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Week #6, U-Pick Analysis


I did not have time to take photos during the u-pick!

We were not sure what to expect for the farm u-pick this past Sunday.  We rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday at the last minute to avoid thunderstorms.  On the one hand, we thought you might already have Father’s Day plans and be unable to come to the u-pick.  On the other hand, we suspected interest would be strong, based on the experiences of other farms in the area, plus emails from some of you.

Turns out you all wanted to get out of the house, come to the farm and enjoy the day outside.  Many people said they were eager to do anything new and outdoors. This was the highest participation we’ve ever had at a berry u-pick.  Our field was full of ripe berries that needed to be picked, so it was a good match.

However, we were swamped.  Almost everyone arrived during the first hour.  This has never happened before.  We’ve run u-picks for many years, learning and tweaking the format.  For example, member u-picks used to be three hours long.  When we switched to four hours, people naturally spread themselves out over the longer time period, making the whole day more manageable for us.  That did not happen this time.  

We were short-staffed.  Our crew did not want to help at the u-pick.  They work hard all week and find that they are more tired than usual because of wearing masks.  Plus it was Father’s Day.  That left just me, Steve, Ari and our young employee Chance.  With normal pacing, that would be fine.  I apologize for the lines to enter the field and to pay for your berries.  Fortunately, everyone was in a great mood and I did not hear a single complaint about the wait.  I wish I’d been able to visit with some of you!  I look forward to the u-picks for that but needed to focus and get everyone’s berries weighed and tallied.

We want to thank all of you who complied with our COVID-19-related requests.  Almost everyone wore masks and the few people who did not really stood out.  As far as we could tell, everyone practiced social distancing while in line.  Steve flagged the field in a new system to maintain greater distance between groups but we’re not sure if that played out as expected with so many people arriving at once.

Overall, we thought it was a good day.  We loved everyone’s enthusiasm and appreciation and relief at being outdoors.  If/when we offer another u-pick we’ll incorporate what we learned on Sunday.
Thank you,
Beth & Steve

Deliveries will be scheduled as usual the week of July 2/3.

See calendar below.  If you need to change your schedule because of the holiday weekend, please use our vacation rescheduling tool at http://tipiproduce.csasignup.com/members/scheduleactions.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #6, June 25/26, 2020
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ purple
– Sampler/ sun

Strawberries, 1 pint
Snow peas, ~2/3 lb
Snap peas, ~2/3 lb
(Both types of peas will be in one bag.)
Green zucchini
Yellow summer squash or patty pan squash
(Combined, squash is 3 – 3.5 lb total)
Fennel, 2 – 4 bulbs with fronds, depending on size
Broccoli, 1 small head
Scallions, 1 bunch
By site: Swiss chard OR lacinato kale

Next week’s box will probably contain sugar snap peas, zucchini &/or summer squash, kale or Swiss chard, scallions, garlic scapes and more.

Peas – It’s a pea-palooza week.  Peas are slow to pick but the patch was ready so we swarmed the field and picked lots for you.
Zucchini & summer squash –  Zucchini and summer squash need refrigeration but do not do well at very cold temperatures, as they will soften and form pits in their surface. Refrigerate these squash but in the warmest part of your fridge.
Fennel (bulbs and lacy fronds) – Fennel is a ‘swing vegetable’; it can be used raw or cooked.  Clean well and slice as thinly as possible for use in raw salads.  It is good simply prepared with olive oil, lime or lemon juice, salt and shaved parmesan cheese.  Cooking softens and sweetens fennel, and mellows its anise flavor.  Both the bulb and leaves are edible.  Here are ideas from Alice Water of Chez Panisse about how to use fennel:  ‘It’s strong anise characteristic seems to suit fish particularly well.  … We use fennel all the time.  We add the feathery leaves to marinades for fish and to numerous salads, sauces and soups and we use them as a garnish, too. … The bulbs are sliced and served raw in salads in various combinations with other vegetables, parboiled for pastas; caramelized and served as a side dish; braised whole; or cooked in vegetable broths & fish stocks.”


A few sites will get this Cavendish variety, that often ripens with one side still white. The berry in the photo is fully ripe.

Scallion Pancakes

I love scallion pancakes and have tried many recipes over the years.  I notice that several of you shared scallion pancake recipes in our Facebook discussion group this past week.  Here are some of the recipe links.  I am not sharing posters names here (I haven’t asked) but you can view the full discussion and photos in our Facebook group page.
Korean Pancakes with Scallions (Pa Jun) – “So many scallions, so little time. Make Pa Jun, Korean scallion pancakes. There were a few different recipes in the newsletter but I like this one! Simple, fast, and delicious!”
Extra Flaky Scallion Pancake Recipe – This recipe makes layered pancakes.
Kimchi, Pork + Scallion Pancakes – Beth’s comment: This is our household’s favorite, but we add bay scallops instead of pork and skip the relish.  These are hefty and filling.
Avoid this recipe! Easy Shortcut Scallion Pancakes – Beth’s comment: I thought this was going to be a good kitchen hack but they just taste like crackers.

