Greetings!!! We have been busy as ever and apologize for missing a few weeks. We are back to doing some farmer markets and festival on the weekends. We participated in Rivertown Days in Bainbridge and in Tallahassee the First Annual Vegfest at Cascades Park. Always enjoy meeting new and greeting familar customers! Thankful that we have a lot of new CSA members so read below for some helpful information on CSA's. To show our thanks for letting Harvest Moon and McClellan Organics be "your farmer" We are offering a 10% discount on all items when you shop in our market during an active membership!!! This includes our jams, jellies, honey, fresh produce, dairy products and even our cookbooks! The farms are doing great! McClellan Organics is starting to pick a variety of delicious veggies (strawberries, chard, collards, kale and romaine lettuce) and who gets to get first dibs on them? but you, our lucky CSA customers. Harvest Moon is still harvesting cucumbers and has completed the planting of yellow squash (ready in 6 weeks). You may look for these items along with pears, bananas, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, rainbow carrots, cucumbers and onions in your box this week.
Summer Eggplant Parmigiana Serves 4
2- large eggplants
1-2 glugs of grape seed oil
sea salt and Black pepper
For the topping:1 cup panko bread crumbs
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese grated.
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil.
fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
A pinch of red flake peppers (optional)
For the warm tomato salad:2 cups of a combination of cherry and sun gold tomatoes.
2-3 sprigs of fresh Basil
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 large garlic cloves thinly sliced
3 tablespoons Seasoned Rice Vinegar.
(Rice Vinegar goes so well with the sweetness of the tomatoes. Since this little tomatoes are so sweet, you need to balance the acidity , and the seasoned rice vinegar pairs fantastic , bringing all the notes together, sweet, salty and tangy.)
salt and fresh black pepper to taste.
Preparation method:1. Preheat the oven 450F/ 230C
2. Cut the eggplants length wise and score them with a pairing knife.Rub the eggplants with some olive oil or grape seed oil, season them with salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
3. Place the eggplants on a baking sheet and roast them for about 15-18 minutes.
Tips for Potential or New Harvest Moon Market CSA Members:
Don't expect all your produce to come from the CSA
Most CSAs do not provide families with enough fruit to meet their usual intake. Many don't provide any fruit at all, so it is good to ask what to expect in that regard. Depending on the size of your family and how much you cook, you will probably find that you need to supplement the vegetables as well, especially staples like onions, garlic, and carrots.
(Harvest Moon has at least one or more fruits each week in our boxes and usually have onions and carrots knowing these are common staples)
If you are not used to eating seasonally, do some research.
If you are not accustomed to eating seasonally, you may find that it takes a while to make a transition from eating whatever is at the grocery store (pretty much everything) to whatever is in your CSA basket (what's in season). It may surprise you to find that tomatoes do not ripen until August in your area. You should expect the season to start off lighter than it finishes. In most areas, the first crops will be salad greens, peas, green onions and the like. By the end of the season, the boxes should be much heavier, with things like winter squash, potatoes, tomatoes, and broccoli. Many farms provide a list of what produce to expect when. It's worth reading. If they don't offer you such a list, ask.
(One good thing with our CSA is Harvest Moon's greenhouse which operates 10 months out of the year even during the winter months which means delicious pesticide free tomatoes weekly!)
Quantity varies – good to ask up front.
When filling the weekly CSA baskets, farmers try and provide a variety of items, in a reasonable quantity. They don't want to be skimpy, and they don't want to overwhelm their members. Too much of even a good thing, and it ends up going to waste, which makes everyone feel bad. Over time, farmers develop a feel for how much is the right amount for their particular community – what's fair, what's reasonable, what will get eaten. Of course, the weather and other mitigating circumstances can get in the way of their ability to provide the ideal amount, as discussed above. One of the most important questions to ask before you sign up is, "About how much produce do you expect to deliver each week, and how does that vary from the beginning of the season to the end?"
(We welcome you to visit us and let us show you the three different sizes to choose from, plus we have an example of each size box on our web site www.harvestmoonmarketllc.com )
If you want to preserve food for winter, ask.
Some farms allow members to get extra quantities of certain vegetables for canning or freezing. If this is something that interests you, talk to the farmer early in the season.
(Many of our customers can or preserve vegetables and we welcome the opportunity to help you with getting the quantity and type of produce for your needs. If we are not growing it, we have the connections to order your vegetables for you at wholesale prices)
Make sure you understand the policies.
Farms differ in their policies regarding what happens with your box if you don't pick it up (e.g. vacation, something-came-up, I forgot, etc.) Make sure you know how these situations are dealt with, before the season starts
(We want to work WITH you, so if you notify us before delivery day, we gladly hold your subscription for that week and "roll it over" till the next week!)
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