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Week 9: Extend the life of your veggie bounty

Hi All, 

This past weekend I had the immense pleasure of hanging out with a few friends of ours who are also CSA members (you know who you are ::winky face::) and naturally the conversation shifted to how to store your veggie bounty to extend the life of your produce and hencely (yes, I know that's not a word but it just feels so right!!) reduce food waste. You know typical summer Saturday pool deck, conversation...

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Anywhoo, I learned quite a few things which I thought I should pass along to you as well. First, when you get heads of lettuce, you can prevent leaf lettuce from wilting/ getting mushy if you just trim off the brown stem every so often. You can take this one step further and place the leaf lettuce upright in a mason jar with a tiny bit of water in the bottom and wrap the leaves with a very lightly misted paper towel (which you can compost). Yes, I know this sounds like a lot of fuss. But if you are the type of person who isn't all about that big salad lyfe, this is a game changer. The aforementioned method also works for fresh herbs and other leafy greens too. And another thing: I  learned that if you wrap your celery tightly in foil and place it in the fridge, it preserves it for a few weeks beyond the typical bagged celery thrown in the fridge business that I have been very guilty of doing.  

Also, two reminders. First, the CSA member potluck is on Saturday, August 4th at 6pm. If I have your email on the CSA mailing list, you should have gotten an invite on from the event I made on facebook. The gist is: we are going to meet at my house, I will provide beverages and protein options for vegans and non-vegans alike, and you all bring your favorite sides, condiments, desserts, or snacky things and have a great time. Dustin will be just finished with his biggest market of the week, so likely he will not be able to attend. Kiddos of all ages are welcome! Please don't judge the state of my garden. 

Second, we are going to send you the CSA Mid-Season Survey. Keep an eye out for a link in your email inbox early next week. If you care to share the survey link with another person in your household, we would appreciate all of the feedback from those who we serve. Y'all have no idea how valuable your thoughts and insight are to the success of our program! 

What's in your veggie shares this week?

  • cabbage
  • tomatoes
  • sweet corn
  • red potatoes
  • eggplant
  • sweet peppers
  • cantaloupe
  • leeks

What I'm making this week

  1. Summer Veggie Galette
  2. Sauteed Kale
  3. Sweet Corn Fritters
  4. Summer Minestrone
  5. Prosciutto wrapped melon