Scallion Ideas

We have sent scallions for many weeks in a row.  They are the best seasonal allium (onion family plant) this time of year and have been unusually productive this year.  Let’s share a few of our favorite ways to prepare them.  This is the same list as last week’s newsletter but I’m repeating it because some of you read my post before I added the list.
– Scallion biscuits (slice and add to your usual biscuit recipe)
– We have a favorite scallion dressing for adaptable pasta salads.  We use it with spinach and asparagus in spring, then switch to grilled vegetables and sweet Walla Walla onions once those are available.
– Egg drop soup with spring greens, topped with sliced scallions
– Grilled scallion, asparagus and turnip salad
– Sliced scallions are good on sandwiches and salads
– Grilled beef bulgogi wrapped in lettuce leaves.  Easily adapted to tofu.
– Salmon patties with minced scallions mixed into the batter.

RECIPES

Visit our 2020 Recipe Log or our 2019 Recipe Log or join our Facebook discussion group.

LOCAL THYME/ Cooking 101
Greek Snow Pea and Zucchini Soup
Sweet and Sour Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry
Fennel Summer Squash Slaw
LOCAL THYME/ Cooking 202
Lemon Chicken Velvet Soup
Orzo Salad with Grilled Summer Squash
Fennel and Sausage Risotto
LOCAL THYME/ Quick & Easy Meal
Chicken Breasts and Zucchini with Herbs

RECIPES FROM LAUREN


ZUCCHINI & GREENS PANCAKES
Eight cups of shredded zucchini is a LOT of zucchini. It will use a significant portion of what you received this week. I recommend using a food processor for shredding (if you have one). I’m slow to use my food processor unless it’s a big batch. This is a big batch. It’s worth it.

Makes 20 (ish) pancakes
Serves 4-6
Takes 45 minutes

8 cups grated zucchini
1 bunch scallions
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch kale (or chard), stems removed, finely chopped
5 eggs
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons butter

HERB SAUCE:
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 small lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon hot suace
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh herbs (dill, chives, basil, mint, cilantro all work great), optional

  1. Lay out your shredded zucchini in a kitchen towel and squeeze to drain out some of the liquid. You can also do this by
  2. Combine zucchini, scallions, garlic, kale (or chard) in a (very) large bowl. The bowl of a stand mixer works great if you have one. Add eggs and stir until the veggies are well-coated with the eggs. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Again, stir until everything is well-coated. Finally, add the butter and stir to combine.
  3. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon or two of vegetable oil (or another neutral cooking oil). Add 1/4 cupfuls of zucchini pancake batter to the pan (as many as fit without crowding– for me that was three). Cook on each side until a dark brown, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining batter until you make all 20 (ish) of your pancakes, adding oil as needed.
  4.  In a small bowl, combine yogurt, mayo, lime juice, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and then add in fresh herbs (if you’ve got them).
  5. Serve warm fritters with several dollops of herbed yogurt sauce.

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PASTA WITH BROCCOLI, SNOW PEAS, SAUSAGE & WHIPPED RICOTTA
Adapted ever so slightly from the incredible Six Seasons cookbook

Serves 4
Takes 45 minutes

5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
8 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, divided
1 pound broccoli
1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed
8 ounces pasta of your choice (we used penne)
1 pound bulk pork sausage
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 cup whole-milk ricotta
Freshly ground black pepper (or 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan

