Week # 9

Hello Central Park West CSA Members!

I hope that everyone is enjoying this lovely summer weather.  Here are the vegetables that you can expect to see tomorrow when you pick up your shares:

  • Lettuce
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Corn

Vegetable Spotlight: Tomatoes 

TOMATOES ARE HERE!  The often fan-favorite of the summer vegetables, tomatoes are both versatile in cooking as well as packed with nutrients.  Frequently seen in soups, sides, salads, entrees, dips and sauces- tomatoes can be eaten raw, cooked or anywhere in between.

Tomatoes are a great source of Vitamins C, A and K,  potassium and folate as well as an excellent source of lycopene, the antioxidant  that gives red, orange and yellow tomatoes their coloring. Results from a study done by Bhosale et al. (2004, Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry)  showed a direct relationship in both human and animals between a high dietary intake of carotenoids [lycopene] and a decreased risk of certain types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and age-related macular degeneration ( 2004 ).

So the time has come to break out the salt shaker or whip up a BLT; however you choose to enjoy this weeks’ spotlight vegetable and get your daily dose of lycopene!