All of a sudden its feeling like monsoon season. We have had a lot of rain at the farm, and unfortunately the strength and volume at which it has been coming down is not good for tomatoes. When tomatoes (and sometimes melons) get a sudden deluge of water then tend to split. See picture below.
I manged to pick a bunch of the larger red and yellow tomatoes for Monday's share before the rain really started coming down. However, I am afraid Wednesday's share will be lacking in slicing tomatoes--whereas Mondays share will be minus the cherry tomatoes. Luckily the rain (keep my fingers crossed) has not effected much else, and in fact is great for the fall greens that were recently planted.
This weeks share includes:
Potatoes (red and fingerling)
Tomatoes (just a less than last week, especially on wednesday)
and the first of the cured Garlic
Parsley, Mint and Tomatillos
One note about the melons, all this rain increases the potential contamination of the melons from the soil (actually you will notice all the vegetables are muddier)-cut melon left at room temperature has the potential to harbor food born illness--click here for the Livestrong guide to safely preparing melon.
If you starting to get a little sick of this CSA share line up, next week will be a little different with some winter squash, cooking greens, and a few more new items. In the meantime here are two great recipe ideas for this weeks share.
Parsley and Garlic Roasted Fingerlings
Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes with Tangy Cucumber Yogurt