  1. Put the sliced garlic in a small bowl and cover with 4 tablespoons olive oil.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water.
  3. While waiting for the pasta water to boil, prepare you broccoli. Cut the top into bite-size florets. Push to the side. Peel the stem with a vegetable peeler and then cut the stem into 1/4-inch thick coins. Keep the stems separate from the florets (you are going to cook them differently).
  4. Your pasta water is likely boiling now. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. When there are just 3 minutes left in the cook time for the pasta, remove 3 or 4 ladle-fuls of pasta water to a small bowl or measuring cup for later use. Then, add the broccoli florets and snow peas to the pasta kettle. Drain the pasta, broccoli and snow peas.
  5. Shape the sausage into four patties (like you are going to make hamburgers). Heat  a cast-iron or other large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once oil is hot and just beginning to glisten, add the sausage patties. Cook, without moving, for 4 minutes so they patties can get nicely browned on one side.
  6. Flip the patties and pour the garlic (with all of that yummy infused olive oil) over top of them. Add the broccoli stems as well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes more without moving. Then uncover, and break up the sausage into bite-size pieces. Add red pepper flakes and a ladle-ful of that reserved pasta water. Stir gently to get all those crispy brown pieces from the bottle of the pan into the sauce. Reduce the heat to low and add the pasta and veggies. Pour another ladle-ful of reserved pasta water and stir everything to combine.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk together ricotta, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 10 twists of freshly ground black pepper (or 1/4 teaspoon of the pre-ground stuff) until fluffy. Add to pasta along with the Parmesan.
  8. Stir once or twice to incorporate and then shake the pan to further combine ingredients. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper (or the remaining 1/4 teaspoon). Add more pasta water if you want a looser (thinner) sauce.
  9. Serve warm and enjoy!

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SHAVED APPLE & FENNEL SALAD:
This recipe is simplest with a mandoline. If you don’t have one, just practice your knife skills making the thinnest slices you can.

Takes 15 minutes
Serves 2-4

1 tart apple (Granny Smiths work great)
1 large fennel bulb
Apple maple vinaigrette (below)
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 cup halved walnuts, toasted

  1. Cut unpeeled apple into 1/8-inch thick slices (with a mandoline or fancy knife skills). I sliced one side until I reached the core and then continued on another side and continued all the way around the apple until only core remained. This yielded slightly different size pieces, but it didn’t seem to matter much.
  2. Cut the stems and base off your fennel so that you are only left with the bulb. Cut it in half lengthwise and remove the core (it will be in the middle and kind of triangular; it will be much harder than the rest of the fennel and pretty obviously inedible). Cut each half into 1/8-inch thick slices (again mandoline is preferred but fancy knife skills will work too).
  3. Throw apple and fennel into a medium bowl. Toss with half of the vinaigrette and red pepper flakes. Taste and add more vinaigrette according to your preference (I used it all). Add toasted walnuts and serve at room temperature or cold.

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Apple Maple Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon stone-ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
Few grinds freshly ground black pepper

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk vigorously until well-combined and slightly opaque in color (this means it’s emulsified!).
  2. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference. Don’t forget that the apple will add quite a bit of tartness and sweetness to the overall salad.

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Week #5; June 18/19, 2020

Tipi members, please read your email this week.

It’s got useful updates and information.

Tipi tomato juice

Folks, we have enough tomato juice that we can deliver it two times this season.  This has never happened before.  EOW/green members, you get a bottle this week. EOW/purple members, we’ll pack it again some other week, on your schedule.  Last year was a very good tomato year, so we had enough tomatoes to bottle a double batch.

At peak season each year, we take our tomatoes to a small batch processor in East Troy, to process into this tomato juice.  It’s a great way to capture ripe tomatoes when abundant.  Drink the juice or try making an easy soup with vegetables from your CSA box.  Feel free to hold on to your bottle for a week or two until we have zucchini, scallions, Walla Walla onions and herbs.  Those make great soup with the juice.  Or make cocktails and enjoy it now!
Storage: Store the juice out of sunlight at room temperature when unopened.  Refrigerate after opening.  The juice is already seasoned so do not add salt if you cook with it.
Ingredients: organic tomatoes from Tipi Produce, salt, organic garlic, organic onion, organic black pepper.  Nutritional information is posted here.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #5, June 18/19, 2020
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ green

Strawberries, 1 quart
Tipi tomato juice, 1 quart
Napa cabbage
Sugar snap peas, ~1/4 lb
Snow peas, ~1/2 lb
(Both types of peas will be in one bag.)
Lettuce, iceberg
Lettuce, red or green leaf
Scallions, 1 bunch
Each site gets something from this list:
     – kohlrabi OR
     – white salad turnips (roots not greens) OR
     – broccoli

Remember, all boxes at a site are identical every week.  Please do not open boxes to ‘shop’ for kohlrabi vs turnips, etc.

Next week’s box will probably contain strawberries, sugar snap peas, zucchini, greens, scallions and more.

Strawberries – Wow, this is a great batch of berries.  Storage: Refrigerate and eat soon. 
– Most berries are quite clean.  If you want to clean your berries, rinse gently.  Don’t soak them, just rinse.
– Please recycle your strawberry containers.  We no longer collect them for re-use.  Please do not return them to your pick-up site.

