|Left, Hubbard blue and orange, right, Kabocha orange|
This is the second to last CSA basket of the year! It still has some of summer's great flavors - the tomatoes have been doing all right in their protected little spot, although not ripening very quickly. The weather forecast predicts a cold night for Saturday, so we may pick everything in the tomato patch Saturday afternoon. This could be the last taste of truly vine-ripened tomatoes.
Some of the Full Shares and the Single Shares are getting Hubbard Squash today. This is a very old American variety, said to be part of the Native Americans 'Three Sisters' plantings of corn, beans and squash. The Fulls mostly have a blue Hubbard, although some have Kabocha, the Singles have orange Hubbards. Now remember: for the Part Shares who have blue Kabocha 'Confection' - Winter Squash recipes are largely interchangeable! I like the look of this custard pie made with Hubbard squash - sounds like a family heirloom recipe. This Maple-Nut Hubbard side dish sounds really yummy, too - and simple! I think it would be great with pork! This weekend we're going to try this recipe for Sweet and Spicy Kabocha Squash - maybe with chicken.
We're sharing two of our favorite potatoes today! I think we've mentioned that 'Sangre' is the one we use the most, but today's choicest get used a lot, too! We've bagged up 'Linzer Deleketess', a beautiful old fingerling: waxy and dense, but beautiful nutty flavor. Great in tinfoil on the BBQ, great roasted - and make too much: they make awesome hash browns! 'German Butterball' is the other selection today. It's similar to Yukon Gold, which used to be a fav, but the flavor is just outstanding! Good for fries, boiling, mashing!
So, for the FULL SHARES: 4 lbs. Linzer fingerling potatoes, 4 lbs. German Butterball potatoes, garlic, lg. Hubbard or Kabocha squash, beets, Aunty Ruby's German Green tomato, slicer tomatoes, pint of mixed cherry/grape tomatoes, cucumber.
For the PART SHARES: 3 lbs. Linzer fingerling potatoes, 3 lbs. German Butterball potatoes, garlic, Kabocha 'Confection' winter squash, beets, Aunt Ruby's German Green tomato, slicer tomatoes, Husky Gold tomato, pint of cherry /grape tomatoes.
For the SINGLE SHARES: 2 lbs. Linzer fingerling potatoes, 2 lbs. German Butterball potatoes, garlic, Hubbard squash, beets, Husky Gold tomato, red slicer, pint of cherry/grape tomatoes.