CSA week 13 0825 2018

CSA week 13

CSA week 13, and it’s tomato season! Beautiful tomatoes, both slicers and Roma paste style, are in the box this week. The box was so heavy that I almost had to ask for help carrying it to my car!

CSA week 13 0825 2018This week’s box holds:

  • 1 huge cantaloupe
  • about 3 pounds green beans
  • 3 big Beefsteak-style tomatoes
  • 3 Roma paste tomatoes
  • 1 quart of gloriously ripe yellow cherry tomatoes
  • a big bunch basil
  • 6 ears corn
  • 1 ripe red pepper (long style)
  • 1 Romanesco broccoli
  • some kind of hard-shell winter squash
  • 2 big cucumbers

Obviously there’ll be a lot of tomato goodies this week. I’m thinking about a fresh tomato tart with herbed cream cheese.

I have more ideas inspired by this week’s box of produce:

  • tomato beef (a sort of faked stir-fry)
  • summer vegetable tian (a simple gratin with potatoes and what’s available)
  • pasta with Brie and tomatoes (we wait all year to cook this dish that showcases dead-ripe tomatoes) 
  • grilled corn, tomato, feta, and herb salad  (thank you, Serious Eats!)

I think I’ll cut that winter squash in half, roast it in a slow oven until it’s tender and delicious, and then see just what kind of flavor it has. I might put cubes of squash in a salad, or if it’s a chilly day, blend them with some caramelized onions into a fabulously easy soup. It’s hard to go wrong with great produce.