Snap peas and snow peas.  Both types have strings to remove.  Snap off the stem end and pull the string down the concave side of the pod (the inward-curing side).  Throw away the string and eat the pod.  The thicker pea pods will usually have a string along both edges. Remove them when you snap off the stem.
– Snap peas (plump pea pods) – These peas should be eaten pod and all.  They are delicious raw, or very lightly cooked or stir-fried.  Preparation: They will need a quick rinse to remove faded gray blossoms.  Storage: Refrigerate.
– Snow peas (larger, flatter pea pods) – These are excellent stir fried or in raw salads.

Napa cabbage (large, pale green cabbage with crinkled leaves) – This week’s napa might have an internal flower stalk, also the result of fluctuating temperatures this spring.  Cut it lengthwise and you’ll find out.  The stalks are still tender (and surprisingly sweet) so there’s no harm including them in your dishes.
Napa cabbage is an interesting vegetable, useful for both fresh, raw salads and for cooking.  Its most famous use is fermented kimchi.  I like to prepare a fresh, unfermented kimchi.  Same seasonings, but it’s ready to eat right away.  You will be amazed at how much shredded napa cabbage shrinks when prepared this way.  See here for an example, but cut the salt in half (or less): Grilled Flank Steak with Kimchi-style Coleslaw.
Storage:  Napa stores very well.  When refrigerated, it will keep for several weeks.  Peel off the outer layer and it will be ready to use.  Here are a few preparation ideas from the ‘Asparagus to Zucchini’ cookbook.
– Chop raw napa into green salads.
– Substitute napa in traditional coleslaw.
– Chinese cabbage cooks quickly.  Steam 3-5 minutes, or until leaves are wilted down but remain slightly crisp.
– Substitute napa cabbage for common cabbage in recipes, but reduce the cooking time by 2 minutes.
– Napa cabbage is the main ingredient in egg rolls.  Try making an egg roll mixture to eat as a cooked side dish instead of preparing time-consuming egg rolls.

Scallion Ideas
We are very enthusiastic about scallions at our house.  Here are our favorite uses:
– Scallion biscuits (slice and add to your usual biscuit recipe)
– Scallion pancakes (There are many approaches.  Our favorite is here, but we add bay scallops instead of pork and we skip the relish.)
– We have a favorite scallion dressing for adaptable pasta salads.  We use it with chard or spinach in spring, then switch to grilled vegetables and sweet Walla Walla onions once available.
– Egg drop soup with spring greens, topped with sliced scallions
– Grilled scallion, asparagus and turnip salad
– Sliced scallions are good on sandwiches and salads
– Grilled beef bulgogi wrapped in lettuce leaves.  Easily adapted to tofu.
– Salmon patties with minced scallions mixed into the batter.

RECIPES

Visit our 2020 Recipe Log or our 2019 Recipe Log or join our Facebook discussion group.

LOCAL THYME/ Cooking 101
Wedge Salad
Cabbage Salad with Smoked Trout
Cannellini Bean and Provolone Salad with Scallion Vinaigrette

LOCAL THYME/ Cooking 202
Red Leaf Lettuce and Strawberry Salad
Pan Fried Tofu on Cabbage and Snap Pea Salad
Scallion Pancakes

LOCAL THYME/ Quick & Easy Meal
Shrimp, Cabbage, Pea Fried Rice
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RECIPES FROM LAUREN


NAPA CABBAGE & SNOW PEA RICE BOWL WITH WARM COCONUT PEANUT SAUCE
Adapted from Bon Appetit magazine
Takes 1 hour
Serves 6-8

4-1/2 cups water
2 cups brown rice
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 head Napa cabbage, cleaned and thinly sliced (I slice the white stem and green leafy portion together)
1/4 pound snow peas, ends removed and sliced
1 bunch scallions, sliced (you can use all of the scallion, whites, pale green and dark green portions)

Warm Peanut Sauce:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
Juice from 1 lime (or 2 tablespoons lime juice)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Kosher salt

  1. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan on the stove top over high heat. Once boiling, add rice and salt and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 50 minutes (or less, depending on your type of rice; read the package directions).
  2. While the rice cooks, prepare your veggies. In a large bowl, toss napa cabbage, snow peas, and scallions together.
  3. When the rice has about 10 minutes left to cook, begin the sauce. Combine peanut butter, coconut milk, brown sugar, soy sauce or tamari, lime juice, fish sauce and red pepper flakes in a large saucepan. Whisk together until smooth. Place on stove and turn heat to medium. Whisk until smooth and hot. If it seems too thick, add a bit of water and whisk it in. You will want the dressing to be warm to wilt the greens.
  4. Serve in a bowl with the ratio of about a 1/2 cup of rice to 2 cups of veggies. Pour about 1/4 cup of peanut sauce over the greens and toss gently to coat.

