Share Notes March 6

Share Notes March 6

CSA Share Notes:

A quick winter garden update:  We’ve had some really nice harvests, but man, that winter storm really set everything back. We are pretty sure our winter garden has enough food left in it for one more harvest for you before we conclude the winter season, but we aren’t sure when it will be ready. It could be 2 or 3 weeks out, or maybe even 4, but we will be sure to keep you in the loop so you know what to expect.

Once the winter season ends it’ll be time to begin the spring season! If you haven’t registered for that season, your shares will conclude. If you want your shares to continue, get signed up here. There’s still a little room left!

 

Here’s this week’s vegetable line up:

  • Spinach— A large bag of spinach, enough for multiple servings. A spinach lasagna would be particularly nice, as would veggie enchiladas, and it’s perfect for beefing up the nutrition in any carby dish like mac and cheese, or mashed potatoes.
  • Arugula—A bag for everyone. Delicious and peppery. I like asiago , dried cranberries, and toasted walnuts in my arugula salads.
  • Lettuce— Everyone received a very big bag of this crop, delicious and tender. Make a plan to have loads of salads this week!
  • (Just a couple of quick notes on all the greens: Regular shares received a range of 3-6 oz of each of their  bags of greens, while large shares received between 6-12 oz of their bags.  To help you use them up before any of them spoil, the lettuce and arugula typically have the shortest shelf life, while the spinach will last longer. Just make sure to keep them all nice and cold and they will all last at least 8 or 10 days.)
  • Carrots— So many gorgeous sweet carrots! We hope you enjoy these. Make sure to remove the tops before storage to prevent the roots from becoming rubbery.
  • Radishes— Only a few left! These are crunchy and bright with a hint of spice.  Some of the greens are badly damaged and quite unattractive damaged because of that huge winter storm, so just discard them and enjoy the roots.
  • Sweet Potatoes— all shares received these. These are nearing the end of their storage life, so use them up quickly!
  • Sun Dried Sungolds— A very special treat! We grew these delectable, super sweet, orange cherry tomatoes back in July and they’re always a crowd pleaser.  Each year, if we have enough, we carefully dehydrate them to extend the harvest. This year, we have enough to share with you! We’ve come to adore using them in all sorts of ways.  These are amazing in Giada’s beef and butternut stew which we love and make multiple times each winter (you could definitely use your sweet potatoes and carrots in place of the butternut!) They’re also great in pasta, like a creamy, parmasany, mushroomy pasta with broccoli or asparagus which are both in season (just not at our garden!). Or use them in a quick salmon or tuna salad with lots of fresh apples, carrots, and celery, and they’re great in a regular salad, too. A little goes a very long way! You should have enough for 2-3 dishes.

Veggie Storage tips:

Sever all roots from their greens so they don’t get rubbery.  Store all greens and roots sealed up in bags in the fridge. Sweet potatoes and sun dried tomatoes will both 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.

Your farmers,

Jess & Justin

Large

Large Share (top left to right): Lettuce, Curly kale, Swiss Chard, arugula, (2nd row) sweet potatoes, broccoli florets, and carrots.

Regular

Regular Share (top left to right): Lettuce, Red Russian and Lacinato kale, spinach, arugula, (2nd row) sweet potatoes, broccoli florets, and carrots.