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Week #12. Melons on the way

Watermelon harvest is everyone’s favorite job but you have to be able to catch and throw and not mind getting splashed.  We are deeply enjoying the beautiful summer days.  This is one of the best ways to spend them.


Photo by Maggie Schley

Steve picks the ripe melons and makes piles in the field.  Ari tosses melons to Mat, who washes them in the blue tank. It’s great to wash right at the edge of the field.  Melon harvest almost always coincides with warm weather, so no one cares if they get wet.


After washing, we toss again and place (gently!) in wooden bins. Back at the farmyard, we can move the full bins with a forklift and pallet jacks. That means we do not have to lift them again until we pack them in your CSA boxes.


Photo by Mat Salbego

Then we rest and eat cracked melons.

Garlic crop looks good.



The crop is in and drying nicely. The top photo shows garlic laid to dry in our barn loft.  The bottom two photos show garlic laid in the greenhouse on July 29 and July 30. You can see how quickly it’s drying.  I do not love having the garlic in the sun but we cannot fit it all in the loft, so we need to use the greenhouse too. Once it’s dry enough, we’ll move it into the barn.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #12, August 11/12, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ purple
– Sampler/ moon

Sweet corn, 8 ears
Green beans, ~1.5 lb
Cherry tomatoes, 1 quart
Slicing tomatoes, ~2.2 lb
Red peppers, 2, either red bell or red frying
Cucumbers, 3 or 4
White or yellow onion, 1 large
Basil, 1 small sprig
By site: red watermelon OR muskmelon

Next week’s box will probably contain sweet corn, melons, tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers and more.

Sweet corn report – There are very few bugs this week.  It’s the next delicious batch of ‘Vision’ corn.

Cucumbers – This field is so productive!  Usually I wouldn’t send cucumber so many weeks in a row but this field is going to end quickly, so let’s enjoy them while we have them.

White onions – These are more pungent onions than the Walla Wallas that we’ve sent in recent weeks.  We consider them intermediate between Wallas and yellow storage onions in both pungency and ability to be fried.  In other words, these will fry better than Wallas but not as well as a yellow onion.

RECIPES by DEB

all the veg soup
Photo by debslunch

All-the-vegetables Vegetable Soup

We don’t think of summer time as soup season, but fresh summer produce is so tasty in soup. This quick and easy vegetable soup can be thrown together in 3O minutes in the morning and reheated for dinner without overly heating up your kitchen. And it can turn a sandwich into a real meal! I’ve used Tipi green beans, carrots, corn, and bell pepper in this batch, as well as my last pint of Tipi tomato juice, but feel free to sub in what you have – zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes.
Takes about 30 minutes
Serves 6

1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 stalks of celery, well-rinsed and chopped, with some of the leaves if possible
3 smallish carrots, sliced into rounds (a generous cup)
1 bell pepper, chopped
kernels from two ears of corn
1 1/2 – 2 cups green beans, cut into 1 to 2-inch lengths
2 cups of tomato juice
2-3 cups chicken or vegetable broth, or a mix of broth and water
1 to 1 /2 cups cooked beans or small pasta like macaroni or small shells
salt and freshly ground pepper
one tablespoon of honey, or to taste

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot that holds about 4 quarts. Add the longer cooking vegetable first – onion, celery, carrots, and toss with the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes until the onion starts to soften and turn translucent, then add the peppers, green beans and corn. Continue to cook for about 10 more minutes.
  2. Add the broth and tomato juice and water of necessary, and raise the heat to bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. (If you’re making this in the morning, you can go and change out of your pajamas into regular clothes while the soup simmers)
  3. Add the beans or pasta – I used small red beans from Rancho Gordo, but garbanzos would be good, too. Stir in the honey. Cook a few minutes to make sure everything is blended. Dip out a spoonful and let it cool slightly, and taste to see if it needs more salt, or anything else.
  4. You can eat the soup immediately or cool it, and refrigerate and reheat when you’re ready. Serve with crusty bread or grilled cheese sandwiches.

 
corn feta pasta
Photo by debslunch

Pasta with Oven-roasted Corn, Feta, and Jalapeño

This remarkably flavorful pasta only has a few main ingredients: pasta, corn, feta, and jalapeño. I tested the recipe with a large, very mild jalapeño – feel free to sub bell pepper or whatever you have. Sliced cherry tomatoes would also be delicious in this recipe. Serve with pan con tomate, Catalan tomato bread – see recipe below.

