From Our Beet Reporters – CSA Report – Heritage Prairie Market
August is the height of the summer harvest, and my CSA box has never been more full. I’ve been a CSA subscriber for three years, but this is my first year with Heritage Prairie Farm in La Fox, IL. Actually, this is the first year that Heritage Prairie Farm has offered a CSA. This past Wednesday I picked up box 11 out of a 25 week season:
1 Bunch Beets
1 Bunch Kale
1 Bunch Leeks
5 Slicing Cucumbers
1 Bag Pickling Cucumbers
4 Small Zucchini
4 Small Yellow Summer Squash
5 Japanese Eggplant
2 Small Leaf Lettuce Heads
1 Bag Purple Basil
1 Fennel Bulb
6 Tomatoes – mix of heirloom and plum
Phew! Right off the bat, the kale was baked into kale chips, and the eggplant went into a baba ganoush. The fennel, tomatoes and some of the leeks went into a soup. My son actually loves to snack on the pickling cucumbers raw, so I’ve been saving those for him. The rest of the produce has been working it’s way slowly into meals. The vegetables have been coming to us in such good shape that I’m finding they last in the refrigerator for quite some time; I’m happy that I don’t feel pressured to work through everything immediately after opening the box.
Sadly, I left for the weekend without the watermelon. I’m looking forward to enjoying that when I get back into town!
Heritage Prairie Farm also sells produce weekly at the Chicago Green City Market, and at the Geneva Green Market.