Monthly Archives: June 2023

Week #7; Excellent berry u-pick

We were happy to open the farm for a strawberry u-pick last weekend. It was hot but everyone did great!  The picking was easy and the flavor intense.  I must tell you – these are the best-tasting berries we have ever grown.  It’s mostly because it’s rained so little.  We irrigate every five days or so, but can still avoid the disease problems that come with rain.  With all the sunshine, the berries have intensely concentrated flavor.  So, we’re pretty proud of them and were glad people could experience that themselves directly in the berry patch.  Enjoy this week’s berries in your box.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #7, June 29/30, 2023

– Weekly shares
– BiWeekly/ purple
– Sampler/ C group

Beth’s produce notes;  
– We are sending dill to accompany the first batch of cucumbers, for quick pickles of course.  Dill is wonderful with cabbage too and Deb found us a nice recipe for yogurt-dill sauce.  That kind of sauce is great on salmon.  I’ve seen recipes for lemon-dill aioli that I might try this weekend.  FYI, this approach is useful for pasteurizing egg yolks in the microwave when making aioli or Caesar salad dressing.
– Reminder; I gathered lots of scallion recipes from previous years in last week’s newsletter. Personally, I add scallions to everything I cook. Maybe not baked goods.

Strawberries, 1 pint
Caraflex cabbage
Fennel, 1 – 2 bulbs with fronds
Snap peas, and 
Snow peas
(The peas are together in one bag, with total weight 3/4 lb)
Zucchini &/or yellow squash, ~2.5 lb
Cucumbers, ~3
Lettuce, red bibb OR iceberg
Scallions, 1 bunch
Dill, 1 bunch
Garlic scapes, a handful

Next week’s box will probably contain cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, scallions, basil, and more.

Strawberries – Refrigerate and eat soon!  This week’s berries are excellent again; great quality and so full of flavor.

‘Caraflex’ cabbage (pointy cabbage) – These are nice salad-types that we grow in summer.  Don’t you love the pointy shape?  They have thinner, more tender leaves than typical green cabbage.  Great in salads and slaws but can also be cooked.  Here’s the Caraflex description from the seed catalogue: “Inner leaves are tender, crunchy, and have an excellent, sweet and mild cabbage flavor.  Perfect for summer salads, slaws, or cooked dishes.”  

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.”

Snap peas and snow peas.   You only have to remove strings from the snow peas this week.
– 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. This week’s snap pea variety does not have strings to remove, although you’ll want to snap off the stem ends.
Storage: Refrigerate.
– Snow peas (larger, flatter pea pods) – These are excellent stir fried or in raw salads.
Preparation: The snow peas do 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.

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.  

Cucumbers – We have been waiting for these!
Storage: Store at room temperature for a few days or refrigerate in the warmest part of your fridge.  Cucumbers get chilling injury if stored too cold.

Dill (bundle of lacy leaves and flowers) – The dill bunches contain a mix of leaves and flowers, and even clusters of young seeds.  If you make refrigerator pickles, try the flowers or young seeds.  Minced dillweed leaves are great in cabbage dishes, soups, sauces, breads.

Garlic scapes (curly green things) – Garlic scapes grow at the top of garlic plants.  We snap off the young scapes to direct the plants’ energy into forming garlic bulbs underground.  Use scapes as a substitute for garlic cloves.  They can be minced, mixed with olive oil, and added to stir fries or simple pasta dishes.  The scapes can be sautéed, but will not brown like garlic cloves.  Expect them to retain their crunch even when cooked, and to be milder than garlic cloves, closer in pungency to the green garlic we’ve sent.


Fresh Fennel Pasta

Fresh Fennel & Sausage Pasta with Fennel Frond Gremolata

Fresh fennel and sausage are a natural together – the seasoning for Italian sausage typically includes fennel seed. You could make this pasta vegetarian by simply omitting the meat – start by cooking the onions, garlic, and fennel in olive oil, and then add the tomatoes. I’ve used canned tomatoes here but when fresh tomatoes are available, 2 cups of fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped, would be even better than canned!

