Week #13 for CSA members

As summer is starting to wind down, we are entering it to the massive harvest season and our members and customers are in for some real treats this year.  For example, members will expect to receive these goodies in Week #13:

  • Purple Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Tomatoes
  • Ground Cherries
  • Cucumbers (slicing)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Bok Choy
  • Pears

You’ll see purple beans this week, but our second crop of green beans are ready soon too.  And thanks to a new plow, which makes harvest much easier, we’ll have potatoes for the next few weeks.  Did you see our post last week?  Tomorrow is Eat More Herbs, Less Salt Day.  To celebrate, members are getting a few herbs and the blog post will give you some examples of how to use those herbs.

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Ground Cherry

One of those treats members are getting this week is ground cherries.  Named because they fall from the plant before they are ripe, meaning they are harvested from the ground, these cherries are a little sweet, and slightly nutty.  They are excellent raw as a little snack and I’ve even seen people peel the husk, leaving the husk on, and use it to dip the cherry in some dark chocolate for a real treat!  We’ve got 2 other ideas for you this week:

Ground Cherry vinaigrette  (use for a spinach and raspberry salad with some grilled chicken)

  • 1 cup ground cherries, husks removed
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Put the first 7 ingredients in a food processor and blend.  Slowly add olive oil as you are blending to create a vinaigrette.  If you don’t have a food processor, chop the ground cherries finely and mix with other ingredients, adding olive oil last and whisking with a fork slowly as you add in the olive oil.

Ground Cherry salsa (use on grilled chicken or fish)

  • 3/4 cup ground cherries, husks removed
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)

Either put ingredients in a food processor and pulse to salsa consistency.  Or chop cherries, onion, and cilantro to desired size and add in remaining ingredients.

Photo image: Freeimage.com/ Lize Rixt

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