Youth Farm CSA Newsletter: Frosts, luncheons and Fried Green Tomatoes!

Kids and squash
On the Farm. Thinking back on the last week, so many things come to mind. Saturday the kids from the Tom Roy Home and the the Attention Home harvested almost the entire winter squash crop, which is an easy 1,000 lb. or more  job.  We had two substantial frosts, one on Wednesday morning and the next on Thursday.  Tuesday we covered all the peppers, eggplants, some squash, tomatoes, and beans in preparation, which was time well spent as any of the tender crops that were left uncovered are now joining the ranks of organic material in the soil.

Wednesday evening all the Youth Farm kids and the Tom Roy Home got together at Orchard Gardens to cook up a meal for Missoula Senior Citizens, a part of the Missoula Aging Services’ Congregate Meals Program. As the name suggests, the program is meant to give seniors an opportunity to get together and do a bit of socializing while learning about nutrition. In our case, they also learned about Orchard Gardens Farm and the Youth Farm. We will be doing another one Thursday September 27th – pass it on to any Missoula seniors you know!

CSA kiddo and big sunny

In your CSA share this week: Expect to find broccoli or cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, leeks, chard, beans, carrots, beets, summer savory, garlic, monster sweet onions, a variety of beautiful peppers, eggplant, winter squash, arugula or salad mix, and — as always — a few surprises.  Just a reminder the summer CSA share ends October 1st, so savor these last two weeks.

On the Recipe front:

Since we live in the short summered north, and the tomatoes are very slow in turning red (this year more than others it seems), I figured I’d feature the green tomato.

Fried Green Tomatoes

In a bowl mix together a cup of cornmeal, a 1/2 cup of flour, a few pinches of paprika, a bit of salt and pepper, and of course throw in some herbs if you have them – parsley would be my first pick.

Then cut your tomatoes into big slices. Think burgers as you cut.  Next dunk your tomatoes into buttermilk and then your cornmeal mix.  As you are preparing your tomatoes get the skillet going good and hot.  Fry up your tomatoes until golden brown. Enjoy as is. You can also put it with a burger, dip it in some kind of aioli (garlic, hot pepper, or some other favorite), and enjoy!

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