Serves: 4-6
Takes: about 45 minutes

Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 pound pork or turkey sausage, removed from casings if links
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2-4 cloves garlic
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
optional (depending on how spicy your sausage is) 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, a few shakes of red pepper flakes
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
2-4 tablespoons tomato paste, dissolved in about 1/3 cup water

1/4-1/3 cup fennel fronds, finely minced
zest of one large lemon
1 small garlic clove (half of a larger clove)
pinch of salt

1/2 pound pasta, short shapes such as orecchiette, penne, or bow ties recommended
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for passing

  1. Brown the sausage in a wide deep skillet with a lid, crumbling it with a wooden spoon. If you are using turkey sausage, add the olive oil to the pan first! When there’s almost no pink left and the sausage is starting to brown, if using pork, drizzle in the olive oil (omit this step if your sausage has given off a lot of fat already) and add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper, and optional fennel seed and red pepper. Add the wine and let it boil off. Reduce the heat and cook gently while you slice the fennel.
  2. Separate the stalks and fronds from the fennel bulb. Slice off the bottom of the bulb, remove any damaged leaves, and rinse. Cut the bulb in half and optionally remove the core – the core is entirely edible, but will take longer to tenderize than the rest. Slice the bulb halves lengthwise into slices as thin as you can get them. If you leave the core in you will have bigger slices of fennel held together by the core. Add the fennel to the pan with the sausage and onion, stir, and cover. Cook for about 15 minutes over low heat, checking the fennel for tenderness with a fork.
  3. When the fennel is tender, uncover and add the tomatoes. Put the water into the empty can and stir in the tomato paste. Add to the sauce, rinsing the can with a little more water. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, until the tomatoes are starting to break down and the sauce is thickened.
  4. Make the gemolata: placed the minced fennel frond in a small bowl. If you have a microplane grater, set it on top of the bowl and grate in the lemon zest and garlic. If you don’t have a microplane grater, peel off the lemon zest with a peeler and dice finely, and either mince or put the garlic through a press. Add a pinch of salt and mix – taste to make sure none of the flavors is overpowering the others.
  5. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water. Drain and add sauce – you might not use it all. Top with gremolata and Paremesan cheese and serve right away with baguette slices and more Parmesan.

caraflex cabbage

Fresh Cabbage and Herb Slaw | Taproot Farm

By Katie Darlington
From Taproot Farm
Here’s a recipe for the Caraflex cabbage and dill in this week’s box, from a Pennsylvania CSA, Taproot Farm, in Berks County PA. They suggest serving this slaw on top of pulled pork sandwiches or stuffing it into a pita for a vegetarian sandwich – I suggest a little cheese in the pita too.
zucchini & ground beef
by Sula

Zucchini Casserole with Ground Beef | Sula and Spice

From Sula and Spice
I’d like to try this quick zucchini casserole with with a cornbread topping. Any cornbread recipe that fills an 8×8 pan would be the right amount – or one box of Jiffy cornbread mix! You can sub ground turkey of plant-based meat for the beef.
101 cookbooks shaved fennel slaw
Photo by Heidi Swanson

Shaved Fennel Salad – 101 Cookbooks

From 101 Cookbooks
Food blogger, vegetarian chef, and photographer Heidi Swanson included this recipe in her book, Super Natural Every Day, but in the book it doesn’t have a picture so she is remedying that here on her blog. Heidi serves this salad on arugula, but you could easily use the red leaf lettuce in this week’s box as a bed for the salad.
quick picklesby Rachel Ray

Quick Pickles Recipe | Rachael Ray | Food Network

From Food Network
This recipe for quick refrigerator pickles calls for Kirby (pickling) cucumbers, but can be made with the cukes in our box – and you can use the same brine to pickle zucchini, summer squash, and even fennel stalks! At a restaurant in Chicago, I was recently served an arugula salad that was topped with pickled fennel stalks and red onion that was super tasty.
roasted caraflexPhoto by Géraldine

Roasted Pointed Cabbage with Tahini Sauce | La Cuisine de Géraldine

From La Cuisine de Géraldine
Caraflex cabbage is also called hipsi cabbage, or simply pointed cabbage, and while it is so tender it’s very good raw, here it’s roasted to serve as an elegant first course. The 100g of Greek yogurt is about 1/4 cup, and 50ml olive oil is about 3 tablespoons.
roasted zucchini with dill sauce

Roasted Zucchini with Yogurt Dill Sauce | The Toasted Pine Nut

From The Toasted Pine Nut
Roast your zucchini and serve with a dill yogurt sauce for a quick, summery side dish. You could roast the zucchini in the morning when it’s cool.
scallion buns
By Frankie Gaw

Scallion Buns Recipe | King Arthur Baking

From King Arthur Baking
Blogger and cookbook author Frankie Gaw contributed this steamed scallion buns recipe to King Arthur Flour. It make A LOT of buns, but leftovers can be frozen.
cucumber & pea soup

Cold Green Pea and Cucumber Soup | The Vegan Atlas

From The Vegan Atlas
This vegan soup calls for English cucumbers which are seedless; I recommend that you seed our cukes. To seed cucumbers, cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Peeling is optional and the recipe provides a note on the question of to peel or not to peel. You will have a smoother soup if you peel. Garnish with the snow & snap peas from our box, and add extra dill if you do not have the other fresh herbs.

