Walnut Run Farm
Dear CSA Member ,
In Crawford, Colorado, where we used to live, there was a saying that you had better lock your car in August or when you came back there would be fifty pounds of zucchini. That saying is probably true in any small town in the country right now. My favorite story about using zukes effectively though, is about a woman in Washington state successfully fighting off a bear with an overgrown squash from her garden. As you have probably guessed by now, we are including a few more zucchini in your share this week. While maybe not quite as impressive as fighting off a bear, we do offer a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread that is decadent and like chocolate cake. While I was researching the recipe, I found a useful tip. You can grate zucchini and freeze it to make this bread or other zucchini breads throughout the winter.
We are also including a flyer from fellow farmers Mike and Christie Badger. We wanted to include other ways to find amazing local food. They produce pastured raised chickens, turkeys and rabbit. Their product is so good and if you have not had fresh local chicken before you will be blown away. Chicken really does have flavor! Having raised chickens in the past, James and I can tell, it is very difficult to create such a quality product. It is really, really, really hard work and we are all so lucky to have Millside Farm creating exceptional food. They are definitely rockstars in my world!
On the farm this week, we are getting into the time of canning, freezing, drying, and pickling. We have bulk amounts of basil, thyme, Roma tomatoes, dill blossoms, and cherry tomotoes. Soon will we also have cucumbers, bean, and onions. Please let us know if you are ever interested in purchasing additional amounts to preserve. We offer our CSA members wholesale prices and can send the extra produce along with your box. Lamb, too! Please e-mail us with any questions on prices or details.
In this week’s share you will find:
- Lettuce Heads
- Roma Tomatoes- dice and cook down with garlic, basil, olive oil into an simple tomato sauce
- Heirloom Tomatoes- fresh, salsa, or with basil and mozzarella
- Green Beans- saute quickly with olive oil, garlic, a little bit of soy sauce, sliced almonds, 5-7 min
- Red Onions- grill or fresh in salad or salsa
- Basil- pesto, dry for winter, tomato salad or sauce
- Zucchini-grilled(we eat them this way with salad every other night) fritters, cake
- Cucumbers- fresh for breakfast, sliced with a little vinegar, salt, dill, or diced into salsa
I have included a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread Chocolate Zucchini Bread.
1 & 1/2 Cups Shredded Zucchini
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup high quality Unsweetened Cocoa Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash of salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Canola Oil or butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup packed Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
In a mixer, combine your oil, sugars and vanilla. Mix in your eggs and shredded zucchini. In a separate bowl, sift together your flours, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder. Slowly add this dry mixture into your wet mixture. Beat until combined. Mix in your chocolate chips.
Scrape your batter into a greased 9x5x3 loaf pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 50-65 minutes, or until done.
Next week we are offering bulk Romas, basil, thyme, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and lamb. Please e-mail me and let me know if you are interested in anything.