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!
Vic, Mary, Bethany, and the team at Priapi Gardens