It has been a great start of the season at Gaia Garden! Squash, beans, carrots, cucumbers, and chard among others, have been producing beautifully and tasting delicious! CSA members will take some of these goodies home in this week’s share. They will also be available at our stand at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market on Thursday from 4 – 8 pm.
With every end there is a new beginning. As broccoli’s time has expired, we have seen the beginning of the pepper harvest last week. In addition, we planted fields of sweet potatoes and Pac Choy.
New this year is a Pick-Your-Own flowers program for CSA members. This week you can pick a beautiful bouquet of zinnias and eucalyptus for $5. Later on in the season we will have sunflowers and cockscombs to choose from as well.
Basil and tomatoes are great companions for summertime recipes. But while you are waiting for tomatoes to come into season, why not make a delicious batch of homemade Basil Pesto!
2 cups packed fresh basil
2 cloves of garlic
¼ cup pine nuts
2/3 cup olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
½ cup shredded or grated Parmesan
Combine basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a blender. Pulse until chopped, adding olive oil until smooth. If using shredded Parmesan, add to pesto in blender and pulse until incorporated. If using grated Parmesan, fold into pesto after transferring to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Make it a meal and serve the pesto on top of grilled tuna steaks or simply combine and serve with your favorite pasta.