Summer ’17 CSA Week 5

 

Summer CSA Week 5 (Clockwise from top left):
Butter Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce
Curly Kale
Hon Tsai Tai
Sugar Snap Peas
French Breakfast OR Cherry Belle Radish
Escarole
Joi Choi
Mmm some new faces in your box this week!
While busy, this is such a magical time of year produce-wise. It is as if the Earth knows bathing suit season is upon us, and we should be nourishing our bodies with lots of leafy greens and bright radishes in preparation! (Please disregard this quip if you are just here to get down on some veggies, and could care less about how you look in a bathing suit). Hon tsai tai (pictured here) is an asian green in the mustard family that sends up tender little shoots, leaves, and flowers, for your culinary pleasure! The whole plant is edible (flowers included) try it chopped raw in your salad mix, lightly wilted in your favorite soup, or stir fried to perfection. Whenever I have edible flowers, I set them aside and use them as a garnish, they are delicious and much more attractive raw! Our sugar snap peas are so fun to eat and so satisfying! They make a great vehicle for dips and spreads (especially hummus) at snacktime, or a nice crunchy note for your stir fry or salad. We hope you have as much fun getting into your box as we did packing it. If your enthusiasm is bubbling over, be sure to write a review on our Facebook page! www.facebook.com/priapigardens/ Thank you so much to those of you that have already left us beautiful reviews!!!! We love that you love what we love to do! Have a great week, everybody!
Vic, Mary, Bethany, & the team at Priapi Gardens

Yummy Recipes for Greens!

Week 3 of our summer CSA share! Clockwise from top left: escarole, joi choi, radishes, sage, lettuce, mustard greens, swiss chard, strawberries, curly kale

Our CSA member Denise from Centerville has shared some of her favorite recipes for using up her CSA box full of beautiful (if copious) spring greens. Read on for some yummy inspiration, notes from Denise are italicized. My favorite thing about her style (and a good trait of a CSA chef) is not being afraid to substitute what a recipe calls for with what is fresh and in season! Cheers to eating Out of the Box!

 

Pasta with Greens and Ricotta from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home, 1994)

1 bunch watercress (about 1 cup chopped), tough stems removed [I used 1 cup of mustard greens]

1 bunch Swiss chard, tough stalks removed (about 4 cups chopped) [I used 4 cups of a mix of spinach and kale]

2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed [I used one green garlic, white & green leaves]

1 Tablespoon olive oil

dash of salt & pepper

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

3/4 cup ricotta cheese

1 lb pasta (fettuccine, penne, macaronic, fusilly, shells, etc)

grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled ricotta salata

chopped fresh tomato

toasted walnuts or pine nuts

Bring a large covered pot of water to a rapid boil.

While the water heats, rinse the watercress and chard well, shake off any excess water, and chop coarsely.  Saute the garlic in the oil for a minute, until soft and golden, taking care not to scorch it.  Add the damp greens and saute, stirring often, until they are wilted but still bright green.  Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and remove from the heat.  In a blender, puree the cooked greens with the ricotta until smooth and evenly colored.  Add more salt & pepper to taste.

When the water boils, stir in the pasta, cover and return to a boil.  Then uncover the pot and cook the pasta until al dente.  Drain the pasta and immediately toss it with the sauce in a warmed serving bowl.  Top with Parmesan or crumbled ricotta salata, tomatoes and/or toasted nuts.

Spinach Ricotta Pie from Moosewood Cookbook, by Mollie Katzen, 1992)

Crust for one pie shell

Filling:

1 Tbsp butter/margarine

1 cup minced onion

1 lb. Spinach, stemmed and finely chopped (really, any mix of greens is great! And this uses up a lot of the CSA bags-o-greens)

½ tsp salt

freshly ground pepper to taste

1 tsp dried basil (or 1 Tbsp fresh)

1 lb. Ricotta cheese

2 or 3 beaten eggs

3 Tbs flour

½ cup (packed) grated sharp cheese of your choice

a dash of nutmeg (optional)

optional topping:

1 cup sour cream (lowfat is OK), lightly beaten

paprika

(Assemble the crust recipe of your preference, I like the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten’s crust recipe.)

Preheat oven to 375F.  Melt the butter or margarine in a medium-sized skillet, add the onion, and saute for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Add spinach, salt, pepper & basil and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until the spinach is wilted.  Remove from heat.

Combine all filling ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.  Spread into the unbaked pie shell.  For an extra rich pie, top with sour cream spread to the edges of the crust.  Dust generously with paprika.

Bake 40 – 45 minutes, or until firm to the touch at the center.  Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

Spring CSA Week 10

In the box this week:
Spinach
Asparagus!!!
Buttercrunch Lettuce
Green Garlic
Dinosaur Kale
Red Russian Kale
Mustard Greens
Rutabaga
This is the final share for the Spring 2017 CSA, our Summer share starts next week…did you sign up yet? 🙂
Good storage is important! Keep veggies in a sealed container in the refrigerator for best results.
A is for asparagus this time of year! Our two beds are just starting to produce, meaning you will find some beautifully tender spears in your box this week. Try them chopped raw in a salad with some feta — mmmm!

B is for buttercrunch! This is one of our favorite leafs for lettuce wraps, perfect for stuffing with quinoa salad, egg salad, tabbouleh — you name it!

We are skipping C, D is much more exciting (in our case, this week, no offense, C)…D is for dinosaur kale! We have one little bed of what is perhaps everyone’s favorite kale in the greenhouse, and we decided to harvest it as a fun treat for your last share of the spring season. The good news is, we just finished planting two big rows of dinosaur kale in the garden, so there is more to come if you are joining us for summer!

If you are unfamiliar with green garlic, here is a cheeky, yet informative, article all about the spring version of our favorite bulb, including recipes on how to use it.

Spring has really sprung at the garden center! Stop by and pick up some plants for your yard and take advantage of your Priapi Perks discount — 15% off any purchase (only available while you are a member of the CSA)! We would love to see you!

Seasons eatings,
Vic, Mary, Bethany, and the Priapi Gardens CSA Team