July 28th CSA Newsletter

P1040700Summer bounty is upon us at last!  Tomatoes are ripening in our hoop houses, and you will see more squash and cucumbers peppering your CSA shares this week.  Many things like beans (four varieties!), carrots, tomatoes and potatoes are almost ready.  Now is the time for quick summer meals with piles of assorted veggies, either in raw salads, stir fried, roasted or steamed.  Below is my favorite steamed veggie dish, best with a heap of chopped fresh herbs.  Enjoy the sun and keep cool in the kitchen!

IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:

Green Cabbage

Salad Mix

Garlic

Spring Onions

Cucumbers

Broccoli or Cauliflower

Summer Squash (a mix of Zucchini, Patty Pan and Yellow Crookneck Squashes)

Dill (and other herbs)

Fresh Flowers

MARINATED VEGETABLES–Moosewood Cookbook

Chop up a variety of vegetables into 1-2 inch pieces.  Possibilities include:  cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, summer squash, pepper.  Steam over a pot of water till just tender, not mushy–usually 2-5 minutes.

Combine minced garlic, olive oil (up to 1/2 cup, depending on amount of veggies) salt, pepper and any herbs (dill, basil, chives, thyme, parsley, mint) in a large bowl.  Add the steamed veggies (they can still be hot).

Optional additions:  peas, sliced onion, scallions, cheese, tofu, olives, cherry toms

Stir in vinegar (same amount as oil) right before serving.

I did this with JUST zucchini, mint and dill and a splash of oil and vinegar–served warm.  Amazing!

CLASSIC COLESLAW–Moosewood Cookbook

Shredded cabbage–4 cups

Shredded carrots–2 large

1-2 Tablespoons cider vinegar

1-2 Tablespoons honey

pinch of celery seed

1 cup yogurt or mayonnaise (or half cup of each)

salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 1/2 cup each: minced green pepper and red onion, 2 chopped green apples

Combine all and mix well.  Chill.

July 21st CSA Newsletter

P1040689Many things long awaited are slowly starting to fruit in our fields:  cucumbers, summer squash and peppers are all coming on bit by bit.  Because of this, you will get a handful of at least two of these this week, and more next week.  They will all be great in a salad!  Speaking of salads, check out this amazIng red bibb lettuce, called, “Skyphos.”  It is a beauty.  And tasty too.

Beet greens are in your share this time.  These tender, small leaves are an old favorite, easy to boil, steam or braise in a pan on the stove.  My boys enjoy them best the old fashioned way:  stems and baby beets chopped off, rinsed well, boiled for 5 minutes, drained and tossed with your favorite vinegar and a bit of salt.  Yum!

I’ve added kale again, and if you don’t have a tried-and-true recipe, find one!  We cut out the main rib and put the leaves in smoothies with a lot of fruit, bake them with oil as “kale chips,” or massage and marinate them with oil, garlic, parmesan and lemon juice for a kale salad.  A quick search of internet recipes will give you hundreds.  Kale can also be thrown in soups or enjoyed just like beet greens–although boiled for 10 minutes instead of 5.  Hope you find your “go-to” recipes for enjoying this super nutritious green.

A note about washing:  We wash ALMOST all the veggies on our farm.  We do not wash peas, beans, blueberries or basil and other herbs.  These all keep much better by NOT washing them.  Of course, we would encourage you to wash these when you get them home.  We triple-wash all greens, including salad mix, which we also spin dry.  Our general advice on whether to wash your vegetables?  Yes, wash them.  We do our best to give you clean vegetables, but it never hurts to give them one more rinse.

IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:

Skyphos Bibb Lettuce

Blueberries

Beet Greens

A selection of:  Peppers, Cucumbers and/or Summer Squash

Kale (baby or full-sized)

Snap Peas

Herbs and Flowers

*Wednesday share members will get cauliflower next week!

MUSTARD-BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE–from Eating Well

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup canola oil

2 Tablespoons coarse mustard

1 Tablespoon maple syrup

1 Teaspoon chopped basil

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well.  It’s easy to halve the ingredients to make a smaller amount. 

Store in fridge.

June 14th CSA Newsletter

Things are buzzing along here at the farm as new crops are ready and the heat really starts to come on.  This week we have these gorgeous, candy-striped “Chioggia” beets.  An heirloom, these brightly-colored beets are sweet when roasted, boiled or grated for a raw salad. You can also eat the greens!  Also new this week are two kinds of peas:  “Sienna” shell peas and (everybody’s favorite) “Cascadia” sugar snap pea.  The fat, light-colored ones are the sugar snap.  (You can tell the difference easily when you bite into the shell.)  Sugar snaps are amazing eaten raw (with the tops snapped off, of course).  I’ve added some baby “Fordhook” swiss chard, new this week as well.  If you don’t have a tried and true recipe for chard, simply boil or steam it up lightly, drain it and add vinegar and salt.  My kids love it this simple way.  Have a great week!

