July is a busy month on the farm, and this July is no different. After a weekend of farm tours, I am definitely hitting the point of summer where some R&R would be lovely, but it will have to wait a bit. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Farm Tours this past weekend. Of all the years we have done tours, I think the weather was probably the best we have ever experienced this past weekend. Fingers crossed that we can have a repeat of great temps this coming weekend.

 

With about 14 hours at home from Sunday night to Monday morning, the idea of cooking or meal planning wasn’t high on my list. What makes the CSA program awesome is that even if I am not feeling like cooking or planning, the share makes me realize that I have to at least use what’s in the box so it doesn’t go to waste. The share this week is perfect for hot weather and meals that are quick and easy. Let’s take a look at some ideas of what you can use your produce for this week.

 

Sweet Corn: It’s here! Minnesota Sweet Corn season is just beginning and you are lucky enough to be some of the first to experience it. Corn on the grill is a great way to not heat up the house. Soak the corn a bit and then place on the grill for about 30 minutes, rotating regularly. Serve alongside burgers for the ultimate summer meal. If grilled corn isn’t your thing, bring a stock pot of water to a boil, place the corn in boiling water. Bring the water back to a boil for 3 minutes and your corn is done.

 

Cabbage: As a kid, I remember my mom making a Ramen and Cabbage salad each summer. Each summer I make it a couple of times as it is the perfect way to use up cabbage from the share. Give this recipe a try. I typically sub the vegetable oil for avocado or olive oil to make it a bit healthier. This salad keeps well in the fridge and is perfect for a light lunch option.

 

Tomatoes: Just last night the food choices were a little meager as I haven’t been to the grocery store in a while, so diced tomatoes with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil was the perfect addition to my dinner. Adding some fresh mozzarella or even burrata to the diced tomatoes would make an excellent weeknight treat.

 

Eggplant: Eggplant parmesan sounds AMAZING, but I likely won’t have time to execute that this week. Instead, I’m always a fan of some Baba Ganoush. Roasting the eggplant and turning it into a dip that can be used with the chub cukes or even as a topping on a protein such as chicken is a great way to use up the eggplant this week.

 

Onions: I seriously can’t get enough of these onions. Diced and sauteed, these make a great addition to stir fry or even alongside some roasted broccoli.

 

Broccoli: This doesn’t last too long as I will chop it up, toss it in olive oil and place it in the air fryer for some great roasted broccoli. Add in some sauteed onions and it is the perfect addition to lunch or dinner.

 

Spinach: There are so many ways to use spinach. I consume spinach every morning in my protein shake, but this spinach seems a bit too special to add it to a shake. Instead, I think I will just wilt it on the stove with a little butter and lemon juice. It will be perfect to enjoy with chicken or fish one night this week.

 

Chub Cucumbers: I encourage you all to give Grandma Punky’s refrigerator pickles a try with this batch of cucumbers. Since I will be making about 20 batches of pickles for farm tours this coming weekend, I think I will keep my mini cukes and enjoy them with the Baba Ganoush dip I plan on making.

 

English Peas: These peas bring me back to my childhood. I remember sitting on the front steps or on the back deck shelling peas. Personally, I think the best way to enjoy the peas is to shell them, steam them, and enjoy with a little salt and butter. To be honest, sometimes they don’t make it to the steaming part though. So, whether steamed or raw, I’ll enjoy these tonight as soon as I get home.

 

There you have it, week 4 of the CSA! Again, nothing is fancy, but there are countless ways to cook your way through the share this week. Now, I better go and order the rest of my groceries so I have food when I get home this evening. Have a great week!