CSA week 14: summer abundance

CSA week 14 2020 0814

CSA week 14 2020: The abundance continues, oh yes it does. We’re getting a larger distribution each week, which isn’t surprising, as the farm is producing at peak now. Our box contained more zucchini (and larger ones at that!), and even more beans. We can’t eat the whole box in a week now, so we need to preserve some things.

We’re tempted to take the largest zucchini and treat it like a pumpkin, and make a green jack o’lantern. We probably won’t do it, though; it’s useful as food. At the very worst, I’ll grate it and freeze in 2-cup portions for zucchini bread (or possibly chocolate zucchini cake!) later in the year.

CSA week 14 2020 0814This week in our basket:

  • 3 very large “8-ball” zucchini
  • a bunch of “torpedo” red onions
  • baby beets
  • radishes
  • cherry tomatoes of many colors
  • purple, yellow, and green beans

preserving the beans

The purple beans turn green when they’re cooked. I’ve taken all our beans, blanched them, shock-chilled in ice water, then dried them. They’re neatly packaged in dinner-sized portions and tucked away in the freezer.

ideas for the week ahead


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I’m Maurita Plouff, and I write about cooking and preserving the local harvest in Southeast Michigan. Any recipe you find here is something I have cooked myself, and enjoyed, and think you might like too. I invite you to try the recipes, and leave comments.

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