We hope everyone’s enjoying the season’s bounty! Apologies for not finding time to post last week, but here are this week’s ABCs, with a combination of requests and offers:
A is for apples. We have a (or should I say several?!) virtually insatiable appetite for apples here on them, and not enough trees to satisfy our need. If any of you (especially in the Battlefords region) have more apples than you can use, or know anybody else who does, we would be delighted to come and pick them for you.
B is for basil. Our basil plants are looking lovely and we would like to share the bounty. If you would like pesto-making quantities of basil, just let us know and we will send it with your next veggie order.
C is for corn, cucumbers, and cats. The corn is ready! We’ve sent a goodly amount this week, and look forward to more for weeks to come. Cukes are also ready, and after last week’s teaser, they are now in full production. We only picked 2/3 of one of our two rows on Sunday, sent ample amounts (about a dozen per order), and had a pile left over. If you would like more cukes with your next order (for sliced pickles or just because you eat a ton of cucumbers), just let us know!
It’s unfortunate that kitten doesn’t start with C, because that is the cat I am referring to. You may recall my mentioning in an earlier post that the farm cats had kittens this spring. It took us a while to find them, but when we did there were four adorable kittens. They have been the highlight of just about every child’s visit to the farm this summer, and one of the little sweeties (the one featured in the photo above) is still looking for a home. Let us know if you, or someone you know, would be interested in adopting him!
And finally, Z is for zucchini. As with the cucumbers, we are harvesting more than we are sending (which you might find hard to believe!). If you are interested in receiving an additional giant zucchini or two with your next order, please let us know.
You can respond to any of the above by commenting on this blog post, emailing, texting, or phoning.
As for recipe ideas, one of our Saskatoon members has started a facebook page, In Season in Saskatchewan: Share Recipes! with tips for dealing with the bounty of the season. We encourage you to check it out! And don’t forget to check previous posts and the recipes section of this blog. Here is another recipe I’ve been serving frequently this summer (also from Simply in Season):
Squash and Basil Salad
3-4 medium squash, julienned
2-3 Tbsp fresh basil, minced
3-4 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Toss together, then top with the dressing below. Chill one hour before serving. Best eaten the same day.
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp sugar
minced garlic to taste