CSA Share for 2012 Week Three

I took this picture of our farm’s cherry tomato plants in case anyone missed getting a good look at them.  There are RED ones in there, and it’s not even July yet.  How about that?!  Even though they’re not ready for us to pick, it won’t be long now.

In our share this week:

  • swiss chard
  • collards
  • lettuce
  • beets
  • cabbage

I think the focus should be on the cabbage this week, since they are REALLY large.  I’m going to try as many coleslaw recipes as I can, starting with Mom’s Coleslaw, No-Mayo Coleslaw, and Haitian Coleslaw.  Also, I’m going to try our green cabbage instead of the napa cabbage in this chop suey recipe from Ellie Krieger that I’ve made many times (another substitution I usually make is chow mein noodles in place of the wonton skins).  Whatever you do, just make sure to eat all your cabbage, since it’s high in Vitamin C, can help prevent/reduce inflammation, and has a chemical that can block the growth of cancer cells and boost DNA repair in cells.

If you have kids or just want some brain exercise, try this classic Wolf, Goat, and Cabbage game.  Also, while looking for cabbage trivia online, I came across this website of Kindergarten teacher Cherie Stihler who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.  One of the first books she wrote was The Giant Cabbage – An Alaska Folktale, and her website is filled with cabbage-y fun, such as puzzles, recipes, and trivia.  Check it out!

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