Share Notes December 3 & 5
CSA Share Notes:
- Baby greens mix— super tender baby spinach, Russian kale, and a bit of peppery mustard. This mix is so wonderful. The large and regular shares received this mix.
- Arugula—For everyone! Super flavorful and delicious in a fresh salad.
- Broccoli— Large and Regular shares received a nice handful of broccoli heads or several stalks of flowering broccoli. These are perfect for roasting.
- Winter Squash—Large and Regular shares received an acorn squash and a couple of mini butternuts. Use a very sharp (new?) veggie peeler to peel off the butternut peel without wasting any of the flesh. The acorn don’t need to be peeled. Both of these would be excellent in the roasted winter veggie soup I link below!
- Fennel—This crop is such a wonderful winter treat. I suggest this week you try it in the wonderful winter vegetable chowder we’ve been enjoying lately. A couple of turnips and sweet potatoes would be great additions. If you have it in the fridge, a few carrots, a parsnip, or just about any hearty veggie will fit into this recipe, it’s so versatile. You could easily use half of your CSA share on one big pot of tasty chowder if you were so inclined this week. In the past we’ve topped it with toasted nuts, and at other times with crumbled crispy bacon. It’s really a winner.
- Mixed Turnips— Regular shares received a small sampling of our red turnips and our heirloom purple top turnips. These would be great in the roasted vegetable soup I linked above.
- Mixed Beets— Large and Regular shares received a trio of golden, chioggia, and red beets. We like to roast our beets in the oven wrapped in foil, then top with a citrus maple glaze. They’re wonderful. The greens can be sauteed with a little butter and then dressed with the glaze as well.
- Mixed Greens bunches— Large shares received beautiful (and huge) bunches of mixed kale and collards.
- Lacinato Kale— Mini shares received petite bunches of pretty, dark leaved lacinato kale.
- Radishes—Large shares received watermelon radish, and mini shares received easter egg radishes.
- Sweet Potatoes— Mini Shares only
- Kohlrabi— Mini Shares only. These tasty bulbs are fantastic peeled, sliced and added to salads, roasted, used in a veggie soup, and more. They taste a lot like a broccoli stem, but sweeter and crunchier. They are also fantastic in a fresh winter slaw with pomegranate, fennel, and toasted walnut or pecans.
Veggie Storage tips:
Sever all roots from their greens so they don’t get rubbery. Store all greens, roots, fennel, kohlrabi, and broccoli sealed up in bags in the fridge. Sweet potatoes and winter squash prefer to stay at room temp. Everything will need a significant washing before cooking, but leave the dirt on until you’re ready to use them to prevent faster 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.
Jess & Justin