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Box Contents – Week 22, 2017

Week 22: September 19 – September 21, 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Radishes
Scallions
Broccoli
Garlic
Spinach
Apples
Apple Cider
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Radishes
Scallions
Apples
Apple Cider
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Radishes
Scallions
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Tomatoes
Broccoli
Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
Spinach
Garlic
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Tomatoes
Spinach
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Wednesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Radishes
Scallions
Broccoli
Garlic
Spinach
Apples
Apple Cider
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Radishes
Scallions
Apples
Apple Cider
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Radishes
Scallions
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Tomatoes
Broccoli
Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
Spinach
Garlic
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Tomatoes
Spinach
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Thursday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Radishes
Scallions
Broccoli
Garlic
Spinach
Apples
Apple Cider
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Radishes
Scallions
Apples
Apple Cider
Cabbage
Carrots
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Radishes
Scallions
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Tomatoes
Broccoli
Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
Spinach
Garlic
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Tomatoes
Spinach
Apples
Apple Cider
Pears
Cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes Yukon Gold
Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Helpful information about herbs you received can be found here: Your 2017 CSA Herb Garden

Helpful information on share contents can be found in the Produce Information Booklet

Culinary Expert Jenn“Food For Thought” by Jennifer Borealo

Slowly but surely we make the transition into fall. I am writing to you on the last weekend of summer and the heat and humidity makes it really feel like it. The cool nights have already given leaves on the trees the beautiful fall glow that we all love here in New Jersey. The cool weather will bring back some leafy greens and will sweeten the starch in many of the fruits and vegetables.

This week we have a long time favored apple in the shares along with a new favorite from the last few years. Of course I will have to let all of you decide which your favorite is. I am sure that many of you will let your thoughts be known on Facebook so I will pay attention. A little tart and crisp like no other. They have held their own in popularity through the years. They are best for eating out of hand and they do make great apple sauce. They are not the most recommended apple for cooking or baking. The parent apples are the Macintosh, and the Jersey Black. Long called the “Macoon” you can call them correctly by saying that Macoun rhymes with noun and you have the correct pronunciation. And then there is the newly favored Honeycrisp. Again sweet and tart and oh so juicy. It is not a surprise that the Macoun has been named as one of the parents to the Honeycrisp along with the Honeygold. With apples in full season we are pressing cider all the time so we will reap the benefits this week with apple cider in the shares for the first time in a while. I am including a recipe posted by Cathie Hall for Apple Cider Cupcakes. I could not resist, they look fabulous!

We will have Yukon Gold Potatoes in the shares this week. They are well known for their buttery rich flavor and great texture. Many recipes are for mashing however now they are used more often in recipes where they are boiled until fork tender like a parsley potato. Ann Buggy posted a recipe for green beans and potatoes on Facebook, using the Yukon Gold that has always been a favorite of mine. Be sure to take a look.

As I picked up my share this past week there were leafy greens that I did not remember on the list. They resembled collards, not on the list, right? It was the kohlrabi, there have been times when this is in the share when we have so many other greens and I never get to prepare them. Keep in mind that the kohlrabi greens like the beet, turnip, and radish greens are edible and can be added to soups and stews and stir fried or just sautéed with a little garlic.

I continue to be inspired by so many of you who are posting on Facebook. I love to hear from you as well. Send your ideas and recipes to jenn@alstedefarms.com. Until next week, enjoy the freshness.

 

Recipes

  • Sautéed Radish, Greens, and Pancetta Pasta
    From your share: 1 1/2 pounds radishes with tops From your kitchen: 12 ounces uncooked linguine 1 (4-ounce) package diced pancetta 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon black...
  • Sausage with Cabbage and Corn Sauté
    From your share: 1/2 small head of green cabbage 1 c fresh corn kernels cut from 2 fresh ears From your kitchen: 8 sweet Italian Sausages 1 T olive oil 1 large onion, cut in ½ and thinly sliced 1/4...
  • Salmon Hash with Yukon Gold Potatoes and Herbs
    From the share: 2 pounds Yukon Gold, or Yellow Finn potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice From your kitchen: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice 2 stalks celery, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise...
  • Apple Cider Cupcakes and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream
    From the share: 1 c apple cider From your kitchen: 2 egg 1 2/3 C flour 2/3 C sugar 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened 2 t baking powder 1 t ground cinnamon 1/2 t salt 1 t vanilla Frosting: 1...

