August is one of our favorite months on the farm, everything is in full swing and the rhythm of the farm just feels good this time of year. But really it's our favorite because it is full on tomato season in Vermont. You can push the season early and late with greenhouses, but really it's all about right now. Once the seed catalogs start showing up in early winter the tomato anticipation begins. Hundreds of varieties to choose from big red beefsteaks, heirlooms in every color and stripe you could dream, cute little cherry tomatoes, paste tomatoes for canning and cooking. This year we planted 26 different varieties of heirlooms, 6 combinations of grafted beefsteak tomatoes, 9 different cherry tomatoes and 2 paste tomatoes.
In the next couple of weeks we will have cherry tomatoes and heirlooms in your CSA share!
This evening for dinner I started off by making a really simple slaw-
-1 mini cabbage-sliced thin
-1 lime juiced
-pinch of salt
-1 T sugar
-1 T cumin
That led me to- beans and rice with veggies- I sautéed a red pepper, zucchini and scallions together and then added in back beans at the end. I made a quick fresh salsa to go with it-
-1-2 tomato chopped
-a little bit of scallion chopped
-Hot pepper or hot sauce
This week in your share-
Celery! Tomatoes, Scallion, Carrots, Potatoes, Lettuce
Herbs, Garlic, Beans!
Red or Purple pepper and your choice of 3 -
zucchini, summer squash, cucumber and cabbage