I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how hard hit Roxbury Farm, my CSA, was by Irene. So you may be wondering how they’re still providing us with a pretty decent share each week, while whole fields of crops were lost. First, you’ll notice there are no greens left in the share — no lettuces, no kale, no herbs, etc. And, the farm decided to eliminate their separate winter share option — for an extra $100, you could order a substantial amount of storage vegetables such as potatoes, turnips, and so on. Roxbury refunded the money members paid for a winter share, and are instead divvying up those allotted vegetables as part of the 2011 regular share instead. They’re hoping to make up for the shortfall of expected produce by reallocating the vegetables that did weather the storm in this way.
So, this week we received 1 quart of beefsteak tomatoes (small ones), a basket of potatoes, 2 jalapenos, 1 pint of Ping Pong tomatoes, 1 acorn squash, 1 eggplant, 4 Carmen peppers, 2 poblano peppers, 1 bag of carrots, and 3 onions.
We’ve been enjoying eating the Carmen peppers raw — they’re very sweet and perfect for snacking. I made last week’s potatoes into Oven-Baked Potato Chips, and may try that again with a flavor variation. We didn’t get through all of last week’s tomatoes yet, and now we have another large batch, so I am planning to make Smitten Kitchen’s Slow-Roasted Tomatoes today. I think J. will love them.