Week #7 (7/14 & 17)

This week your basket contains: snap peas or snow peas, zucchini, cucumber, onions, new potatoes, garlic, cabbage (half shares), scallions (full shares), parsley (half shares), Swiss chard, tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, and SWEET PEPPERS

While the heat has abated, the effects on the garden persist.  Peas, broccoli and lettuce have more or less given up the ghost.  On the other hand, this is the earliest we have ever had tomatoes for everyone.  As always, these early harvests are small, but we are confident that larger harvests are not far off.  The sweet peppers are the first fruits that the plant set.  We took them off early in order to give the plants a better shot at green growth before they start pumping out the peppers.

When Polly sees Swiss chard, this is the dish she thinks of.  We hope you like it!

BAKED POLENTA WITH SWISS CHARD AND CHEESE

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 pound Swiss chard, thick stems and ribs removed, leaves cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips

3 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal) or yellow cornmeal

1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

2 large eggs
2 cups coarsely grated low-fat mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil 2-quart glass baking dish. Heat oil in heavy large deep skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté until tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in garlic and crushed red pepper, then chard; cover and cook until chard is tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Uncover; stir until any excess liquid in skillet evaporates. Season with salt and pepper.   Meanwhile, bring 3 1/2 cups water and salt to boil in heavy large saucepan. Gradually stir polenta into boiling water. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until polenta is very thick, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.  Whisk ricotta and eggs in bowl; whisk in 1 cup hot polenta. Stir ricotta mixture into polenta in saucepan. Spread half of polenta mixture in baking dish. Spread half of chard mixture over. Sprinkle with half of mozzarella. Repeat layering with remaining polenta, chard, and cheese. Bake until puffed and brown on top, about 45 minutes. Cool 30 minutes.

Always on the look-out for new ways to use summer squash, we were very happy when a subscriber sent this recipe to us.  Try it and let us know what you think.

ZUCCHINI HUMMUS

2 medium zucchini, peeled and chopped

½ cup tahini

⅓ cup lemon juice

⅓ cup olive oil

3 garlic cloves

1½ teaspoons cumin

Salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth. Serve with crisp raw veggies, such as carrots, celery sticks, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber slices, for dipping. From Skinnyms.com

HOT PEPPERS will be producing soon.  We do not give hot peppers unless you ask for them.  If you were on the list last year, we will give them to you as we can.  You can get on the hot pepper list by sending us an email.

BLUEBERRIES ARE ON HIATUS FOR A WEEK.  We are between varieties right now, and while the next one is getting ripe, we are not able to harvest this week.  To order a pint (for only $3) when they are ready, just let us know how many you  want with a simple email!

Polly’s flowers are hitting their stride!  Just email to order a fabulous bouquet of 25+ stems of a colorful mix of different flowers for only $7.

OUR NEXT SUBSCRIBER POT LUCK WILL BE ON SATURDAY, JULY 25TH 3-6 PM.  Come join the fun and enjoy pizza, people and Pumpkin Ridge!

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