29 August 2011

inside the cooler, weeks no. 12 & 13

And we're back with a few CSA delivery updates! We've been feasting like kings. Two weeks ago we got a bunch of zucchini and summer squash, arugula, lettuce, tomatoes, skinny red onions, broccoli, raspberries and a snow leopard melon! I didn't even know that thing was a melon for a few days, but now that I look at the picture it is pretty obvious I guess. We sliced up the squash and sauteed it, then used the zucchini in this dish from The Kitchn.Raspberries were eaten immediately. The broccoli went into a pasta primavera Dinner Elf dish.

Then this past week, we got BASIL. At first I glanced at the bag and was like, "Oh, spinach!" and then when I opened realized that we are now going to crank it into high pesto-making gear. In the meantime, though, I'm putting fresh basil on everything I eat. There is nothing better than fresh basil. We now have a cushy collection of potatoes, so we plan on making a few batches of creamy potato soup with carrots, onions, garlic and mushrooms to freeze. CSA soup! Our best laid plans for freezing soup always fail because we end up eating it all right away. We'll see what happens this time. I'm excited about that yellow tomato. Slice 'er up into a tomato salad.

We were very lucky this weekend in that we mostly escaped the destruction of Hurricane Irene. Friends and neighbors along the East Coast, however, have been terribly impacted by the storm and we hope for safety and recovery in the aftermath. Fortunately the human loss from this storm was much lower than it might have otherwise been, but please don't dismiss the extensive damage that Irene did wreak on many families and communities. Help out where you can :) Farmers in need of post-Irene help can contact NOFA-NY (info@nofany.org) to be connected with recovery assistance and resources. More info at All Good Baker's Facebook page.

Update: The wonderful farm that feeds us each week, Kilpatrick Family Farm in Granville, NY, has posted photos of the flooding and damage to their fields caused by Hurricane Irene. See photos here. Another wonderful local farm, Denison Farm in Schaghticoke, NY, posted a heart-breaking video of their flooded crops. Watch the video here. Leah the Nosher wrote a wonderful post about how the flooding has redefined community-supported agriculture. Daniel B. wrote about the effects of Irene on local farms and food businesses. Read up and then start brainstorming, because our region is going to need all of the creative ideas and support it can get to recover from this storm. And hey, if you spot a farm stand or farmer's market this weekend, stop by and buy something.

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