CSA Share Notes June 8 & 10, 2021
CSA Share Notes:
Welcome to another nutritious week of the Spring CSA. This may be the final week of Spring harvests before we shift gears and focus on the Summer CSA season. In a few more days we will know for sure if this week concludes the Spring CSA season for you.
Here’s this week’s vegetable line up:
- Carrots— For the Regular shares. Our poor carrots really struggled in the wet soils this spring. We lost about 70% to the rain. But luckily we’ve got a few for you. You may have received either our rainbow mix or purple carrots.
- Beets—For all the large shares, a mix of our golden beets and our Red Ace, a nice, deep red beet. These are excellent roasted and topped with a citrus honey glaze. Serve as a side dish or add them atop a fresh salad.
- Fennel—Excellent in pasta sauces, fantastic roasted, delightful in a shaved/grated veggie salad, and delicious caramelized or glazed with your roasted beets.
- Kale—Large shares received a lovely mixed bunch of kale. Regular shares received the Curly kale, and mini shares received a bunch of Red Russian.
- Cabbage—A lovely green Alcosa (the crinkled leaved type) to all the Regular and Mini shares, and then the large shares received both a smooth green Tendersweet and a mini purple Ruby Ball. Most of the purple cabbages have a little but of sun damage on their top leaves. Just slice through the first few layers of cabbage leaves to get down to the healthy meat of the plant. About 90% of the cabbage should still be edible and delicious once you remove the sun scald.
- Potatoes—between 1-3# of our new red potatoes (the weight you received depends on your share size).
- Turnip roots—Beautiful Scarlet Queen turnips for Large and Regular shares. These are a little spicy and so tasty. Try roasting them, or steaming and mashing them in with your mashed potatoes at about 1/3 to 1/2 turnip (they’re higher in moisture than potatoes, so try to accommodate for that in your recipe)
- Leeks—3, 2, and 1 for each corresponding share size.
- Onions— the first of our sweet, flavorful onions. They loved the rain! Though we lost quite a few to rot, the ones that made it are big and pretty. Enjoy on your burgers this week.
Veggie Storage tips:
All your greens and roots (except onions and potatoes) will keep longest stored in the fridge sealed up in produce bags. Root crops should be severed from their tops to keep the roots from getting rubbery. Potatoes and onions prefer a dry, room temperature spot, away from direct light (but don’t put your potatoes in the complete dark or they’ll sprout!) Everything will need a thorough washing before cooking, but leave the dirt on until you’re ready to use them to prevent spoilage.
We’d love to hear stories and recipes of your culinary adventures this week. Send us a note or post a comment of how you’ve used your CSA share.
Your farmers, Jess & Justin
Regular Share top left to right: Curly kale, Alcosa cabbage, onions, and fennel (2nd row) Scarlet Queen Turnips, carrots, and potatoes above the leeks.