This week’s share basket is your Salsa Fiesta share! Everything included can be chopped up and mixed together to make a fantastic fresh salsa. In your basket you will find tomatoes, scallions, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, sweet peppers, and cherry tomatoes. The only extra ingredients you might like to add are a splash of lemon or lime juice, salt, fresh ground pepper, or even a dash of ground cumin. If you have veggies kicking around from last week that would be good in a stir fry, sauté them up and use them as a base for burritos with some grated cheese, sour cream, green chilis, avocado, beans, rice, lettuce, and anything else you enjoy on a burrito! You could use some of your garlic to make guacamole to accompany your burrito. . . A tasty idea if you ask me!
Fresh salsa is a great side for so many dishes especially because it is incredibly tasty, low in fat, and high in vitamins. One medium tomato has only 25 calories and is high in Vitamins A and C. Sweet peppers are also high in Vitamin C. Garlic is world renowned for it’s amazing medicinal uses as well as culinary uses. Garlic contains health promoting phyto-nutrients that have proven to be beneficial for coronary heart disease, fighting infection, and treating cancer. Many of these qualities are attributed to raw garlic, and a fresh salsa is a great way to eat your raw garlic and love it! Research has also found that cilantro is high in vitamins and minerals as well as health promoting anti-oxidant flavonoids. A serving of cilantro leaves can provide 30% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake and 225% of your daily vitamin A intake! Jalapenos as well are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate. As you can see, salsa is an amazing food that is so good for you on so many levels. I like to use salsa as a side with rice or baked potato as well as with more traditional Mexican and South American foods.
Are you tired of cherry tomatoes as a snack or on salad? I don’t think that ever happens to me, but if you would like to try something new check out our Cherry Tomato Sauce recipe. You can find it under “tomatoes” at our recipe page on our website.
Things are going well here at the farm. . . we are trucking along to keep up with harvesting, weeding, and planning for the fall. We are very excited to have received a grant from Somerset Economic Development Corporation to bury two shipping containers, build a washing/packing house, and buy a tractor seeder and flame weeder. We were selected as one of just a few farms to receive the grant, which will allow us to expand production for the growing food hub in Skowhegan (and beyond really!). We are thrilled about the grant, but also realize that we now have an additional big project to take on this fall amongst many other pressing priorities. We always seem to find a way though! It is just 6 weeks until our new baby joins our family. We are incredibly excited, but also a bit overwhelmed as many things need to fall into place before this baby is born. We have our potato, squash, and onion harvests as well as our fall storage carrots and beets. We may have a potato digging party, which we will be sure to let you know about if you might be interested in a day of work at the farm! As the nights and days are getting cooler we are reminded that the end of the season is not long off. It is always a bitter sweet time for us. Common Ground Fair looms just around the corner and that is certainly the beginning of the end each year.
Just as a reminder, we will be sending an evaluation to your via email once the season ends in October. Your feedback is so critical to the changes we make in future years so be thinking about your praise and suggestions as the season passes so that you can share those comments with us. Also, please remember to return your blue baskets!! We would really appreciate it!
Have a great week. . .