CSA Week 7, July23-27 Pickle Week
This week's share consists of arugula, beets, kale, onions, zucchini, summer squash, potatoes, fresh dill, and Lots of Cucumbers.
It seems to happen every year--- we wait and wait for a certain crop, then it finally comes in, and there is suddenly way too much of it.
We had a lot insect and disease pressure on our first cucumber planting back in May, so we planted a whole bunch more just in case. But obviously, they all bounced back and we are rolling in them right now. Growing veggies is fairly manic; supply can swing from famine, to feast, to famine, to.....
It is definitely a pain to have to pick all these cucumbers, when there are so many other things to do. But we think it is worth it. By sharing, bartering,and/or preserving the harvest, these random surpluses give everyone in the CSA a chance to get more involved in our local food system. Spread the food, spread the word, spread the love.
On that note, email me if you know of a shelter or food pantry which could use cucumbers and/or if you want to buy some in bulk, $1/lb. You could even buy them from me and then donate them yourself!
Make Pickles or relish! What i like to do is to give the cucumbers to a friend. They turn them into pickles and give some back to me....
We hope you are enjoying this season's harvest so far.
7/25/2012 01:22:09 am
Bring on the cucumbers! We absolutely LOVE everything from your farm and are always eager to see what our weekly box will bring - even if it is 20 pounds of cucumbers!
7/25/2012 02:12:58 am
For the overload of cucumbers - raita and tzatziki sauce are both a good way to use them up, as well as a cucumber salad with sour cream and dill!
7/25/2012 03:36:16 am
what a great idea!!
7/25/2012 05:31:54 am
Could I get 2 extra pounds of cucumbers at my pick up in lynnfield today? Thx
7/26/2012 03:40:03 am
Here is a great recipe for sweet and spicy pickles (no dill required!) I make these every year, and everyone loves them. This week, I pickled my cucumbers, onions, beets, and some red peppers and carrots I had in the veggie drawer. I've canned these properly in the past, but this time I just stuck everything in some glass jars I had saved and put 'em in the fridge. They don't last long around here.
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