1 pound orecchiette – the orecchiette cradle the corn kernels, but bow ties or penne would also work
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large jalapeño, or about 1/2 cup chopped bell or frying pepper, finely chopped
kernels from 4-5 ears of oven-roasted corn, 3-4 cups
Kosher salt
1-2 tablespoons basil pesto, purchased or homemade
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
Flaky salt and chopped fresh basil leaves, for serving (optional)

  1. Prepare the oven roasted corn: heat the oven to 400°, and place a rack in the top third. Pull the silk off the corn, and partially shuck it – leave at least one layer of husks on. Arrange the corn directly on the oven rack, or on a tray that will hold all the ears on one layer. Roast for 30 minutes, flipping after about 15, until the cobs have some color on the outside. Cool and peel the corn, and cut the kernels off the cobs. Save the cobs for stock if you like.
  2. Cook the orecchiette in a large pot of well-salted water; optionally, drop a corn cob in for extra corny-y flavor, until the pasta is just a little less cooked then you like it. Drain, saving a cup of the pasta water.
  3. Melt the butter in a wide deep skillet and cook the jalapeño or bell pepper in the butter till softened. Add the corn and 1/4 cup pasta water, and cook until slightly reduced, 2-3 minutes. Add the pasta, pesto, and feta, and another 1/4 cup pasta water, and toss until the pasta is well coated with the sauce. If it seems too dry, add more pasta water as necessary.
  4. Top with the flaky salt and basil, if using, and serve immediately with pan con tomate

 
roasted chicken thighs with cucumber yogurt
Photo by Johnny Miller for The New York Times

Roasted Chicken with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

Takes about 40 minutes
Serves 4-6

This recipe is based on a recipe by Melissa Clark, in the New York Times. I’ve adjusted some of the ingredients to match what we’ve got in the box.

Two to two-and-a-half pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced or put through a press
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs such as basil or parsley, or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
A good-sized pinch of red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
One lemon, one half cut into thin wedges
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or other thick yogurt (or sour cream)
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated about 2/3-3/4 cups
Optional: 2 tablespoons chopped herbs, such as basil or parsley for sprinkling on top

  1. Heat oven to 425°. Combine the chicken, 3 of the garlic cloves, the 1 tablespoon basil or other chopped fresh herbs, or teaspoon of dried oregano, red pepper flakes, and lemon wedges. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in the olive oil and toss until well coated. The chicken can be refrigerated at this point for up to 12 hours before roasting.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment or foil, and spread the chicken mixture on it in a single layer. Drizzle with a little more oil and roast until the chicken is cooked through, 25-35 minutes. For a little more color on your chicken, run the pan under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, stir together the yogurt, grated cucumber, and remaining garlic clove in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. When the chicken is done, arrange it on a serving platter and squeeze the half lemon over the top. Sprinkle on the chopped basil if using. Serve with the cucumber-yogurt sauce and an extra drizzle of olive oil.

 
pan con tomate
Photo by The Spruce

Catalan Tomato Bread

From The Spruce Eats, by Lisa & Tony Sierra
Pan con tomate or Catalan Tomato Bread, a tapa, flavors toasted bread with garlic and tomato. Toast the bread until it’s nice and crispy to avoid sogginess after the bread is rubbed with the tomato – but even soggy, it will still taste great!
 
cold corn soup
Photo by Nagi

Cold Corn Soup for Summer

From RecipeTinEats
Another soup this week – this one is cool, creamy, and full of fresh corn.
 
tomato basil rice
Photo by Bite On The Side

Tomato Basil Rice

From Bite On The Side
Serve this rice garnished with cherry tomatoes and chopped fresh basil as shown, or chunks of slicing tomato. You can omit the basil if we don’t get any in the box; you might want to add oregano or another dried herb, and call it tomato-herb rice!
 

And finally, two recipes for salads with green beans and corn, one creamy, and one with tomatoes.

corn and green bean salad
Photo by Taste of Home

Corn and Green Bean Salad

From Taste of Home
This recipe calls for reduced fat mayonnaise – I am not a fan! Feel free to use your favorite mayo.
 
Martha Corn Green Bean Tomato Salad
Photo by John Kernick

Corn, Green Bean, and Tomato Salad

From Martha Stewart
Martha calls for yellow tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes in this salad – a combination of our slicing and cherry tomatoes will work just great in this recipe.

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Week #11; Let’s talk peppers.

Our pepper season begins.  We have two or three peppers for each share this week.  Most people will get a mix of red bell and red frying peppers. (Some boxes will have all bells this week.)  Let’s review the differences.