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Week #6; Big family week on the farm

Maggie and daughter Ida

Once again, the next generation has joined the farm.  Maggie Schley has worked for us 26 or 27 years.  We’ve lost track of the exact number.  Now, her daughter Ida (age 13) joins the farm crew one day per week.  We are so thrilled to have her here.  This is a big deal for us and Maggie and our entire crew.  Ida is a natural!  Of course!

Our kids Sophie and Ari began steady farm work around that age.  Of course, they helped in small ways since they were young, standing on a stool to put garlic bulbs in the CSA boxes or washing melons in a giant tub on hot days.  Ari was twelve when he was strong enough to catch watermelons tossed from the field.  Sophie was about that age when she took over cash payments during farm u-picks.  Gradually they joined the farm crew full-time in the summer.  Now both of our kids are out of the house and living in the Twin Cities!

Sophie came home this weekend with five friends in tow, expecting to help with a strawberry u-pick.  Strawberries were always her favorite crop and she wanted her friends to experience that and other childhood fun.  The berries were not ready for a u-pick so they found other amusements; berry picking, kayaking, hiking, farm walks, volleyball in the yard, a bonfire, and eating lots of just-picked produce.  I wondered what they were doing when they wandered the farm after dark.  Turns out they were grazing in the berry field, by flashlight.

One of Sophie’s visiting friends helps Steve plant beans.

Slumber party in the living room this weekend.

Let’s not forget neighbors Karen, Caitlyn and Chance.  Karen’s worked for us ten years.  Her children Caitlyn and Chance joined our crew as teenagers for a few years before moving on.  It’s been great to see all of these kids grow up.


The berries are gorgeous this week.   All your berries are ripe, even if one side is white and the other colored.  This is normal for some varieties.  Just eat one and you’ll understand that they are ripe.

Tipi members, watch for emails from us in the next few days about a members-only berry u-pick!

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #6, June 22/23, 2023

– Weekly shares
– BiWeekly/ green
– Sampler/ B group

Beth’s notes:  
– Expect grit in the lettuce and endive (frisee) this week.  Like last week, it’s the result of irrigation during this dry weather.
– We continue to send scallions each week, so you have something in the onion family to enliven your dishes.  We’ll include scallions for a few more weeks, then we’ll switch to sweet onions, fresh garlic, cooking onions and eventually leeks.  I’ve gathered lots of scallion recipes below.

Strawberries, 1 quart
Snap peas, ~1/2 lb
Zucchini &/or yellow squash, ~3 lb
Lacinato kale, 1 bunch
Endive (frisée), 1 head
Iceberg lettuce
Shunkyo radishes, 1 bunch
Scallions, 1 bunch
Garlic scapes, a handful

Next week’s box will probably contain Caraflex cabbage, zucchini, scallions and more.

Strawberries – Strawberries are perishable.  Refrigerate and eat soon.

Snap peas – These pea pods 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 should be eaten pod and all.  They are delicious raw, or very lightly cooked or stir-fried.  
Heads up!:  You may find some fibrous shell-type pods mixed in, from off-type plants.
Preparation: They will need a quick rinse to remove faded gray blossoms.  
Storage: Refrigerate.

Zucchini &/or ‘Zephyr’ summer squash – It’s summer now!  Zucchini and squash are somewhat sensitive to cold temperatures.
Storage: Refrigerate in a warmer part of your fridge.

Lacinato kale (bundle of grey-green textured leaves) – This is our most beautiful green and a super food!  Use like any kale.  
Storage:  Cover and refrigerate.

Endive (frilly head, also know as frisée) – Endive is closely related to escarole.  These members of the chicory family can be used interchangeably in recipes, whether raw or cooked.  Their slightly bitter flavor is a good addition to mixed salads.  They are excellent cooked alone or mixed with other greens.  They cook quickly, but not as quickly as spinach.  
Storage:  Cover and refrigerate.

Iceberg lettuce (round head of lettuce) – We’ve found an iceberg variety that grows well for us.  It is crisp and tender inside.  Examine closely before using in a wedge salad – some heads have grit from overhead irrigation.

