Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CSA Box- Fancy Melon

I never believed that time would appear to travel faster and faster as I aged, but now I'm pretty sure that I can't be more convinced of this fact. Subscribing to a weekly farm box makes this even more apparent. On Wednesday, you pick up a box of fresh, crisp, sweet, juicy, and plump produce. Then, a blur of six days speeds by. Work, exercise, cook, eat, eat, sleep, work, work, socialize, run around, run errands, run up and down the stairs of my third floor walkup, cook, eat, sleep, work, eat, clean, zone out in front of hulu, run around, sleep, cook, eat, sleep, eat, work, eat, work, sleep, exercise, socialize, run around. . . you get the picture. Somehow, and someway I eat and enjoy all the farm box contents and end up back at Wednesday, ready for another box of treats. How? I have no idea. It's almost September, but I'm running on July time. It's only now deep into tomato season. . . sheesh. Life is good, but way too fast.

The Charentais melon is super intriguing. Looks like a watermelon, until you cut it open and it mirrors a cantaloupe. How does it taste? My CSA farm claims it's a farmer's market favorite so I have high expectations. Happy summer, everyone.

This week's Box Contents:

1 Charentais Melon
1 Cantaloupe
1 lb Cucumbers (Armenian)
1 lb Sweet Pepper Mix
2 lbs Mixed Tomatoes
4 ears Sweet Corn
1 lb Summer Squash

Menu Ideas:

- Cheesy summer squash oven fries (recipe on the way)

- Savory corn cakes

- Cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes with kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, and a dash of olive oil. Simple and delicious.

- Melon cocktail. Shaken, not stirred. (recipe on the way)

- Fresh pasta sauce with summer squash, sweet peppers, and tomatoes. (If the fresh tomatoes are gone or too good to cook, I'll use roasted can tomatoes).

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