Share Notes 3-26-20
CSA Share Notes:
The winter garden is still going strong, and new crops are maturing! We’re excited about the shares we’re sending this week.
- Kale—Regular shares received Red Russian kale (flat, oakleaf). Large shares received Winterbor curly kale. We’ve got a great technique: massaged kale salad, to which you can add any number of delicious toppings. I suggest making a honey-citrus dressing with fresh squeezed grapefruit and orange juice.
- Spinach—A nice big bag of fresh, iron-rich spinach. Some of these leaves are bigger than you’d typically want for a salad. They’d be great in a Minestrone.
- Leaf Lettuce—Loads for everyone. Salads all week!
- Broccoli florets—Just a bit for everyone. I would toss these beautiful leafy florets with a bit of olive oil and salt and put them straight into a hot oven to roast, as is, no trimming, tender stem and all.
- Brussels Sprouts—For the large shares.
- Beets—A mix of Chioggia and Red Ace. We made a delicious roasted beet and kale dish with butter-browned potato gnocchi. Fancy. With beets, roasting is the way to go. Wrapped in foil, 400 degrees, about 45 minutes.
- Carrots—Lovely bunches of our long rooted carrots. They did so well in our greenhouse this year!
- Sweet Potatoes—The only crop we didn’t grow ourselves. Our friend up the road, Tony Philips grew these lovely taters for you. They’re nearing the end of their storage life, so enjoy them soon.
Veggie Storage tips:
Everything will keep longest stored in the fridge sealed up in produce bags. I suggest grabbing a box of Peak Fresh or similar type of reusable bags that release ethylene gas. You can find them at Natural Grocers or online and they’ll help preserve your abundant harvest as long as possible.
All root crops should be severed from their tops to keep the roots from getting rubbery. Everything will need a gentle 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: Beets and carrots, kale, below that sweet potatoes and broccoli florets, at the bottom spinach and leaf lettuce.
Large Share top left to right: Beets and carrots, kale, below that sweet potatoes and broccoli florets, at the bottom spinach, Brussels sprouts, and leaf lettuce.