Bell peppers are sweet, not spicy.  They are blocky and thick walled.  These are great for salads, stuffing, grilling, and roasting, where their thick walls are an advantage.  This week’s bell peppers are red or green, but we grow red, yellow, orange, purple and green bell peppers.  All are sweet.


Frying peppers are also sweet, not spicy.   They have a pointed tip and are thinner walled.  These peppers are great for frying.  They have lower moisture, which allows them to fry and brown in hot oil.  Frying peppers can also be stuffed or used for salads.  They are less useful for roasting, because of their thinner walls, and lower yield after roasting.  We grow red and green frying peppers. 

#2 Grade Red Peppers

I write about pepper grading every year.  Returning members can say “yeah, yeah” and skip ahead.  New members, please read.
Some of the red bell peppers we send in the CSA boxes will be our #2 grade.  We do this to avoid waste and to deliver good value to our CSA members.  The #2 grade peppers are excellent eating quality, but are not quite pretty enough to sell to our coop store customers.  As a result, we place a much lower value on these peppers.  This allows us to provide generous amounts of peppers over the course of the season.  We feel this is a good exchange, even if it means you occasionally open a pepper and find that it needs trimming.  Here are the reasons that peppers are downgraded from #1 grade to #2 grade:

  • They may have a minor blemish, or
  • They may have minor insect damage, or
  • They may be very ripe and beginning to wrinkle.  (These are especially sweet and delicious as they are fully ripe.  These cannot be sold to stores because their shelf life is short.  You will find that the texture is less crisp than a #1 grade pepper, but the flavor more than makes up for it.)
  • They might be partially red and partially green.
  • Others are just too small.
  • Eating quality is fine (or excellent) for all the #2 peppers. 

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We throw away ALL peppers that we suspect have rot inside (although one may occasionally slip through in either #1 or #2 grade.).  Enjoy this week’s peppers.  As amounts increase, we’ll share favorite pepper recipes.

Zucchini News


The crew on the way to harvest zucchini.

After this week, you (and we) will get a vacation from zucchini.  Our next field will be ready to harvest in late August.  This is good timing from our perspective, as we have many great things for the CSA boxes this month.  Melons, corn, beans, peppers and tomatoes are all hitting their stride.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #11, August 4/5, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ green

Sweet corn, 7 or 8 ears
Carrots, 2 lb
Red peppers (frying or bell), 2 or 3
These will be a mix of #1 and #2 grades.
Cherry tomatoes, 1 quart
Slicing tomatoes, 1 or 2
Cucumbers, ~4
Zucchini &/or Zephyr squash, ~2 pieces
Walla Walla onion
Fresh garlic, 1 bulb
By site: a small muskmelon OR red watermelon

Next week’s box will probably contain sweet corn, tomatoes, red cabbage, melons, and more.

Sweet corn – This week’s batch has fewer bugs.  However, I still suggest that you cut off the tips before shucking.  Then you do not even see any bugs.  We expect to have seven deliveries of corn for you this year and I’ll post bug info here each week so you know what to expect.  The corn is delicious.  Just cut off the tips before shucking – you’ll be happier.

Carrots – This is a really nice batch of carrots, a variety called ‘Romance’.  Steve has experimented for years to find the best carrot varieties to plant each season.  Summer carrots can be disappointing, eg too bitter, but this ‘Romance’ variety does great.  Of course, we have to water and tend them for success, but they are worth the effort.

Red peppers – Storage: Refrigerate

Cucumbers – We just began harvesting our second cucumber field and the quality and abundance are great!  We have four cucumbers for you this week.  Enjoy the bounty – soon the field will calm down and production will slow.
Storage: Refrigerate in a warmer part of your fridge, or even leave at room temperature.

Cherry tomatoes (mixed orange and red) – Everyone gets a quart this week but they are not quite full.  We divvied up what we have!

Fresh garlic – We are sending German Extra Hardy garlic this time.  Storage:  I suggest that you refrigerate this bulb of garlic, so it remains easy to peel.  The garlic is fine if you leave it at room temperature but the cloves will become difficult to peel as the bulb dries.

Muskmelon (some sites) – Some are ripe and ready to eat.  Some appear greenish and need to ripen a day or two on your kitchen counter.  Keep at room temperature but refrigerate if not eaten within 2 days.

Red watermelon (some sites) – We have watermelons for just two sites.
Storage: Store at room temperature and refrigerate once cut.

