What’s in your box today (consume in order of appearance on this list!): Heirloom Tomatoes:  We have Black Brandywines, Red Brandywines, Piriform, Lemon Boys, Copias, Purple Calabash, and Green Zebras just to name a few.  They are of varying ripeness with the intention that you will have some that are perfectly ripe to eat right away and some that will be great in the following days. Please note that some of the heirloom varieties are green and are ripe. These are from our transitional fields, so they are not certified organic. Please contact us with questions about transitional produce & organic certification; we’re happy to explain how we keep the items separate. We finally entered our third year of transition to organic on our leased piece of land — we’ll be able to have the parcel certified Nov. 2010!  Store on counter upside down (never in fridge!). Tomatoes are famously fragile, so please make sure you eat them soon!

Cherry Tomatoes: These oh-so-delicious little treats are a welcome addition to any green salad, pasta salad, or as a quick snack. These are from our transitional fields (see above) and are not certified organic.  Never store in fridge to maintain great flavor and texture.  Keep them on the counter and eat soon.

Shady Lady Tomatoes: These are a wonderful slicing variety with lots of flavor. These are from our transitional fields (see above) and are not certified organic.  Store on counter (never in fridge!) and eat soon.  These will last longer than the heirloom tomatoes.

Asian Pears:  The Asian pears come from our friends and neighbors at Terra Firma Farm and are certified organic. To ripen fruit if slightly firm, store in a paper bag on the counter for a couple of days.  Store ripe fruit in fridge, and wash before eating

Basil: Yum! It’s gorgeous, succulent, and oh-so-aromatic! Please keep in mind that we are growing three different varieties this year (a large, curly variety called Genovese; a narrow-leaved variety called Lemon Basil; and a regular, Italian Large-Leaf basil). Adds depth to many dishes. Use soon. Store in plastic bag in fridge. Keep dry and remove blackened leaves.

Grapes:  These delicious fruits are from our friends at Smit Orchards in Linden and are certified organic. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge and wash before eating.

Summer Squash OR Cucumbers: Some of you will receive summer squash and others will receive cucumbers this week.  The squash can add a special something to any sauté, soup, or bread.  The cucumbers are the smaller, wider variety and there is no need to peel them as they are thin-skinned and ready to eat (after washing, of course).  Store in plastic bag in crisper of fridge.

Onions:  From our transitional fields (see tomatoes above). These onions are bunched & ready to eat! Peel outer leaves & wash. Great raw or cooked. Store in fridge.

Eggplant:  These are absolutely gorgeous!  The best way to draw out bitterness  is to cube it & cover with a lot of salt (in a bowl). Let sit for 20+ minutes. Wash off salt & sauté or otherwise cook.  Store in fridge crisper for best results.

Serrano Chiles: We are throwing a couple of these in your box this week to spice things up!  They add great flair to many a dish!  You are getting the ripe red version which are excellent for using right away or for drying.  To dry, take off the stem, cut open, remove seeds, and let air dry in a windowsill...that is, if you don't just eat them right away!

Gypsy Peppers:   We just love those sweet little gypsy peppers.  They are great sauteed, roasted, or raw. To roast peppers, place over flame on stove (or in broiler).  Rotate so entire pepper is blackened.  Remove from the heat and place in a bowl with lid/plate covering it.  When cool enough to touch, rinse off blackened skin.  Store in crisper in fridge and wash before use.

Potatoes:  You may get either the larger Yukon Gold or the smaller German Butterball potatoes in your box this week.  Both are deliciously creamy varieties.  Store these in the fridge and eat the skin for most nutrients! Wash before eating.  So good!