The basket items are as follows:
1 can (46-ounce) tomato or vegetable juice - chilled
3 cloves garlic - minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco sauce - to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
2 large plum (Roma) tomatoes - seeded and chopped
1 large red bell pepper - cored, seeded and finely chopped
1 large yellow bell pepper - cored, seeded and finely chopped
1 large green bell pepper - cored, seeded and finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper or other hot pepper - seeded if desired, finely chopped
2 stalks celery - finely chopped
1 large cucumber - seeded and finely chopped
1 bunch scallions - white and light green part only, chopped
lemon slices - for garnish
Pour juice into a large bowl. Add the garlic, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, Worcestershire, Tabasco and salt and pepper to taste.
Add the chopped vegetables and adjust seasoning to taste. Chill for 6-8 hours.
Herbs are an easy to preserve food item and one that can add so much flavor and brightness to winter cold. The bundles you will find in the basket have a variety of herbs, put together for specific flavor profiles. To preserve them, simply hang upside down in a warm, dry spot (just off your kitchen for example) where there is decent airflow. Soon the leaves will dry and you will be able to crumble them off the stems into an airtight jar to use as you see fit.
Savory blend- oregeno, basil, sage, parsley and thyme come together to create an all purpose herb blend perfect for adding to most dishes. Just a sprinkle of the mixed, dried blend will go a long way.
Citrus tea blend - orange mint, lemon balm and lemon basil will make a delicious tea by simply steeping in hot water for 4-5 minutes. It will also be delicious in citrus loving dishes like pork or deserts!
Hope you have enjoyed and found our blog useful.
10 days to the Autumnal Equinox, Harvest time!
What's Happening on the Farm
-penned by Brittni
The season has come! Henrieka Farm Center is bustling with little farmers learning the in's and out's of what the farm has to offer. Similarly, the garden is in its peak with many baskets being harvested each day! I love this time- the hustle and bustle are so exciting and the potential the bounty brings is thrilling.
A note on tomatoes-
Not all are made the same. In your baskets you will find 2 types of tomatoes. Generally - they can be split by category.
Sauce (paste) tomatoes: small, lots of flesh and little seeds. The flavor of these are not really present until they are cooked. Their low moisture content allows them to cook into a rich sauce quickly. Choose to cook them low and slow for a traditional and thick sauce or gently chop and cook quickly with some herbs and butter for a fresh sauce that will have your kids licking their plate clean.
Slicers: large, full of seeds and flavor. As the name implies, these are best sliced and eaten with a sprinkle of salt. We grow and share a variety of heirlooms so colors and sizes will be unique. You may also see some scaring on the bottom of the tomatoes. This is common in large heirlooms and does not ruin the tomato itself; simply cut the scar off and enjoy. Of note- you have a green zebra tomato in your basket this week. This beauty is ripe and sweet when there is a hint of yellow on the outside but when cut open the flesh remains green! It's a stunner!