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Week 14: Hickory loves company

HI All!

It's an exciting week for the CSA! Why is that you ask?! It's hickory syrup week!! ::imagine air-horns blasting enthusiastically here:: Those who may have been a part of our little CSA program last year might recall the week they received a little mason jar of syrupy goodness in the bags. 

Well!! You lucky boys, girls, and friends beyond the binary are in for a treat!! The hickory syrup is made by creating a tea from the shag-bark hickory... um.. bark, I guess.. and then adding sugar and boiling it to make the most delicious syrup. I personally enjoy putting the syrup in my cold brew coffee for a sweet surprise, or making a lil' hickory old fashioned-- but I am told you could put in on anything that would be delicious with Maple syrup (i.e., everything under the sun). 

One thing to take note: store your  hickory syrup in the fridge and try to pour the syrup from the jar instead of using a spoon to ladle it upon your waffles. These precautions will help to minimize crystallization for maximum freshness and consistency. 

Now.. for the information you've all been waiting for...

What (else) is in the shares this week?

  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Green Onions
  • Honeynut Squash
  • and the aformentioned Hickory Syrup <3

 

What am I making this week..

  1. Grilled Eggplant and Pepper Pannini
  2. Honeynut Squash Pancakes
  3. Chicken with Olives and Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Tangy Cucumber and Avocado Salad

 

What is in the forecast for Week 15?

Hot season crops are still holding strong- expect bell peppers, sweet corn, jalapenos, cucumbers, valencia onions, pea shoots, fingerling potatoes, radishes and pears.