Shunkyo radishes – This is a new variety for us this year, chosen because it is supposed to be unusually sweet, plus tolerant of hot weather.  They are also pungent, a good cooking radish.

Garlic scapes (curly green things) – Garlic scapes grow at the top of garlic plants.  We snap off the young scapes to direct the plants’ energy into forming garlic bulbs underground.  Use scapes as a substitute for garlic cloves.  They can be minced, mixed with olive oil, and added to stir fries or simple pasta dishes.  The scapes can be sautéed, but will not brown like garlic cloves.  Expect them to retain their crunch even when cooked, and to be milder than garlic cloves, closer in pungency to the green garlic we’ve sent.

Garlic scapes

Top; Lacinato kale
Bottom; Endive, also known as frisée

Scallion Ideas

It is time for my annual roundup of favorite 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 are beautiful right now.  Let’s share a few of our favorite ways to prepare them.  
Gingery Pea & Scallion Fried Rice (6/29/22 newsletter)
Scallion Meatballs (6/15/22 newsletter)
– Scallion biscuits (slice and add to your usual biscuit recipe).  Or try Savory Cheese & Scallion Scones 
– 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
– Grilled beef bulgogi wrapped in lettuce leaves.  Easily adapted to tofu.
– Salmon patties with minced scallions mixed into the batter.

Scallion Pancakes

I love scallion pancakes and have tried many recipes over the years.  
Kimchi, Pork + Scallion Pancakes – Beth’s comment: This is our household’s favorite, but we add bay scallops instead of pork, halve the kimchi and add any green, whether spinach, komatsuna, napa cabbage or kale.  Kale takes longer to cook than spinach, so reduce the amount and slice finely before adding to the batter.  We skip the relish and use 1:1 soy sauce:rice vinegar for dipping sauce.  These are hefty and filling.

Member suggestions:
Several of you have shared scallion pancake recipes in our Facebook discussion group over the years.  Here are some of the recipe links and comments.  
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.  This is a J. Kenji López-Alt recipes, with his usual insightful explanations.


kale & orzo risotto
Photo by debslunch

Kale and Orzo “Risotto”

Based on a recipe by Hetty McKinnon, this one pot dish subs orzo, a rice-shaped pasta, for rice. Orzo cooks more quickly than rice and there’s less need for stirring. I tested the recipe with curly kale, but the original recipe was designed for the lacinto kale in this week’s box. With the flavors of spanakopita – herbs, greens, and feta – this is a tasty way to get even the greens haters in your house to eat their greens.

Serves: 4
Takes: 30 minutes


about 1/2 pound lacinto kale, 8-9 ounces, rinsed, stems removed and leaves thinly sliced
1 cup onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic minced or put through a press
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
a big handful of fresh dill if available, OR 1 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon dried oregano
a few pinches of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 scallions, whites and green, thinly sliced
3/4 pound orzo
3 cups of vegetable broth
3 tablespoons salted butter
grated zest and juice of one lemon
3 ounces of feta crumbled (optional)

  1. Rinse and slice the kale. Chop the onion. Pour the olive oil into a wide deep skillet with a cover or a Dutch oven, and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, add the fresh or dried herbs, and then add the kale and scallions. Toss everything together and cook covered for 5-10 minutes to wilt the kale.
  3. Add the orzo and vegetable broth, bring to a boil, and then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir a few times during the 10 minutes scraping the bottom, to reduce sticking.
  4. Taste and when the orzo is tender and the broth is absorbed, add the butter, lemon zest and juice, and feta if using. Stir well, cover and remove from heat and let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

chocolate zucchini cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake | King Arthur Baking

From King Arthur Baking
King Arthur’s double chocolate zucchini bread is always a winner, but this cake was new to me this year. It uses three cups of zucchini or yellow summer squash, but no one will notice in this chocolatey, fudgy cake.
cheesy stuffed zucchini

Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini Boats | From Scratch Fast

From From Scratch Fast
This gluten free and meatless version of stuffed zucchini gets it flavor from ricotta and Comté cheeses, and fresh herbs. Cottage cheese can be subbed for the ricotta, and Swiss or Gruyere cheese can take the place of the Comté. And you can omit the fresh herbs – add an extra scallion or two – or use dried.
frisee brekkie sandwich

Frisée aux Lardons à la Breakfast Sandwich | Never Not Hungry

From Never Not Hungry
A traditional way of preparing curly endive, also called frisee, is Frisée aux Lardons, a bacon-y French bistro salad, with croutons fried in the bacon fat and typically some bacon fat in the dressing, and a soft cooked egg on top. So I love this idea of turning that salad into a breakfast sandwich. Alternatively, you could make this sandwich with shredded iceberg lettuce instead of the endive.
pasta primavera

