Thursday, July 31, 2008

Week Nine; July 30, 2008

At last, tomatoes!!! We really wanted to get you tomatoes, so we picked them a little under-ripe. Just let them sit on your countertop, and they’ll ripen. Don’t refrigerate. Bleck! They’ll just get mushy.

We are hoping this is just the beginning of a generous tomato crop, but all that rain we’ve had wasn’t such a good thing for tomatoes. For one thing, bees don’t care for rain. So they have not been busy cross pollinating—bopping from blossom to blossom—so that the plants are more prolific. (We’re noticing this too with our summer squash; production is now down.) Also, all this rain encourages blight—“the scourge of tomato growers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic states and Midwest,” notes our seed supplier. And no matter how much we dust the plants with copper (an organic method for discouraging blight), with so much moisture, there’s little that can be done. We are seeing blight on the leaves of our tomato plants but, so far, not the tomatoes themselves. We’re just trying to keep our fingers crossed, since we planted our largest tomato crop ever—about 1,500 plants among which are 15 different varieties.

The variety you have this week is called New Girl. It’s an early variety that, as far as I can tell, is relatively all-purpose. Use it sliced, in salads or in a quick sauce.

Here’s what was in this week’s share:
3 tomatoes
3 green peppers
2 big fresh onions—1 red, 1 Walla Walla
fresh garlic
½ pound salad mix
3 cucumbers
1 bunch of basil
2 large eggplants
1 pound of green beans
1 head of green cabbage


Suzanne said...

I made a platter salad lastnight, as written about on the Farm to Fork blog (july 23). I varied some of the ingredients trying to use what I had on hand. The presentation is beautiful, it is easy to make and tastes great. I recommend adding chives!

Suzanne said...

This year I'd like to freeze fruit and vegetables that are currently in season in our area. I've frozen blueberries in past years by laying them out on cookie sheets in the freezer and then bagging them in freezer bags. I suppose this would work with any type of berry.

I've heard that blanching corn and cutting the kernels off the cob and freezing works.

Can anyone tell me what are other vegetables are good to freeze?


Suzanne said...

One more thing....

This link is for a great coleslaw recipe without yucky mayo