Wednesday, August 25, 2010

CSA Newsletter Week 14: August 24th, 25th & 28th

Hello all! Hope you're enjoying the gentle cool breeze that's been rolling through Iowa. Sure does make for great weather! The festivals went well last weekend. Thanks to all who stopped by to enjoy some all organic vegan deliciousness! Much appreciated.

This week in your box you'll find
:

Sweet Peppers

Hot Peppers

Kale
Heirloom Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes

Basil
Tulsi
Basil
Eggplant
Fingerling Potatoes

Zucchini
Onion
Garlic

Parsley


Pasta with Veggies Recipe

This recipe is easy, satisfying, and packed with healthy veggies. You can vary the veggies based on what is fresh or what you have on hand. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.

•1 pound organic pasta

•4-6 tomatoes, blanched

•1 Tbs Olive oil

•Sweet Peppers, diced

•1-2 small onion, diced

•1 zucchini and 1 eggplant, sliced

•1 clove garlic, minced

•1 tsp dried oregano

•1 tsp dried parsley

•Ground black pepper to taste

Cook pasta.

Use a large non-stick skillet. Add olive oil and heat over medium heat for 1 minute. Add veggies and garlic and sauté until veggies are tender but not mushy. Add tomatos once blanched and peeled along with the remaining spices. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until bubbly. Serve over pasta.

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particular item, have a food allergy we should know about, or if you have other questions or comments. We love to hear from you!
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CSA Newsltetter Week 13: August 17th, 18th and 21st

Hello Fellow CSA'ers

Well the heat has finally ceased, at least a little! What a welcome treat to feel the first whispers of fall upon the soft iowa breeze. Things are still busy, busy. You can find us at the Sand in the City event taking place in downtown Iowa City this weekend, August 20th-22nd. For more information copy & paste http://www.summerofthearts.org/festival-menu/sand-in-the-city/about.aspx. We will also be in Chicago for the Hideout's Block Party hosted by Mad Decent Records. For more information on this event copy & paste http://www.maddecent.com/blog/mad-decent-block-parties-are-coming-for-you. Stop by and see us at either of these events!

This week in your box you'll find:

Beets
Kale
Peppers
Basil
Eggplant
Heirloom tomatoes
Zucchini
Green Beans
Onions
Garlic
Fingerling Potatoes



Recipe of the Week
Chop up the peppers, eggplant, zucchini, green beans and potatoes- all about the same size. Then chop some onion and garlic. Put it all into a piece of tinfoil and cover it with olive oil. Wrap it up and toss it on the grill. Let it cook for about five minutes and flip it over. Let it go for another five minutes and then remove from the grill. Let cool for five minutes and enjoy! Happy summer!

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(319)325-3910

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CSA Newsetter Week 12: August 10th, 11th and 14th


Hahlo,Hahlo! We're deep in heat of it all- gardening, farming, festing! August is a busy, busy time. Hope that you're all enjoying the many joys of summer. Don't forget to stay hydrated!

This week in your box you'll find:

Eggplant

Kale

Zucchini

Garlic

Onion

Basil

Tulsi Basil

Potatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes



Ratatouille Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 eggplants, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. Add eggplants and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Saute peppers and zucchini for five minutes or until soft. Mix in tomatoes and onion-eggplant mixture. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender and flavors have blended, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes. Stir in basil. Season ratatouille generously with salt and pepper. Serve cold, warm or hot. Enjoy!




Please contact us if you can't identify something in your box, don't know what to do with a particular item, have a food allergy we should know about, or if you have other questions or comments. We love to hear from you!
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(319)325-3910


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

CSA Newsletter Week 11: August 3rd, 4th & 5th.

Hi all!

August is upon us! Hope you're all enjoying these sweet sweaty summer months. Work on the farm and in the garden has been steady and prosperous. Everything is looking mighty delicious! Can't wait to share it with you! This week, along with a list of what you'll be getting, I'm also posting storage tips- so that you can get the most out of the food we bring you!


This week in your box you'll find:


Cabbage: Store in a plastic bag in the crisper of your refrigerator.


Peppers: These keep better when refrigerated, though you can keep them in a paper bag at room temperature if you'll be using within a day or two.


Tomatoes: Never refrigerate tomatoes, unless they're overripe- even then it's usually best to keep 'em out at room temperature or just eat 'em.


Potatoes: Keep 'em cool, moist and dark in a paper bag. Don't store in potatoes in plastic bags or in the refrigerator. Use within a few days of purchase.


Eggplant: If you're going to use in a day or two store at room temperature, otherwise place in a plastic bag and keep in the refrigerator crisper.


Kale: Should be wrapped in a damp paper towel, placed in a plastic bag and kept in the crisper.


Zucchini: Keep in a plastic bag in the warmest part of the refrigerator.


Garlic: Keep garlic in a cool, dark and dry place, not too close to the stove. Some people braid and hang, others may keep in a cupboard or pantry of sorts.


Beets: If you're going to keep beets longer than a day or two cut the greens off and store separately in open plastic bags in the crisper. This will make both the beet and the greens last longer.


Basil : Cut the stems at an angle under running water, wrap in wet paper towel, place in a plastic bag and store in the crisper


Tulsi Basil: can be stored like the basil above or dried and used in teas. This particular type of basil has a clove-like flavor that tastes great as an addition to both hot and iced tea.

For more information about tulsi basil and the numerous health benefits it provides, check out http://hinduism.about.com/od/ayurveda/a/tulsibenefits.htm



Enjoy!