CSA Box: 3/9/2013 – Pink Lady

This week Winter CSA members will enjoy….

Pink Lady apples
Appearance:  Vibrant pink skin with white flesh.
Flavor Profile:  Tart and sweet flavor with a champagne fizz.  Very crisp.
Uses:  An excellent storage apple.  Enjoy eating Pink Lady fresh out of hand.  When baked, Pink Lady will soften, but will keep its shape.
Who’s Favorite:  Anthony
York apples
Appearance:  Red skinned with lopsided/ “parallelogram” shape
Flavor Profile:  Tart and firm, with a good old fashioned flavor.
Uses:  Excellent for baking as it will keep its shape.  Stores well. 
One day at a CSA pick-up, my brother-in-law (a D.C. CSA member), gave me an “apple pancake.”  It was delicious!  Here is the Apple Pancake Recipe.  The York apples will be good in this as they will keep their shape, and the the Pink Lady’s will mellow to a nice sweetness.  If you have any left over GoldRush apples from the last delivery, they would also be excellent to use in this recipe!
Asian pears 
These succulent and sweet, large pears are best eatten fresh.  They are perfect to share with friends, especially as a dessert fruit.  Asian pears are firm when ripe, so do not allow them to set on the counter to ripen; store them in your refrigerator.  The skins’s color will be a dull bronze to a bright gold, and perfect for eating.  
Half gallon of cider
Try using Kuhn Orchards cider for a savory meat marinade, or spice it up for a cozy warm drink before spring turns the corner!
Apple butter
Our Apple Butter is sweetened with sugar and spice.  It is delicious on toast or mixed into your breakfast oatmeal.  We found this recipe online for Apple Butter Muffins; let us know what you think of the recipe.  It sounds delicious!
White Eggs
We purchase eggs from Weikert Egg Farm.  The Weikert family raise free-walking hens which are fed soy beans, corn and alfalfa silage (ground alfalfa).

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