Pasta Primavera Recipe | Love and Lemons

From Love and Lemons
Love and Lemons’ version of pasta primavera is a pretty way to eat up our zucchini and summer squash and you can sub in the snap peas for frozen – string the snap peas, and place them in the colander where you will drain the penne – pouring the hot pasta and water over the peas will cook them just enough. The recipe also calls for asparagus, red onion, and cherry tomatoes, and you can up the amount of squash to make up, and/or try adding scallions instead of the onion.
7 layer salad
Photo by Meredith Food Studios

Seven Layer Salad | Allrecipes

From Leah Mae on
Seven layer salad is a midwestern potluck staple, and usually made with iceberg lettuce. This version from has a layer of cauliflower – personally I like a celery layer, but you can sub in what you have to make the seven layers. And use the snap peas in place of frozen. Another popular salad made with iceberg is wedge salad, and you could make the dressings from last week’s Deconstructed Wedge Salad to serve over wedges of this week’s iceberg.
summer squash tacos

Summer Squash Tacos with Kale Slaw | eMeals

These vegan tacos are filled with sauteed squash and topped with a quick kale slaw and pepitas, or toasted pumpkin seeds. In the picture it looks as if a bit of cheese might have sneaked in there too – not vegan, but tasty if you eat dairy. A recipe for a suggested side dish of pinto beans and diced tomato over rice is also included.

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Week #5; Irrigation = grit

Top: Overhead irrigation with a traveling gun.
Bottom: Drip irrigation of melon plants growing in plastic mulch.  This shows the inlet of a long plastic tube that extends 600 feet down the field. We can pump about 3 gallons per minute through the tube.

We continue to irrigate. It’s been five or six weeks since the last substantial rain.  Recent rains totaled 1/4 inch for us, essentially nothing.

We use a mix of overhead and drip irrigation.  The first is great for plantings on bare grounds of quick crops like lettuce.  Longer-season crops planted into a thin layer of plastic mulch  (to protect from weeds) can be irrigated via plastic drip tape tubing under the plastic.  It’s a good water-efficient system for crops like melons, tomatoes and peppers but not suitable for every situation.  See second photo.

There will be grit in your lettuce and napa this week, a side effect of overhead irrigation. When the weather is this dry, we need to lay down a lot of water when irrigating each field, which splashes grit onto the produce.  We do not like that side effect but it’s what we need to do right now.  The baby bok choy and everything else is clean.

– Cut your lettuce one and a half inches above the base and you’ll leave a lot of dirt behind.
– Expect to spend extra time cleaning this week’s greens.  Therefore, let’s talk about how to do that efficiently.

Cut your lettuce heads at one and a half inches above the base and you’ll leave a lot of dirt behind.

How to wash greens efficiently and to maximize storage life

Washing and drying your lettuce, spinach, and other greens prolongs their storage life.  It also means they are ready to use on busy weeknights!  Here’s our approach.  It works.
1.  Fill your sink or a basin halfway with cold tap water.  If you have two sinks, fill one sink partway with cold water.
2.  Chop your lettuce, spinach, escarole or other green to the size you wish.
3.  Dump it into the water and swish around gently but thoroughly.
4.  Working in two batches (for average lettuce head) or more batches (big spinach bunches, Romaine), pull handfuls out of the water and drain in the basket of a salad spinner.
5.  After all the greens have been rinsed one time, dump the water.  Rinse the sink/basin and refill with cold tap water.
6.  Repeat the process.
7.  Spin your greens dry and store in a dry container.  They store much longer when spun dry.

This works because …
– pre-chopping the greens frees soil trapped in the head.
– the large amount of water washes and dilutes away the grit.
– By pulling the greens out of the water, you take advantage of the draining action to pull the grit with it.
– Drying (spinning) the greens before storage reduces spoilage.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #5, June 15/16, 2023

– Weekly shares
– BiWeekly/ purple
– Sampler/ A group

Strawberries, 1 pint
Napa cabbage
Baby bok choy, 1 bundle
Zucchini or yellow squash, ~2 squash
Lettuce, green leaf
Lettuce, red Romaine
Kohlrabi, 2 with leaves
Salad radishes, 1 bunch
Scallions, 1 bunch
Oregano, 1 small bunch

Next week’s box will probably contain strawberries, zucchini, lacinato kale, lettuce, endive or escarole, scallions and more.

