July sees us getting the last of the root vegetables out of the ground (carrots, beets, onions) as well as taking great care to keep leafy greens healthy to harvest as much of the summer as we can (lettuces, salad greens, rainbow chard). It is hot, folks! Our harvest tubs get heavier as we haul in delicious fleshy vegetables that are fruits by botanical definition (seeds inside = fruit, as in tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, summer squash...). Cucumbers are still producing nicely, so enjoy their coolness, crispness, and flavor!
For our family, we aim for meals this time of year to be the opposite of farming this time of year: Cool and easy, versus hot and challenging. :) We dice up lots of vegetables with garlic, onions, oil, salt, and pepper and eat them raw. For dinner one night last week we had just a *huge* bowl of fresh salsa. We stuff peppers with Salmon Salad. We make Lettuce Boats with all sorts of cool and flavorful fillings. Sometimes we grill and bake, but only when really motivated. This week is a fantastic week to make Zucchini Boats. We made a fantastic batch last night and even our sometimes-squash-averse children devoured them with gusto. Our Gold Zucchini has a terrific flavor, small seeds, and the skin so tender it melted down under the fillings. Try it!
*REMEMBER your TOMATOES - in separate paper bags, with names, in white crates. Bright pink sign is on crate saying "LOOK! Collect your Tomatoes!" (This is because refrigerating them compromises texture and flavor, and so we don't refrigerate them with the green boxes.)*
Farm Share logistics reminders:
- When you arrive at pick up: Find the bin with your name, take the contents, and leave us the empty green bin.
Check your label for any circled items that will be separate from the bag. (Ie: Tomatoes, Bread, Flowers.) Collect those items.
Blessings on your meals, and wash your hands often ~