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SPRING SALAD WITH LEMON CREAM 
Adapted from Joshua McFadden’s Six Seasons

3 garlic cloves, smashed
½ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
½ teaspoon fresh lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 head lettuce (preferably the red or green leaf)
½ cup toasted freshly toasted breadcrumbs
¼ cup toasted salted sunflower seeds

  1. In the morning, combine garlic and heavy cream in a smash mason jar. Leave in the fridge until you get home and are ready to cook dinner.
  2. When ready to prepare your salad, strain cream into a small bowl. Discard garlic. Add salt, pepper and lemon zest to cream. Whisk until it begins to thicken then add lemon juice and olive oil. Keep whisking until it is light and airy.
  3. Roughly cut up your lettuce, and place it in a large bowl. Add the lemon cream dressing you just made and toss well to evenly coat. You may not use all of it. I suggest starting with 1/3 to a ½. Taste and then season with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper as desired.
  4. Add breadcrumbs and sunflower seeds (you can toast them together in a pan for 5 minutes right before you serve) and eat right away.

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SPRING WEDGE

Serves 4-6 as a side (or 2 as a meal)
Takes 30-40 minutes

6 pieces bacon
1 head iceberg lettuce
1/4 pound snap peas, slivered
2 scallions, finely chopped
3/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds

  1. Place bacon on a baking sheet and place in a cold oven. Set temperature to 400 degrees and timer for 15 minutes. Bacon should be cooked by the time the timer beeps, but if not, set it for a few minutes longer. Drain grease by placing on paper towels then roughly chop.
  2. Cut your salad into 4 to 6 wedges. Place each wedge in a large broad bowl or a plate (place 2-3 wedges in bowl or on a plate if eating as a meal). Sprinkle with snap peas and the reserved bacon. (Feel free to also sprinkle with radish or fresh herbs if you have any on hand).
  3. Then in a small bowl, combine scallions, sour cream, buttermilk, vinegar, salt and pepper until smooth. Fold in blue cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. You will likely want more pepper. Spoon dressing over each wedge. You will want at least three spoonfuls per wedge. Sprinkle with almonds just before serving.
  4. Serve with more salt and freshly ground black pepper. Eat with a knife and fork and keep that delicious dressing nearby.

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Our daughter’s bout with COVID-19 … maybe

In March, our daughter Sophie rushed home from studying abroad in Spain, trying to beat border closings as Spain entered military lockdown.  She was healthy when she arrived but fell sick within days, presumably with COVID-19.   She could not get tested for the virus but had many typical COVID-19 symptoms: fever, uncontrollable cough, racing heartbeat, exhaustion.  Her fever persisted for 14 days straight.  She did not need to be hospitalized but our bags were packed for two nights as she struggled to breathe.  She is completely recovered now but it was a scary and tense three weeks, with many worries at once.  We were worried about Sophie’s health of course, but also the unfolding growing season and how to protect our employees as they returned to work.

Farmwork continued during Sophie’s illness.  She was in isolation upstairs in our house.  Steve, Ari and I were in quarantine, in separation from both Sophie and the rest of the farm.  Our winter crew kept things going.  We met outside in the driveway at great distance, communicated via phone, sanitized everything, and created ‘zones’ on the farm.  The crew got the barn, Steve and I got the greenhouse, etc.  No one else got sick and, by mid-April, we were all out of quarantine.

This experience sharpened our farm response to COVID-19 risks.  Figuring out how to avoid spread within a household is directly applicable to avoiding spread on a farm.  We’ve made many changes, which I’ll write about another time.  Knowing how sick Sophie was lit a fire under our crew.  Only five employees were working in March and April and they all took this very seriously.  Everyone was on board and actively problem-solving with us.

Eventually, we will know via antibody test if Sophie was exposed to COVID-19.  As I tell people about her experience, she is often the only person they know who may have contracted the disease. Believe me, this is one hell of a disease.  Beth

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #4, June 11/12, 2020
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ purple
– Sampler/ moon

Asparagus, ~1/4 lb
Spinach, 1 medium bunch
Romaine lettuce
White salad turnips, 1 bunch
Radishes, 1 bunch
Kohlrabi, 1 or 2
Scallions, 1 bunch
Mint, 2 stalks
– Some sites get 1 medium bok choy.
– Some sites get 1 small bok choy plus 1 small bunch green kale.

Next week’s box will probably contain napa cabbage, lettuce, kohlrabi, scallions and more.

Asparagus – This has been an unusually short asparagus season. We lost production to frost and to Japanese beetle damage last season that weakened the plants. We have finished our asparagus harvests. Now it’s time to tend the plants and let them replenish their root reserves for next season.