RECIPES by PHOEBE

Roasted Salmon with Marinated Cucumbers and Ginger Rice

Sweet and tangy marinated cucumbers add a cooling crunch to this gingery salmon and rice bowl. Serve it with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and drizzles of toasted sesame oil for a nutty finishing touch.

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

1 large cucumber (about 10 ounces), peeled, seeded, and diced
¾ teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed
1½ cups water
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon cane sugar
4 (4-ounce) salmon filets
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Sesame seeds, for garnish
Toasted sesame oil, for serving

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the cucumbers in a medium bowl and toss with ½ teaspoon of the sea salt. Set aside while you start the rice.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the rice and stir to coat in the oil. Add the water and the remaining ¼ teaspoon sea salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to steam in the covered pot until you’re ready to serve.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the cucumbers. Add the rice vinegar and the sugar to the bowl with the cucumbers and toss until the sugar dissolves. Chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  5. Pat the salmon filets dry and place them on the prepared baking sheet, skin side down. In a small bowl, stir together the tamari and brown sugar until the sugar dissolves. Brush the mixture onto the salmon filets, then bake until the salmon is just opaque and flakes easily, about 12 minutes.
  6. Assemble plates with a scoop of the ginger rice, a salmon filet, and spoonfuls of the marinated cucumbers. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve with drizzles of toasted sesame oil.

 

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Warmly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and packed with shredded zucchini, these moist and fluffy pancakes taste just like zucchini bread! Serve them with maple syrup for a delicious breakfast or brunch. Tip: If you have lots of squash to use up, you can increase the zucchini to 1½ cups. The pancakes are great both ways.

Makes about 10 pancakes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
Heaping 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Heaping ¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup almond milk, or any milk
¼ cup whole milk Greek yogurt
1 large egg
2 tablespoons neutral oil or melted butter, plus more for the pan
1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus more for serving
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup shredded zucchini
½ cup chocolate chips

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole wheat flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, Greek yogurt, egg, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir in the zucchini. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and brush lightly with oil. Use a ⅓-cup scoop to pour the batter into the skillet. Cook the pancakes until they’re puffed, cooked through, and golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Reduce the heat as needed if the outsides of the pancakes brown before they’re fully cooked in the middle. Serve with maple syrup.

 

Homemade corn fritters on a plate
Photo by The Modern Proper

Corn Fritters

From The Modern Proper
Crispy, buttery, savory, and sweet, these pan-fried fritters are a fun way to use sweet corn! This recipe calls for green onions, but you could easily sub in a couple tablespoons of minced Walla Walla onion.

Greek salad
Photo by Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews

Greek Salad

From Love & Lemons
This simple salad is a refreshing summer side dish, and it’d be a perfect way to use the cucumbers, peppers, onion, and cherry tomatoes in your box this week. Feel free to skip the mint. Thanks to the fresh veggies and punchy dressing, the salad has plenty of flavor without it.

Sheet pan chicken pitas in bowls.
Photo by Pinch of Yum

Sheet Pan Chicken Pitas with Tzatziki

From Pinch of Yum
Here’s another great way to use the peppers and cucumbers in this week’s box! In this easy sheet pan dinner, you’ll roast thinly sliced peppers and spiced-up chicken breast and serve them in pitas with diced cucumber, onion, and creamy cucumber tzatziki.

Za’atar Roasted Carrots with Feta and Pumpkin Seeds on a serving plate topped with cilantro
Photo by The Modern Proper

Za’atar Roasted Carrots with Feta and Pumpkin Seeds

From The Modern Proper
Za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend, adds bright, earthy flavor to these simple roasted carrots. Dress them up with feta and toasted pumpkin seeds for tang and crunch.

Burst tomato pappardelle in a pan topped with fresh basil and being scooped with tongs.
Photo by Pinch of Yum

Burst Tomato Pappardelle with Zucchini, Sweet Corn, and Pan-Fried Chicken

From Pinch of Yum
Burst cherry tomatoes, lemon, and a touch of cream create a light, flavorful sauce for this summery veggie pasta. The chicken here is totally optional – for a vegetarian take on this recipe, feel free to skip it!

Carrot ginger dressing
Photo by Jeanine Donofrio and Phoebe Moore

Carrot Ginger Dressing

From Love & Lemons
Potentially my all-time favorite salad dressing! Made with roasted carrots, fresh ginger, and rice vinegar, it’s creamy, zingy, and super refreshing. Toss it with salads, drizzle it over a grain bowl, or use it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, sushi, or grilled or roasted veggies.