In your share this week:

“Chioggia” Beets and Greens

Baby Swiss Chard

Sugar Snap and Shell Peas

Romaine Lettuce

Spring Onions

Basil

(CSA members will receive Cauliflower as it comes ready.  If you don’t get it this week, you will get it next)

Sugar Snap Pea and Radish Salad (Martha Stewart Living)

½ lb. sugar snap peas, ends trimmed, and halved crosswise if desired
* 4 radishes, sliced paper-thin
* 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
* 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
* Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Method:

1. Place sugar snap peas, radishes, lemon zest, lemon juice, and oil in a serving bowl.
2. Toss well. Season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Roasted Beets with Oranges and Basil Vinaigrette–Didi Emmons

  • 5 small beets, cut into 4ths (no need to peel)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 seedless orange
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped basil, some whole leaves for garnish

Heat oven to 400F.  Put beets in roasting pan with 1 Tbs. of olive oil drizzled over.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until tender.  Remove and let cool for 10 min.  Grate orange rind and  then section the orange, leaving the membranes.  In a bowl, combine the grated rind, vinegar and basil.  Whisk in the remaining oil.  Add salt and pepper.  Place beet and orange peices on a large plate and spoon on the vinaigrette.  Serve when the beets have cooled.

July 7th CSA Newsletter

P1040679CRAZY GOOD FOOD!  Everything is the gardens here is growing madly–including the weeds!  At last week’s farmer’s market, a woman asked why I didn’t have beet greens.  Her question was simple enough, but her look said, “how on God’s green earth can you have no beet greens in July?!”  I felt guilty.  At least, a tiny bit of guilt.  The reason, like her question, is pretty easy.  I planted them.  They are growing.  They are not ready yet.  And also, I put them in the lower garden where we let the rain water the crops.  And I didn’t plant beet seedlings.  And weeds got in the way.  And our ph is low…and on and on I could have gone with all the farmer’s excuses.  But I simply said, “I know.  They will come soon.”  As will all good things to those who wait.  In the meantime, enjoy the broccoli.

This week’s share:

Broccoli (great when roasted with butter or oil, salt & pepper, lemon, and fresh garlic!  350 for about 20 min.)

Fresh Garlic (does not store, refrigerate, and remove tough outer skin when you cut it up)

Snow Peas

Salad Mix

Head Lettuce

Kale

“Easter Egg” Radishes

Herbs:  Mint and Parsley

Snow Peas with Pine Nuts and Mint (from SimplyRecipes)

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 pound snow peas, rinsed, dried, tips of the ends cut off, strings removed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (could be sunflower seeds or sliced almonds)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil (adds a rich depth, but if not available coconut oil or olive oil will be good too… )
  • 10 large mint leaves, chopped
  • Dash of sea salt or soy sauce optional or to taste

Method

1 Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the snow peas, garlic, and pine nuts. Stir to coat with the oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring. You do not want to overcook the snow peas or they will get limp. They should still be a little bit crunchy.

June 30th CSA Newsletter

P1040669The consistent rain lately has not been all bad, bringing with it some of the best salad weather ever.  Greens are happy, tender and sweet, and their gorgeous variety of textures and colors ensures that salad will never be boring!  This week, we are delighted to share the “Nancy” butterhead bibb.  The butterhead has thick, buttery-soft leaves that are super tender, yet strong enough to make a salad wrap.  Enjoy this week’s bounty (and try to stay dry).

In your share;

“Nancy” Butterhead Bibb Lettuce

“Blizzard” Snow Peas

Strawberries!

Napa Cabbage

Garlic Scapes

Red Lettuce OR Kale

Featured Herbs:  Cilantro & Basil

Recipes:

NAPA CABBAGE SLAW

1 lime, juiced
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons Asian chili oil (or other oil like sesame)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 cups finely shredded napa cabbage
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced snow peas
3 scallions, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, chili oil, mayonnaise and soy sauce in a large bowl. Add the cabbage, peppers, snow peas and scallions and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.  (Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay, 2007)

GARLIC SCAPE & BASIL PESTO (from my good friend Alyssa)
10 (about) garlic scapes, chopped
1/4–1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4–1/2 cups olive oil
1/4 cup nuts (pine nuts, walnuts almonds, etc.)                                                          
Optional: 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (can use feta)

Salt to taste

  1. Put garlic scapes, basil and lemon juice in food processor with steel blade and process until scapes are very finely chopped. With Food processor running, add oil through the feed tube and process 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove lid, add nuts and or ½ cheese and process 2 minutes, then add rest of cheese and process 2-3 minutes more.
  3. Serve with pasta, toss on potatoes or as a spread for crostini or as a condiment for grilled meat or fish.