Strawberries – Refrigerate and eat soon.  

Napa cabbage (large, pale green cabbage with crinkled leaves) – 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 even further): 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.

Baby bok choy – This was a fun experiment this spring. This is much more tender than full-size choy and cooks quicker.
Storage: Cover and refrigerate.

Lettuce – The lettuce are small so we are sending two in mixed colors, for pretty salads.
Storage: Cover and refrigerate.

Kohlrabi (pale green, round vegetable with thick skin and attached leaves) – Crunchy and sweet, kohlrabi is a great addition to salads.
Storage: Kohlrabi bulbs will store for a month in the refrigerator. Remove the leaves if you plan to store for more than a few days.
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.

Oregano (small bundle of fragrant leaves) – Useful in salad dressing or if paired with this week’s zucchini. You can always wash well, pat dry and hang to dry out of direct sunlight.


Pork cabbage rice bowls

Pork & Cabbage Rice Bowls with Peanut Sauce

This recipe includes all the ingredients for fried egg rolls, arranged as tasty layers in a rice bowl. The crispy wonton strips are easy to do, even if you typically avoid deep frying.  They’re also optional and you can top your bowls with chopped peanuts or extra scallions or toasted sesame seeds. Or used purchased crispy chow mein noodles! This recipe is designed to help you address the large Napa cabbage that’s in your box this week. You’ll also find a Napa slaw recipe a bit further down. Another great way to prepare Napa cabbage is to make it into kimchi, and you’ll find a recipe adapted for US kitchens in one of the June 2021 newsletters. There are more kimchi recipes at the Korean food blog Maangchi. Try a search there on Napa to get recipes for not only kimchi but other cabbage dishes as well.
Serves: 4
Takes: about 30 minutes active time; the brown rice takes about 45 minutes

Optional Crispy wonton strips
2-3 tablespoons oil
6-7 wonton wrappers
Salt, to taste

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
One pound of ground pork – or turkey or chicken or a 14-oz box of tofu, crumbled
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced or put through a press
one-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced or grated – or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
6-7 cups of thinly sliced Napa cabbage – probably about half the head
Drizzle of toasted sesame oil – 1 tablespoon or less
3 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal, white and green – set aside most of the sliced green part for topping
salt & ground black pepper to taste

1/4 cup chunky or creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 teaspoons (heaping tablespoon) maple syrup or honey or brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
2-3 teaspoons of Sriracha

For serving:
2-3 cups warm cooked rice, white or brown
scallion greens
Optional additional toppings:
additional scallions, thinly sliced
toasted sesame seeds – 1-2 tablespoons
chopped peanuts – about 1/4 cup

  1. Cook the rice – do this first if using brown rice; if using white, do this after you make the wonton strips, while the pork is cooking. Start with about one cup brown or white rice to yield 2-3 cups.
  2. Make the crispy wonton strips, if using: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a deep soup pot or skillet – the deeper pot will protect your stove from splatters. Have a paper towel-lined plate ready next to the stove. Cut the wonton wrappers into narrow strips, and drop just enough to cover the bottom of the pan into the hot oil – I find I do about 1/3 at a time. Fry till puffed and brown, and remove with a slotted spoon to the paper towel. Continue frying batches until all the strips are crisped. Sprinkle with salt and set aside.
  3. Cook the pork: Heat the 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet with a lid, and add the pork. Stir and cook the pork and break it into crumbles with a wooden spoon. When there is almost no pink left, add the garlic and ginger. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 5 minutes, then add the cabbage, and cover the pan for a few minutes to wilt the cabbage. Remove the cover, drizzle in the sesame oil, and stir to evaporate excess moisture.
  4. Make the sauce: whisk together the peanut butter, vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce and Siracha. Pour over the pork, add the scallions, and cook a few more minutes until bubbly.
  5. Assemble the bowls: divide the rice between 4 individual bowls (or mound the rice in a serving bowl) and layer the pork mixture on top. Add any toppings you are using and serve warm.

