Posts Tagged ‘radishes’

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 Eight

We’re certainly getting a variety of veggies this time of year.  I was glad to see the radishes, arugula, and mizuna.  It took me a few years to really appreciate the mizuna and especially the arugula, but I really look forward to them now.  In our share this week:

  • lettuce
  • mizuna
  • arugula
  • bok choy
  • summer squash
  • radishes
  • cucumber
  • green beans
  • tomatoes

I took Farmer Anne’s advice from this week’s newsletter and sauteed up some arugula with cherry tomatoes, then added some penne pasta, feta cheese, and lemon juice (and pepper).  Fantastic!  The lemon juice was a very tasty touch.  I’ve also made a pesto with the arugula, just following my standard pesto recipe but replacing the basil with arugula (see my post from last year).

Since last year, my favorite way of enjoying those radishes is on bread with butter (see Radish, Butter and Bread over at whatscookingamerica.net).   Simple, easy and delicious.  And I have to say, wow, are those tomatoes are delicious!  They ripen up beautifully on the counter, don’t they?

Look What I Found in My Freezer!

The summer-like weather here in New England over this past weekend really got me thinking about and looking forward to the beginning of our CSA season in a couple of months.  But then today, with its 43 degrees and rainy weather, got me thinking about soup!  So I assessed the contents of my outdoor freezer, dove to the bottom, and discovered what I’d frozen and forgotten over last year’s busy CSA summer.

It seemed as though I would never get to the end of all my frozen greens, but now I find myself really appreciating my small remaining stash.  I have already used all my frozen kale and bok choi, and what is left are about ten little baggies, including turnip greens, beet greens, and radish greens. I remembered that last year I had found a tasty-sounding Radish Top Soup recipe, so today that is the final destination of my last two baggies of radish greens.  This soup is mild, comforting, and healthful–just what I wanted on this rainy day.  Since I didn’t have any onions on hand that the recipe called for, I substituted some of the last of my frozen chopped leeks. (The rest of the leeks will go atop our pizza this week.)  I served it with a bit of cream cheese.

In addition to the greens and leeks, I found a couple of big bags of diced and pureed zucchini and a bag of Chinese cabbage, which will be great in future dishes of Inside-Out Dumplings.

And that’s it!  Those June pickup days can’t come too soon now for me.

CSA Share for 2010 Week Four

Lots of greens this week.  I have some ideas for these greens, but could certainly use more ideas from you.  The veggies are growing well, and we’re getting big portions of each:

  • green cabbage
  • bunch of radishes
  • swiss chard
  • Red Russian kale
  • arugula
  • mizuna
  • head of lettuce
  • 2 summer squash
  • pick your own herbs

Tonight I snipped the tops off the radishes and stored the radishes in my “root veggie” bag.  (I combine all radishes, turnips, kohlrabi, etc, into one bag in my veggie drawer.)  I put the radish tops back into my “greens” bag to deal with tomorrow.  I washed and spun up the whole head of lettuce, along with a little bit of swiss chard, arugula, and mizuna.  We’ll see how the kids do with the darker greens…

CSA Share for 2010 Week Three

A very colorful share this week!  Mounds of red radishes, white turnips, and purple kohlrabi looked great in the veggie shed.  In this week’s share is:

  • Haikurei turnips
  • lettuce
  • bunch of radishes
  • purple kohlrabi
  • swiss chard
  • summer squash
  • chinese cabbage
  • garlic scapes
  • pick your own herb bunch

Right when I got home, I cut off all of the tops to the radishes, turnips and kohlrabi, and combined them all in a bag in the fridge; I will work on freezing these tomorrow.  All the bottoms went into one bag in the fridge.   I then washed and spun the whole head of lettuce to use over the next few days.  For the herbs, if I remember, I will bring a glass to the farm with a little bit of water in it.  Then I just put my snipped herbs right into the water glass and they stay extra fresh.  When I get home, the herb glass simply goes right into the fridge.

We started out tonight with shredded lettuce on our homemade subs. Since I don’t have much time before dinner on pickup day, and after spending time separating and storing my share, I don’t usually do much with the veggies for dinner that night.  I keep it simple by using the fresh lettuce or maybe a plate of raw kohlrabi, etc.  The zucchini would also be quick and easy to slice and toss with olive oil and salt/pepper, then broil or bake for just a bit in the toaster oven.