 

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Week #10; Sweet corn!


We are enjoying the cooler weather which arrived just in time for the first sweet corn harvest.  When picking corn on hot days, it’s like a sauna between the rows.  This week’s harvest was straightforward, a good training experience for our newer crew members.  See my notes on this week’s corn in the Veggie List & Notes section below.  Many ears have bugs or bug damage at the tip so I advise cutting off the tips before you shuck the corn.  That way, you never even see the bugs or damage.  Check our Veggie List & Notes section each week, and I’ll give you an update for that week’s batch of corn.

I took an evening walk to our current cucumber field and sat among the rows as the sun set.  It’s a beautiful spot, open to the west and the setting sun.  As I sat quietly, lightning beetles crawled to the top of the leaves, preparing for their evening show.  It was a lovely moment.

Steve’s surgery

Two weeks ago, Steve had hernia-repair surgery.  The surgery went well but he ended up with a ‘paralyzed intestine’ (paralytic ileum) which has made recovery more complicated and prolonged than expected.  He is improving now but it’s been a rough two weeks.  Everyone pitched in so he could rest and recover.  Haha, that is not in his nature.

We are hiring

We have several openings for farmhands to replace crew members who are returning to school.  We offer valuable work in a safe, friendly, outdoor environment, and send you home with lots of healthy produce!  Please help us spread the word.  Learn more and apply at our employment page .

Fresh garlic

Everyone gets a bulb of freshly dug ‘Korean Red’ garlic.  We are in the midst of harvesting garlic to cure for later boxes but paused to harvest and clean enough for this week’s delivery.  Fresh garlic is special: crunchy and strongly flavored.  I advise refrigerating this fresh bulb for easy peeling.  You can leave it at room temperature, but the cloves become difficult to peel as the garlic dries and cures.  In about one month, they loosen enough to peel but for now it’s best to refrigerate and eat it soon. 

Beth

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #10, July 28/29, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ purple
– Sampler/ sun

Sweet corn, 8 ears?
Muskmelon, 1 large or 2 small
Carrots, 2 lb
Green beans, 0.9 lb
Zucchini &/or Zephyr squash, ~ 2 to 3 pieces
Cucumbers, ~3
Walla Walla onion
Fresh garlic, 1 bulb
By site: A box of cherry tomatoes OR a small bag of slicing tomatoes.

Next week’s box will probably contain sweet corn, carrots, tomatoes, sweet onions, etc.

Sweet corn Now it’s summer!  This is a very tasty batch of corn.
Advice about bugs.  This is organic sweet corn.  Many ears have bugs or bug damage at the tip.  I suggest cutting off the tips before shucking the corn.  Sweep the trimmed tips into the compost and you will never see the bugs.
Storage. Sweet corn is best when fresh, so we encourage you to eat it asap. Store in the refrigerator, in the husks if you have the room, or husked in a plastic bag.
Cooking.  It is quicker to steam sweet corn than to boil it.
1.) Stand ears of corn upright in a tall pot. Put one inch of water in the pot.
2.) Bring the water to a boil. If the corn is cold when you begin cooking, steam for 5 – 6 minutes. If the corn starts at room temperature, steam for 4 – 5 minutes. The cooking time will vary somewhat depending on how many ears are in the pot. Pay attention to how the corn smells. The scent changes once the corn is ready. Another clue: water will bead on the corn until it is cooked. Don’t overcook it.

Muskmelon – Some are ripe and ready to eat.  Some need to ripen a day or two on your kitchen counter.  Keep at room temperature but refrigerate if not eaten within 2 days.

Green beansStorage: Store in the warmest part of your refrigerator.
These beans are a little past their prime maturity.  You may find a few that are overripe and need to be tossed.  Look for beans that are bulging or floppy or puffy with larger beans inside.  Throw those away and keep the rest.  We’ve looked them over carefully but now it’s your turn.  With last week’s heat, we just could not keep up with the speed of bean growth.

Carrots – Refrigerate in the bag.

