From top left, clockwise: Celery, summer crisp lettuce, edamame, cabbage, radicchio, shallots, Asian pears, sweet peppers, HOT peppers. Large share pictured.
Happy Fall! And welcome to our Fall CSA. An edible treasure chest, your CSA box has all the colors for rainbow eating this week. A few tips on the contents:
Celery – may look a bit different than you are used to, but a bit of this superb aromatic goes a long way. Try some in your favorite soup recipe and prepare to feel like a million bucks.
Edamame – “I’ve never seen fresh!” Is the #1 comment we get at the farmers market for this healthy snack. To prepare, pop the pods off the stems (a great job to keep the kids busy!), wash well, and steam or boil for 10-15 minutes. Serve with a light sprinkling of salt. Edamame makes a great snack, because you are actively popping the beans out of their tough pods, it keeps your hands and mouth very busy! Also, loaded with protein.
Radicchio – This variety (‘Perseo’) looks a bit different than your classic radicchio, but it is a fabulous bitter green that hold up well in a salad with sweet and pungent pals. Try some with bleu cheese and some sliced Asian pear.
Sweet vs. Hot Peppers – Your sweet peppers this week are banana and ‘Carmen’ a long red variety. Your hot peppers are jalapeno, habanero, scotch bonnet, or ghost peppers. They are quarantined in a plastic produce bag, so you cannot mistake them for sweet peppers. Also, most of the hot peppers are smaller than your thumb, while the sweet peppers are much larger. If hot peppers are not your thing, we will not be offended if you pass them along to your spice loving friend at work — they do not show up in CSA boxes often 🙂
Asian pears – are a delightful fall treat that are reminiscent of both pears and apples. Crunchy and sweet, they store well in your crisper drawer.
We hope you enjoy your share this week! Feel free to contact us with any questions, we also love seeing pictures of what you’re up to in the kitchen!
Don’t forget about our Fall Plant Sale! Right now, all plants at the garden center are Buy One, Get One free! Fall is a wonderful time for planting!!!
Lots of love,
Vic, Mary, Bethany, and the team at Priapi Gardens
Baby red Russian kale coming along in the garden
Mother load of banana peppers harvested by our CSA volunteer members!
Hot pepper palooza!