This week we were lucky to have some good friends help us in the field for a good ol' fashioned weeding-spree. We've managed to get ahead of some of our regularly scheduled weeding and are in a strong position moving into August, typically a very dry month here.
Zucchini & Green Beans
Both zucchini and green beans were crops that we experienced set backs with this season due to the unusually late frost. Happily our backup crops have come along and are now producing well and this week's shares will include both a share of green bush beans and zucchini.
While the bush beans productive run is relatively short, we expect zucchini to produce well until the first fall frost hits. To that end, below are some ideas for using zucchini.
A few ways to use Zucchini
As many of us know, the internet is full of recipes for Zucchini Bread and Muffins with various levels of butter, sugar, nuts, and otherwise. You can always try adding chocolate chips to persuade kids.
Shredding and freezing zucchini is an effective way to save it for baking at a later date. Store it in 2 cup servings to make portioning easy.
Our family has long enjoyed this recipe for Savoury Zucchini Pie. If you're a patron of farm fresh eggs, they take this pie to another level.
And last but not least, give this recipe for Zucchini Fritters a try:
Grate about 3 cups of zucchini into a bowl.
Slice onion, garlic, parsley, and dill and add to the bowl.
Season with pepper and salt and mix for a few minutes until the ingredients are well incorporated.
In another bowl, whisk 5 eggs and about 1/3 cup of flour.
Add the egg and flour mixture to the zucchini bowl and mix well.
Heat oil in a large pan and spoon the fritter mixture into the pan, trying for a few minutes on each side, until golden.
Remove from pan with tongs and let fritters rest on a paper towel to reduce excess oil.
Recipe: Excellent Fresh Green Beans
Take green beans and serve.
About Our Packaging
All the packaging that we use for distributing our vegetables is biodegradable.
The bags we deliver our CSA shares in are biodegradable grocery style bags and are designed to be able to be reused as a compost bin liner.
The clear plastic salad bowls, micro-green containers, and herb packages that we use are made from a plant based plastic.
The company that produces the material that makes these packages is called NatureWorks. If you're interested to learn about how they make their plastics, starting from crops like corn and beets, check out their website: How Ingeo is Made.
The other bags and baskets you receive from us are either paper or cardboard.
A number of people have asked us about returning the clear plastic packaging (like the salad bowls) in hopes that they can be reused. Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, we're unable to reuse them. That said, we do encourage you to reuse them at home! Keep in mind that they are meant for cold or room temperature food and are not suited for heating or storing warm food.
This Week's Share
This week's shares will include:
Food Bank Support
So far this season we've donated over 1,000 pounds of fresh produce to our local food banks through the Kawartha Lakes Food Source, all made possible by our CSA members. Thanks so much!