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Waverly Farms CSA 7.13.17 - Weekly Members Only

Posted 7/13/2017 7:14am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Members, 

We hear good news that dear Lucky Jefferson is awake and doing better. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and well wishes. Please keep them coming as he has much hard work ahead of him, still. 

As summer vegetables come in, so do canning opportunities. If you want extras of anything for your home canning, just let us know and we will sell them to you at wholesale prices. We will also be canning for our Winter CSA  members. 


CSA Shares -Weekly Members Only 

Included in your share but not pictured is fresh LEMON BASIL, harvested early this morning to maintain the freshest aroma. Basil will be essential in Eggplant Parmesan and Cherry Tomato Salad (see recipes below)

Lemon Basil - This amazing herb will be terrific with Eggplant Parmesan and in Cherry Tomato Salad, below. One of my favorite things to do with basil is Basil Pesto Pasta or Basil Pesto Hummus which is great with chips, fresh cut sweet peppers or celery, and on fish. 

Eggplant - Eggplant is tricky, but these recipes should make it a hit in your household. For kids and adults, see 5 Simple and Healthy Eggplant Recipes for KidsEggplant Parmesan is the classic recipe and a great way to enjoy fresh eggplant. The Lemon Basil in your share will make this an amazing meal. To make this recipe easier, use organic canned tomatoes or marinara sauce. An even easier recipe is Eggplant with Balsamic, Basil and Capers. Stuff Eggplant with any mixture you like. This recipe uses Herbed Bulgur and pomegranate, but Quinoa and raisins or cranberries would be just as good. And, the very delicious Baked Za'tar Eggplant Fries and Lemon Tahini is sure to be a family favorite.  

French Fingerling Potatoes - French Fingerlings are creamy and would be great made into anything, but the classics are Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Fingerling Potato Salad. But feel free to boil, drain and stir them in herbed butter or mash them. It's really hard to mess these up!

Dragon Tongue Beans - If you have not yet tried Dragon Tongue Bean Salad with Spicy Honey Mustard you should. They would also be super with potatoes as in Skillet Potatoes and Green Beans

Cherry Tomatoes - A dish super easy dish that is packed with flavor is the warm Israeli Couscous with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes and Basil. For a great side to any meal, try Marinated Cherry Tomato and Herb Salad, a staple in our home when we have basil and tomatoes. Add mozzarella cheese balls into the marinade for a creamy texture. Bruschetta on warm Buttery Toast is so delicious! Use your cherry tomatoes instead of roma. Will be a little runny, but  the warm toast soaks up the juice.

Summer Squash Mix - My favorite thing to do with these fresh squashes is to grill them as the steaks are resting. See Grilled Summer Squash. It works with our without the dressing. For a fresh casserole, combine summer squash with Eggplant and make Summer Vegetable Lasagna

Sweet Peppers - These peppers are soooooo good pickled as in Sweet Pickled Banana Peppers; a great way to preserve these lovelies for sandwiches and hamburgers later in the year. You can also sprinkle these sweeties with feta cheese!  Banana and Sweet peppers are also terrific on pizza. We like to buy Amy's Organic Pizza and add our own cherry tomatoes, basil, banana peppers, sausage, grated cheese or whatever we feel like having. Or, use this handy pizza planner for recipes with and without meat. 10 Best Banana Pepper Pizza Recipes

Onions and Garlic - Another great topping for pizza or sandwiches is Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic Compote. This is good on anything, including warm toast, crackers with cheese, hamburgers and other sandwiches. 


Protein Shares - Weekly Members Only

Steaks - Please, please, please let these steaks thaw in your fridge for 5 days before cooking to help tenderize them. Then, simply pat them dry, rub them with your favorite steak seasonings (salt and pepper will do just fine), sprinkle a few drops of balsamic vinegar on one side and let stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour before grilling on medium-high heat. This produces a flavorful, very tender steak. 

Sausage and Hamburger - Biscuits are better with sausage patties. Gravy is better with sausage. Peppers are better with quinoa sausage stuffing. Even hamburgers and spaghetti are better with a bit of sausage mixed in. Clearly, life is better with sausage. 

Wishing you a safe and happy summer!  

Enjoy!

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg, owners
Wade Bagley, gardener
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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