Deconstructed wedge
Photo by DebsLunch

Deconstructed Wedge Salad | DebsLunch

From DebsLunch
Probably the best part of this recipe is it includes two simple salad dressing recipes, Red French, and Creamy Herb, kind of a homemade Ranch. The Creamy Herb dressing is usually made with fresh thyme and dill, but the fresh oregano in this week’s box will also taste good.
creamed kohlrabiPhoto by Taste of Home

Creamed Kohlrabi | Taste of Home

From Taste of Home
This is one of two recipes for kohlrabi this week; also check out the kohlrabi fries from last week. This creamy preparation of kohlrabi is one of the most common ways to eat it in Germany, where it is called Rahmkohlrabi.
crunchy peanut slaw
Photo by Joe Lingeman

Crunchy Peanut Slaw | Kitchn

From The Kitchn
This recipe calls for thinly-sliced green cabbage, but Napa will work perfectly and the non-mayonnaise-based dressing is great on Napa.
roasted radish and kohlrabi salad

Roasted Radish & Kohlrabi Salad with Apple, Pine Nuts & Puffed Rice | VegKit

From VegKit
In this recipe, all the way from Australia, most of the radishes are roasted, leaving one to slice up for garnish, and the radish greens are blended into the dressing. You also have the option of added puffed rice cereal for a little extra crunch, but I recommend only doing that if the salad will be all consumed at one sitting!
bok choy chicken

Chicken and Bok Choy Stir Fry | Barefeet in the Kitchen

From Barefeet in the Kitchen
Barefeet in the Kitchen adapted this quick stir fry from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, using skinless boneless chicken thighs instead of the chicken breasts in the original recipe. Whatever cut of chicken you use, this is a tasty way to prepare bok choy.
kohlrabi slaw

Kohlrabi Slaw | A Couple Cooks

From A Couple of Cooks
Here’s another kohlrabi preparation from A Couple of Cooks. If you don’t have an apple to cut into matchsticks to add to the slaw, a few of the radishes from this week’s box would add a pop of color and a little heat to your dish. You could also sub fresh oregano for the parsley.

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Week #4; Berry season begins

Hey folks, we just picked your first strawberries.  We waited until this afternoon, to allow more to ripen.  There’s a paper cup of berries for everyone, with more to come.

These berries survived a light frost two weeks ago.  Their color is much more russet than usual but the flavor is intensely good.  It looks like the next berries either missed or are outgrowing the frost exposure.  Wow, that was a squeaker.

Too close for comfort

Would you like to see a close-up of Steve flame-weeding an asparagus field?  It’s a good technique to kill annual weeds without damaging our deep-rooted asparagus.  I set up a trail camera to watch a badger den and caught Steve instead.  I would never have stood that close to photograph.  No trail cameras were harmed in the making of this video.  View below or on YouTube at 

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #3, June 8/9, 2023 (Thurs/Fri sites)

Beth’s box logic:  We are sending cilantro and scallions together again this week.  They are a terrific pairing for stir-fries but also for almost any dish.  It’s a nice combination in salad dressing or added to any pasta dish.  If not everyone in your household likes cilantro (those crazy people), consider making a minced chutney to serve on the side, with cilantro, a few scallions, lime juice, olive oil, chili flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.  Sort of like a simple chimichurri with fewer herbs and lime juice instead of red wine vinegar.  

We have two “crunchy white things” for you this week, kohlrabi and white salad turnips.  You nearly received three “crunchy white things” but the radishes have not sized up yet.  I asked Deb to come up with ideas for these two less-common vegetables and she did!  However, I will be making her kale casserole recipe in the next few days, while the night temperatures are cool.  I am intrigued by the batter-based crust.  

– Weekly shares
– BiWeekly/ green
– Sampler/ D group

Strawberries, 1 cup
Asparagus, 1/2 lb
Spinach, 1 bunch
Kale, 1 bunch
Lettuce, red or green leaf
White salad turnips, 1 bunch
Kohlrabi, 1
Scallions, 1 bunch
Cilantro, 1 bunch

Next week’s box will probably contain strawberries, greens, lettuce, radishes, and more.

See last week’s Veggie List & Veggie Notes for information on white salad turnips, scallions and cilantro.

Strawberries – It’s just a cup so there’s not much I can tell you!  Eat now or refrigerate.

Asparagus – This is the final asparagus delivery.  It’s time to weed the field and let the plants grow strong for next year.

