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CSA Share for 2012 Week One

It’s our first veggie pickup for the 2012 season, and what a pickup it is!  I’ve never seen so many veggies for Week One.  Also, our farmer showed me the cherry tomato plants that have so many green tomatoes growing…already!  In our share this week:

  • red Russian kale
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • mizuna
  • radishes
  • garlic scapes
  • eggs

Now that is a nice assortment of greens.  There are all sorts of recipes for these greens, ranging from simple to complicated, but the best way to enjoy them this early in the year is to just make a salad.  That’s it.  After a whole winter of no fresh farm greens, just…make…a salad.  Try this nice, light salad dressing recipe; search sites such as allrecipes, epicurious, or tastespotting; or, as advised by our farmer, check out some dressing recipes from one of our farm’s vintage 2010 newsletters (these newsletters only get better with age :-)).

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CSA Share for 2011 Week One

Week One is finally here!  My son and I had a great visit with our farmers at pickup last night, and the farm looks so good.  I cannot believe the cherry tomatoes are planted and already flowering, AND I even saw a tiny cherry tomato starting.  In our share this week:

  • spinach
  • green leaf lettuce
  • red leaf lettuce
  • garlic scapes
  • eggs

These are big heads of lettuce and a big bunch of spinach.  If you have a busy week ahead of you, wash all your lettuce at once and then store in bags in your veggie drawer; if it’s all ready and waiting for you, you’ll be much more likely to eat it up.  As mentioned in this week’s farm newsletter, just fill your sink or a bowl with water and let the leaves sit in it for a bit, allowing the dirt to settle, before fishing them out.  Then spin dry (I don’t have too many kitchen gadgets, but I do love having a salad spinner during CSA season).

For a very easy lunch, try simply sauteing some of the spinach in olive oil with minced garlic scapes and then adding an egg or two.  If you take lunch to work, just make it in the morning and then wrap it up in a wrap to take with you.  Garlic scapes can be used anywhere you would use garlic cloves.

Throughout this year’s season, if you ever want more ideas, just go to the Archives section on the right and explore posts from similar months from last year.  You can also hit the Search this Blog section up on top to get more info on a particular veggie.

General Muffin Recipe

This recipe is from The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn.   It’s great because its grains and additions ingredients are general enough that you can use up whatever is hanging out in your cupboard or fridge (a fantastic way to use up zucchini), and it is flexible enough to allow you to adjust the portions of the other ingredients.  I like to test how little sugar I can put in these while still having them taste good.  You really can get creative with this recipe.

General Muffin Recipe

  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups grain flour (wheat flour, rye flour, cornmeal, oatmeal, flake cereal…)
  • 1 cup milk (or buttermilk or sour milk, or some fruit juice mixed with milk…)
  • up to 1/4 cup butter or oil (or sub in some nut butter)
  • 1 egg
  • up to 1/2 cup sweetener
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • up to 1-1/2 cup of additions (nuts, berries, mashed bananas, shredded zucchini, coconut, carrots, applesauce, spices, cocoa powder, cheese…)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream butter/oil with sweetener.  Add egg and continue mixing.  Add milk, then flour and baking powder and salt.  Gently fold in additions; do not overmix.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

CSA Share for 2010 Week One

The early spring here made for a good pickup this week.  This week’s share consists of:
  • Haikurei turnips
  • lettuce
  • big bunch of spinach
  • garlic scapes
  • one dozen eggs
  • pick your own herb bunch
Tonight I cut off the tops of the turnips and put them in a bag, and stored the turnips in a separate bag. I bagged up the garlic scapes, spinach, and lettuce separately, and then put everything and the eggs  in the fridge.  I also put the herb bunch in a glass with water and put it in the fridge.   Using a salad spinner, I washed up some lettuce and spinach for a very fresh side salad for tonight’s dinner.  The best way to wash greens is to put them in the spinner, fill the spinner up with water and let sit for a few minutes to allow the dirt to sink to the bottom.  Then fish out the greens, dump the water, and spin away.   You can serve the greens right in the spinner bowl, and then put the top on and any leftovers go right into the fridge.  Nice and easy.