Home Grown Tomatoes

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"It is difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts
while eating a homegrown tomato."

~ Lewis Grizzard

So far as we know, this has just not been a great year overall for home grown tomatoes with traditional growing methods in the mid-West.  Our tomato season has definitely been a trying one.  Yet, our Sungold cherry tomatoes are somehow flourishing and we are thrilled to have them for our CSA members!  We have rebounded from the early frost temps and this week is to be a warm and fairly dry one, so this translates into lots of cherry tomatoes.

Our winter squash is coming along nicely and the Easter Egg Radishes have been really beautiful and very popular.  All leading to the autumn CSA!  Next week is the first one of eight so if you have not signed up yet please contact us.

This week's CSA Box:

Red Onions
Diakon Radishes
Bok Choy
Sungold Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes
Rosemary or Thyme
Lettuce Mix

A great way to use the potatoes and radishes is in this roasted salad I have adapted from Noble Pig.

Roasted Radish & Potato Salad

1 lb. radishes, trimmed and quartered (reserve greens or use spinach/arugula)
1 lb new potatoes, quartered
2 Tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
Salt and black pepper to taste
(you can use your herbs from your box just as easily for a slight adjustment)

Preheat oven to 425o F with a large baking sheet inside.

Toss radishes, potatoes, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl to coat.  Transfer mixture to hot baking sheet in oven.  Roast until golden, 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through roasting. 

In the meantime, wash radish greens in several changes of cold water and spin dry.  For the vinaigrette whisk together vinegar, 3 Tablespoons oil, Dijon, parsley and dill in a bowl until combined; season with salt and pepper.  Stir radish greens into roasted radishes and potatoes and add vinaigrette.

Via http://noblepig.com/2011/04/roasted-radish-potato-salad/


Thanks again for farming with us!  Keep your eyes open for information coming soon about our fall garlic planting event the weekend of October 25-26!  Fun farm times ahead.

"Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes,
what would life be like without
home grown tomatoes?
Only two things money can't buy,
That's true love and home grown tomatoes."

~ John Denver Home Grown Tomatoes

Fortunately, here at Echollective, your money CAN buy home grown tomatoes!  Or for CSA membership, we offer a portion to be paid by work trade which gives you the opportunity to connect with the land and the people out at the farm while supporting your local food needs.
Have a great week, folks!
Your Echo Team

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