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CSA Cookoff: Why My Farm Share Is Genius (AKA No-Cook Coconut Curry Tomato Soup)

CSA Cookoff: Why My Farm Share Is Genius (AKA No-Cook Coconut Curry Tomato Soup)


THE CHALLENGE
Honestly, the only challenge here is spreading the word. The farm share I subscribe to, Red Fire Farm, recently did something that’s just plain sharp. If you’re a CSA member, you might ask your farm to try it—and if you’re a farmer, this is one wagon you might want to hop on.

THE SOLUTION
Most CSAs send out a weekly newsletter with suggested recipes for a given week’s fruit or veggie offerings. And most grocery stores host sample stations—you know, those tables of cheese or granola freebies you circle past (and graze from) a couple of times per shopping trip. But a recent CSA pickup was the first time I’ve encountered a farm handing out fully prepared samples, complete with recipe cards to take home. What better way to showcase a farm’s bounty? And what better way to convince folks how simple it can be to turn your produce into dinner? Equally brilliant: Red Fire picked an easy-as-pie recipe to share: a cold coconut curry tomato soup that used six separate items from the week’s haul and—EVEN BETTER—required no cooking. Seriously, y’all: Genius.

THE INGREDIENTS
Serves four, at least, as a main course. I doubled the recipe, using about nine pounds of tomatoes, and froze the leftovers. I’m already dreaming of spicy peak-season-tomato soup in the middle of winter. Delicious—not to mention about ten times easier than canning. Please excuse the notes and tomato splatters on the recipe card below.

THE DIRECTIONS
If using a food processor, purée tomatoes until they reach a liquid consistency; add to serving pot. If not using a food processor, strain tomatoes through a sieve into serving pot. Purée remaining ingredients except coconut milk and add to pot. Add coconut milk to pot. Serve in bowls. Eat. Yep, it’s that easy—although it’s equally good heated, for folks not into cold soups, or served with a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.

STILL HUNGRY?
Hilde shares another great way to save tomatoes that’s a heckuva lot easier than canning: freezing them whole for a superquick and kid-friendly marinara sauce. For more HOMEGROWN recipes, browse the CSA Cookoff file.

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Comment by Bruce Weaver on September 16, 2012 at 3:13pm

Hello Jennifer.
Heres one better yet. Locavore Boxes by Acme Farms & Kitchens located in Bellingham Wa. Working with over 20 farmers they are not only providing recipes there CSA boxes are being provide with exact food for the recipes. Check them out.  http://acmefarmsandkitchen.com/   http://acmefarmsandkitchen.com/blog

Comment by Jennifer on September 17, 2012 at 9:43am

Hey, DD: Thanks for sharing those links—what a fun, useful way to go about a farm share.

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