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Vote Tomato-y Goodness!


Tomatoes and Melons and Cucumbers, Oh My!

We're comin' back atcha with week 7 of delicious local veggies, all gorgeous and bountiful! This is the time of year when all the summertime hits are really growing, and the tomatoes start showing up on just about all the shares, in one form or another. This week we've got cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and big bulbous heirlooms whose taste is out of this world. The heirlooms taste just like summer. It's no wonder they show up on all the menus of every restaurant in town.

As an ode to tomatoes, we've got several recipes just for them. Try them out and snap some pictures (and tag us on Instagram!).

Mexican Black Bean and Tomato Salad
Courtesy Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook by Mi Ae Lipe

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp
fresh lemon or lime juice
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
1-2 tsp cumin powder
1-2 tsp chili powder
Pinch of salt

1-1/2 cups cooked black beans, or one 16 oz can, rinsed and dried
1-2 chopped fresh tomatoes (or a pint of halved cherry tomatoes)
green bell pepper, chopped
a little red onion or a couple of green onions, chopped
several sprigs of fresh cilantro, chopped

In a medium bowl, mix the dressing ingredients. Then add the remaining ingredients and toss thoroughly.

Homemade Salsa
Courtesy Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook by Mi Ae Lipe

1 cup finely chopped, peeled tomato
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow or red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 tbsp vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 3 jalapeno peppers (depending on how much heat you want in the final salsa), seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Roasted Potatoes and Tomatoes
From Food Network Magazine

Put a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Cut 1 1/2 pounds large red-skinned potatoes lengthwise into eighths. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 pint cherry tomatoes, 3 sprigs rosemary, 3 smashed garlic cloves, and salt and pepper. Put cut-side down on the hot baking sheet and roast 15 minutes. Flip the mixture and roast 10 more minutes.

It's all sorts of tomato madness! Have a recipe idea yourself? Send them my way! We love engaged eaters and foodies. Tis the season!

Want to get in on the goodness but haven't yet this season? Order online now! Our volunteers are waiting to greet you out at the stops! Have a good week out there and enjoy the shares!

Peace and veggies,

Anna Kiss Mauser-Martinez
City Fresh
In the shares...

Cherry Tomatoes

Bell Pepper
Gape Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomato
Swiss Chard

*Share Contents subject to vary stop-to-stop, due to availability

Discovery Day Camp

The George Jones Farm & Nature Preserve is hosting a three-week youth summer camp, the Discovery Day Camp, where youngins K-8 will learn about Ecology, Farming, and their marriage in Permaculture at our wild and diverse farm in Oberlin. We are still taking registrations. As more Cleveland-area families sign up, we will put you in touch with one another and help coordinate carpooling if we can. Last year’s campers had an absolute blast!
At City Fresh, we're trying to solve all the world's problems with local agriculture. We believe that food - eating, growing, sharing it - is the key to outsmarting the terrors of economic injustice and climate change. Please join us on the mission. We need your enthusiasm! Here's 4 things you can do to help grow City Fresh:

1. Evangelize! Talk about City Fresh with your networks. Post photos of your meals on Instagram and tag us, Tweet about your favorite local veggie CSA, share our newsletters on Facebook, and just tell all your friends and coworkers and doctors and clients about why they should join City Fresh.

2. Give the Gift of Fresh Veggies. Buy a share for a friend, neighbor, or relative. Be like, "Lemme get you hooked on local agriculture, kid!"

3. Donate to the cause! We need both financial and practical support to keep this program running. We love when folks donate their time to helping us out - be that at the stops or in the background. Shoot me an email if you're interested in joining the team of Food Justice Warriors, ever at the ready with their squash and onions! We're also just as thrilled with contributions of your hard-earned lettuce.

4. Level up! Why not make that single share a family share? Give extra produce to those in need or host potlucks each Sunday to connect with your neighbors and friends. Or just eat more vegetables! We also generally are able to sell bulk of any of our available produce, so check out our pickle packs or keep an eye out for the tomato sauce bundles in a few more weeks. Send me a message if there's something particular you're interested in.