Tips from Dena 1-18-13

You may notice some black spots on your grape tomatoes. I spoke with farmer Matt; he says they have been keeping the greenhouse tightly closed due to such cold temperatures and the heavy condensation results in “rain” that contains greenhouse soil. He tells me that they don’t wash the tomatoes because it adds bacteria, so give them a good rinse yourself. Matt and his group have had some technical problems – a hard freeze killed off all their greens; both lettuce and cooking greens, so we are being patient waiting for the new crops to mature. All while being very grateful for this fresh organic produce in the dead of winter. 

If you are having trouble keeping up with the sweet winter squash, remember that you can cook it and freeze the pulp for use later in pies, custards or soups. Member Donna just made a yummy, colorful soup of butternut squash, kale, onions, garlic and kidney beans. Luck for us, the combos are infinite! 

The Patagonia citrus is a sweet bright shot on these cold days – the navel oranges are pretty close to perfect.

Even though we are almost three weeks in, Happy New Year! Lots of change already to keep us on our toes.



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