September 7, 2011 by Sara Kreidler
This week’s CSA box shows signs that fall is upon us — beets and an acorn squash, more stone fruit, and the tomatoes are not as bright and ripe as they were just a week ago. I fear we are nearing the end of tomato season. We ordered another bushel of canning tomatoes this week from the CSA, and we may pick up another half bushel at the farmer’s market this weekend. And then we should be finished with canning tomatoes.
This week’s box includes:
- Approximately 20 red tomatoes
- 2 green zebra tomatoes and 1 regular green tomato
- 1 red onion
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 bunch of basil
- 9 apples
- 3 nectarines
- 2 peaches
- 3 beets
- 1 enormous head of romaine lettuce
- 1 acorn squash
- 3 red horn shaped peppers
And now for some hastily shot close ups of the goods (I was rushing so I could help the kids with homework and Toby could get into the kitchen to make supper; we’re all still getting used to being back in school mode).
Tomatoes. Nice, but not as nice as even a week ago. Like I said, fall is here and tomato season is wrapping up, I think. Maybe I’ll throw an apple or two into the tomato bowl to help them ripen up before I turn them into tomato jam
Two of these are definitely green zebra tomatoes. The other appears to be just a regular green (unripened) tomato.
Peaches and nectarines.
Beets. I’ve amassed an entire gallon sized ziploc bag of beets in the fridge over the last few weeks. It’s enough to do a small batch of canned pickled beets. I’m certain we’ll order a bushel of beets in the next few weeks too, since we go through a lot of pickled beets over the winter — it’s the best way to perk up the less flavorful salad greens that are available in the winter.
The first acorn squash this year. Can’t wait to roast this little guy.
Peppers, likely to be stuffed and grilled
if the rain stops around here long enough to fire up the grill. Lots of good stuff planned for this week, so stayed tuned.