August 14th – Imperfect Produce
Here on the farm we are big advocates of imperfect produce. That still means that you receive produce that has been picked with in 24 hours of receipt. With produce that fresh it will last in your fridge for weeks. Just imagine how long produce sits on shelves in the grocery store, where none of the food is local and has been plastic-wrapped to make it last as long as possible. In my experience a lot of that produce is rotting as you walk out the store door. Big box grocery stores don’t care about local farms like they care about the bottom line. And as a result you pay for the lack of quality. It’s hard to tell what a farm is really doing when they aren’t even located in the USA.
Imperfect produce means oddly-shaped tomatoes or squash, bug bitten leaves and corn with worms to name a few. It means once in a while you will find a critter in your box, although we try our best to avoid it.
All produce from your CSA box will come from soil that has been treated with respect for the future generations which in turn gives a home to insects — whether we like the looks of them or not, they are important parts of the farm ecosystem. And that soil contains beneficial bacteria that is alive and is good for our gut.
Produce you receive in your CSA box means that we’ve reused most of the packaging, or used little to no packaging to get it to you. And when you return your produce box there is almost no packaging used at all.
Buying from our CSA keeps local workers employed and keeps local land out of the hands of developers, enriching it and preserving it for future use with the water that connects us all in a healthy state of being. After all, without farms there would be no food. And supporting imperfect produce prevents waste which might otherwise have been rejected from the grocery store.
Supporting your CSA and local farmers markets keeps local farming alive and supports the natural process of growing food. The way it’s been for generations before the industrial age. And with your support it will be the wave of the future. We promise the highest quality, best tasting, and most nutritious produce there is to offer.
MINI SWEET PEPPERS
MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, RED LEAF LETTUCE, GREEN ZUCCHINI, CELERY, LACINATO KALE
FRUIT EXPANSION: BLACKBERRIES and RASPBERRIES
Green Bean Salad with Walnuts and Feta
1-1/2 pounds green beans trimmed and cut into 1.5” pieces
1 cup raw walnuts chopped
2/3 cup feta cheese crumbled
2/3 cup red onion chopped
1 cup grapeseed or olive oil
½ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 lemon zested
½ cup fresh mint leaves roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
¼ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here at The Roasted Root)
Persian Shirazi Salad
2 medium tomatoes
½ medium white onion
1 cup finely chopped parsley
1 cup finely chopped mint
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
(Find the full recipe and directions here at The Scrambled Chefs)
Healthy Hummus Stuffed Peppers
1/4 cup hummus
5 sweet mini peppers
1 TBSP minced onion
1-2 TBSP chopped tomatoes
1 TBSP crumbled feta cheese
(Find the full recipe and inspiration here at Peas and Crayons)
Raspberry Blackberry Coconut Parfait
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries divided
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
1 can full fat coconut milk refrigerated overnight
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon local raw honey or maple syrup to taste, optional
(Find the full recipe and directions here at Cook Eat Paleo)