Box Contents – Week 21, 2017

Week 21: September 12 – September 14, 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Onion
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Wednesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Onion
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Thursday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Onion
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Apples
Plums
Pears
Beans
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Helpful information about herbs you received can be found here: Your 2017 CSA Herb Garden

Helpful information on share contents can be found in the Produce Information Booklet

Culinary Expert Jenn“Food For Thought” by Jennifer Borealo

Last week, I was so excited to have apples, peaches, plums, and melon from the share to pack for quick snacks and as a part of lunch. I have been bringing them along with me to school all week. I was in the farm store on Wednesday and met CSA member Heather Eckel who said she may be doing a little baking with some of the fruit in the share. The cool weather has certainly given me the baking bug, I want the oven on and the wonderful aroma of the fruits and spices to fill my kitchen.

Apples will continue to be in the shares this week and for quite a few weeks to come. Last week I wrote about Gala apples, the apples that you received were a mix of Gala and Zestar. Gala apples are having a great season. We may have them in our shares more than once.

I don’t think that I can remember the tomatoes ever being better, they are so sweet and delicious. I have been making salads and roasting like many of you. I was excited about a recipe on Facebook posted by Vivienne Kay West. She was ready to place tomatoes, covered with chive pesto under the broiler. I am inspired once again by you. They are great as a side dish or placed on a grilled cheese or over fish or chicken. So many ideas from just one recipe. Basil is not as plentiful as we might like it to be so give this one a try, you just have to go out and snip from your garden. Due to weather this week the tomatoes may not be quite as plentiful. We will have plum tomatoes, a variety that we have not had before during this season.

Another reason to love the cooler weather are the leafy greens. It was so refreshing to see lettuce in the shares again. Try a salad recipe with apples or pears. The pear variety is Sweet Harrow. It is similar to the Bartlett and if left to ripen, they become a little sweeter and juicier and they may develop a slight blush. Pairing with bleu cheese and raspberry vinaigrette cannot be beat. If you are planning to bake with them just wait a day or two, they do not need to be fully ripe.

Kim De Maria posted a recipe that fills the 5 ingredient challenge and will work well with colored peppers from the share. A great recipe for a quick dinner! As you start to look forward to the true end of summer and the beginning of fall you may have a few minutes share your thoughts and ideas with jenn@alstedefarms.com, I as always, look forward to hearing from you. Until next week, enjoy the freshness.

 

Recipes

  • Pear and Sour Cream Coffee Cake
    From your kitchen: 1 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 stick butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 3 eggs 1...
  • Chive Pesto
    Ingredients for 1 1/2 cups of sauce: From your garden: 4 cups (or more) chopped fresh “common” (not “garlic”) chives From your kitchen: 2 oz. slivered almonds or walnuts 1 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped 1/4...
  • Barbeque Chicken Foil Packs
    From the share: 1 red yellow or green pepper from the share, diced From your kitchen: 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in 1-inch pieces 2 cups barbecue sauce 2 cups drained pineapple tidbits 1 small red onion, diced Heat...
  • Kolhrabi Carrot Fritters with Avocado Cream Sauce
    From the share: 2 kohlrabi 1 carrot From your kitchen: 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 cup grapeseed or vegetable oil (enough for 1/4-inch depth in a large skillet) 1/2 avocado 1/4 cup plain yogurt 1/2...

Box Contents – Week 20, 2017

Week 20: September 5 – September 7, 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Watermelon
Carrots
Corn
Edamame (organic)
Lettuce (organic)
Lunch Box Peppers (organic)
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Carrots
Corn
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Carrots
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Watermelon
Corn
Edamame (organic)
Lettuce (organic)
Lunch Box Peppers (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Plums
Musk Melon
Corn
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Plums
Musk Melon
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Wednesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Watermelon
Carrots
Corn
Edamame (organic)
Lettuce (organic)
Lunch Box Peppers (organic)
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Carrots
Corn
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Carrots
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Watermelon
Corn
Edamame (organic)
Lettuce (organic)
Lunch Box Peppers (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Plums
Musk Melon
Corn
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Plums
Musk Melon
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Thursday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Watermelon
Carrots
Corn
Edamame (organic)
Lettuce (organic)
Lunch Box Peppers (organic)
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Carrots
Corn
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Carrots
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Musk Melon
Watermelon
Corn
Edamame (organic)
Lettuce (organic)
Lunch Box Peppers (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Plums
Musk Melon
Corn
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
Apples
Peaches
Plums
Musk Melon
Lettuce (organic)
Peppers
Tomatoes
**BONUS CORN**
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Helpful information about herbs you received can be found here: Your 2017 CSA Herb Garden

Helpful information on share contents can be found in the Produce Information Booklet

