"Green" Lunchbox Peppers

EarthDance said they have picked all the green lunchbox peppers from the fields in order to prepare for the fall plantings, so they are swimming in them, and would love for us to move some. I asked whether it was a kiddie pool or Olympic-size pool they were swimming in. I think 400 pounds might fill a lap pool, so we will put them in the shares for the next couple of weeks. These adorable sweet green peppers are ripening off the plants, so it's a bit of a bonus for us!

They may be roasted, grilled, broiled, sauteed or eaten raw. You could even throw them in the freezer as is and just rinse and cook them come winter, although the possbility of freezer burn may increase with lots of air space.

You can eat some raw and grill or roast some up to pop in the freezer. I know I'm always excited to find summer vegetables in my freezer when I'm ready to whip up a lasagna in the winter. Now is the time to take advantage of the end of season produce, especially as we grow tired of all those summer vegetables.

Because the seeds are so few, you can just pull the stems and grill or roast them whole. Toss with a bit of olive oil and roast in a single layer in a 400F oven for 30-40 minutes. If you plan to eat them right away, sprinkle with salt. If you plan to freeze them for later use, I recommend waiting to salt them, or salting sparingly, until you know what you're making. Cool completely and pack tightly in a zip lock or other freezer container. If you're able to remove all the air, they will last longer without forming crystals, and therefore freezer burn.




Tip: How to de-cob your corn

All you need is a deep bowl or pot and a sharp knife to make cutting your corn off the cob a breeze. Of course, a shallow bowl or plate is an option if you like cleaning up bits of corn kernal and a spray of corn juice (really, corn juice?). First husk the corn and brush off all the silks. cornsilks.jpg Hold the...Read more


We are very happy to have our products included in shares through Fair Shares.  The folks at Fair Shares have set-up a great distribution schedule that works with smaller scale local farmers taking into account weekly and seasonal limitations in harvesting. The staff at Fair Shares are easy to work with, being both friendly and professional.  They have been very straightforward about their needs and those that the share members represent. We look forward to growing with Fair Shares!

Bobbi Sandwisch, Live Springs Farm, Carrollton, IL 100% Grassfed Beef, Pasture-Raised Pork, Chicken, and Eggs