The crew has been sampling the few precocious cherry tomatoes that were in the field the last two weeks. They're tasting good and we had enough for a little sampling this week so they're in the shares today. We'll randomly rotate varieties among the bags as the season goes on. This year I'm trying a few new, to me, varieties. In the mix are standards from previous years: sungold which is an fruity gold cherry, juane flamme which is a gold saladette, and moscovitch is our standard red slicing tomato. New in the cherry department are gallina which is yellow, peacevine which is red, and black cherry, which isn't inky but is darker than usual. We're also trying a pear shaped tomato called Japanese black trifle.
We had a nice harvest of carrots today. Summer squash, like tomatoes, is rotating through varieties. The cucumbers continue to come in slowly so some shares have one, some will get them in the coming weeks. We're growing two varieties of cucumbers, lemon and Poona Kheera. The lemons have been a standard for all of the years of the CSA but the Poonas are new for us this year. We're harvesting them at a range of maturities. When they are younger the skin is pale, similar to the lemons. As they get more mature the skin becomes brown. We've noticed some slight bitterness just under the skin. If you are sensitive to bitterness try peeling the cucumber before eating it. Salting also helps draw out bitterness. Try slicing the cucumbers thinly, tossing them with a generous quantity of salt and then letting them sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse the cucumbers and then eat them as a side, or incorporated into a salad.
Joker is the crisp lettuce of the day. Pink lettucey mustard has grown back strongly so there's a small handful to add to a salad or a stir fry. Finally, the herb of the week is sweet marjoram.