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Still Time for Summer Treats!

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Meg Coughlin and Mark Pletcher   |   2017-09-13

 

The trees are starting to hint at fall, but the thermostat is still looking like summer here! Before it gets too chilly for icy treats, we have some end of summer ideas for your shares. Below our friend and chef Mark Pletcher shares his favorite ways to turn produce into popsicles.

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With summer, and summer shares, in full swing I want to get back to my last post regarding ways to fully utilize your CSA shares. I think it's safe to say that we all struggle certain weeks to use all of the produce in our share boxes. Sometimes all it takes is to get through the entire delivery is to think outside of your normal comfort zones and get creative.

I have an almost 4 year old and this summer popsicles have been a huge hit. Generally speaking, the popsicles I make aren't the typical sugar loaded ones you remember from your childhood. They also don't have to be conventional flavors for your kids (or the kid inside of you) to enjoy them. Some of the favorites this summer have been flavors like apple/kale, beet/orange, mango/carrot, and straight up peach! I will almost always add a vegetable or a not-excessively-bitter green to these so they add some quality nutrients.

There are a few tips/guidelines to follow when making these.

- Greens should have their stems removed and blanched and shocked in ice water. I will also pre-blend them as the fibers can be tough to get the first blending.

- Root vegetables like carrots and beets should be peeled, cubed, and boiled/roasted until tender. Allow to cool before blending with the other items.

- Skins and pits should be removed from stone fruits.

- If popsicles aren't your bag you can leave these unfrozen and they look a lot like smoothies.

- If you prefer smoothies, add a few ice cubes to the blender.

Popsicle kits are fun to do with your kids and can be purchased relatively inexpensively at places like Amazon.


Generic Popsicle/Smoothie Recipe

Yield: varies depending on size of popsicle kit or 2 smoothies

2 C fruit/veg combination

1 C yogurt (I prefer Noosa Honey)

1/2 C almond milk

2 T honey (more if you want it sweeter)

1/2 t vanilla extract

Pinch salt


Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Run through a mesh strainer if using fibrous items like mangos and greens. Portion via popsicle kit instructions or simply pour in a glass and enjoy immediately!

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Thanks so much, Mark! We are looking forward to enjoying these last days of summer with some frozen goodies!


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