Week 10 - Taste and Smell

 

Dear Spoon Full Farm Family,

You know the feeling -the joy, the exhilaration, the salivation- that hits you when you walk into the kitchen and smell that scent. The best scent.

It's more powerful than eloquent words, impregnable arguments, or beautiful landscapes: nothing can change your mind and heart like a scent or a taste.

 
 Bees and wasps and beetles follow their nose to beautiful, fully-opened squash blossoms. Yours this week will be smaller, tighter, tastier.

Bees and wasps and beetles follow their nose to beautiful, fully-opened squash blossoms. Yours this week will be smaller, tighter, tastier.

 

My dad used to say, "The way to a dog's heart is through its stomach," and I've found that the saying applies to people, too. We all appreciate being fed well! But our stomach provides only a small fraction of the wonderful experience of eating food. The nose and tongue provide much of the rest. 

Which scent gives you that feeling, when you walk into the kitchen and everything is suddenly wonderful? For me, nothing tops the smell of garlic cooking in oil or butter. That smell is heaven. A close competitor, though, is the smell of apple pie (or cake) in the oven...

 
 A big old tree, heavy with green summer pie apples!

A big old tree, heavy with green summer pie apples!

 

(Yes, this week's CSA box includes apples, picked fresh from a huge, ancient, untended apple tree on the far edge of the farm. We don't know the exact variety, but we do know that these green apples are best when cooked. Raw is tangy and good, pie or cake is way better!) 

Neurologically, smells travel through your nose directly into two unique parts of your brain: your amygdala and your hippocampus. Together, these two brain centers control most of your emotions, your memory-formation, and your decision-making processes. So it makes sense that no other sense influences the way we feel as much as... scents. 

Except, maybe, taste, which is closely tied up with scent, but is much easier to control (you don't have to squeeze your mouth with your fingers if you don't want to taste something). People do amazing things for the sake of good tastes.

As they should. Because what is a better way to spend an evening than eating great-tasting, beautiful food (especially when you know it was grown in a way that helps heal our soil), with people you love? Nothing. And there is no better way to move people's hearts towards appreciating the many gifts of biological soil (and nature in general), than through these two senses. 

On that note, here are the contents of this week's yummy-fragrant Week 10 CSA box (bold items whole boxes only): 

  • Green Summer Apples (Best for pie!) 
  • Garlic (woohoo!) 
  • Calabacitas (Mini Squashes with blossoms)
  • Suyo Long Cucumber
  • Cabbage
  • Salad Mix (or mini Romaine lettuce)
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Beets
  • Purple Basil
  • Zucchini

How to deal with all the goodness, you ask? 

Well, first off, check out this Apple Cake recipe from your fellow Spoon Full CSA enthusiast Emma, over at Hanging Out In The Kitchen:

Gâteau aux Pommes

Or, if you're a pie person, try this recipe from "Grandma Ople," or this "World's Easiest Apple Pie."  

And also, we highly recommend using these Spoon Full Kitchen-developed recipes (especially the cucumber salad).

Shaken Cucumber Salad

“TnT” Massaged Kale Salad (tamari and tahini are the bomb!)

Drunken Cabbage con coriandolo e pepe

Happy August to all, and to all a good bite! 

Love,

Spoon Full Farm