Most of the other CSA subscribers pick up their weekly produce boxes at the Millers’ farm, the nice folks who organized our CSA. I normally pick up our CSA box directly at the growers’ farm, since I live closer to them. Last week’s potluck must have thrown a wrench in the works, because somehow my box accidentally got shipped up to the Millers. Mr. Byler was very apologetic, and put together another box for me while I waited.
Rachel, Mr. Byler’s wife, usually puts the boxes together. Each week we receive a half-bushel box which is solidly full, but never overflowing. I think Mr. Byler felt a bit embarassed about sending my box on with the others, because he not only filled my box so full that the flaps were stuck open, but he also gave me a bag with 14 ears of corn in it.
The peppers are definitely in season. This week’s box has several different varieties, and they’re all turning red, which I think is the best stage. I like bell peppers with some color in them.
The box for Week 13 has:
- a quart (2 #) of green beans
- a pint (12 oz) of cherry tomatoes
- 4 tomatoes (2 pounds)
- 4 “tomato peppers” (1 pound)
- 2 bell peppers
- 1 red pepper
- 4 banana peppers (1 pound)
- 3 cubanelle-esque peppers (1 pound)
- 1 small hot pepper
- 14 ears of corn
- and 2 of the biggest onions I’ve ever seen
See what I mean? This onion weighs 2 1/2 pounds. That’s just crazy.
I have already sliced a tomato and made a sandwich of it on homemade sourdough bread, which deserves a post – and I even took pictures for one. Give me a day or so and I’ll tell you all about that, plus making a delicious plum brandy.
Harvest time in the midwest US is a glorious thing.