The “Show” – Springdell Summer CSA Pickup #11 4


Hi everyone, Jess here to “Show” you Springdell’s 11th week of the summer CSA in the series I lovingly refer to as the “Springdell Show and Tell“.  It is a beauty!  
 
 
So many colors and flavors await, I’m not even sure where to start.  My kids, however, knew right what to do.
They instantly grabbed a peach from the box and fought over it. Apologies that I had to move the peaches around in the following photos to make it look like they were all still present and accounted for. The truth is, not all of them made it home. These peaches are the best of the season to date. With school starting, I’m hoping to pick up some to can, as this is a flavor to hold on to.
 
Let’s get to the share!

  • Johnny Putt Farm Microgreens (mild mix and ruby radish)
  • Eggs

  • 1 bunch of zinnias

I couldn’t wait to get going on tonight’s Meatless Monday recipe. I feel like I can’t even call it a recipe because all I did was chop things up. It came out amazing. The flavors of the incredibly fresh produce was, well, incredible.  Start your own taco buffet at home like so:

Step 1- Brown some meat, or meatless meat crumbles -I used some vegan crumbles with a Mexican seasoning (1 tbsp chili powder to 1 tsp cumin is usually my ratio)

Step 2- Chop up as much of your CSA as you can, but at least peach, corn, tomatillo, tomato, and peppers (including jalapeño with the ribs and seeds removed.) I chopped the corn off the cob raw, but ran it through my sauté pan, and have no regrets about that whole thing!

Step 3- Put bowls of said CSA choppings, Mexican crumbles, sour cream and shredded cheese on your table.

Step 4- offer up some hard or soft taco shells or sopes for folks to dress their own.

Step 5- Invite everyone to the table and let them do this!

Summer has arrived, my friends, and it’s on this plate!  The subtle heat from the jalapeños (don’t remove the ribs or seeds if you want blow your mind heat, but I prefer subtle heat), the sweet from the corn and peach, the tangy from the tomatillos, it’s all incredibly delicious, so fresh, you just can’t go wrong.

I had a great question emailed in this week about how to handle the fruit flies that can sometimes come with having a CSA.I have been there with the fruit flies!!! So far this year I’m in the clear, but that can change on a dime…
 
When I get fruit flies, first I check the fruit on the counter and anything in the bins to get rid of the culprit (usually it’s something that went a little juicy on the bottom).  Seems simple enough, but if you skip this part, you can catch as many as you want and they’ll come right back.
 
Next, I open a bottle of red wine, pour a wide glass for myself and one for the fruit flies (a bowl works too). I leave it on the counter overnight and usually the next morning I find that a bunch of them had a party in the wine glass. (I think they get too drunk to climb out and drown, what a way to go!)  I’ve found some bottles of wine work better than others, but I’ve honestly never paid close enough attention to which red wine that they like the most (I just open another bottle and try try again!)  I may have to conduct some more closely monitored red wine experiments, you know, for science…  
 
If wine’s not in the house, I’ve also heard from fellow Springdellians that apple cider vinegar and dish soap is another good option. I’ve tried the apple cider vinegar (the unfiltered stuff) and that worked ok, not as good as the wine, but I didn’t add the dish soap so I bet that would improve the catch rate (it probably sticks to their legs and makes it harder for them to climb out). 
 
Have fruit flies infiltrated your dwelling?  If so, how do you combat them?  Please feel free to comment below with what works for you, we’d love to hear how your fruit fly traps are working out, or if you have a question of your own about all things CSA!  
 
Thanks again for tuning in, I am loving this and hope you are, too. I’m looking forward to exchanging more ideas this week. In the meantime, sweet and savory dreams!

About Jess

Jess Anderson is the creator of CSA|365 and is passionate about the local food movement. A long time member of Springdell and a busy mother of two, Jess loves keeping her family fed by honest local food.

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4 thoughts on “The “Show” – Springdell Summer CSA Pickup #11

  • Lisa Simons-Kearns

    We use apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar with a squirt of dawn dish soap! The apple cider vinegar works the best but if you don’t have it on hand there are alternatives! Sometimes I even make the effort to cover the glass in plastic wrap and poke holes in the top, but not usually.

  • Julie

    Thanks for the prompt email response and post! Most flies are gone. I realize it was particularly bad because I hadn’t done that crucial ‘search for the culprit’ step – it was a busy week. I went with the ACV/soap for what I had on hand.

    But I thought you would love this part — later in the week I poured a glass of wine for MYSELF but had leave it for a few minutes. When I returned there were 3 fruit-flies in it! HA. I saved the wine, and noted that your process is quite efficient!

    • Jess Post author

      HAHA I love it! Those fruit flies know a good thing when they see it!

      It is tough when the week gets busy, by the time the weekend comes my house looks like a large steer ran through it. (A CSA365 secret, if you see my dark purple dining room wall in the background of a photo, it’s because it’s the only place in my house that I can take a photo without the rest of the mess in the background LOL!!!) This week I finally got my first fruit flies of the season and thought of you, it wasn’t until yesterday that I found the culprit tomatillo that got a little too saucy. This time I left a bowl of cider vinegar on the counter with the dish soap then took off camping, we’ll see what I come home to! 🙂