Friday, July 4, 2014

2014 CSA Share 3

2014 CSA Share 3


Happy 4th of July Shareholders!  We have lots of goodies for your weekend plans this week.  Also those Full Diet Shareholders will be receiving their batch of Chickens on Sunday night or Monday by arrangement.  





Broccolli



New this week!  This is one of our favorite veggies here on the farm, and one we had a lot of disappointment with last year.  So were very happy to see it included in this weeks share.  This veggie can be used so many ways it almost seems silly to try and give suggestions for use.  You can eat it raw in a salad, cook it in a stir-fry, throw it in a soup, steam it and have it as a side to any meal.  Let us know your favorite way to eat this super nutritious green!

Green Onions


New also this week are the first of the green onions. Dice and enjoy with a salad or stir fry! 
 

Cucumbers


We have more cucumbers this week! This is a slicing variety called "Excelsior" specifically bred for greenhouse growing, enjoy the first cool cucumbers of the year!



Kohlrabi


Kohlrabi may be a new vegetable for some of you, but we promise it's one you'll be glad to try! The word Kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip, and it can be eaten raw or cooked. We usually eat them raw, just peel off the skin and slice them like an apple and sprinkle with a little salt or dip in your favorite dressing and enjoy! They're also great raw on a salad, or roasted, or baked. Popular in Indian food, in dishes like Kohlrabi Curry.


Kohlrabi Curry

Roasted Kohlrabi

Butter-Braised Kohlrabi 



Lettuce Heads


Half shares will be receiving one head of lettuce this week, Full Shares will be getting two. This week the heads ready are a mix of green oakleaf, bibb lettuce, and green romaine. These can form the heart of a great salad along with the other mix of veggies this week.  We have several different varieties of lettuce growing on the farm so keep your eyes open for the different heads that will make their way to you throughout the year.  We have put some extra planning into planting our lettuces this year so that we can extend the greens through more of the summer so everyone should have lots of opportunities to enjoy lettuce in their salads.



Kale


This green became a favorite for a lot of us last year, Farmer Don certainly came to love it. There are many great ways to enjoy this super food, which is loaded with vitamins.  You can of course eat it raw, or throw it in a juicer.  We really enjoy throwing it in the cast iron with butter, salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes, for a great side to any meal.  It is also a great healthy snack when you bake them into Kale Chips.  

Kale Chips



Arugula


Arugula is a pungent, peppery flavored green originating from the Mediterranean. Spice up any salad, sandwich, or pizza with some Arugula! For a pizza topping you can add it just before baking or immediately after. Also eaten raw, coarsely chopped in pasta in Italy. With salad--try it with some mozzarella cheese, pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes! 


Lettuce and Spinach Mix


This week we have a mega-green mix, a combination of our two salad mixes including mustard, mizuna, tatsoi, kale, arugula, green oakleaf, read oakleaf, green romaine, and red romaine. Enjoy! 

Swiss Chard



Enjoy these multicolored Swiss Chard leaves this week! Swiss Chard is high in minerals and fiber, and looks a bit like a giant beet leaf.  Swiss chard with red ribs is often a little sweeter, with less bitter undertone than Swiss chard with white ribs. All the varieties of chard can be prepared the same way, but they can have a different flavor. Some people prefer the ribs, some prefer the leaves, so experiment and enjoy this summer! Try some of these easy recipes to start out, we've got more coming that we seeded after the deer ate half the crop.

5 Ways to Prepare and Cook Swiss Chard
 

Fresh Herb Bundle


We've got  bunches of Italian Basil and cilantro this week, enjoy!  

Can't use it all? Here's a simple How-To on drying your own herbs. 

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