Fall CSA 2017 Week 7

From top left, clockwise: Carrots!, red leaf lettuce, fennel, joi choi, swiss chard, purple top turnips, cilantro, romaine lettuce. (Large share pictured).

A particularly swoonworthy share. We will be scrambling to harvest as much beautiful vegetable matter as we can from the garden this week before Friday night’s very frigid, 24 degree, arrival. Not everything can be saved. This is probably the last week the cilantro will be around, so savor it!

Some tips on an order of operations for this week’s share…

Use first (will keep about a week in the fridge): cilantro, joi choi, red leaf lettuce.

Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): romaine lettuce, swiss chard, carrot tops.

Store very well (a month or more): Carrots, fennel bulbs, turnips.

All veggies this week store best in a bag or sealed container in the refrigerator.

If you have never considered carrot tops as more than compost, it is time to think again! While they are as beautiful as they are early in the season, our customers will often include them in salads, or use them as a base for pesto, in juices, or stock!And, no, they are not poisonous!This recipe for Roasted Carrot and Black Bean Tacos includes carrots, their tops, and cilantro! A final word on our beautiful carrots — don’t bother peeling them! Carrots form a ‘skin’ when they are out of the ground for a long time, and begin to dry out. Freshly dug carrots are crunchy and juicy and you will want to enjoy every bit of them (just be sure to wash them well)!

Some other recipes to inspire you this week:
Fennel & Apple Salad
8 Recipes for Purple Top Turnips
Grilled Joi Choi

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Stay warm,
Vic, Mary, Bethany, & the Team at Priapi Gardens

Fall CSA 2017 Week 6

From top left, clockwise: mustard greens, mixed lettuce, red Russian kale, spicy mix, Hakurei turnips, New Zealand spinach, dragon radishes, onion, rainbow chard (large share pictured).

Use first (will keep about a week in the fridge): spicy mix, turnip tops, kale (lasts longer but stems will toughen).

Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): mustard greens, lettuce, NZ spinach, rainbow chard.

Store very well (a month or more): Onion, radish, turnips.

All veggies this week(but for the onion) store best in a bag or sealed container in the refrigerator. Onions like cool dark spaces, but not quite as cool and dark as the refrigerator 🙂

Yes – we are encouraging you to eat your turnip greens! They are tender and loaded with nutrients. Try them steamed or sauteed with your mustard greens for a quick and easy side dish. The Hakurei turnips themselves are great raw or cooked. If you have never tried roasting them whole before, we would highly recommend it!

Dragon radishes are not as spicy as their name suggests. However, if you don’t find them to your liking raw, they too are delicious roasted.

Rainbow chard is one of our favorite vegetables. It is loaded with iron, easy on the eyes, and pretty versatile, too. Smoothies, soups, with your eggs, the sky is the limit! Check out the recipes below for some ideas & happy Wednesday!

Easy Swiss Chard
Glazed Hakurei Turnips
Mustard Greens
Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter

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Fall CSA 2017 Week 5

An aerial view of our farm & garden center.

From top left, clockwise: Baby Red Russian kale, mixed lettuce, French breakfast radishes, tatsoi, fennel, cabbage, cilantro, leeks! (Large share pictured.)

Welcome to Week 5 of the Fall CSA. These fall veggies make your CSA share look like a box of jewels. Can’t get to them all right away? Do not fret! Freshly harvested vegetables have a much longer shelf life than those you might find in the grocery store…here are some guidelines to help order your operation —

Use first (will keep about a week in the fridge): tatsoi, cilantro, radish tops

Store a little longer (2 weeks): baby kale, fennel fronds, lettuce

Store very well (a month of more): Cabbage, fennel bulbs, radishes, leeks

All of your veggies this week store best in a bag or sealed container in the refrigerator.

If this is your first time trying tatsoi, it is a delightful Asian green that is very similar to spinach in its capacities. It is mild enough to be enjoyed raw in a salad, and hearty enough to enjoy steamed, sauteed, or wilted in your favorite soup.

We hope you are still enjoying your cilantro, this highly coveted herb is doing beautifully in our garden right now, but will not endure cold weather well. Your fennel fronds make a lovely substitute for dill, so we were sure to leave some for you to enjoy.

Some recipe ideas for your box this week:
Celery, Apple, Fennel Slaw(we have beautiful Honey Crisp apples in the farmstand this week from Milburn Orchards in Elkton)

Radish & Tofu Summer Rolls(once you start making summer rolls, you will be hooked! We always keep rice wrappers on hand for quick, light, and easy dinners! The combinations are endless — no tofu on hand? Try fish or shrimp. Rice wrappers can be found at natural food shops, and even most grocery stores in the international aisle).

Leek & Sweet Potato Soup(take note of the leek washing tips in this recipes! Submerging them in water is another good trick for removing all ‘grit’)

We hope being healthy and fun collide in the very best way in your kitchen this week, and every week! Thanks for supporting our small family farm!


New CSA Pickup Location! Chestertown veggie fans, your requests have been heard! We are partnering with The Seed House as our newest CSA pickup location. Shares will be available for pickup every Wednesday between 4-8pm. Our next CSA season (Winter) begins December 6th. Can’t wait that long? Sign up for the remainder of the Fall CSA season (in person at the farm, at one of our farmers’ markets, or over the phone) and we will pro-rate the cost of your share for the weeks that have already passed! Become a member today!

For a limited time, we are offering special CSA pricing for the coming year. Between now and December 1st, sign up for any future season of 2018 (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) and receive 10% off your purchase! This offer will not be available through our website, so please call or sign up in person at the farm.