It’s been cool this past week – chances are that’s a permanent state of affairs, as we head into October. Our box from Beaverland Farms has cucumbers and tomatoes – is that summer’s last gasp? CSA 2022 week 24 brings us produce for our last big salads of the season.
I’m glad that I’ve already put up my tomatoes: this year, I made roasted tomato paste with a peck (12.5 lbs) of Roma tomatoes from a nearby farm stand. I’m not going to be overly ambitious this year, what with sickness in the house. In prior years, we’ve gathered for a Really Big Tomato Crush. You can check out some of my articles here:
- how to host a tomato crush
- canning tomato sauce
- homemade tomato paste (in the slow cooker or in the oven)
- oven-dried tomatoes
- small-batch tomato jam (this is an adult sort of ketchup and is sublime on a meatloaf sandwich!)
But back to my CSA box. This week’s box contains:
- 2 small eggplants
- bok choy
- mixed greens
I think about how I might use all this good stuff while I’m washing and trimming it. CSA 2022 week 24 has me thinking about warming, hearty food – and besides, we have people in the house who are sick! There’s going to be a lot of soup.
- ratatouille with the eggplant & tomatoes, and the last of last week’s peppers
- baked tomatoes stuffed with rice & cheese from Smitten Kitchen
- simple wonton soup with bok choy
- bok choy chicken soup
- use up that young garlic: various stir-fry with ginger and green onion
Follow the season with me, and I’ll show off my CSA box of the week, including ideas of how I might use all the good stuff. Feel free to chime in with comments or questions.