Farm Share Week 13 (Aug 28-30, 2013)

Summer returns! Hopefully the rain doesn’t dominate the long weekend and we can squeeze some more sunshine out of summer. The thing I am most excited about this week is honey crisp apples- just for the whole shares for now. They should sweeten up more once we get a good frost, but the trees were bowing under the weight of the apples and some were beginning to fall. This is the best crop I have seen so far and anything seems like abundance after last year. There might be a couple spots on your apples but I picked the best ones for you and did a lot of taste-testing to make sure they would be enjoyed. Apples are near the top of the “dirty dozen” list, a list of the most sprayed fruits and veggies. If you see a little white residue on your apples, it is not a chemical spray- don’t be alarmed. We sprayed the apples with clay to create a physical barrier to the bugs and end up with nicer apples. We tried to get it all off but it just might need another rinse. The honey crisps are my absolute favourite type of apple because of their crispyness- a nice apple to munch as is instead of the softer ones that are ideal for baking. Hope you enjoy. There are more apples to come for you half sharers.

Also, we have some lovely spinach (our spinach crop was not going well at all before now, so I am stoked!) which I’m sure you will enjoy. See below for a recipe that uses 3 of the items below, requires no cooking, and is a crowd-pleaser!

Half Shares

  • field tomatoes

  • campari tomatoes

  • green or burgundy beans

  • green peppers

  • watermelon

  • cucumber

  • red leaf lettuce

  • spinach (woo hoo!)

  • green onions

  • carrots

Whole Shares

  • field tomatoes

  • campari tomatoes

  • green or burgundy beans

  • green peppers

  • watermelon

  • cucumber

  • red leaf lettuce

  • spinach (woo hoo!)

  • green onions

  • carrots

  • saladette tomatoes

  • eggplant

  • red beets

  • chinese cabbage

  • red romaine or green leaf lettuce

  • green kale

  • honey crisp apples

  • garlic chives

Easy Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients

  • 9 campari tomatoes

  • 1 extra small green pepper

  • 1 green onion

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/8 cup fresh cilantro (parsley or basil would also work)

  • 1 ½ tbsp. Fresh lemon or lime juice

  • fresh ground salt and pepper to taste

  • dash cayenne powder

Directions

  1. Dice tomatoes, green pepper and green onion. Mince garlic and finely chop cilantro.

  2. Add dash cayenne, along with freshly ground pepper and salt. Let flavours combine for at least one hour.

  3. Serve with whole grain tortilla chips or as a topping for bruchetta.

 

May you savour healthy, organic foods and the company of family and friends this weekend.

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