Mint – You’ll get about two sprigs.  Refrigerate in a small container.  Avoid bruising until you are ready to use it.

Kohlrabi (pale green, round vegetable with thick skin) – Crunchy and sweet, kohlrabi is a great addition to salads.
Storage:  Kohlrabi bulbs will store for a month in the refrigerator.
Uses:  Kohlrabi are good peeled and eaten out of hand, or added to sandwiches, or added to salads.  It makes a nice salad on it’s own.  You can grate it, slice it, or cut it into matchsticks.  It’s also good cooked.  If you have it, the Asparagus to Zucchini cookbook has a long list of kohlrabi suggestions.


Kohlrabi

RECIPES

Visit our 2020 Recipe Log or our 2019 Recipe Log or join our Facebook discussion group.

LOCAL THYME/ Cooking 101
Romaine Salad with Peanut Dressing
Eggs Scrambled with Three Greens, Radish and Feta
Aloha Chicken Salad

LOCAL THYME/ Cooking 202
Lettuce Wrapped Fish
Spiced Kohlrabi Fries with Spicy Mayo
Farro Salad with Salad Turnips, Turnip Greens, Mint and Walnuts

LOCAL THYME/ Quick & Easy Meal
 Tofu Bok Choy and Radish LoMein

RECIPES FROM LAUREN


NOODLE LETTUCE WRAPS WITH PORK MEATBALLS & CRUNCHY GARLIC CHILI OIL

Serves 2-4
Takes 1 hour

1 bunch scallions, divided
Handful or two of spinach (or turnip greens), roughly chopped
1-1/2 pounds ground pork
1 tablespoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons fish sauce, divided
Zest of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons crunchy garlic chile oil (recipe below), plus more for serving
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon sesame oil
6-8 ounces vermicelli, rice or ramen noodles (I used these!)
1 kohlrabi, peeled and cut into matchsticks
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 head lettuce, washed and leaves separated

Crunchy Garlic Chile Oil
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves (or stalks green garlic, white and pale green portions), minced
1-1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

  1. Begin by preparing the garlic chile oil by pouring oil into a small saucepan and heating over medium heat until glistening (but not smoking). Add garlic and stir. Things will sizzle for a little bit. Let them do that for a minute or so and then add the red pepper flakes and salt into the pot. Reduce heat to medium low and let sizzle for 5-10 minutes until the garlic has gotten a little browned and crispy. You don’t need to watch this too carefully so feel free to start your meatballs while this is going.
  2. In a food processor, combine half of the scallions (cut into 1 or 2-inch pieces) and greens. Process until finely chopped. Add pork, ginger, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, lime zest, and salt. Process until the mixture comes together (it doesn’t need to be especially smooth, just uniform). Roll the mixture into 20-30 meatballs and chill in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  4. In a large bowl, combine maple syrup, crunchy garlic chile oil, lime juice, toasted sesame oil and 2 tablespoons fish sauce. Whisk to combine. Add kohlrabi and remaining scallions (thinly sliced) to the bowl. Toss to coat.
  5. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water when finished. Add to bowl with kohlrabi. Thinly slice remaining scallions (white and pale green portions only) and add to bowl.
  6. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Cook half of the meatballs for 10-12 minutes until well-browned on all sides and cooked through. Repeat with the second half of the oil and second half of the meatballs.
  7. Serve noodle mixture and meatballs over several lettuce leaves. Drizzle the whole thing with several spoonfuls of the crunchy garlic chile oil.

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SPINACH & TURNIP DIP
Adapted from Bon Appetit

Takes 30 minutes
Serves many

2 tablespoons butter
2 garlic cloves (or stalks green garlic, white and pale green parts only), minced
1 bunch turnips, roots shredded and greens, roughly chopped
2-4 cups spinach, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
8-ounce cream cheese
2 ounces Parmesan cheese (about 1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add garlic and saute for 1 minutes over medium heat until very fragrant. Add radishes and cook, tossing, until well-coated in butter, 1-2 minutes longer. Add spinach and radish greens along with salt. Cook until wilted and most of the liquid is cooked off., 5-10 minutes. Add cream cheese and cook until melted. Stir in Parmesan and pepper until melted and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  2. Serve warm with toast, in a bread bowl or with crackers.