Culinary Expert Jenn“Food For Thought” by Jennifer Borealo

It is the week that we all return to school and most family vacations are over so we are back in the workplace as well. The share this week will help you to pack some colorful, healthful, fresh, raw, and delicious lunches. In Ultimate shares you will find lunchbox peppers. They are the most vibrant yellow and red and oh so sweet. They can be served as a raw snack, as pepper poppers, pickled, roasted and preserved, added to tacos and more. I found that the pictures and recipes from the Food Network in an article called “10 ways to use Sweet Mini Peppers” to be an inspiration. Take a look, for those of you with children “the Sea Monster” could be a lot of fun! All of the peppers these days are becoming quite colorful so sweet as well.

Classic Ultimate shares are going to have edamame, or young and tender soybeans. They are not always available fresh, they are often purchased frozen, so this will be a treat. If you are going to store them for a couple of days it should be in a perforated bag in the refrigerator. To prepare them, steam or boil the pods 5-6 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water, drain again and sprinkle with salt. Place the pods between your lips, squeezing the pods with your fingers will allow the peas to pop out directly into your mouth. They have been a part of Asian cuisine for many years. They are a delicious snack. They can replace beans in pasta recipes, prepare hummus or use the edamame in stir-fry recipes. Of course edamame is considered a superfood. High in fiber, omega 3, vitamins and minerals, it is the vegetable with the more protein and all of the amino acids. Keep in mind, you are only going to eat the beans, the pods could cause digestive distress so they should not be eaten.

Again we have the blessing of late summer and fall fruits, again ready for packing lunch. Our shares will once again have peaches, plums, pears, melons, and this week gala apples. Gala apples are have become an American favorite. Galas are a sweet apple with Red and Golden Delicious in its family tree. The Gala apple is best for eating out of hand and for adding to salads. They are a good apple for sauce but they are not a recommended apple for baking.

This week we had our third “Fresh Discoveries” class. We had some fun cooking with tomatoes, peppers,
and eggplant. The next class is on September 27th at 5:30. If you are local and the time is convenient
keep an eye on the website for details. As always, if you have any ideas or recipes to share send to jenn@alstedfarms.com. Until next week, enjoy the freshness.

 

Recipes

  • Apple Chicken Salad
    From your share: 8 cups spring greens (salad greens from your share) 4 fresh Michigan Gala apples, thin sliced (apples from the share) From your kitchen: 4 cups grilled or roasted Chicken breast, diced 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese 1...
  • Sweet Pepper Poppers
    From your share: 10 sweet mini multi-colored peppers (about 8 ounces) From your garden: 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped From your kitchen: Kosher salt and cracked black pepper 6 ounces goat cheese 1/4 cup ricotta cheese 1/2 cup panko...
  • Cinnamon Baked Pears
    From your share: 2 pears From your kitchen: 2 tsp. cinnamon 2 tsp. maple syrup (or honey) 3 tbsp. walnuts 4 Tbsp. natural soy yogurt (or dairy yogurt) Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F). Cut the pears in half. Using...
  • Fresh Corn Bisque
    From the share: 3 cups fresh corn 1/2 red, orange, or yellow, bell pepper, diced From your kitchen: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth salt and fresh ground black pepper to...

Box Contents – Week 19, 2017

Week 19: August 29 – August 31, 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Zestar Apples
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Bumble Bee Tomatoes (org)
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Kohlrabi
Carrots
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Zestar Apples
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Bumble Bee Tomatoes (org)
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Wednesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Zestar Apples
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Bumble Bee Tomatoes (org)
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Kohlrabi
Carrots
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Zestar Apples
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Bumble Bee Tomatoes (org)
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Thursday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Zestar Apples
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Bumble Bee Tomatoes (org)
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Kohlrabi
Carrots
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Zestar Apples
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Bumble Bee Tomatoes (org)
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
Peaches
Pears
Musk Melon
Beans
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Helpful information about herbs you received can be found here: Your 2017 CSA Herb Garden

Helpful information on share contents can be found in the Produce Information Booklet

Culinary Expert Jenn“Food For Thought” by Jennifer Borealo

As we pick up our share this week we are looking at Labor Day Weekend. It is the unofficial end of summer and to many the end of summer produce. The customer who stopped every day for corn and tomatoes will now go into fall mode and look in a different direction. We know better. It continues to be the heart of the season and I would say it is mostly about the tomato. They are in the height of their season and those who love to can and preserve are in the know and ordering daily.

