Veg*n Cooking and Other Random Musings: Weekly Local Booty - Garden Grub and CSA - August 29, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Weekly Local Booty - Garden Grub and CSA - August 29, 2009

It has been a wonderful, lazy weekend for us here in Mid-Missouri - a little reading, a little writing, lots of yacking, some programming, pretty much the usual. I actually read a couple of really good fiction titles this weekend - they are some of the few fiction titles that I gave decent ratings on the "Books J's Read - 2009" post. I am pretty tough of fiction as there is a lot of crap out there, it can still be entertaining, but that doesn't mean I think it is quality writing that is worth a high rating.

Moving on.

The weather has been mild, and our walk to market yesterday was probably the most gorgeous thus far. We didn't get very much, yet again, but I will be getting more grub next week to start testing out some of the "fall recipes" for the cookbook.

We got some garden grub this week too! I hate to say it, but our community garden efforts have been, well, a complete failure this year. We have 11 tomato plants and have yet to see a tomato. We've seen lots of them rot though. I don't know if it is the weather or the moisture, or just us, but the tomatoes are tiny and they crack and rot before they are even fully red. I've given up and decided to just plan for market tomatoes. If we get some from our garden - great - but I won't expect it.

Anyways, our tomatillo plant didn't disappoint. We are going to have to go back down soon as there were quite a few tomatillos that were getting close, but not quite ready to be picked.

Check out about 2 1/8 lbs. of green husk tomatillos! I've already used a couple of them in a tasty quesadilla recipe I will be posting soon, the rest are either going to go in a soup or a sauce, I haven't quite decided yet.

Not pictured are two serranos I stole from the plant on our porch. I have included them in the Garden Harvest element on the sidebar though.

And here is our week sixteen DanJo Farms quarter share veggie CSA:

Starting from the bottom left: a red and green bell pepper, three tomatoes, two gorgeous yellow summer squash, two onions, a zucchini, and an English cucumber.


Well, I'm off to do a little writing, and of course, a little reading. Have a great weekend!

'Til next time.


Heather @ SGF said...

Sorry your tomatoes didn't do anything. I heard there was a blight in the north. Maybe that's what passed through your area too...

Anonymous said...

I am always looking for good book recommendations...I will have to check yours out--thanks!

Sorry to hear about the tomatoes. I too heard about a tomato blight (from my brother in law who lives in MA who had been saying they were not getting any tomatoes in their CSA this year as a result)...maybe that had something to do with it? Anyway, it looks like you made up for it with tomatillos?! That is quite the haul!


The Voracious Vegan said...

Yay for fresh, healthy food! Those tomatillos are awesome!

Bianca said...

Fresh tomatillos! I haven't bought any yet this season, but I really should while they're in season. Sorry about the tomatoes...I'm certain I would have the same luck. I had two tomato plants last year and I got ONE measley tomato all season.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about the tomatoes, it just doesn't seem the year for them. Particularly with the damp and the blight here in CT. But I've noticed the corn here has been amazing. Have you had a great veg of another kind that sort of compensated?
ANyway, those tomatillos! The ones around here are still mostly skin/shell, with only small fruit. I'm eager for them to get going though, I love them in so many dishes.

SusanB said...

Totally off this topic, but did you see that Eugene Robinson did a riff on "Seemed Like a Good Idea" in today's (9/1) Washington Post?

Erin said...

Those tomatillos are looking good. At least you got SOMETHING from your garden plot!

Anonymous said...

Hope you are doing okay--I have missed your posts :-)