CSA: Week of June 28 and Also, Blueberry Picking

Here’s this week’s CSA list. Nothing particularly new or novel here–although this is the first time we’ve gotten chard.

1 bag new red potatoes –  Green Valley Organics – 2 lbs

1 bunch Detroit red beets –  Farmdale Organics

2 yellow straight neck squash – Goshen View Organics

2 green slicing cucumbers – Elm Tree Organics

1 bunch Swiss chard – Millwood Springs and Maple Lawn Organics

1 head Romaine lettuce –  Riverview Organics

1 bunch sweet onions – certified organic – Sweetaire Organics

Also, I went blueberry picking this weekend and got a ton of blueberries. There are a variety of decent pick-your-own options fairly close to the D.C. area–this weekend was blasted hot, but otherwise is was a great weekend activity. They’ll still be in season next weekend, when it will be cooler, so I strongly encourage folks to check it out. We went to Butler’s Orchard.

I’ve eaten a lot of blueberries the past 2 days, and am planning to cook some, too, but most of them I froze. For those of you who don’t know this, blueberries are about the easiest thing to freeze. Just wash them, roll them on a towel to dry, and put in tupperware containers in the freezer. Some friends of mine freeze them in layers on cookie sheets and then put them in large freezer bags, which is probably a bit more space efficient but also time consuming. Some people say that you shouldn’t wash the berries before freezing them because it makes the skin tough, and to just roll them on a woolen blanket instead, but I prefer the convenience of being able to take them out of the freezer and use them, and given that many pick your own farms use pesticides, I don’t really trust the woolen blanket as an adequate berry washing mechanism (for that matter, I don’t think I own any woolen blankets!). Also, I haven’t noticed enough skin toughening to make a big difference, particularly as I mostly use the frozen blueberries in cobblers, pancakes, etc. I find that the home-frozen berries work just as well as fresh ones in most blueberry products (cobbler, cake, blueberry pancakes) as well as for things like putting on cereal. They are inferior to fresh berries for plain eating, as they get a bit mushy and the freezing process pulls out some moisture, but they’re still better than no blueberries at all :) and I believe preferable from both an environmental and economic perspective to buying out-of-season “fresh” berries. The biggest problem is having enough space in my freezer!

One response to “CSA: Week of June 28 and Also, Blueberry Picking

  1. Chard’s been a real winner for us ever since our CSA started providing it. I like it most in heavier, winter dishes, particularly with potatoes, but it’s tasty anytime.

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