Brightside Acres
West Virginia Wildgrown®

Recipes for Summer Squash

Jul 21, 2015

Scrumptious Summer Squash
Cooking with summer squash can be fun! Yes, really! Celebrate the season with these simple recipes:
Sauteed Squash with Basil & Feta
Heat a couple teaspoons of olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add thinly-sliced squash and/or zucchini and thinly sliced leek and/or onion to pan. I generally use about a cup of squash and a half-cup leek per person. Sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and finely chopped fresh basil. A delightful side dish.
Summer Squash Soup with Pasta & Parmesean
Bring 6 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth & 3 cups water to boil in a Dutch oven. Add 6-8 ounces bowtie pasta, and cook 8 minutes or until almost tender. Add 4 cups finely chopped squash, one tablespoon each chopped fresh parsley, chopped fresh basil, & fresh lemon juice, and one-half teaspoon each fresh thyme & fresh oregano. Salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until pasta is done and squash is tender. Sprinkle with parmesean cheese & thinly sliced fresh basil. Serves 4.
Zucchini, Black Bean & Rice Skillet
Heat a tablespoon of canola oil in a large skillet. Add one and a half cups quartered, sliced zucchini, a half-cup diced sweet pepper (any color) and 2 cloves garlic, pressed. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a can of black beans, rinsed & drained, and two cups chopped fresh tomatoes with juice. Bring to a simmer. Add one cup cooked rice, stir well and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar. Serves 4.
This week's forecast:
This week's basket will include blueberries, green beans, cucumbers, mixed squash, sweet peppers, tomatoes, snowpeas, and a surprise or two!
CSA Memberships for 2015
For the remainder of July and all of August, we are offering our basket service on a single-week basis.  If you or someone you know has been hesitant to commit to a whole month, now is the chance to try our delicious, nutritious basket of fresh-picked organic produce one week at a time. Online payment in advance of single-week delivery is required. Questions about signing-up? Contact us! 
Reserve Your Basket!
Green Eggs (Ham Optional)
Some of you may have experienced a bit of a shock when you opened your egg carton to find green, blue and even pinkish eggs. Easter in July. Surprise! These chicken eggs, indistinguishable nutritionally from the brown eggs you're used to buying, come from the Ameracauna or “Easter Egger” chickens at Brightside Acres. Eleven of our fourteen hens lay these colorful eggs, always a delight to discover in the nestbox. Farm fresh free range eggs from S & S Farm and Brightside Acres are available for purchase from the cooler at 503 Third Avenue in Marlinton. $3.50/dozen. We're open 12-5pm every Thursday. Decide you want a dozen included in your basket? Drop us a line.
Hooray for Blueberries!
You've no doubt heard that antioxidant-rich blueberries are a "super food," but you might not have heard this: According to the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, regular consumption of blueberries can improve nighttime vision, promote quicker adjustment to darkness and promote faster restoration of clear vision after exposure to glare. Laboratory studies show a diet including blueberries may improve motor skills and reverse the short-term memory loss that comes with aging or age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. How sweet is that!
Visit Us Thursdays: 503 Third Ave in Marlinton
You don't have to be a CSA member to enjoy organically grown produce. Walk-ins are welcome 12-5pm every Thursday.   As the season progresses, we will have an ever-increasing variety of fruits and vegetables available for purchase. Plus eggs, chickens and other goodies. Questions? Contact us!
Thanks again to all our customers. With your dollars, you've not only purchased produce raised using the most environmentally sustainable methods, you've also supported the reality of small farming as a business. We small local producers simply can't survive without your choice to spend more of your dollars with us.