Veggie Tips

Basil: This basil has a few flowers, but don’t throw them out! Basil flowers can be sprinkled on salad or pasta. They are totally edible and taste similar to the leaves — perhaps a bit milder. Don’t store your basil in a wet bag. It needs to be cool and dry. You can even put it in a jar like a bouquet, on the counter (in a cool place).

Acorn Squash:  The first of our hard squash harvest is in your box this week.  Later, you will get butternut, red kabocha and other varieties. At the beginning of the squash season we often simply bake the squash, slice it up when it comes out of the oven, and serve it.  Once at the farmers market a gentleman said to me, “I just need food in the CSA box that I can cook quickly and serve for dinner to my kids.” I think there were some obscure things in the box that week and he wasn’t sure that they qualified.  Well, acorn squash probably does qualify.

Tokyo Turnips: Mild and tender with just a little spice.  These are good raw or lightly cooked.  They don’t need to be peeled.  When they are raw, you can have them with a dip, or dice them into a salad..  Don’t miss out on the delicious greens — they also cook quickly. Try this soup.