Wednesday, September 28, 2011

CSA Box- Fall is in the air, but so is summer. . .

It's 80˚F as I sit here and write on this very summery day in September. Yup, summer took it's dear sweet time to arrive this year, which has left plants and humans rather confused about the current season. This week's vegetable box also is a bit confused since it includes token summer vegetables (tomatoes, sweet peppers, and cucumbers) and brand new fall vegetables (chard, potatoes, and winter squash). I'm just glad, honestly, that there isn't any melon this week. But don't worry, I still have a left over melon from last week just in case I go into melon withdraw.

This week's box contents:

¾ lb Green Beans
2 Cucumbers
1 bunch Scarlet Queen Turnips
1½ lbs Tomatoes
½ lb Sweet Peppers
1 bunch Chard
2 pieces Delicata Squash (winter)
1½ lbs Potatoes

Menu Ideas:

- Veggie Box Pizza - Sautéed chard & sweet peppers

- Thinly sliced turnips (raw) and heirloom tomato salad with blanched green beans and cucumber

- Thin sliced vegetable sandwich with cucumber, turnip, sweet pepper, tomato and goat cheese

- Roasted delicata squash and potatoes with lemon zest, rosemary, and goat cheese

- Sautéed chard and teriyaki tofu with brown rice and cucumber salad

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