SUMMER CSA // WEEK 10
“When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply
and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.” – Alice Waters
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Watermelon, Honeygold Farms // Fowler, CO
Peaches, Sweet Cheecks // Palisade, CO
Carrots, Weathervane Farms // Buena Vista, CO
Beans, White Mountain Farms // Buena Vista, CO
Cucumbers, Weathervane Farms // Buena Vista, CO
Red Leaf Lettuce, Brightwater Farms // Monte Vista, CO
Butterleaf Lettuce, Brightwater Farms // Monte Vista, CO
Tomatoes, 3 Guys Farm // Monte Vista, CO
Peach & Lemon Jam
Green Bean Salad
with Tomatoes and Basil
SUMMER CSA // WEEK 9
PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Hirakata Farms // Rocky Ford, CO
Our family history in Rocky Ford spans five generations. It started in the early 1900s when Tatsunosuke Hirakata came to the United States from Japan. Upon arrival, he went to work for the railroad, which eventually brought him to Colorado where he settled in Rocky Ford. Soon after, he and his son Keiji began farming, building what’s now Hirakata Farms and raising various crops and growing our renowned Rocky Ford Cantaloupe.
Hirakata Farms is committed to bringing our customers safe and quality produce. Our families have been working the land around Rocky Ford Colorado’s Arkansas Valley for more than 100 years. We consider ourselves stewards of this land that we are so very fortunate to farm.
We’re dedicated to using our water and other natural resources wisely to ensure that future generations can benefit. Today, we farm 900 acres in the Arkansas Valley and ship our produce throughout Colorado and its surrounding regions.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Crunchy Lime Carrot Salad
Sausage + Chard Stuffed Portobellos
Green Curry Corn Chowder with watermelon radish
SUMMER CSA // WEEK 8
“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” - Harriet van Horne
PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT: Tucumcari Mountain Cheese // Tucumcari, NM
About Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory: Tucumcari Cheese factory is an all-natural cheese manufacturer in Northern New Mexico: “The cheese with an enchanting taste!” Their milk comes from cows free of rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), produced with GMO-free feed, and is not irradiated. Furthermore, one of their investors operates an Organic Valley dairy and so some of the milk is produced under Certified Organic practices.
A NOTE FROM NICK + WHAT'S IN THE BOX??
The bustle and rush of the summer is ebbing to the cooler nights and back-to-school intentions. The summer’s music festivals have about wrapped up and the harvest is upon us. We are expecting to get into watermelons, honeydew, and cantaloupe next week, however, the word I have been hearing all summer is “we’ll see, there has been a lot hail lately.” And flooded fields. There is never a dull moment.
If you’re like me, I’m a die-hard CSAer. When it comes time to decide what to make for dinner, it’s like "well, what's the produce this week?” Recipes are a fun challenge to try something new as there is only so much boiling and then lathering with salt and butter one can do. Recipes help us reach for new flavors, colors, juxtapositions. A little umami perhaps. We’re still slicing watermelon radishes and I think they’re my top choice for salad adornment these days. Their flavor also doesn’t have the sharp radish bite, but is more mellow and sweet, indeed slightly reminiscent of memories of a jolly rancher. Anyone experience that?
We would love to hear from you on your cooking & food prep forays! Recipes, photos, and tales from the front lines…send ‘em in! Have a good week! - Nick
Pickled Dilly Beans
Peach and Gouda Pizza
Polish Beet Soup (Barszcz Czysty Czerwony) – “Borscht”
This easy clear red beet soup (barszcz czysty czerwony) recipe gets the desired hint of sourness from lemon juice or vinegar and is great eaten hot with boiled potatoes or cold with rye bread. Barszcz in Polish means "borscht." This meatless soup is often served with mushroom uszka ("little ear" dumplings) for Polish Christmas Eve dinner known as wigilia, when it is known as barszcz wigilijny.
White Barszcz - White borschtis made with white kiełbasa cooking water, potatoes, sour cream, sausage, hard-cooked eggs and a żur, (similar to a kwas, a sour starter made by fermenting bread and/or beets.
SUMMER CSA // WEEK 7
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?