We all know that summer continues but the fall is creeping in. Pears will be in the shares for the first time this week. Pears are picked as mature fruit however they are not fully ripe. They will need to sit out for a few days before eating. I had a few “just picked” pears in a basket on my counter for 3 days last week. When I cut one on Friday it was juicy, flavorful, and so sweet. So be patient and keep an eye on them.

We had Lodi apples in the summer and Ultimate shares will have another early fall apple. The Zestar. This is a bright red apple with a little green or yellow coloring. These apples are tart with a little sweetness, some call it a brown sugar undertone. They are known to be juicy. Zestar apples are great for eating out of hand, for the best flavor serve them at room temperature. They can be kept one or two days on the counter, however apples will keep better when refrigerated. Zestar apples are good for cooking and some say that they are good for baking and pies as well.

It is evident that fruit will abound once again in our shares. Muskmelon, New Jersey cantaloupe, will be in all the shares. They should be ripe with a yellow skin under the webbing. Leaving them on the counter for 1 day is fine, longer storage is in the refrigerator. Be sure to wash the melon before cutting to be sure you do not pull any bacteria into the flesh of the fruit as you cut.

CSA member Ann Buggy posted a five ingredient recipe for Sautéed corn on Facebook this week. Featuring corn off the cob. It just takes a few minutes with a sharp knife and if you have an old angel- food cake pan the cob will fit into the center and the kernels will neatly fall into the pan. Give it a try!

I continue to enjoy your posts on Facebook and still look forward to your e-mail. Keep in touch with jenn@alstedefarms.com when you have an idea or a recipe. Until next week, enjoy the freshness.

 

Recipes

  • Fresh Corn Sauté with Bacon and Chives
    From the share: 2 cups fresh corn kernels From your kitchen: 2 Center-cut bacon slices 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper From your garden: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives How to Make It: Chop bacon. Add bacon...
  • Tomato Pie
    From your share: 3 large tomatoes, cut into 1/” slices From your kitchen: 1- 9” frozen pie shell Kosher salt for sprinkling 1/4 c Dijon mustard 1 c coarsely grated gruyere cheese 2 T olive oil Additional salt and pepper...
  • Peach, Kiwi, Avocado, and Pepper. Salsa
    From the share: 1 large ripe peach pitted and diced 1 red bell pepper or any pepper from the share diced 1 scallion green part only minced (from last week or growing roots on your counter) 1/2 jalapeno pepper minced...
  • Eggplant Patties
    Many thanks to CSA member Jill Ramacciotti for sending us this recipe to share with all of you week. Eggplant Patties From the share: 1 medium eggplant, ends removed, peeled and cubed From your kitchen: 1  1/2 C butter crackers...

Box Contents – Week 17, 2017

Week 17: August 15th – August 17th 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Leeks & Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Donut Peaches
Garlic
Green Beans (organic)
Radishes (organic)
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Leeks
Onion
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Tomatoes 
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Tomatoes
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peppers
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Donut Peaches
Garlic
Green Beans (organic)
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peppers
Tomatoes
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peppers
Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Wednesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Leeks & Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Donut Peaches
Garlic
Green Beans (organic)
Radishes (organic) 
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Leeks
Onion
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Tomatoes
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Tomatoes
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peppers
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Donut Peaches
Garlic
Green Beans (organic)
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peppers
Tomatoes
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peppers
Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Thursday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Leeks & Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Donut Peaches
Garlic
Green Beans (organic)
Radishes (organic)
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Leeks
Onion
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Tomatoes
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onion
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Scallions
Tomatoes
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peppers
Tomatoes
Zucchini
Donut Peaches
Garlic
Green Beans (organic)
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peppers
Tomatoes
Peaches
Plums
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peppers
Tomatoes
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Helpful information about herbs you received can be found here: Your 2017 CSA Herb Garden

Helpful information on share contents can be found in the Produce Information Booklet

Culinary Expert Jenn“Food For Thought” by Jennifer Borealo

Ta da! The tomato has arrived. All shares will have varieties of tomatoes this week. I am looking forward to a tomato basil salad or a Caprese Sandwich so that I can just appreciate that long awaited, fresh from the field flavor! Stanley or Italian prune plums will also be in the shares. As much as I love them, they are a sign of late summer. They are a treat and we usually only have them once. They are great for eating out of hand and they are the plum of choice for many European desserts.

