CSA WEEK 5

Your box this week contains:

  • Purple Carrots (plus their beautiful, feathery tops!)
  • Patty Pan Squash
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Fresh onions
  • Fresh garlic
  • Green bell peppers (even if you got the purple or yellow ones they are still considered "green" because they have not ripened yet)
  • Papalo
  • Cherry tomatoes

We are so excited about this box! We finally have had a successful broccoli harvest and in this heat to boot! The entire thing is edible- the leaves, the stalk, and of course the head. Waste not, want not!

Speaking of not wasting things- The carrot tops are edible! Carrot greens contain an impressive list of nutrients, including significant amounts of vitamin A, dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. They taste like, well, carrots. They can be eaten raw if you are up for it but they are a bit bitter. We recommend NOT throwing them in the compost and trying this carrot top pesto recipe. Give it a shot! Carrots are very hard to grow despite their common presence in grocery stores. If you can get them to germinate- you have to stay on top of weeds as their greens are slow growing at first. We are proud of these and we are glad we have lots more rows maturing behind this variety!

Patty Pan Squash- It looks like a gourd or pumpkin or something but it can be used just like any yellow squash! 

Papalo- this is a weird one, yall. Also known as summer cilantro- it is reminiscent of cilantro but also has some other interesting characteristics. We recommend keeping it as you would a bouquet of flowers on your counter. You can use it on tacos, or salsa, guacamole, or even fruit salad. Check out this website as she has many different uses. We'd love to hear if you loved it or hated it. It is intense! Max says "It's a journey for your taste buds." And I agree.  

Cherry tomatoes! We are so excited about the tomatoes this year- many of the bigguns are starting to ripen and we can't wait to share them with you. Last year, our tomatoes were kind of a bust so we are very optimistic about this year!

Hope y'all are staying cool! It was a warm one today and we are worn out! We'd love to hear what yall come up with each week with your box! 

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