Strawberries: These berries were just picked on Wednesday morning and should be eaten within a day or two. Keep them in the fridge to maintain freshness. Please return the baskets to your delivery site so they can be reused. Enjoy! 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. Do not store them in fridge; keep on them on the counter to maintain great flavor and texture.

Heirloom Tomatoes: We have Brandywines, Piriform, Lemon Boys, Copias, Purple Calabash and Green Zebras just to name a few. These make a killer bruschetta, fresh Caprese salad, or BLT sandwich.   These beauties should be stored on the counter (belly button down) and eaten soon. Wash well and enjoy!

Mixed Lettuce: Enjoy these fresh greens for salads and sandwiches! It is a mix of red-leaf, green-leaf and Romaine lettuces. Store in plastic bag in fridge and wash well before consuming.

Roma, Shady Lady or Early Girl Tomatoes: The Shady Lady and Early Girl tomatoes are great slicing varieties with a lot of vine-ripe flavor, and the Romas are a tasty paste tomato that is great for sauce! Always store tomatoes on the counter “belly button” down. Wash before eating and enjoy!

Basil: It is a succulent, oh-so-aromatic herb that adds depth to many a dish! Keep your basil in a plastic bag in the fridge. If you can’t use it all this week, we suggest making pesto and freezing it for later.

Grapes or Melon: Our very own grapes are making their first appearance in the boxes! They should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within a few days. Do not wash them until you are ready to eat them. The melons are juicy and fragile and should also be stored in the fridge and eaten soon.

Middle Eastern Cucumbers: These cucumbers boast a slightly nutty flavor and an edible skin. There’s no need to peel these cucurbits! They are refreshing in a salad or with a little lime, yogurt, and chile. These are not waxed like store-bought cucumbers and may keep better wrapped in plastic in the fridge. Wash before eating. Delicious!

Gypsy and Poblano Peppers: The Gypsy peppers are sweet and are a beautiful addition to salads. They are also perfect for stuffing or frying! The Poblanos are the spicy dark green peppers. They are the classic chiles para rellenar in Mexican cuisine. Store in crisper in fridge and wash before eating.

Eggplants: These are of the Black Beauty variety and have a wonderful taste and texture. They are deliciously sweet, but to draw out moisture or any bitterness, cut into slices and salt, then leave out for 15 minutes and pat dry before cooking. Store in fridge and wash before eating. Enjoy!

Zucchini: With a delicate flavor, these summer squash can be quickly sautéed or steamed with just a touch of oil 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.

Shallots: What a special treat! Shallots add distinctive flavor to vinaigrette dressings, elegant sauces and savory soups. They are milder and sweeter than onions and less harsh than garlic. Store them in a cool, dry, dark place with plenty of air circulation.