(CSA members will receive 6-8 items from the following list)
FRESH CUT HERBS
The recent weather catastrophes in the south remind us to think about the agricultural community at large. The vast expanse of vegetable, fruit, livestock, dairy, fisheries and hydroponic farms all came under stress. The food supply chain is being seriously challenged. In Houston we have thousands of grocery warehouses and stores, restaurants, food service centers for hospitals, school and retirement communities that need to be cleaned or closed and restocked – from fixtures to product. In the days following the Houston storm we saw local shortages of bottled water, disposable diapers, pet food and first aid supplies as these items were re-directed to the disaster area. Our local produce sections were ‘light’ as the distribution of product from the affected states was interrupted. The Florida situation will only exacerbate the coming shortages of fresh produce & product from those area directly affected by the storms. We see damage to the Florida citrus, tomato and greenhouse crops. Texas provides a significant amount of dairy, beef and rice. Georgia has large egg productions that have been interrupted along with their sweet potato & onion crops. Agriculture provides a large base of income and employment for the residents of three states. North & South Carolina are also adversely affected.
Recovery from ground water contamination and wind damage will take a bit of time. We certainly hope they have a speedy recovery – it will show up on everyone’s plate.
Our season this year was certainly wet and warm. Now that we are moving towards fall the leafy greens are bouncing back as the temperatures begin to cool. We are excited for the change and look forward to some good eating with apples, winter squash, lettuces & salads and sweet potatoes – wow.
We hope you enjoy your box this week – please check out our Facebook page for some additional recipes & ideas for radishes.
We are coming to a close for the summer season – we thank you for your subscription. Many thanks to the folks that have renewed for fall.
Click here to see the winner of the fall CSA contest and check out Farmer Pam on our Facebook page.
Easy Garlic Kale
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- Soak kale leaves in a large bowl of water until dirt and sand begin to fall to the bottom, about 2 minutes. Lift kale from the bowl without drying the leaves and immediately remove and discard stems. Chop the kale leaves into 1-inch pieces.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until sizzling, about 1 minute. Add kale to the skillet and place a cover over the top.
- Cook, stirring occasionally with tongs, until kale is bright green and slightly tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze Recipe
- 2 pounds red beets, medium sized, scrubbed clean, green tops removed (see beet greens recipe for what to do with beet greens)
- Olive oil
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- Freshly ground black pepper
Waffle Iron Apple Crisp