Things are getting a little more exciting and a little more varied around here! This is the first week we have included green beans in the share. They would be great steamed or boiled with some salt and pepper, or you could add them to this recipe: Summer Squash Sizzle which will help to use the first yellow squash of the year!
We’ve had loads of snow peas, but this will be the first time that everyone receives shelling peas. We do our best to pick them young enough to eat them out of hand. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips to snack on, try fresh peas.
The green pepper that is included is probably a bit smaller than I would usually pick them, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include one! Give it a chop and add it to your scrambled eggs or make a Denver Omelet or Denver Hashbrowns. Or slice it up and dip into some hummus or homemade ranch dressing.
Last, but not least, I should mention this weeks herb: thyme. If you like mushrooms, I’ve got the recipe for you! If you don’t, try substituting the summer squash (steamed first) or even some chopped cooked chicken. Linguine with Lemon, Garlic, Thyme Mushrooms is a favorite at our house, bonus if you can find fresh morel mushrooms!
I’m a bit bummed that I forgot to take a photo of this weeks share, I ended up leaving the camera in the cash box when we went to the first farmers’ market of the season in Grafton. That’s another photo opportunity that was missed, but I digress.
This weeks share included snow peas and lettuce. The plan was to include a loaf of sourdough bread, but only 2 of the 6 loaves turned out. I think it has to do with the crazy humidity we’ve been having. We also had a small quantity of shelling peas and one summer squash and one green pepper ready so it was first come first serve between bread, shelling peas, summer squash and the pepper. The abundance is just around the corner, I swear!
At this point it has become a waiting game, our spring broccoli and cauliflower has been eaten. It is too hot for spinach and the lettuce is having trouble too. Snow peas are in abundance but it’s too hot for the shelling peas and they are coming very slowly. We expect the first tomato any day now, we’ve picked 2 peppers and 2 yellow summer squash!
We are finally able to put more produce in our shares! The lettuce is going strong for the moment, this week members got a one gallon bag full, enough for several side salads. The peas you see are snow peas. The whole pea, even the pod is edible. They are great in stir frys, added to salads or raw, as is! Members also received broccoli and cauliflower. This week we included a pint of our heirloom tomato sauce to round things out.
That’s it for the broccoli and cauliflower until later in the fall. We will probably see lettuce in next week’s share but our spinach has already gone to seed with these HOT temperatures. There are lots of tomatoes out there, I am hoping that the temps will help them start to ripen soon! The eggplant are flowering too.
On a sad note, we planned to include some baby potatoes in this week’s share, but a gopher ate the whole row out from under us, literally. Gophers are ever Dave’s nemesis. Last year they took out an entire section of carrots.