July 25 or 28 CSA

Goose Bean plant reaching for the sky

This weeks’ share contents:  3 pounds Nicola potatoes, 1 pound yellow onions, 1/2 pound Jimmy Nardello SWEET Italian Frying Peppers, 1 large beet, 2 heads of lettuce, 4 pounds of heirloom tomatoes.

The tomatoes are really on this week.  It is a little hard to tell how much longer they will go so enjoy them a lot this week!  Same as last week, you’ll weigh out your own tomatoes at market when you pick up.

We have been enjoying the beets raw lately.  I shred them and sprinkle with salt and red wine vinegar or lemon juice (or lime, balsamic, apple cider…) and letting it marinate slightly before eating.  We add them to salads, eat them with yogurt, with home-fried potatoes, in nori rolls.

Tomato, Onion, and Potato Gratin

1 medium yellow onion, 2-3 pounds Nicola potatoes, 1-2 pounds of ripe tomatoes, 2 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon chopped thyme leaves, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons white wine, 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock.

Use an oiled 9 inch square gratin or pyrex dish.  Preheat oven to 375.

wash potatoes and tomatoes, slice into 1/8 inch thick slices

peel onion and slice as thinly as possible

spread onions evenly on the bottom, season with salt and pepper

arrange half the potatoes over the onions, overlapping them like shingles, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with thyme and garlic slices

make a layer of tomato slices on top of potatoes, season with salt and pepper

finish with another layer of potatoes and more salt and pepper

drizzle with olive oil and white wine and add enough stock to fill the dish 2/3 full

cover and bake 45 minutes.  uncover and press down to be sure the top layer  of potatoes are moistened.  Bake uncovered for another 40 minutes, until a knife goes through easily and the top is golden brown.  Serve warm or room temperature.

(adapted from Chez Panisse)

Also, it is sauce tomato time.  If you are interested in getting a box for freezing or canning, let me know.  Today, Saturday, and probably next Wednesday we can do it.  The box is about 22 pounds and cost $35.


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