Believe it or not it’s already time to start preparing for our fall garden! This week we are working to till our fall plot and plant more cover crop of black eyed peas that will grow thick to keep weeds from growing. The peas will also add nutrients to the soil before we begin planting in mid July.
Here’s our expected harvest for Week 11:
Full Share: Cucumbers, Blackberries, Tomatoes or Cabbage, Beans (double portion), Squash, Eggplant or Peppers (Italian Sweet or Bell), Okra or kale, Shallots, Onions, Rosemary, Dill, Garlic, Basil, Turnips or Rutabagas
Half Share: Cucumbers, Blackberries, Beans (double portion), Shallots, Onions, Rosemary, Dill, Garlic
This week we’d like to share two recipes that we love to make for a delicious summer dinner. Our easy one pot pasta takes only about 15 minutes to make and is perfect for the nights that we’re out late in the garden. Combine that meal with a refreshing, homemade strawberry, lemon, basil slush for the perfect ‘basil two ways’ dinner!
One Pot Pasta
I love this recipe because you can add almost any veggie to change it up each time you make it. So far we’ve used yellow squash, kale, chard, tomatoes and asparagus in this recipe. You could also use beans, okra, eggplant or zucchini.
4 cups of water
1 onion, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 sausage links, sliced into bite size pieces
3 sprigs of basil, washed and chopped
1 16 oz. box of pasta (we like penne)
1-2 cups of any combination of veggies you’d like to use, chopped (squash, zucchini, kale, chard, beans, tomatoes, eggplant, okra)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a large pot except for cheeses. Cook on high heat, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender and water has cooked away, – about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cheeses and serve!
Strawberry, Lemon, Basil Slushes
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
2 sprigs of basil, roughly chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
2 cups ice
Blend all ingredients together in blender. Add extra water, ice and sugar as needed. Enjoy!