I think that we can be fairly sure that we will be seeing quite a bit of eggplant this season. Don’t be surprised if the shape, color, or size is different or something you have rarely seen before. You may have the very round Sicilian, or long and curved Asian eggplant. You may have white, pink, or even a sort of striped tiny finger eggplant. It has been said that white is the original color of eggplant, looking very much like an egg, hence the name. Being a member of the nightshade family the folklore says that it was originally an ornamental plant because of the beauty of the leaves, flowers, and of course the shiny, attractive fruit. It at one time was considered dangerous to eat as it was thought that it could cause insanity.

As I mentioned last week I have been reading the feedback forms from the breakfast. Some of the comments have to do with recipes using butter, cream, cheese, and pasta. So first butter, if you prefer not to use it you may substitute with the fat of your choice, olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil. Or use half butter and half oil. For cream, in many recipes the cream can be eliminated, or cut down to half when it is a recipe for a main dish however not when baking. Evaporated milk can be used to replace cream in some dishes as well, try a little at first, to see if it works in the recipe and does not affect the flavor. Cheese is often added at the end or as a topping and many dishes can be served without. When added to a recipe or topping just use a bit less. Parmesan is so often used to add that bit of extra flavor and texture at the end of recipes. Some crisp breadcrumbs or chopped nuts can give a similar texture. You may want to add a little extra salt or some chopped herbs for the flavor as well. If a recipe is a topping for pasta change to brown rice, cauliflower rice, or risotto or use the topping over baked fish or chicken or grilled vegetable steaks. Almost every recipe can be adapted to your diet choices.

I am just getting home from our second peach breakfast of the season. The apple pancake breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, September 2, over Labor Day Weekend. Next weekend is our Jersey Fresh celebration so come out and sample some farm to table dishes. We hope to see you there. During the week if you have some time, send me jenn@alstedefarms.com your favorite recipes. I look forward to hearing from you. Until next week, enjoy the freshness!

Recipes

  • Tomato Flatbread
    From the share: 1 large tomato, thinly sliced From your kitchen: 1 8 oz. pkg. refrigerated crescent rolls 1/2 onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper From your garden:...
  • Bavarian Style Plum Galette
    From your share: 1 pound Italian Prunes (or Stanley plums) From your kitchen: Single Pie Crust 1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons  cinnamon 3 Tbsp  tapioca or fruit filling thickener of your own choice add  fig jam (or apricot jam) 2 ...
  • Chickpea Panelle with Goat Cheese and Salsa Rustica
    Panelle From your kitchen: 1 1/3 cups chickpea flour (5 ounces) 2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for frying 3/4 cup crumbled fresh goat cheese (optional) From your garden: 3...
  • Grilled Eggplant Salad
    From your share: 1 eggplant cut into 1” thick slices From your garden: 1 T coarsely chopped oregano leaves From your kitchen: 1 large red onion cut into rounds Canola oil 1 avocado halved, pitted and flesh chopped 1 T...

Box Contents – Week 16, 2017

Week 16: August 8th – August 10th 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Leeks
Scallions
Kohlrabi
Radishes
Tomato
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Leeks
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Tomato
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Wednesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Leeks
Scallions
Kohlrabi
Radishes
Tomato
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Leeks
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Tomato
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Thursday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Leeks
Scallions
Kohlrabi
Radishes
Tomato
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Leeks
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Hot Peppers
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Tomato
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
Nectarines
Donut Peaches
Beans
Carrots
Corn
Eggplant
Garlic
Onions
Peppers
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Helpful information about herbs you received can be found here: Your 2017 CSA Herb Garden

Helpful information on share contents can be found in the Produce Information Booklet

Letters & Information

Culinary Expert JennRead this week’s “Food For Thought” by Jennifer Borealo

Recipes

  • Eggplant and Pepper Wraps
    From the share: 2 red peppers (seeded and sliced) use the peppers in the share, hot and sweet 1 Eggplant (sliced lengthways) From your kitchen: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 Chicken breasts (thickly sliced at an angle) Salt and pepper...
  • Stir-Fried Carrots, Corn & Peppers
    From your kitchen: 1 Tablespoon Shao Hsing rice wine (see Note) or dry sherry 2 teaspoons reduced sodium-soy sauce 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon peanut oil or canola oil,...
  • Black Bean Burgers with Peach Salsa
    Shake It up!  No quinoa? Swap it for brown rice. No Peaches? Swap mandarin oranges or mangos. No white onion? Swap green onions or red onion. For the burgers: From your kitchen: 2 cans black beans, low sodium, rinsed and...
  • Balsamic Green Beans
    From the share: 16 oz. green beans From your kitchen: 1 T olive oil 1 clove of garlic minced 1 T balsamic vinegar 1 t honey 1 t onion powder Salt and pepper to taste Bring a large pot of...
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