CSA Summer 2018 Week 13


In the box this week (from upper left hand corner, clockwise): Sage, French fillet string beans, kohl rabi, nasturtium blossoms, black radish, summer savory, green summer crisp lettuce, joi choi, red summer crisp lettuce (large share pictured).
Use first (will keep about a week): nasturtium blossoms, beans (they will keep longer but taste and texture are best when fresh)
Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): lettuce, joi choi
Keep a month or more: herbs (easy to dry or use them fresh), kohl rabi, radish

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

Summer heat continues! We know many of you are taking vacations this time of year, and would like to remind you of a few things. If you pick your share up anywhere but the garden center, boxes are only available at the given time window. Those are:

The Seed House, Chestertown, MD, Wednesdays, 3-6pm
The Humphrey Residence, Newark, DE, Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm
The Priapi Residence, Elkton, MD, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Kent Island Farmers Market, Stevensville, MD, Thursdays, 3:30-6:30
Easton Maryland Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Newark Co-op Farmers Market, Sundays, 9:30am-2pm

Boxes not picked up during the given time window will be forfeit (we donate them to a local shelter in Earleville). You are most welcome to send a friend or family member to pick up your share if you cannot make it yourself, but be sure to let them know when and where to pick up (and that they have to be there within the given time)! And if you haven’t quite mastered flattening your CSA box for easy storage yet, here is a video tutorial!. Keeping the boxes in good condition and returning them to the garden center (or wherever you pick up your share) helps us keep the cost of shares low.

Our flowers and tomatoes are loving these hot and dry conditions (with some help from us to provide the right amount of water at the right time!) Some delectable flowers have made their way into your box this week — nasturtium! Entirely edible, these beautiful blooms and their leaves have a peppery kick comparable to arugula, with a much more delicate texture. They are perfect for garnishing dishes or spicing up your summer salads.

Fresh herbs can be used in just about anything! You can also dry them to store with your spices for later use. Summer savory has long been considered an aphrodisiac(!), in addition to a seasoning. You can learn more about it’s rich culinary and medicinal traditions here.. If you can’t figure out how to work sage and savory into your menu plan, try enjoying them as an air freshener! A bouquet of herbs in water adds charm and a bit of aromatherapy to any room of the house.

Enjoy your share!

CSA Summer 2018 Week 12

In the box this week (from upper left hand corner, clockwise): Rainbow chard, frisee (in large shares only), romaine, mint, escarole, joi choi, garlic, black radishes, kohl rabi, scallions (large share pictured).
Use first (will keep about a week): lettuce, mint
Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): chard, scallions, escarole, joi choi
Keep a month or more: garlic, kohl rabi, black radish

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

Last week marked the halfway point of the Summer CSA season. A common question we get this time of year is “What’s next?” which can generally be interpreted as “Where are the summer veggies?” We have the hard job of informing people tomatoes just don’t care that school is out for the summer! They are taking their sweet time, but are growing every day. String beans, sweet corn, hot and sweet peppers, onions, fennel, eggplant, ground cherries, basil, cucumbers, okra, golden beets, scallion, summer crisp lettuce, and more, are all sown and being nurtured with lots of love and water! Gardening requires a mighty form of patience, but reaping the rewards will be such delicious fun! So please enjoy the last of the spring lettuces, and those summer veggies will be here before we know it!

Escarole Salad
Take a Deep Dive On Some Ancient Black Radish Wisdom
Swiss Chard Pancakes

CSA Summer 2018 Week 9

Clockwise, from upper left corner: Swiss chard, sugar snap peas, red romaine, joi choi, garlic scapes, red Russian kale, cabbage, purple kohl rabi, red leaf lettuce (large share pictured).

Use first (will keep one week or less): red leaf lettuce; sugar snaps are best fresh!
Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): chard, red romaine, joi choi, scapes, kale
Keep a month or more: Kohl rabi, cabbage
While your produce is super fresh, it has not been washed! Please take care to always wash your vegetables well before enjoying.

The Summer Solstice is upon us! The days are long and light for us to do plenty of garden work. We are planting like crazy and reaping the benefits of our previous efforts! Leafy greens are plentiful! This is the last hoorah for most of them before the heat of the summer really sets in. So soak up a few more weeks of leafy greens — you’re going to look great in your bathing suit this summer after all those salads!

Fun fact: we weighed a large share after packing this morning and it came in at a whopping 9 pounds! The average retail price for organic veggies by the pound is $8! Being a CSA member is a great way to save!

Some tips for your share this week: sugar snap peas are easily confused with snow, English, and shelling peas by many customers. Sugar snaps do not need to be shelled, you can eat the whole pod! They are great on their own, or as a snack with hummus. If you’re feeling really fancy you might try sauteeing them lightly with some butter…yum! Our crop has suffered with the whacky weather, so these beauts won’t be around long. Savor them while you can!

In addition to its tasty bulb, Kohl rabi leaves are edible, too! Treat them as you would kale or collard greens. Be sure to peel the bulb before enjoying!