Spring CSA 2018 Week 5

Clockwise, from upper left corner: claytonia, red leaf lettuce, arugula, mustard greens, rainbow carrots, joi choi, french breakfast radishes, spinach (large share pictured).

Use first (will keep about a week in the fridge): claytonia, arugula, mustard greens, radish tops
Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): red leaf lettuce, joi choi, spinach
Store very well (a month or more): radishes, carrots

While your produce is super fresh, it has not been washed! Please take care to wash your vegetables well before enjoying.

Happy Wednesday! It is definitely beginning to look a lot like spring by the contents of your CSA box! All root crops are just about gone, but lots of leafy greens are coming in! This box is no exception. We do recommend that you get into your bags of greens (particularly the claytonia and arugula) ASAP. They were a bit wet this morning when we harvested and will love to dry out a bit when they make it into your refrigerator. You could accomplish this by opening up the bag, fluffing its contents, and leaving the bag open in your fridge for a few hours. Or just eat them right away!

You will also notice your mustard leaves may be a bit frost-burned; they did not enjoy being exposed to the cold air last weekend when the high tunnel lost its cover! We hope you can pardon their appearance and enjoy their spicy tenderness all the same. If cooking them, the burned bits wont matter much, if enjoying your mustard greens in a salad (yes, people do that) you may want to trim them. Left sealed in a bag for more than a few days, the burned bits will start to go bad, so please plan accordingly. Spring is the perfect time to visit the garden center! We are now open 7 days a week, so start planning your visit today!

Spring CSA 2018 Week 3

Clockwise, from upper left corner: butter lettuce, cilantro*, purple top turnips, claytonia, spicy salad mix, carrots, hakurei turnips*, scallions (large share pictured).

Use first (will keep about a week in the fridge): claytonia, turnip tops, spicy mix, cilantro
Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): butter lettuce
Store very well (a month or more): carrots, turnips

While your produce is super fresh, it has not been washed! Please take care to wash your vegetables well before enjoying.

We welcome Week 3 of the Spring CSA, and would like to take a moment to acknowledge the strength and beauty of our local organic foodshed! The asterisked items on this list were purchased from neighboring USDA certified organic farms in our region, namely, Flying Plow Farm in Rising Sun (www.flyingplowfarm.com and Homestead Farm in Millington (www.freshorganicvegetables.com). By purchasing produce during the lean winter months, we are able to provide you with a greater variety of locally sourced USDA organic food, and support other farmers who do great work! We know you place your trust in us, and reciprocate with absolute transparency as to where, and how, your food is grown. Flying Plow and Homestead Farms are remarkable, and deserve credit for their commitment to the environment and production of clean food.

On to the box! We don’t know about you, but we think scallions and cilantro are a great treat that suggest you should be trying some Thai recipes this week!

Easy Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup(ok, you will definitely have to pop to the grocery store for some of these ingredients too, but as February/March are classically known as the ‘starving times’, there is no better time to do it!)

Shrimp Pad Thai (while it may seem daunting to wrangle all the ingredients for Pad Thai, your taste buds will be soooo happy you did!)

Your spicy salad mix is super tender and would be best for salads (we use kitchen shears to cut the stems into bite-sized pieces, as they are tender, too). We had a super suggestion from our dear CSA member, Patricia, about a use for Claytonia. Before enjoying some homemade chicken soup last week, Pat placed a few handfuls of clean, raw claytonia in the bottom of the bowls before ladling chicken soup on top. The hot broth wilted the claytonia by just the right amount, and could those bite-sized leaves be any more perfect?

Happy eating!

Beck harvesting Claytonia in the High Tunnel this morning.