Storing Stone Fruits & Trapping Fruit Flies

Stone fruits include peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, apricots and cherries.

Here’s some basics:
You’ll know your stone fruit is ripe if it easily dents when you gently press your fingertip near the stem of the fruit.

If it is hard near the stem when pressed, then it could stand to ripen just a bit more. Leave them at room temperature for 1-2 days. A little sunshine will expedite the process.

Once they’re ripe they can be stored uncovered in your fridge’s crisper drawer where they’ll stay clean and dry. They can hang out there for a good 4-7 days.

Trapping Fruit Flies:
I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’ve got a serious fruit fly invasion going on in my home. It’s making it hard for me to keep my tomatoes out on the counter rather than in the fridge. This causes me much anguish and gnashing of teeth.

But did you know you can trap those little suckers with just some old wine, some tape, and a plastic bottle?

Here’s how:
Find a plastic bottle that has a screw top- a smaller bottle is better in my experience because it gets the hole closer to the wine, thereby more easily attracting the flies.
Chop the top off. Put a couple of inches of old wine, beer, vinegar or grape juice in the bottom part.
Turn the top part upside down so that it looks like a funnel, and then nest it inside the bottom part. Tape it off around the edges.
The concept is that the flies are attracted to the wine. They can climb down into the funnel, but can’t fly back out. So they drown in wine…. just like I probably will one day… if I’m lucky.

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Storage Tips: Keeping your onions in pantyhose

You heard me. Your onions, much like Tim Curry circa 1975, will look and feel their best in a pair of pantyhose. Here’s how.

 

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Get some clean (preferably new) pantyhose or thigh highs. Place one onion in the foot and tie a knot. Put another onion in, tie another knot. Continue that process until all your onions are stored. Hang the pantyhose in a cool (@ 50 degrees), dark place. If you have a basement, great. If not, then maybe try hanging them in your fridge, as long as it’s not too moist.
When you want an onion, simply cut a slit in the pantyhose and remove it.

 

This helps them get proper air circulation and should help them last as long as 6 months!

 

Summer CSA Picnic + Cookoff

We had a fantastic time at last weekend’s potluck picnic and food throwdown! We got to meet so many CSA members, swap recipes, and watch the kiddos run and play.

The CSA veggie throwdown was fiercely fought, but in the end we were able to vote and pick two winners.

For the salad contest, Annalies and Gregory’s kohlrabi, apple, and cucumber salad wowed us with its great texture and novel flavor combinations:

For the mains, we loved Brianna’s kohlrabi and zucchini fritters, served with a citrus dipping sauce:

Thanks so much to everyone who came out, and a special congratulations to our winners!