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(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) Most Southerners will tell you they love some fried okra. Who doesn’t?! However, I find it tedious to spend time breading and frying the lot. These easy corn cakes give the same crunch and okra flavor without all of the mess. They make the perfect accompaniment for a plate of purple hull peas, too ?   Okra Corn Cakes Ingredients 1 cup yellow corn grits (coarse corn meal is just fine here) 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt dash pepper 1-1/2 cups sliced okra 1 large egg 1/4 cup oil 1/2 cup milk Instructions In a large bowl, combine grits, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Add okra slices, and mix to completely coat each piece in the mixture. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, oil, and milk. Add to dry...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) This casserole is super easy to put together and tastes great. We used Grass Roots Farmer’s Cooperative mild pork sausage for its great flavor and texture. Definitely a meat and potatoes dish!   Country Casserole Ingredients 3 medium potatoes, scrubbed and dried 1/2 stick butter 1/2 pound ground mild pork sausage 1/4 cup white onion, chopped 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped salt & pepper 1 cup shredded cheese (any variety) Instructions Heat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small skillet, cook the sausage over medium high heat until no pink remains. While the meat is cooking, melt the 1/2 stick of butter. Pour it into an 8x8 glass pan. Slice the potatoes into 1/8 inch rounds. Add to the butter in the pan, and toss to coat well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Remove cooked sausage from the skillet, leaving some of the drippings behind. Add...

Storage Fill the sink or a large bowl with cold water, then wash the lettuce leaves gently to clean and hydrate the leaves. Spin dry in a salad spinner or between two clean kitchen towels. Wrap clean lettuce leaves in a paper towel and place in an airtight container or plastic bag. Store in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator and use within 3-4 days for maximum freshness. Cutting and washing the lettuce right when you get home can make it easier to throw together a quick salad for lunch or dinner. Recipes Use in a salad with other CSA veggies Top sandwiches, burgers, and tacos Blend up in a smoothie Ditch the bread, bun, or tortilla for a lettuce wrap (works best with firm lettuce) If you’re overwhelmed by lettuce, try cooking it down to more manageable amounts: Grilled Romaine Lettuce Stir-Fried Garlic Lettuce Lettuce Soup Preservation Because of its high water content and delicate texture, there’s really not a good way to...

Storage Peaches continue to ripen after they’re picked, so where you store them depends on ripeness. For unripe peaches, store at room temperature away from direct sunlight until they reach desired ripeness. To speed up ripening, place peaches in a paper bag. For peaches that are already ripe, store in the refrigerator to prevent further ripening. Once ripe, eat within 3-4 days. Peaches produce high amounts of ethylene gas, which speeds the ripening process, so store away from other fruits and vegetables. Recipes Enjoy them fresh (our favorite)! Fresh Peach Salsa Grilled Peaches Grilled Peach and Mozzarella Salad Peach Cobbler Peach Ice Cream Peaches and Cream Frozen Pops Preservation Peaches can easily be flash frozen to use later in recipes where they will be cooked. To freeze, wash peaches, peel if desired, and slice to desired size. Lay peach slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for about 2 hours or until just frozen. Transfer to...

Storage Store okra in a loose plastic bag in the refrigerator, and do not wash until just before use. Eat within 3-4 days for best results. Recipes Braised Chicken Gumbo Stewed Okra, Onion, and Tomatoes Okra and Red Pepper Cornbread Okra Creole Grilled Okra with Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce Pickled Okra Preservation Okra is best preserved by freezing or pickling. To freeze, first blanch in boiling water for three minutes and immediately place in a bowl of ice water. Leave okra whole or slice to desired size. Drain and transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container for freezing. To pickle, follow the recipe for pickled okra above....

Storage Store Swiss chard in a plastic bag or airtight container in the refrigerator. To regulate moisture, wrap greens in a damp paper towel and do not wash until just before use. Chard is relatively hearty and will stay fresh for a week or longer if stored properly. Recipes Sautéed Swiss Chard Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup Swiss Chard Tzatziki Creamed Swiss Chard Winter Minestrone Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Swiss Chard Potato Hash with Swiss Chard and Eggs Preservation To freeze Swiss chard, wash leaves thoroughly and cut away stems. Steam or blanch in boiling water for two minutes and immediately place in a bowl of ice water. Dry leaves and transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container for freezing. Chard can also be dehydrated and crushed or ground into a powder for sauces and smoothies. To dry, wash leaves and cut away stems, then place in a single layer on dehydrator trays and dry for 2-3 hours. If you don't have a dehydrator,...

Storage Store purple hull peas in the coldest part of your refrigerator for up to a few days, but keep in mind they will have the best flavor and texture the earlier they are eaten. To cook purple hull peas, add to a large pot with enough water to cover by 1-2 inches. Add salt and pepper or other flavorings (traditionally bacon or ham hock), then simmer for 45 minutes or until cooked to desired tenderness. Recipes Mom’s Purple Hull Peas Heart Healthy Purple Hull Peas Purple Hull Peas and Spicy Sausage Purple Hull Pea Salad Preservation To freeze purple hull peas, blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes, then immediately place in a bowl of ice water. Drain and transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container for freezing....

Storage Store heirloom and slicer tomatoes at room temperature as refrigeration may cause them to lose flavor and develop a mealy texture. Tomatoes let off a high amount of ethylene gas which speeds the ripening process, so don’t keep near produce that spoils easily. Check tomatoes regularly as one spoiled tomato could cause the rest to go bad very quickly. Recipes Caprese Salad Margherita Pizza Fresh Tomato Salsa Fresh Tomato Sauce Fresh Tomato Soup Tomato, Squash, and Red Pepper Gratin Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks Grilled Tomatoes with Basil Vinaigrette Tomato Tart Over-the-Top Tomato Sandwich Preservation Tomatoes can be preserved in a number of ways, including dehydrating and freezing. You can also can tomatoes, but if you choose to do so please follow a trusted recipe to make sure you add enough acidity for safe storage. To dehydrate tomatoes, wash and cut in half, then place cut-side up on dehydrator trays. Dehydrate until most of the moisture is gone. If you don’t have a dehydrator you...

Storage Depending on the season, onions may show up in your CSA share in a few different forms. In the early spring, green onions make their appearance as long shoots without much of a bulb. As the season progresses, the onions develop a bulb which continues to grow larger and larger into the spring and summer. As the bulb grows, the onion flavor also intensifies. Most of the onions grown in this region are sweet and have a high water content which makes them difficult to cure, so you should store your onions in the refrigerator where they'll usually last for a few weeks. Recipes Onions can be used in almost any way imaginable, but here are a few recipes that really highlight the onion flavor: French Onion Soup Caramelized Onions Caramelized Onion Lasagna French Onion Dip Preservation To preserve onions even longer, you can freeze them simply by chopping to desired size and placing in a freezer-safe airtight container or plastic bag....

Storage New potatoes are those that have not yet been cured, so they will not last as long at room temperature compared to those you might find at the store. Store new potatoes in your refrigerator and eat within a few days. Recipes Hasselback Potatoes Baked Potato Wedges Mediterranean Potato Salad Potato Leek Bisque Green Onion Hash Browns Potato and Root Vegetable Gratin Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Potatoes Potato Hash with Swiss Chard and Eggs Preservation Potatoes can be frozen for later use. First, wash and peel potatoes, then blanch in boiling water for 3-5 minutes depending on size. Immediately place in a bowl of ice water to cool, then drain and slice if desired. Transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container for freezing....