Kohlrabi (pale green, round vegetable with thick skin and attached leaves) – Crunchy and sweet, kohlrabi is a great addition to salads.
Storage:  Kohlrabi bulbs will store for a month in the refrigerator.  Remove the leaves if you plan to store for more than a few days.
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.  


spinach pie based on Bittman

Greens, Onion, and Cheese Pie

This recipe is based on a Mark Bittman recipe called Kale or Chard Pie, from his book How to Cook Everything Vegetarian (and you’ll also find it online). The fun thing about it is that it’s an easy crust that doesn’t requires any rolling out – it’s a batter that you simply pour and spread into the pan. Bittman’s original recipe calls for six eggs, three that go into the batter, and three hard boiled and chopped into the filling. I wanted the pie to have more greens, and added cheese, but I’m sure the filling with hard boiled egg would be delicious. The pie can be served warm or at room temperature, and a little tomato sauce spooned on top, if you have some around, is a nice accompaniment.
Serves: 4-6
Takes: 60 minutes, 15 minutes active time; 45 minutes baking

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup of chopped onion
1 pound of greens, try a mixture of kale & spinach from this week’s box, turnip greens can be used as well, rinsed, stems removed, and chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch of scallions, thinly sliced, whites and some of the green parts
optional: 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs such as cilantro, parsley, or dill
1 cup crumbled or grated cheese – your choice! I used a combination of feta and pepper jack

3 large eggs
1 cup sour cream or whole-milk yogurt
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/4 cups flour; option: replace the 1/4 cup flour with yellow cornmeal

  1. Heat oven to 375°. Butter a 2-quart gratin dish or deep 9-inch pie dish.
  2. Filling: Melt the butter in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the greens, kale first if using, stir well, and cover for a few minutes to wilt. Reduce the heat and cook covered for about 10 minutes until the greens are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Remove the lid and cook a few more minutes to evaporate any excess moisture. Stir in the scallions and herbs if using, and remove from the heat to cool.
  5. Batter: Beat the eggs in a large bowl, and whisk in the mayonnaise and sour cream (or yogurt).  Add the baking powder, salt, and flour, and whisk until smooth.
  6. Spread a thin layer of batter in your buttered baking dish. Mix the cheese into the filling and layer over the batter. Pour the rest of the batter over the filling, and smooth gently.
  7. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until puffed and golden. Serve warm or at room temperature, with or without tomato sauce.

Kale salad crunchy chick peas
Photo by by Tieghan

Parmesan Tahini Kale Salad with Breadcrumbs and Crunchy Chickpeas | Half Baked Harvest

From Half Baked Harvest
The best thing about this salad is the tahini-lemon Parmesan dressing … well, and the toasted bread crumbs and crunchy chickpeas. I omitted the avocados, and enjoyed the leftover dressing on a lettuce salad another day.
Kohlrabi fries

Kohlrabi Fries (Baked or Air Fryer) | Kara Lydon

From Kara Lydon, the Foodie Dietician
Most recipes for kohlrabi are for using it raw, like shredded in slaw, sliced and eaten in sandwiches, pickled. Here’s a fun way to turn your kohlrabi into fries. The recipe calls for about 1.25 pounds of kohlrabi – if you get a bit less kohlrabi in your box, you can scale back the recipe. I’d suggest using a little less olive oil plus all the spices for one pound of kohlrabi.
creamy spinach dip
Photo by Alyona

Extra Creamy Spinach Dip | Alyona’s Cooking

From Alonya’s Cooking
This version of creamy and cheesy warm spinach dip can be served with bread or crackers, but the salad turnips, kohlrabi, and asparagus in this week’s box are all great dippers as well. I suggested lightly steaming the asparagus and cooling before serving as a dip accompaniment.
pan fried turnips and spinach

Pan Fried Turnips Recipe with Onions and Spinach | Low Carb Maven

From Low Carb Maven
My family are all carb lovers, so how much carbs are in a dish is usually not a concern at my house. This recipe stresses that these pan-fried turnips are low-carb, but that doesn’t have to be te only reason to eat them because they also taste great.
shortcut scallion pancakes

Easy Scallion Pancakes (Only 4 Ingredients!) | The Woks of Life

From The Woks of Life
I’ve made scallion pancakes from scratch quite a few times, and have enjoyed rolling out the dough, filling it with scallions, twisting it into a spiral, and rolling flat and frying. But it takes a good bit if time! This short cut provides a quick way to make scallion pancake by layering the scallions in round dumpling wrappers, and the recipe provides a link to an ingredients glossary to make sure you purchase the right kind.
crustless spinach asparagus quiche

Crustless Spinach & Asparagus Quiche with Gruyère | Eating Well

From Eating Well
We’re starting and ending this week with recipes for “pies” featuring greens, but while the first recipe features a batter-based, no-roll crust, this recipe from Eating Well is crustless. The 3/4 pound of asparagus we got in the box will work fine in the quiche, and feel free to sub a small pinch of dried thyme for the fresh, or omit. A few grates of fresh nutmeg would also be tasty here.

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