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I made myself a jar of refrigerator pickles this week. They’re super simple to make and don’t require any special equipment. I used the recipe here:  http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/08/05/refrigerator-dill-pickles/ and they are awesome!

pickle stuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ingredients pictured here are actually enough to make 3 jars.

 

refrigerator pickles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the shallots coming in, I’m planning on making my favorite mushroom soup, it’s so good! Recipe here: http://crazydaisycsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Garlic-mushroom-soup1.pdf

 

 

And for dessert, with so many left over zucchini it’s time to make some zucchini crisp! http://crazydaisycsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Zucchini-Crisp.pdf  It seriously tastes like apples, yummy!

It’s that time of year again and we are swimming in zucchini. So it’s time to start putting it away for colder times.

 

 

This super high rated zucchini bread recipe makes 2 loaves, one to eat and one to freeze!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/moms-zucchini-bread/

 

 

Or if you do a lot of cooking in the winter you can try freezing blanched zucchini. There’s a great tutorial here:

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-freeze-zucchini-57275

 

 

We featured an awesome zucchini boat recipe in this weeks newsletter but there are a ton of other cool recipes to try. I’m especially fond of this one:

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/07/taco-stuffed-zucchini-boats.html

 

All of the zucchini boat recipes I’ve found use traditional green zucchini, but they’re all just as good with yellow, or use some of the larger patty pan for an adorable single serving!

Due to the extremely cool nights all through August, the tomatoes are later than usual. So this week we’re featuring a cucumber and zucchini salsa recipe that is super easy and so yummy!

 

ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made a few changes, with white onion instead of red, and a splash of lemon juice. Don’t forget to wear gloves when you handle the jalapenos!

 

Salsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So fresh, so good! The recipe can be found in our August 16th & 20th newsletters.

Summer vegetable soup is on the menu this week! It’s one of my absolute favorites, just throw whatever you have in a pot, add broth, salt and pepper, and it’s SO good!
Veggie soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetable soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s great for freezing and reheating in the winter when you’re craving fresh vegetables. Plus it’s super low in calories and if you add greens it’s incredibly nutritious. You can find my recipe in the August 9th and August 13th newsletters. But you sure don’t have to stick to the recipe,add whatever you like!

I hope you’ve all been able to get out and enjoy the weather, it has been absolutely beautiful for working in. Unfortunately the plants have not been enjoying it quite so much. We’ve actually lost basil plants because it got too cold for them! That’s a first for July. Everything is smaller than usual and not growing at quite the same pace. Still we will make the best of it!

I fried up some veggies this last week and made a batch of remoulade to enjoy with them. It’s one of may favorite treats over the summer. You can find the recipe  http://crazydaisycsa.com/?p=595 for a healthier twist you can bake the veggies instead of frying them.

cooking

It feels like September but it’s really only late July and we’re wrapping up our first month of harvesting. Don’t worry though, there is so much more to come!

 

green beans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We certainly had some challenges this spring. After losing our first crop of beans to flooding, we quickly put in a second. So while we would’ve had beans already, we’re not too far behind. Pictured above is the second crop, and it is now blooming so we’re very close to harvesting.

 

Multicolored beets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every season has it’s setbacks, but there’s always something good that comes out of it too. The beets this year have been fantastic, and we have an assortment of gold, standard red, and candy striped to make your meals both colorful and delicious.

We also have a ton of greens available, if you’re looking for recipes, you can find our favorite ones our our recipe index here http://crazydaisycsa.com/?page_id=691

Excitingly we harvested the first handful of cherry tomatoes this week. The big ones won’t be far behind!

 

 

 

 

 

carrots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve never had a carrot crop germinate so well, these look awesome!

 

 

cucumber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cucumbers are looking (and tasting) amazing. Soon there will be enough for all.

 

onions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The onions, shallots, and leeks are all weeded and mulched so we should have an excellent crop this year.

 

winter squash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember how I said the winter squash is going to get big? It’s well on its way!

Thought I’d let you all see what’s going on in the garden recently. The heavy rains and late spring did cause some long term problems in the garden, as shown by the unusually small amounts in the first two harvest baskets. But we are getting back on track. Here are some photos from yesterday.

Pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the yellow lower leaves, that’s damage from being too wet for too long. But the upper part of the plant is nice and shiny green, that’s recovery!

 

Cucumber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cucumbers are looking great! We even harvested a handful of small pickling cucumber last week.

 

Zucchini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

zucchini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The zucchini also looks great! We have a few little yellow ones about the size of your thumb. We’ll be picking them though so the plant can put it’s energy into getting bigger so we’ll have an over all better crop.

 

Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the tomatoes are looking really good. A handful had to be replaced and so they’re smaller but you can see the majority are thriving.

And look at this!

 

green tomato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a few little green tomatoes already!

Just a reminder; the lettuce and greens in your baskets are rinsed, but they’ll need a much more thorough washing before they are ready to eat.

The best way to wash greens is to fill your sink or a large bowl with cold water and let them soak, swishing occasionally until most of the grit and debris falls out. Then give them a rinse under running water, paying special attention to the grooves in the stems, the underside, and the point where the leaves join each other- if you’re washing a head.

As an extra tip: Adding a bit of vinegar to the wash water can keep them fresher longer.

We’re officially announcing our first harvest of the season! Despite the incredibly late spring and monumental rains we are on schedule for our first harvest.

Friday June 28th (after 4:00PM)

Tuesday July 2 (after 4:00PM)

Looks like we’re going to have a nice mix of romaine and loose leaf lettuces, along with some greens, radishes, and herbs. The newsletter will feature basic recipes for dressing that are super fun to experiment with.

Let the harvest begin!

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