Week 9 Farmily CSA Harvest List & Recipes

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Here’s what you can expect at this week’s Farmily CSA pickups: 

  • Heirloom Tomatoes (Mountain Princess & NC Very Good varieties. Never put in the fridge! IT’S TIME TO CAN!)
  • Zucchini (get out your spiralizers! Try zoodles! Use it instead of noodles in lasagna! Make zucchini bread!)
  • Summer Squash (make a squash casserole y’all!)
  • Red Cabbage (my fave!)
  • Suyo Long Cucumbers (a kind of english cucumber. store wrapped in plastic bag or saran wrap in the fridge)
  • Leeks (A cousin of onions and garlic. use in place of onions in dishes. amazing flavor. store unwashed in fridge in loosely wrapped plastic bag.
  • Okra (try them oven fried!)
  • Shishito Peppers (sweet peppers, 13-40 times less hot that a jalapeño. cook whole- great for stir fry, amazing sautéed. 1 in 10 are ‘hot’ but still 10-40 times less hot than a hot jalapeño. they’re sweet peppers, you’ll love them)
  • Jalapeno Peppers (I have been told they are pretty dang hot this year)
  • Bell Peppers (sweet tasting classic bell peppers in fun colors- Green, White, Lime Green, and Purple)
  • Green Curly Kale (the kale most of you are familiar with)
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard (beautiful. if kale and spinach had a baby- it would be this. eat raw or sautéed or in a quiche- so versatile)
  • Red Norland Potatoes (smaller red potatoes, naturally creamy and buttery. we store ours in the fridge unwashed. do NOT store near onions! Great in potato salad, roasted, or mashed)
  • Onions (we store ours in the fridge. do NOT store near potatoes!)
  • Beets (the best! try them roasted in the oven with oil, salt, & pepper. make extra and put them in the fridge overnight. slice them cold and top with feta for the best beet salad, or add to your other salads)
  • Cabbage (just regular cabbage but if you have never had a farm fresh cabbage- your life is about to change. Try it grilled or roasted or sautéed)
  • Basil (store just like you would cut flowers- in a small jar or vase with their stems in water. I keep on my windowsill above my sink with my tomatoes)
  • Fennel (not gonna pretend- this is an adventure for us too! we have never grown this before. Here you can learn how to cut it)

Hopefully we will also have Silver Queen Corn and Yukon Gold Potatoes. We have had some record rainfall in the area the last few days and all this rain has prevented us from being able to promise you 100% whether we can harvest these things just yet. But this is prime time in the gardens, and y’all will be eating good this week!

All are hand harvested by us and brought to you the same day. Farm fresh, Certified Organic, and full of love!

Recipes to try this week:


Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

Fresh Tomato Sauce (can freeze this!)

FREEZE Your Zucchini (use in zucchini cake, zucchini bread, casseroles, and more later)

Orange, Beet, and Fennel Salad

Roasted Fennel

Creamy Tomato Soup (vegan. FREEZE THIS! I know you aren’t craving soup now, but you will thank me later tis winter if you make it now.)

Tomato Pie (Pictured. You say tomato, I say tomato PIE! To me, there is nothing better. Tomato Pie is everything. Please try it and please only use Duke’s Mayo. That’s all.)

Tomato Salad 

Canning Recipe: Easiest way to can tomatoes (this is the method I use)

Caprese Chicken (Pictured- you may have seen this one floating around on Facebook. I am here to tell you that it’s fabulous one pot wonder dish that we are adding to the regular meal rotation)

Crockpot French Onion Soup (we love this! Another good one to freeze)

Loaded Baked Potato Salad (bonafide. we have been making this for years!)

Zucchini Pizza Casserole (Farmily member tested & recommended!)

Lazy Man Cabbage Rolls (Farmily Member tested & recommended!)

Red Potato Salad (Farmily member tested and recommended)

Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw

Cilantro Slaw (this is so good with BBQ y’all- from Pioneer Woman)

ALL the zoodle recipes here! (spiralized zucchini)

All the other zucchini recipes! Zucchini sliders, zucchini pizza, zucchini chips, and more!

Zucchini Lasagna (I make my own version of this all the time! it’s fabulous and freezes so well)

Red Cabbage Steaks 

Basil Pistou (this is how I preserve my basil- put in ice cube trays till frozen, then in ziplock bag)

Creamed Swiss Chard (or any green) recipe from Allenbrooke Farms

Red Potato & Leek Soup (if you don’t want it now since it’s so hot, make and freeze for winter)

Sautéed Shishito Peppers

Easy Sesame Shishito Peppers (pictured)

Crack Slaw (y’all. just try it! SOOOO good! one pot meal- people freak over this meal, google it- it’s totally a thing)

Oven Fried Okra (I make my version of this ALL the time! it’s fabulous. I don’t spray the bag like she does. I spray the pan with olive oil before cooking. And I usually use whole wheat flour instead of cornmeal. This recipe rocks. It takes longer than you think to cook, start it first if you are cooking a whole meal since you want the flour to soak up all the slime in the okra, and then you have to cook it after)

Leek & Swiss Chard Tart

Chicken in Basil Cream

Italian Seasoned Kale Chips (Farmily Favorite!)

Zucchini Bread 

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Sour Cream Frosting (I use greek yogurt instead of sour cream)

Cheddar Zucchini Bread (can add bacon, jalapeños, chives…..)

Herbed Summer Squash Pasta Bake

Thai Chicken Zoodles w/Peanut Sauce

Roasted Grilled Cabbage

Chicken Zoodle Soup

Balsamic Grilled Zucchini

Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Farmily member tested & recommended)

Roasted Beet Salad (MY FAVE! I hated beets till we grew them!)

Pasta with Beets & Swiss Chard

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze

Swiss Chard Stuffed Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Swiss Chard and Chipotle Tacos

My Favorite Sautéed Kale (this is how we cook all the greens (collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, all the things) sometimes without the pepper flakes though, and sometimes we add sriracha)
Swiss Chard & Herb Tart (who tarted?!)

This is how to store your basil and tomatoes! No fridge!

This is how to store your basil and tomatoes! No fridge!