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BOK CHOY & RADISH SLAW
Adapted from Dishing Up The Dirt

Takes 20 minutes
Serves 4 (as a side)

1 bunch radishes
1 medium head Bok Choy (or 1 small head and 1/2 bunch kale)*, stems and leaves very thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove (or 1 stalk green garlic, white and pale green portions), minced
2 sprigs mint, leaves removed and very thinly sliced
1-2 limes, zested and juiced
1/4 cup peanut or walnut oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Kosher salt

  1. Halve radishes if small, quarter if large. Very thinly slice and toss into a large bowl with bok choy, scallions, garlic and mint. Add the zest of 1 lime then squeeze in juice.
  2. Drizzle salad with peanut oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, maple syrup, and salt. Stir well to combine all ingredients then taste and adjust seasonings as desired. You may want to add more lime juice and zest. I love things to be a little zingy so I used a full second lime.
  3. Right before serving toss with sesame seeds. Serve as a salad, alongside some grilled salmon or atop a chicken taco (as Andrea Bemis does).

*If using a combination of bok choy and kale, be sure to remove the stems from the kale.

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Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #3, June 4/5, 2020 (Th/Fr sites)
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ green

NOTE: Please work with us on the mushroom schedule.
We realize that the EOW/green group is getting two batches of mushrooms.  Six weeks ago, I made a mistake while harried with other worries.  In turn, I created trouble for our lovely mushroom suppliers Mary and Ed, so we have to take shiitakes this week instead of next week.  If we pack mushrooms again in fall, we’ll make sure they are delivered on an EOW/purple week.  Thank you.

Shiitake mushrooms, 8 oz
Asparagus, ~1/2 lb
Escarole
Amara kale, 1 bunch
Lettuce (red leaf or red Romaine)
White salad turnips, 1 bunch
Radishes, 1 bunch
Scallions, 1 bunch

Next week’s box will probably contain spinach, lettuce, white salad turnips, bok choy (maybe), scallions and more.

Shiitake mushrooms – These are from Hidden Valley Mushrooms, the same people who grow button mushrooms for us.  I love shiitakes cooked with spinach or other greens.  Shiitakes must be cooked.  A small subset of people can have a toxic reaction to raw or undercooked shiitakes.  Once cooked, they are harmless.  And tasty! Lightly sauté in butter and add to any dish.  We will use ours in a frittata, as well as sauteed and mixed into pasta salad.  Sauteed shiitakes and spinach are a great topping for rice bowls, e.g. bibimbap.
Storage, general: Refrigerate in a dry paper bag, but not in your crisper drawer with other vegetables, especially brassicas.  Do not cover the paper bag.  Mushrooms are perishable so use soon.
Storage, this week:  Check your mushroom bag as soon as you get home.  If the paper bag is wet, remove the shiitakes and put in a fresh, dry bag.  Our new liner bags trap water shed by our greens, eg kale, lettuce, turnip greens.  This is bad for mushrooms, so it’s worth a bit of attention when you get home.

Escarole (broad head of wavy green leaves) – This member of the chicory family can be eaten raw or cooked.  Its slightly bitter flavor is a good addition to mixed salads.  It is excellent cooked alone or mixed with other greens.  It cooks quickly, but not as quickly as spinach.  Cover and refrigerate.

Amara kale –  We’ve grown this variety just a few times and included it this spring for variety among cooking greens.  Here’s the seed catalog description: “While technically a mustard, Amara is known by several different names including Ethiopian kale, highland kale, Abyssinian mustard, and Texsel greens. The attractive, dark green leaves are tender, slightly savoyed with a wavy margin, and have an excellent rich flavor. Good in salads or as a cooked green.”  This stuff is pretty interesting. It has the texture of kale but the spiciness of mustard.  I’d say it’s about half as spicy as mustard greens.  The flavor is strong once cooked but quite good.
Use: Use like any kale or mustard green.  Eat the leaves and mid veins.  Discard the stems and petioles, which are too tough.
Storage: Cover and refrigerate.

White salad turnips (bunched white roots with green tops) – I know that returning members look forward to these sweet and delicious turnips, which taste nothing like the turnips that are harvested in fall.
– Storage: Cover and refrigerate.
– Uses: Both the turnip roots and tops are edible.  The roots are excellent raw; Slice and add to salads.  They can be cooked and are especially good when lightly sauteed in butter.  Stir as little as possible so they brown on at least one side.  The turnips greens are excellent cooked.  Treat them like mustard greens.
– Our favorite use:  Slice the roots very thinly and combine with a mixture of rice vinegar, mirin, soy sauce, sesame oil.  Eat immediately or marinate.

Scallions (bundle of green onions) – These are useful raw or cooked.  Thinly-sliced raw scallions can be folded into biscuit dough or sprinkled on top of soups or salads.  Terrific garnish for pasta dishes.  Think pad thai. 

