Newsletter for July 29 (Succotash with Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Shelling Beans)

As I write this on Monday the rain is falling fast in Essex and in Colchester. The crops really needed a good day or two of rain, but it makes picking blueberries — for the stand and for the CSA — difficult. Most veggies we can pick in the rain, but berries not so much. If the rain keeps up we might have trouble getting enough berries for Tuesday CSA members. If this is the case we will have a substitute on hand!

As I mentioned on Sunday, we have plenty of corn this week, and it’s the super-sweet bicolored variety that most people prefer (I ate some today and it is awesome!). We will also have shelling peas again, and beans. If you missed making dilly beans when we last had dill, this is your chance; we will have fresh dill again this week!

There are lots of “possible” options this week, and I’ll try to have a few out every day. If you don’t see a favorite, you can always ask; sometimes I will have it in the cooler. I put that an option is “possible” when I’m not sure if we have quite enough to make it through the week, or if it might not be ready for harvest until later in the week. I also put that an option is “possible” if we haven’t checked on it in a few days, so we don’t know if it’s quite ready (this is the case with the broccoli).

Bread and Coupons

The bread this week is Waitsfield Common. We are also giving out coupons for 50 cents off per pound on Pennsylvania peaches and nectarines, and $1 off VT Cheese. The coupons can be used for either item or for both. You can also take extra coupons if you’d like! The idea is just that CSA members pay a bit less for these popular items.

Corn

The super-sweet variety of corn that we’re giving out this week will stay sweet in your fridge for 5 or 6 days as long as you keep the husk on it (although, of course, it’s always best when eaten just a day or two after it’s been picked!) The trick to getting sweet and crunchy corn is to shuck it right before you’re going to cook it, and to just cook the ears for a few minutes. I like corn best when it’s been boiled or cooked on the grill, but microwaved corn is great if you’re in a hurry, or if you don’t feel like heating up the kitchen with a big pot of boiling water. I’ve found that 3 minutes per ear usually works well if the corn is fresh. This is also a great way to cook corn for the Succotash recipe below.

Shelling Beans

We picked 8 bushels of shelling beans on Monday morning, so we will have these as an option for everyone. Like shelling peas, you don’t eat the pod. Shelling beans (also called horticulture beans) should be shelled and then cooked like dried beans (boiled in salty water until soft). Because they are fresh, they will cook in a shorter time than dried beans. It usually takes between 25 and 40 minutes to cook them fully, but don’t be afraid to go longer if necessary; you want the beans to be nice and soft. You can add your cooked beans to soups or stews, eat them plain, or add them to this delicious simple summer succotash.

Succotash with Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Shelling Beans

2-3 TBS olive oil or butter

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 medium zucchini, diced

kernels from 3 ears cooked sweet corn (can use leftovers!)

1 cup cooked shelling beans

¼ cup heavy cream (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large saute pan cook onion in oil (or butter) over medium-high heat until soft (about 6 minutes). Add zucchini and continue to cook until zucchini is soft and onions are caramelized (about 6 more minutes). Add cooked corn and shelling beans and continue to cook until everything is heated through. Remove from heat and add cream and salt and pepper to taste.

Beans

We’re giving out green and yellow beans again this week. Tired of steamed beans? Try some serving your beans cold, with a simple vinaigrette. You could also try adding capers and fresh dill!

This Week’s Produce

Single Share:

5 ears corn

1 cucumber

1 bunch fresh dill OR 1 bunch fresh mint OR 1 extra cuke

1 pint berries (probably blueberries) or 1 $4.5 PYO voucher

Choose 2 options:

1 lb bag beans

1 bag shelling peas

1 lb bag shelling beans

3 summer squash or zucchini or a mix

1 large or 2 small heads green cabbage

1 large bunch chard

Possible: turnips, patty pan squash, kohlrabi, broccoli

Small Share:

9 ears corn

2 cucumber

1 bunch fresh dill OR 1 bunch fresh mint OR 1 extra cuke

1 pint berries (probably blueberries) or 1 $4.5 PYO voucher

Choose 3 options:

1 lb bag beans

1 bag shelling peas

1 lb bag shelling beans

3 summer squash or zucchini or a mix

1 large or 2 small heads green cabbage

1 large bunch chard

Possible: turnips, patty pan squash, kohlrabi, broccoli

Large Share

9 ears corn

2 cucumber

1 bunch fresh dill OR 1 bunch fresh mint OR 1 extra cuke

2 pints berries (probably blueberries) or 2 $4.5 PYO voucher

1 bunch beets (or 5 extra ears corn)

Choose 4 options

1 lb bag beans

1 bag shelling peas

1 lb bag shelling beans

3 summer squash or zucchini or a mix

1 large or 2 small heads green cabbage

1 large bunch chard

Possible: turnips, patty pan squash, kohlrabi, broccoli

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