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!