Newsletter for August 12 (Beets and Chard with Caramelized Onions and Chevre)

As I mentioned in the Sunday night e-mail, there’s lots of new items this week, including grape and green tomatoes! Our regular tomatoes should be a part of the share by next week, or the following week at the latest. We should also have canning tomatoes for sale by the end of the week, so if you’d like to do some canning (or sauce or salsa making!) you are welcome to buy them by the half bushel. Shawn hasn’t set the price yet, but it’s sure to be under 50 cents a lb.

We are offering PYO vouchers this week, although the picking is getting tough in Essex (it’s still fantastic in Colchester). If you pick up in Essex and want to pick a pint or two you’re still welcome to go out and pick, but if you want to pick a lot your best bet is to make a trip out to our Poor Farm Rd stand. The fall raspberries should start at both location in the next week or so, and we should have plenty!

Bread and Coupons

The bread this week is Ciabatta. We will have coupons for 50 cents off Pennsylvania peaches for everyone this week, and CSA members will also save $1 on VT cheese.

Green Tomatoes

Green tomatoes are an often overlooked ingredient. While everyone knows you can use them to make fried green tomatoes (which are delicious), most people don’t realize that you can use green tomatoes to make wonderful chutneys, jams, and salsas. Have lots of veggies at home? Take all your options in green tomatoes and try your hand at a new recipe!

Zucchini, Summer Squash, and Pattypan Squash

Although zucchini, summer squash, and pattypan squash all look different, they all taste pretty much the same. Which means that you could use any type of squash (or a combination) in any of the recipes from this Yankee Kitchen Ninja blogpost all about zucchini. Chocolate pattypan muffins? Why not!

Chard, Beets, and Caramelized Onions with Chevre

Swiss Chard and beets are closely related, which is why chard tastes a lot like beet greens. The combination of sweet beets and earthy chard is a natural one, and when you add caramelized onions and creamy fresh chevre the results are fantastic.

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large or 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced

1 lb beets, peeled, cut into small pieces (size of dice or a bit bigger)

10 leaves chard, stems removed, chopped

Salt and pepper

Cider vinegar

4 oz fresh chevre, crumbled

Bring a small saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add beets and cook until soft (about 25 minutes).While beets are cooking saute onions over medium high heat, stirring often, until caramelized (about 20 minutes). Drain beets and add to onions. Add chard and continue to cook, stirring often, until chard is wilted (about 5 minutes). Add salt, pepper, and vinegar to taste. Serve with chevre crumbled on top.

This Week’s Produce

Single Share:

1 pint blueberries or 1 $4.50 PYO voucher

1 green pepper

1 cucumber

1 bunch herbs (probably basil) or 4 hot peppers (or extra cuke)

Choose 3 options

1 pint grape tomatoes (limit 1 pint per CSA member)

1.5 lbs green tomatoes

1 large or 2 small heads cabbage

1 lb loose carrots

1 lb loose beets

1 bunch chard

3 zucchini or summer squash or a mix

1 $3 PYO voucher

Possible: broccoli, patty pan squash, shelling beans

Small Share:

1 pint blueberries or 1 $4.50 PYO voucher

1 lb green peppers

1 cucumber

1 bunch herbs (probably basil) or 4 hot peppers (or extra cuke)

Choose 4 options

1 pint grape tomatoes (limit 1 pint per CSA member)

1.5 lbs green tomatoes

1 large or 2 small heads cabbage

1 lb loose carrots

1 lb loose beets

1 bunch chard

3 zucchini or summer squash or a mix

1 $3 PYO voucher

Possible: broccoli, patty pan squash, shelling beans

Large Share:

2 pints blueberries or 2 $4.50 PYO vouchers

1.5 lbs green peppers

2 cucumber

1 bunch herbs (probably basil) or 4 hot peppers (or extra cuke)

1 quart small new red potatoes

Choose 4 options

1 pint grape tomatoes (limit 1 pint per CSA member)

1.5 lbs green tomatoes

1 large or 2 small heads cabbage

1 lb loose carrots

1 lb loose beets

1 bunch chard

3 zucchini or summer squash or a mix

1 $3 PYO voucher

Possible: broccoli, patty pan squash, shelling beans

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