What a great way to start the week. This is what was delivered to our door this morning. It's like receiving an incredible gift every other Monday: you know you're going to love it, and you know generally what it will be, but at least part of it will be a surprise.
Like those dates, for example. What a nice surprise! And I was expecting tomatoes, but look at them. They're gorgeous. I'm going to make the incomparable "Tomato Tart with Parmesan Crust" tonight for the 4th or 5th time this summer. It might be my last chance. Click here if you missed that recipe. It really is divine, and it's simple too.
Here's what we got, roughly clockwise from the back: Frog Skin melon, red peppers, white scallop squash and yellow squash, sun gold tomatoes, green beans, pluot, nectarines, cookie, crimson grapes, heirloom tomatoes, dates, caliope eggplant, white garlic, red onions, red butter lettuce, baby carrots, and watermelon.
I'll post a recipe that will use up all your late summer produce below this post (hint: it's the name of a Pixar film), plus an article called "30 Days of Ripe Tomatoes" for all of you who grow your own and can't eat them fast enough.
It's almost impossible NOT to eat healthfully when you get a CSA delivery. Produce this fresh makes it easy to turn down the junk.
Are you a member of a CSA or do you go to a Farmer's Market? Either way, you're supporting local farmers, and doing a big service for the environment and for your health. Please share your thoughts, plus preparation ideas for anything you see in this photo in the Comments section.