Wow, I can’t believe we’re three months into our CSA with Sisters Hill Farm! Harvest season is clearly upon us and yesterday’s haul was, I think, the prettiest yet. I was also relieved that the eggplant situation was much more managable this week. Our distribution included 2 watermelons, 1 cantaloupe, 1 zucchini, 1 squash, 1 cucumber, 2 peppers (I picked one red, one green), 2 eggplant (Whew! Thank goodness it wasn’t 5 again.), 2 heads of lettuce and 3 leeks. Then I had to measure out various pounds of: swiss chard, tomatoes, beets, onions, carrots, garlic, and beans. Plus PYO scallions, dill, basil, cilantro, and 20 stems of flowers as usual.
A friend on Twitter was suprised that you can grow cantaloupe in New York. I was suprised that anyone would think you can’t! You can grow it right up to Zone 4, which extends well into northern Maine. Granted, you have to plant it well after the danger of frost has subsided, but sure — melon is a great summer crop and my uncle grew it in WMass when we were kids!
I haven’t really thought too hard about how I’ll use everything up. Assuming I can find tahini (where does Stop & Shop keep it? They have to stock it, I mean it’s a little hippie up here), I’m going to make baba ganoush for the party this weekend. Drew plans on making a sauce. Maybe I’ll do another jar of pickled beans and carrots. I think I’m going to figure out the best way to freeze the beets for beet cake another time. The rest I’ll figure out as I go along.