Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes
Dear Farm Members,
Week 10 of our 24-week summer season brings heat, smoke, and an interesting diverse harvest. In addition to harvesting for your box, we will also be gathering the first of the main season onion harvest, white and red onions. We will pull them into crates for a brief ride in the back of the pickup to dry and cure in the barn. Thus far we are solidly in the “year of the onion” at Mountain Bounty. The Walla Walla harvest was prodigious, and despite putting so many in your boxes already, we still have a great pile of those juicy monsters waiting in the barn. Yellow storage onions, the bulk of the onion crop, are still a couple weeks from being ready. While the yellow onion plants have sustained a fair bit of thrips damage, because we planted so many, even a moderate harvest will finalize this season’s onion glory.
A related, and very popular vegetable, the shallot, makes (I think) its very first appearance in Mountain Bounty CSA boxes this week. We have been experimenting with shallots for a couple of years. To describe the shallot I will quote Alice Waters:
“Shallots have a flavor that is more intense than that of sweet onions, and at the same time less hot. This means they can be used more readily raw than onions.”
A little chopped shallot is a great addition to salad dressings, sauces, and just about any savory dish come to think of it!
Thanks for supporting the farm,
IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK
Please note: There are 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Fruit boxes are white.
Due to the dynamic nature of farming, we sometimes make last-minute decisions to change an item in your box, so this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive.
REGULAR VEGGIE BOX:
- Eggplant- possibly, or if it’s not quite perfect then you’ll get it next week for sure.
- Green pepper
- Hot peppers
- Bok choy
SMALL VEGGIE BOX:
- Green pepper
- Hot pepper
- Bok choy
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23 Chilled Soups To Cool You Down
Gazpacho isn’t only for tomatoes! Many summer veggies make delicious chilled soups that come together quickly in a blender: corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, carrots, herbs, shallots, peppers. Make a different one each night of the week from your boxes this week, with a lightly dressed salad on the side.
Chowing Down on Bok Choy! 10 Ways to Love This Asian Green
10 Ideas for Eggplant
NEWS FROM SUNSET RIDGE FINE FRUITS
This week we will be featuring some delicious Red Head nectarines and Zee Lady peaches from Ferrari Ranch in Linden, Ca. Both are sweet and bursting with flavor. We also have Valley Pearl table grapes from Ken’s Top Notch Produce in Reedley, Ca. These grapes are sweet and have a light champagne flavor to it that we love. We hope you have been enjoying all of your California grown organic fruit this summer!
Spiced Rice with Nectarines
-The fruit crew at Sunset Ridge
NEWS FROM LITTLE BOY FLOWERS
The cooler mornings this past week have been reminiscent of the fall and with August upon us it seems just around the corner. With all the main season plantings finished as of last week, we’ve got our eyes on the spring. I’ve been going through my notes from last season and pouring over seed and bulb catalogs to make a plan for the overwintered plantings which will be our first flush of flowers in the early spring. This year I’m planning on offering a 6-week spring bulb share from mid Feb-April which will include all the gorgeous early bulbs from anemones and ranunculus to tulips and hyacinths. I’m really excited about this but am needing to get on the planning. John and I have also been scheming on planting nearly 1000 peonies in an effort to diversify our offerings (thinking retirement..). I love peonies!!
Amongst the planning we’re in the thickest harvest time of the season. Zinnias, grasses, celosia, rudbeckia, sunnies, dahlias starting to come out of our ears!!
I’ll be sending a large load down to the wholesaler in Sacramento this week and preparing for a big wedding this weekend but first will be making bouquets for You!!
Have a great week!
Mountain Bounty Farm