RECIPES

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LOCAL THYME/ Comforting Classics
Ethiopian Kale Caesar Salad
Braised Escarole and Radish with White Beans and Capers
Lettuce Wraps with Ground Pork, Shiitake, Radishes, Salad Turnips and Greens

LOCAL THYME/ Outside the Box Recipes
Black Eyed Pea and Two Greens Soup</a
Gulf Coast Gumbo Z’herbes
Early Summer Veggies Stewed with Roasted Red Chili Paste

LOCAL THYME/ Quick & Easy Meal
Teriyaki Beef, Shiitake and Asparagus Stir Fry

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RECIPES FROM LAUREN



SPRING ROLLS (two ways!)
Two parts of this recipe are optional: 1) the sauce (this is just our favorite dipping sauce for spring rolls- feel free to find or use a favorite of your own!) and 2) the use of spring roll wrappers. I love a spring roll when I’m a little overwhelmed by the third head of CSA lettuce but with the prepping of vegetables and wrapping of delicate little pieces of rice paper, they can get a little frustrating. A spring roll salad (also pictured above) is a great easy alternative!
Serves 4-6.
Takes 20 minutes + time to wrap your spring rolls.

4 ounces rice noodles
1 head lettuce, washed and leaves torn apart
1 bunch radishes, cut into matchsticks
1/2 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided
1/2 pound asparagus, shaved
2-3 avocados, optional
Spring roll wrappers, optional

Dipping sauce:
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1-3 tablespoons water, as needed

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Prep your veggies and get everything all together on a table or counter for easy assembly.
  3. Prepare your dipping sauce by combining all ingredients with half of the sliced scallions. If needed, add water to thin.
  4. Make your salad: Top lettuce with radishes, scallions, and shaved asparagus. Drizzle with sauce. Add salt to taste.
  5. Make your spring rolls: Submerge spring roll wrapper in water until pliable (but not super soggy/floppy). I typically fill a 9″ cake pan with an inch or so of water to easily do this. Place your spring roll wrapper on a plate and top with desired filling ingredients. I always put a bit of everything in along with a little of the dipping sauce. Wrap up like a burrito (or however you can get things contained). I usually tuck in either ends and then roll it closed. If this is too frustrating, opt for the salad option listed in step #4.

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ESCAROLE WITH SAUSAGE & WHITE BEANS
Adapted from Food Network

Serves 4-6
Takes 30 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound pork sausage
1/2 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
8 ounces pasta
1 head escarole, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon chicken soup base (or boullion)
15-ounce cannellini beans
1/2 cup – 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  1. In a large skillet (preferably cast-iron), heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add sausage and cook 5-10 minutes until well-browned and even a little crispy in places. Reduce heat to medium low, add scallions, and cook 5 minutes longer. You want them to also get a little crispy but not burn.
  2. On another burner, get a large pot of salted water boiling. When boiling, add noodles. Cook according to package directions then drain, reserve 1-1/2 cups of the pasta water for the sauce.
  3. Add escarole to skillet of sausage and scallions. Saute gently until wilted, about 5 minutes then add reserved pasta water, chicken soup base, and beans. Let simmer until reduced by half (5-8 more minutes). Add pasta along with the 1/2 cup of cheese and the red pepper flakes. Stir vigorously to incorporate all ingredients together. Add a little more water if you need to loosen the mixture.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings (and cheese) as desired.

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KALE WITH MUSTARD ROASTED TURNIPS & MUSHROOMS
Adapted from Grown & Gathered

Serves 2 for dinner, 4 as a side
Takes 1 hour

1/2 cup lentils (puy or brown will work best)
2 cups water (bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook gently for 15 minutes (until tender but not mushy)
1 bunch turnips, greens removed for another use, roots quartered
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounce shittakes, sliced
1 bunch Amara kale, stems removed and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 lemon, squeezed
Kosher salt, to taste
Red pepper flakes, to taste

Dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons mustard powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Turn on the convection if you have it.
  2. Prepare your lentils by combining lentils and water in a small pot with a pinch or two of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes until tender but not mushy. Drain and set aside.
  3. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Toss turnips with half of the dressing on a baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes, stir, and roast for an additional 10 minutes until beginning to brown. Some of the mustard may burn a little– just scrape it up and add it to the mixture.
  4. Meanwhile, combine garlic and shittake with the remaining dressing. Toss to coat. Add to turnips (after they have been roasting for the full 25 minutes) and roast an addition 15 minutes.
  5. Combine roasted turnips and mushrooms in a bowl with lentils and allow to cool slightly. Add mustard greens and toss to combine. Drizzle with additional olive oil and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Add salt and red pepper flakes to taste.

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