Archive for June, 2013

CSA Share for 2013 Week Two

Grain and Greens Salad Wrap

It has just been so hot and humid around here that I really don’t want to turn on my oven at all or stand over my stove too long.  With this week’s pickup, we don’t have to and we can eat well without heating up our kitchens.  In our share this week:

  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • Winterbor kale
  • summer squash and zucchini
  • garlic scapes

Go to one of my old posts and try a  Grains and Greens Salad Wrap (pictured above) as it’s a good recipe for this hot weather.  And don’t forget to pick your own strawberries someplace this week or weekend since strawberry season will come to an end before you know it!

Another tortilla idea is to make garlic scape pesto, spread it on a wrap, add a little feta and some chopped dates or figs, then bake for just a bit (about 5 minutes at 400 degrees).  Roll it up and you’ve got a healthy portable snack.  I hope you took a lot of those garlic scapes; if you can’t get to them (even though they last a long time), just dice them up, put them in a freezer bag, and use a little at a time all winter long.  And, a note on the pesto: traditional pesto recipes call for pine nuts, but I always use walnuts instead which are cheaper and easier to find.

CSA Share for 2013 Week One

happy fruit faceOh happy day indeed!  What a beautiful day for the first pickup of the season.  The farm looks great and I love seeing the steadfast, serene veggie fields once again, but this year there’s even more life in the air due to all the new pigs, sheep, and cows.  What fun!

Our farmers say it has been a tough growing season so far, but they are masters at rolling with the weather and making it all work out.  In our share this week:

  • giant bunch of kale
  • garlic scapes
  • summer squash and zucchini

This Kale Salad recipe is similar to the one Farmer Anne talked about in this week’s newsletter.  I made it today, but first steamed the whole bunch of kale to mellow it a bit, then mixed in everything else.  Make a big bunch and have it for the next few days.  You could also wrap it up in a wrap, put it atop pizza, or have it over brown rice.   For an Asian twist, try this Soy-Sesame Kale recipe.  Sites such as allrecipesepicurious, or tastespotting are great to explore for more ideas.

For a quick, tasty dish that won’t heat up the kitchen too much, bake the summer squash as I described in a post from a few years ago.  The garlic scapes can be used just like garlic cloves, and do try making the garlic pesto Anne mentioned this week.  Also, explore this blog’s past posts from similar months of previous years for more ideas.

BE SURE to check out our farm’s redesigned website and new Facebook page!  Farmer Mike’s Facebook updates make me feel even more connected to the food I and my family eats, and helps me to remember and appreciate the planning, work, and experience that goes into growing our veggies.  Thank you to our farmers and their helpers!

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