This week's bag welcomes some fall flavors with the return of collard greens and the start of butternut squash. Butternut squash will become a pantry staple as winter sets in. This versatile storage crop lends itself well to most any application, from roasting to making a soup to even mashing for a sweet replacement to mashed potatoes. Take it one step further and use it as a substitute for pumpkin in pumpkin cookies or pie.
One of our favorite vegetables this week is eggplant. While on the surface it isn't exciting, it is versatile and can help capture flavors and add texture to many meals. In the cuisines of India and Pakistan, the eggplant lends itself well to curry and spice. It also grills up well for a hint of smoke and char; but it is also complimentary to garlic and spice for a sandwich spread or chip-dip like baba ganoush.
Ala Trevor, try making a deconstructed ratatouille sandwich for lunch. Batter and bread the eggplant before pan frying it. Sandwich thin sliced and roasted zucchini and squash between it. Add a thick slab of salted tomato and even hot peppers. Eat with a fork and knife and enjoy.
The shares will also feature a bag of Castleton Plums this week. These dual purpose plums are good for eating fresh, baking, and making preserves.
We enjoyed seeing the wonderful varieties of pizza and stuffed peppers last week. Keep the creativity coming!
-Your Fresh Fork Market Team
P.S We will not have Salmon or Cod this year. We hope to have it again next year as we know how much you enjoy it.