Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2015 CSA Share 8

2015 CSA Share 8

It's been dry on the farm. But we finally received some significant rainfall this past week, along with sudden winds and gusts that snapped the trunk of one of our ornamental maple trees and tried, but failed, to knock our corn over. For all that, the rain was still very welcome. It had seemed like every storm either passed us by or gave us a tenth of an inch of rainfall. Enough to just wet and darken the top of the soil, and then evaporate later in the day. Finally our rain dances proved successful, and the crops and weeds are growing happily again. 

This week we have quite a few new crops for everyone. The first of the kohlrabi, jalapeños, and green beans, and the return of a spring favorite, spinach! Somehow these spinach heads escaped the deer and the heat, so enjoy!

We will have extras at the Tuesday Ionia Pickup (6-6:30 pm at the Farmers Market Pavillon), at the Carson City Farmers Market (Fridays 1-5 pm) and at the Farm Stand.

Lettuce Mix-.5 lb/$1.25
Green Beans-1 lb/$1.25
Slicing Cucumbers-2/$1
Lemon Cucumbers-3/$1
Radishes-$.75/bunch
Kohlrabi-$.75 each



Large Share Pictured: 2 bags of lettuce mix, 2 spinach heads, 2 lbs green beans, 4 onions, 4 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 bags snap peas, 2 kohlrabi, 2 jalapeños, 2 bunches green onions, 2 bunches herbs


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. They are also popular in Indian food, in dishes like Kohlrabi Curry.


Kohlrabi Curry

Roasted Kohlrabi

Butter-Braised Kohlrabi 

Jalapeno

New this week is a taste of summer heat with the first jalapeños of the year! We like to add a jalapeño to our stir frys for some extra heat. 

Green Beans

New this week are green beans! Our green bean mix includes purple, yellow and green beans, which will all turn green when cooked. 

Spinach

New this week is some surprise spinach! The deer and the heat got our other summer plantings, but we managed to get a few plants past them. Add these to a sandwich, a sauté, or a salad! 

Onions 

This week we have white and yellow onions, small shares get two, large shares get four. We have plenty more of these for later shares, so enjoy them fresh! 

Green Onions

We prefer these in salad or fried rice, for a dash of onion taste you can't go wrong! 

Snap Peas

More snap peas this week, enjoy! It's been getting hot and the peas have been producing much less, so enjoy these peas while we still have them. We like to use them for stir fry, fried rice, or eat them raw. 

Cucumber-Slicer and Lemon

Cucumbers have been doing well, this week large shares get 4 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon; small shares get 2 slicing and 1 lemon. We like to just eat the lemon cucumbers raw, like an apple, but they can be pickled or used in salad or cucumber salad just like any regular cucumber. 


Summer Squash


Our Summer Squash seemed to be the hardest hit by the lack of rain, so we don't have as many summer squash for everyone this week. One for small shares, 2 for large shares. 

Bacon and Summer Squash Spaghetti Carbonara

Lettuce Mix


This week we have a mix of green romaine, red romaine and butter crunch. 

Herbs

This week for herbs we have garlic chives, greek oregano, and Italian basil.

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