This is something new we’re doing with our brand-new system! We will be posting the accurate list of each day’s box contents here, so you can double-check against the contents of your box! What’s in your box today (consume in order of appearance on this list!):

Heirloom Tomatoes: Summer is officially here now that the tomatoes are and they are delicious! We have Black Brandywines, Red Brandywines, Piriform, Lemon Boys, 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!

Shady Lady OR Roma Tomatoes: These are from our transitional fields (see above) and are not certified organic.  As stated above, we are putting in your boxes a mixture of ripeness of tomatoes.  These are a slightly heartier slicing/saucing tomatoes.  Store on counter (never in fridge!) and eat soon.  These will last longer than the heirloom tomatoes.

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.

Strawberries: So sweet & tasty! Store in fridge in green basket in paper bag or in closed plastic container with a damp paper towel. Wash only when ready to use. Eat soon. Please return green baskets to your delivery site in an orderly fashion!

Cucumber:  An extra veggie for you this week!  This is just a sample of the amazing middle eastern cucumbers we have in the field.  No need to peel these--they are deliciously thin-skinned and never waxed!  Store in plastic bag in crisper of fridge.

Tomatillos:  These beautiful little self-packaged gems make an amazing green salsa 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.  Remove from their papery skins before use.

Plums :  You may receive either black plums or some of the Emerald Beaut variety and boy are they amazing!  Don’t be fooled- they actually have green skin on the outside and yellow flesh on the inside so they are ripe and ready to eat.  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. YUM!

Summer Squash:  Store in fridge in plastic bag.  Can damage easily but adds a special something to any sauté, soup, or bread.

Eggplant:  An extra bonus veggie for you this week! They just keep producing more and more, so we are sending you extras in your box with the intention that you can share with friends or neighbors. 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.

Peppers: Oh how we love peppers!  You will receive a green bell and some sweet gypsy peppers in your box this week. Keep in the crisper for best results and wash before use.  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.  Delicious!

Golden Beets:  From our transitional fields (see tomatoes above).   These beautiful beets are milder in flavor than red beets and don't "bleed".  They have a subtle but excellent flavor and are wonderful in salads.  Store in plastic bag in fridge and wash well before eating.

Carrots:  Incredibly sweet and tender!  These are from our transitional fields (see tomatoes above) meaning they are not certified organic. Remove greens from roots before storage. Keep roots in plastic bag in fridge for best storage.  Wash well before eating (as always), and enjoy.

Potatoes:  Store these in the fridge and eat the skin for most nutrients! Wash before eating.  So good!