CSA Week 14: Summer Turns To Fall

CSA Share week fourteen with the big dogs. This photo is only possible because of chicken treats (not shown). That's a streak of sunshine peeping through the blinds onto Cassius' face.

I love this time of year.  It still looks like summer but feels like fall.  There are only six more weeks of shares to collect from Growing Things Farm at Ballard Farmers Market.  Like this time last year, the share is generous and colorful, despite our almost non-existent summer in Northwest Washington.  Here’s the contents this week (again this is a half share enough for 2-4 people per week) It costs approximately $23 per week:

  • 1 lb small red tomatoes (they’re larger than cherry, grape, etc)
  • 1 lb small yellow onions
  • 1 lb fall salad mix
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 summer squash
  • 1 bunch beets with greens
  • 1 bunch arugula
  • 1/2 dozen eggs
I’ve got all the ingredients for minestrone soup.  One of my favorite cookbook author’s Barbara Kafka has an excellent recipe for Bean and Swiss Chard Soup that is easily altered with the addition of colorful vegetables like diced carrots, tomatoes, celery, onion, herbs, diced squash and waxy potatoes.  (Tip: The recipe calls for anchovies, don’t omit them!)
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