Strawberries OR Peaches OR Plums If you get strawberries in your box this week, they are of the Chandler and Seascape varieties and should be eaten soon since we pick them ripe.  To store, leave them in the green basket inside of paper bag in fridge and wash only before consuming.  Please return the baskets to your delivery site so they can be reused.  The yellow peaches this week are from our orchard and so are the green-skinned and purple purple plums that may be in your box this week.  They are ripe and ready to eat, but to further ripen fruit, place them in a paper bag for a day or two.  Always wash before eating and enjoy!

Basil:  Some of you asked to be buried in basil , so we are attempting to do just that!  It is a succulent, oh-so-aromatic  herb that adds depth to many a dish and can be made into a tasty pesto  Store in plastic bag in fridge and use soon.

Cherry Tomatoes:  Enjoy this colorful mix of heirloom cherry tomatoes! These delicious candy-like treats are a welcome addition to any green salad, pasta salad, or as a quick snack.  Never store in fridge to maintain great flavor and texture.  Keep them on the counter and eat soon.

Heirloom Tomatoes:  We have Brandywine, Piriform, Lemon Boys, Copias, Purple Calabash and Green Zebras to name a few (see the website for photos of each).  These make a killer bruschetta or BLT sandwich.  The crew has picked them of varying ripeness so you will have some to enjoy today and some that will keep through the week.  These beauties should be stored on the counter to preserve the flavor and eaten soon.  Wash before eating and enjoy!

Shady Lady Tomatoes:  These are a great slicing variety with a lot of vine-ripe flavor.  Always store tomatoes on the counter, as putting them in the fridge will change their texture and flavor and store them "belly button" down.  Wash well before eating and enjoy the sweet taste of vine-ripe summer goodness!

Summer Squash:  With a delicate flavor, this zucchini can be quickly sauteed or steamed with just a touch of oil or butter and some fresh herbs.  It also goes well shredded in a salad or baked into bread.  Stores best in plastic bag in fridge and wash before eating.

Yellow Tapered Peppers:  These tasty yellow and orange peppers depart a mild flavor and irresistible crunch.  They are great eat raw in salads or roasted and add a special something to any summer dish.  Store in crisper in fridge and wash before eating.

Middle Eastern Cucumbers:   These cucumbers boast a slightly nutty flavor and an thin edible skin.  No need to peel these cucurbits!  They are amazing fresh in a salad or with a little lime, yogurt, and chile.  These are not waxed and may keep better wrapped in plastic in the fridge and wash before eating.  Delicious!

Mixed Hot Peppers:  This is a spicy mix of cayenne, cherry bomb, serranos, poblanos, middle eastern long, and jalapeno peppers (see our website for photos of each).  Adds a great kick to many summer meals and salsas.  Wear gloves when slicing to avoid getting the hot capsicum oil on your hands and remove seeds and membranes for less heat.  Store in crisper of fridge and wash before eating.

Black Bell Eggplant:*bonus extra*  This is a gift veggie to use or to share with a neighbor if you wish. We grew these through a weed fabric this season and they are producing quite well.  Store in crisper in fridge for best results.

Bunching Onions:  These young onions are great raw in salads or on sandwiches, in omelets, soups, curries, or stir-fries.  Use the tasty green tops, too! Wash well and remove bottom quarter-inch before consuming.

Tomatillos:  These beautiful self-packaged gems make an amazing green salsa (see our recipe archive online) and are a wonderful addition to tomato sauces: dry roast in a hot pan, stirring occasionally, until rather soft.  Take care not to burn!  Store in bag in fridge and remove papery skins before use.

Mixed Potatoes:  These are a mix of our Caribe, Purple Viking, Yellow Finn, German Butterball, and Yukon Gold potatoes.  They make a colorful potato salad or pretty roasted spud medley.  Store in fridge for best keeping and eat the skin for most nutrients. Wash well before eating and enjoy!