Good, Clean, and Fair Food

Good, Clean, and Fair Food

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Hello everyone! August is slowly coming to a close and so is the garden. Cate, Charlotte and I all met up at the garden last week to pick some produce and chat. There were SO MANY lemon cucumbers! We couldn't even pick them all! I went home with a huge bag full... not sure what to do with 20 pounds of cucumbers. Then Charlotte suggested making pickles. If you have ever cut into a lemon cucumber, you would see that it has more seeds than cucumber. So I decided to make and can cucumber salsa instead. This way all of our slow food members would be able to enjoy the vegetables from our garden in September. At the first meeting I plan to crack open a jar of salsa and serve them with chips. :) See recipe and canning instructions below.
Picture of Lemon Cucumbers

Recipe for Cucumber Salsa

7 quarts cored, chopped tomatoes (you can peel them if you want)
4 seeded, chopped green peppers
5 cups chopped onion
4 cups peeled, seeded, chopped lemon cucumbers (or use regular cucumbers)
1/2 cup finely chopped, seeded, jalapeƱos (optional)
3 tablespoons oregano leaves*
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro*
2 cups bottled lemon juice
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients (oregano, and cilantro) in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
Add spices and simmer for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Ladle hot salsa into pint jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.
Adjust lids and process in a boiling water canner: 15 minutes

See you in September!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Garden Update

Hay Hay Hay everyone!
Happy August. Our produce has been pretty much coming to an end here in the SFURI garden, except we do have: tomatoes, hot peppers, squash and pumpkins! I pulled out all the carrots and ate a TON of turnips and radishes. I also ate our heirloom lettuce, green beans, lemon basil, dill, cucumbers, massive zucchini and yellow cucumbers. It has been a great summer in the garden! Today I also went and picked some of the native corn that was growing and I might grill it tonight! See all the photos of our garden and produce below.

Anyways, just wanted to say this is my last blog post for a while since I will be studying abroad in Costa Rica this fall, but I will be back come December and I'll hop right back on the SFURI train. In the meantime, be looking to our fall events (turkey processing, our annual Thanksgiving dinner, maybe a pickling workshop, food day, and maybe some volunteer farm work!)
Adios my friends and see you soon!

Our garden!
Heirloom spotted romaine
Zucchini vines and corn.
Carrots and some green beans!