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Theme: The Little Guys
Cherry tomatoes, not unlike your average-sized tomato, come in countless seed varieties which sprout into myriad colors and flavors. This week's cherry tomatoes are from two different farms and will be in the orange and red family, though cherry toms have colors ranging from red and yellow right through to black varieties. They'll be just as flavorful as the larger varieties, and hold their shape much better in cooking. Cherry tomatoes are wonderful roasted, tossed with salad, or chopped into a chunky salsa. The San Francisco Chronicle has some great ideas for making the most of cherry tomato season. Cherry tomatoes are just like the small farms that grow them: small in size, big in heart. We love the little guys!

Kirby Cukes: 
Dill pickle spears (from the Daily News)  If you don’t like them sweet leave the sugar out.
Makes one quart. Prep time: 10 minutes; total time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • 4 to 6 Kirby cucumbers (about 1 pound), quartered lengthwise
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon dill seed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • Place cucumbers in a medium bowl.
In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients except the cucumbers with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar and salt dissolve; pour over cucumbers.
Use a small plate to submerge cucumbers in liquid. Refrigerate until cool, at least 2 hours.
To store: Transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate up to 2 weeks. To serve, remove from liquid.

GOAT CHEESE, PEOPLE, IT'S FANTASTIC. Goat cheese contains just 5 g of fat per 1-oz. serving, while cheddar cheese contains 9 g, half the saturated fat and NO CHOLESTEROL. Goat cheese is higher in vitamins D, K, thiamine and niacin than a serving of cow's cheese. Goat cheese: be about it.

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Nova Cherry Tomatoes are bright orange and have a sweet tomato flavor. A beautiful addition to tomato medley for their color.

Juliet Cherry Tomatoes are a mini Roma variety. Their rich flavor is great for adding to salads or using in salsa! 
both from Farm at Miller's Crossing (IPM)

Some combination of peaches that include:
White Peaches A summer delight. Luscious, juicy peaches are great for fresh eating, of course, but they also make a fantastic dessert when thrown on the grill and served warm with whipped cream—delicious! More floral than yellow peaches.
Yellow or White Saturn Peaches also known as doughnut peaches, are smaller and flatter than yellow peaches and have a more mellow flavor. 
Fix Brothers Farm (FAM)

Note: Because of the cold winter this is a tough year for peach growers.  The yields are much lower than normal.
Yellow Beets Mildly sweet compared to its red sibling. Roasting caramelizes the beet and tastes divine. Dagele Brothers Farm (IPM)
Watermelon Radish The most beautiful of all radishes. Crisp, firm flesh with a slight peppery taste and almond-sweet notes. Not as "radish-y" as other radishes. They really look like watermelons - no kidding. Try them sliced thin and roasted...pink potato chips! Migliorelli Farm (IPM)
White Mushrooms For a great side dish, all you need is 1/4 cup of white wine, a clove of garlic, some rosemary, olive oil, and a pan. Add the wine after the mushrooms are cooked. Bulich Family Mushroom Farm (OG)
Kirby Half the size of a regular cucumber, kirbies make the best pickles. Also great raw—their thin skin doesn't need to be peeled. Try with yogurt, thinly sliced onions, and mint. Dagele Brothers Farm (IPM)
Corn is summer. Friday folks are getting corn from the farm that gives us copies of off-beat novels whenever we pick up orders there, must be something to do with the name... Story Farm (FAM)
Rainbow Carrots A colorful, versatile standard. Roasted, steamed, marinated, or raw, you can't go wrong with some fun colors on your plate. Dagele Brothers Farm (IPM)

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: Scallions, Dill, Onions Dagele Brothers Farm (IPM)
  • Fruit: White Peaches, Doughnut Peaches Fix Brothers Farm (FAM)
  • Cheese: Garlic & Herb Chevre R&G Cheesemakers
  • Bread: Whole Wheat Loaf Cafe Le Perche
  • Pasta: Plain Spirals Knoll Crest 

Recipes
Cherry Tomatoes
Sautéed Tomatoes with Arugula Pesto and Feta
Slow-Roasted Tomatoes
Tomato and Beet Salad
Beets
6 Gorgeous "Candy Cane" Beet Recipes 
Beet Chips
Arugula Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese
Caramelized Beets
Roasted Yellow Beets and Carrots with Sage
Grilled Beets
Summer Borscht
Watermelon Radish
Glazed Watermelon Radishes
Bejing Radish Salad
Sweet Pickled Onion Watermelon Radish Salad
Kirby Cucumbers
Japanese Cucumber Salad
Quick Pickles
Cucumbers with Black-Eyed Peas
Pickles, Cucumber & Dill
Carrots
Roasted Balsamic Carrots
Sesame Carrot Salad
Butter Roasted Carrots with Thyme
Honey-glazed Carrots
Baked Carrot Oven Fries

Storage
  • Tip: Any item you would cook, you can also freeze.
  • Pasta people! Keep it in the fridge 4-5 days or freeze it.
  • Peaches: a day or two to ripen in the pantry, then into the fridge for MAX 5 days. To speed 'em up keep them in a paper bag.  Works for pretty much all fruit.
  • Any green needs to be as dry as possible, wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic bag and kept in the fridge crisper.

Key for growing methods:
  • CO - Certified Organic
  • OG - Organically Grown (farm uses organic methods but does not have Certification).
  • IPM - Integrated Pest Management (methods used to reduce the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers)
  • FAM - Family farm (farm often uses organic and IPM methods but may also use chemical fertilizers and pesticides. As a general rule small farms use far fewer chemicals than large industrialized operations).
  • Non-GMO - None of our products are GMO.
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