisk oil, lemon juice, oregano and pepper in a large bowl until combined. Add cucumber, black-eyed peas, bell pepper, feta, onion and olives; toss to coat. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

This Week’s Produce

Single Share:

1 basket berries (probably raspberries or blueberries) Or 1 $5.50 PYO voucher

1 bunch carrots

1 bunch basil or 1 cucumber

Coupon for $1 off local cheese AND coupon for 50 cents off Pennsylvania peaches and nectarines

Choose 3 options:

1 lb bag beans

1 bag shelling peas

3 summer squash and/or zucchini

1 head lettuce

1 bok choy

1 large or 2 small heads cabbage

1 bunch kale

Possible: turnips, Kohlrabi

Small Share:

1 basket berries (probably raspberries or blueberries) or 1 $5.50 PYO voucher

1 bunch carrots

2 cucumbers

1 bunch basil or 1 extra cucumber

Coupon for $1 off local cheese AND coupon for 50 cents off Pennsylvania peaches and nectarines

Choose 4 options

1 lb bag beans

1 bag shelling peas

3 summer squash and/or zucchini

1 head lettuce

1 bok choy

1 large or 2 small heads cabbage

1 bunch kale

Possible: turnips, Kohlrabi

Large share:

2 baskets berries (probably raspberries or blueberries) or 2 $5.50 PYO voucher

1 bunch carrots

2 cucumbers

2 bunches basil or 4 extra cucumbers

Coupon for $1 off local cheese AND coupon for 50 cents off Pennsylvania peaches and nectarines

Choose 5 options

1 lb bag beans

1 bag shelling peas

3 summer squash and/or zucchini

1 head lettuce

1 bok choy

1 large or 2 small heads cabbage

1 bunch kale

Possible: turnips, Kohlrabi

 

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