Share Notes May 27 & 29, 2021
CSA Share Notes:
We cannot tell you how grateful we’ve been for some rays of sunshine early this week. Let’s hope it sticks around for a while to dry things up and help the crops grow. Chant with us: No More Rain!
Here’s this week’s vegetable line up:
- Potatoes—between 1-2# of our new red potatoes (the weight you received depends on your share size), perfect for boiling with a slice of bacon and some fresh green beans, if you have them. Yum!
- Broccoli—We’re so excited for broccoli! Almost all our plants are really stressed from the extra water, so they’re all producing pretty petite broccoli crowns all at once, though we had timed out planting to have them spread out over the next 4 weeks. We could just have a short window of this crop, so try to really savor it! Cauliflower should be coming on soon.
- Leek—One to each large share. We should have leeks for everyone soon, in another week or two! Time for broccoli, potato, leek soup?
- Radishes— Large and Regular shares received Easter Egg radishes, crunchy, and an array of lovely colors. The extra water we received this week will dilute their heat and yours will likely be nice and mild.
- Fennel Bulb—This crop is excellent roasted, or shaved fresh into a salad or slaw. The flavor pairs perfectly with orange/citrus if you want to make a nice orange fennel glaze to top some veggies. The fronds are great with grilled fish.
- Kale/Collard—Regular shares received our pretty and tender Red Russian kale, Large shares received big healthy bunches of curly kale, and our mini shares received collards.
- Swiss Chard—For the Regular shares. This crop is delicious sauteed into a nice veggie egg scramble with lots of garlic. It can also stand on its own as a side item cooked with some caramelized onion (this would be perfect with that fennel orange glaze I mentioned earlier!)
- Snow peas—We have enough for all the large and regular shares. They’re beginning to wind down after last week’s deluge. We will probably have them next week and that might be it.
- Lettuce— 3 varieties for the large, 2 for the regular, and one for the mini. All beautiful reds. Rouxai oak leaf type, Skyphos iceburg type, and a great red romaine.
- Dandelion Greens—This flavorful crop could be cooked with your kale/collard/chard, or added to a salad for really nutrious addition to your meal. It’s actually considered a medicinal herb and offers a ton of liver supporting blend of nutrients.
Veggie Storage tips:
Everything you get this week will keep longest stored in the fridge sealed up in produce bags. All root crops should be severed from their tops to keep the roots from getting rubbery, and the greens stored separately, sealed up to stay fresh. 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: Red Russian kale, Swiss Chard, dandelion greens, fennel bulb (2nd row) red romaine and Rouxai lettuce, Easter egg radish (3rd row) Broccoli, new potatoes, and snow peas.