Fall CSA 2017 Week 4

From top left, clockwise: Curly kale, joi choi, french breakfast radishes, red celery, Asian pears, cilantro, sweet potato, mustard greens, Italian parsley, golden beets. (Large share pictured.)

It would appear cooler weather is moving in to stay, and your box is one more indicator. Dark leafy greens love cool weather, and we hope you love dark leafy greens!

The mustard greens in your box this week are a milder variety, and are quite tender as they are young. They work well in a salad mixed with other greens or on their own, and pack a powerful nutritional punch (you can read more about it here.) If you are into mustard the condiment on your wraps and sandwiches, replacing it with mustard greens really makes them shine!

The french breakfast radishes in your box are classically the mildest of all radishes. Of course they work well in salad, but they are also great dipped in a bit of tempered butter (a classic french appetizer), hummus, or very lightly steamed (tops and all) as a striking side dish.

Red celery is a fun change from green, but can be used in the same ways. Our slender celery stalks are super flavorful, great gently sauteed or juiced.

Golden beets are awesome! They are milder than their red counterparts and are less likely to stain hands when they are worked with. If roasting, be sure to keep an eye on your beets, as they will show blackening more readily than red beets.

The other veggies in your box are probably pretty familiar by now — we hope you love eating them as much as we loved growing them!

The Fall CSA will be over before we know it, so we’d like to bring your attention to special pricing for the coming seasons. Between now and December 1st, sign up for any future season of 2018 and receive 10% off your purchase! Those savings stack up quickly. This offer will not be available through our website, so please call or sign up in person at the farm.

CSA member, Kringle the Great Dane, realizes his sweet potato is as big as his head! No small feat!

Have a great week,
Vic, Mary, Bethany, & the Team at Priapi Gardens

Fall CSA 2017 Week 3

From top left, clockwise: Arugula, curly kale, lettuce, spicy mix, joi choi, garlic, cilantro, yellow onions, sweet potato!(Large share pictured.)

Another box of organic goodness! Joi choi is a cousin of bok choy, and works as a substitute for any recipe that calls for its (much larger) cousin. It is lovely in soups and stir fry, you can also try it whole on the grill…yum! It also compliments the greens in our spicy mix, which is great in a salad or cooked.

The Fall CSA will be over before we know it, so we’d like to bring your attention to special pricing for the coming seasons. Between now and December 1st, sign up for any future season of 2018 and receive 10% off your purchase! Those savings stack up quickly. This offer will not be available through our website, so please call or sign up in person at the farm.

Salad on,
Vic, Mary, Bethany, and the team at Priapi Gardens

Fall CSA 2017 Week 2

From top left, clockwise: New Zealand spinach, tomatoes, summer crisp lettuce, beets, shallots, spicy salad mix, yellow onions, arugula. (Large share pictured.)

A nice box full of leafy greens to complement your hearty fall fare. When you arrive at your CSA pickup location this week, look for your tomatoes nearby. We do not refrigerate tomatoes, so they don’t go into the boxes. Small shareholders, take a 1/2 pint, large shareholders, take a pint. These are the very last tomatoes of the season, so we hope you enjoy having them. We also request that you be sure to check your name off on the list at your pickup location, so we can keep track of who has received their share, and who has not.

Who’s who in your box?
Left to right: New Zealand spinach, arugula, spicy salad mix.

New Zealand spinach is not spinach at all, but native to New Zealand and happiest in hot weather when we cannot grow regular spinach (which likes cold weather!) New Zealand spinach is best cooked or whizzed into your favorite juice or smoothie — it has a funny aftertaste when eaten raw. Nutritionally, it is very similar to spinach and will most certainly prevent scurvy in your family.

People always remark on how different our arugula looks compared to that in the grocery store. Most arugula in stores is ‘baby’, meaning it is younger and markedly less spicy. We hope you enjoy this ‘adolescent’ arugula which has more of a kick!

Spicy salad mix is a melange of baby mustard greens, baby red russian kale, tatsoi, and arugula. Some of these greens are spicy, some are milder. This mix is great in a salad, or try it chopped and wilted into some of your favorite recipes. I like to add it to a bowl of brothy soup just before eating. Whatever you do with your share this week, we hope you enjoy it, and thank you for your support of our small family farm and garden center!

Salad on,
Vic, Mary, Bethany, and the team at Priapi Gardens