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Theme: Japanese Eggplant, the Long & Slim of it
Japanese Eggplant is a long, slim variety with thin skin, minimal seeds and a delicate flavor. This fruit (did you know eggplant is a fruit?) is one of the best eggplant varieties for grilling. Check the eggplant section for NY Times grill tips (they really report on everything). Here's a funky recipe we stumbled upon inspired by Filipino cuisine: Eggplant Slices Dipped in Egg. As always, recipes at the bottom of the page!
 
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Japanese Eggplant is a good starter eggplant. Here's a great piece about grilling eggplant from the New York TimesStoneledge Farm (CO)
Cantaloupe Slice in half, remove the seeds, and scoop some yogurt and granola or blueberries into the bowl-like center of the fruit. No dishes! Photo from our farmer friend at Davenport Farm (IPM)

Ripe? Use your nose...sniff where stem was attached...if it smells like cantaloupe you are good to go...if not, wait.  
Green Beans These cook in under 10 minutes. Add lemon, garlic and butter. Easy. Do not wash until ready to use. You can freeze green beans—blanch for 3 minutes, plunge in cold water for 3 minutes, drain, drop in a plastic bag and in the freezer they go. Markristo Farm (CO)
Blueberries A sweet, simple snack. Greig Farm (OG)
HEIRLOOM SUMMER SQUASH MIX, you may get any of the following, pictured left to right:
1. Sunbeam Squash is easy to harvest, but more attractive than your average yellow squash.
2. Yellow Straight Necks are flavor and long and skinny yellow squash.
3. Alexandria are a beautiful green color, and very popular in the Middle East.
4. Sunburst Patty Pan Squash The name "pattypan" sounds a bit silly for this variety of summer squash. Its French name, pâtisson, derives from a Provençal word for a cake made in a scalloped mold (will seem obvious when you get a look at them!) 
from the Farm at Miller's Crossing (IPM) ( FRIDAY & Common Hands (OG))
Lettuce Put fresh salads on your table as often as you can. For a more filling and flavorful boost add roasted nuts, died cranberries, roasted sunflower seeds, shaved parmesan, or chick peas. Continental Organics (OG)
Sweet Corn Try grilling your corn instead of boiling it. We're all about the grill this week. Davenport Farm (IPM)

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: Summer Savory (spicy & peppery, kicks up mild flavors without overpowering, is a major player in Herbs de Provence) & Edible Flowers Letterbox Collective (OG)
  • Fruit: Red Sugar Plums Kleinkill Fruit Farms (FAM)
  • Cheese: Sharp Cheddar Palatine Valley Dairy
  • Bread: Baguette Cafe Le Perche
  • Pasta: Sweet Red Pepper Shells Knoll Crest 

Recipes
Eggplant
Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Stacks
Smoky Eggplant Spread
Szechuan Spicy Eggplant
Grilled Vegetable Kabobs
Plums
Honey-Lavender Plum Gratin 
Shrimp and Plum Kabab
Plum Chutney
Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums
Green Beans
Blue Cheese Walnut Green Beans
Garlic Lemon Green Beans
Braised Green Beans and Summer Vegetables
Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans
Herbed Green Beans with Feta
Pesto Green Beans and Tomatoes
Summer Green Bean Salad
Squash
Grill it!
Roasted Summer Squash
Summer Squash Sauté
Salad Dressing
Essentials

Storage
  • Tip: Any item you would cook, you can also freeze.
  • Pasta people! Keep it in the fridge 4-5 days or freeze it.
  • Plums: 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 prety much all fruit.
  • Cantaloupe: pantry for a couple days until ripe, then into the fridge for 7-10 days.
  • Eggplant: wrap in plastic and refrigerate, up to about 8 days.
  • 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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