Wednesday, August 25, 2010

CSA - August 26 - P & P

What's in the Box
Bidwell Casaba, Collective Farm Woman, Rocky Ford and Hale's Best Cantaloupes, Tomatoes, Peppers, Cukes, Zukes, Green Beans - Strangenbohne Ilanz or Romano. Eggs! Flowers, Basil, and tomatillos.

This week's gift: Sundried Tomatoes

Above the Bidwell Casaba, named after General John Bidwell (1819-1900). In 1841 Bidwell became one of the first emigrants on the California Trail. John Sutter employed Bidwell as his business manager shortly after Bidwell's arrival in California. Shortly after the James W. Marshall's discovery at Sutter's Mill, Bidwell also discovered gold on the Feather River of course he became rich. Using seeds he procured from the USDA he planted a casaba melon. The melon was his pride and joy. One house guest at his ranch in Chico, General William Tecumseh Sherman, was exasperated with the menu:"My God, casabas for breakfast, casabas for lunch, casabas for dinner!"

Like orange sherbet in a skin it huge. Have a piece of history for breakfast, and lunch and dinner!

Have a good week

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