RECIPES by DEB

Summertime vegetable curry
Photo by debslunch

Summertime Vegetable Curry

This recipe uses green beans, carrots, and yellow squash from this week’s box, but feel free to adapt to what you have – you will need approximately 6 cups of chopped vegetables altogether, not counting the onions.
Takes about 45 minutes
Serves 6

4 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil, divided
1 (14-oz.) package firm or extra-firm tofu, patted dry, cut into cubes
a few generous pinches of kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups of chopped onions
a 2-3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2-3 cloves of garlic, smashed and chopped
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon each: ground cumin, turmeric, and coriander
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4-1/3 cups water
a heaping cup of peeled and sliced carrots
8-12 ounces green beans, rinsed, trimmed, and cut into 2 inch pieces – heaping 2 cups
1 (13.5-ounce) can of unsweetened coconut milk – full fat preferred, but lite works
2 large summer squash or zucchini, rinsed, quartered longwise, and cut into chunks – heaping 2 cups
More salt & pepper to taste
Optional garnishes: Lime wedges, cilantro leaves, and coarsely chopped, salted, roasted peanuts
Optional: serve with white or brown rice, chutney, and plain yogurt

  1. If you’re serving the curry with rice, start the rice first.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil in a wide deep skillet or braiser with a lid. Add the tofu cubes, season with salt and pepper, and fry for about 10 minutes over medium heat, flipping the cubes a few times, trying not to break them up too much, until they’ve gt a little color. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  3. Wipe out the pan if necessary (I didn’t) and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil. Over medium high heat, add the onions and another couple of pinches of salt, and stir to coat with oil. Cook the onions for 2-3 minutes, then add the ginger and garlic, curry powder, garam masal, ground cumin, turmeric, and coriander. Continue to cook until the spices are fragrant and the onions, ginger, and garlic are softened, 5-10 minutes. If things start sticking add two tablespoons of the water.
  4. Add the tomato paste and the water, and stir until saucy. Add the carrots and the green beans, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer until softened, about 10 minutes. Again, add a little more water if things start to stick.
  5. Add the coconut milk and mix well. Add the squash, stir and cover and cook for another 10 minutes, until the squash are cooked but not mushy. Taste for salt and serve with the optional garnishes and rice.

 
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Corn chorizo squash tacos
Photo by debslunch

Corn, summer squash, and chorizo tacos

Leftover taco filling can be combined with rice to make a tasty casserole, and could also be used in stuffed squash or zucchini boats.
Takes about 30 minutes
Serves 6-8

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound chorizo, bulk or removed from casings, or turkey chorizo
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped or put through a press
One large or two smaller yellow summer squash, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 cups fresh corn kernels, cut from 2-4 ears of corn
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Optional: 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
salt to taste
Corn or flour tortillas, warned in the oven or microwave
Optional toppings:
Grated cheddar cheese, or pepper jack, or mozzarella
avocado, pitted and sliced
Salsa or pickled jalapeños – or both!
Quick pickled purple onions (here’s one recipe)
Coleslaw or sliced cabbage
Sour cream

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil on medium-low heat in a large skillet. Add the chorizo and cook until it’s no longer pink and starting to brown, crumbling with a spoon or spatula, about 7-10 minutes. If you’re using pork chorizo, remove the meat to drain and wipe out the skillet. Less-fatty turkey chorizo can stay in the skillet.
  2. If you have an empty skillet add another tablespoon of oil, and then the onions, garlic, squash, and corn. If you’re using turkey, simply add the veggies to the meat. Either way, cook until the veggies are softened.
  3. Add the meat back into the pan (if necessary). Add the cumin, organo, and salt to taste. Cook until the meat is browned. Transfer the filling into a serving dish, and arrange the tortillas and topping around it on the table, so everyone can roll up their own tacos.

 
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quick cucumber pickle spears
Photo by debslunch

Quick cucumber pickle spears – or salad

This recipe based on one from Olia Hercules’ Mamushka only uses one to two cucumbers at a time – but is easily doubled. I was amazed at how quickly this procedure transforms cucumbers into pickles and then found myself adding them to all type of sandwiches – including peanut butter! – and packing them in my lunch for a side.

10 ounces slicing cucumbers – about 1 large or two small
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons sugar
4 teaspoons cider or white wine vinegar – about 1 slightly overflowed tablespoon
1 dried red chile
2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon chopped parsley or dill

  1. Trim the cucumber and slice lengthwise into long wedges. Arrange the wedges in a shallow dish. If you’d like more of a salad, chop the cucumber into bite size chunks.
  2. Sprinkle the cucumbers with the salt and sugar, and pour in the vinegar. Add the chile, toss, and cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Toss the wedges with the oil and chopped herbs and serve.

 
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summer squash cornbread
Photo by Lana

Summer Squash Cornbread Casserole

From Lana’s Cooking
This recipe produces a cornbread that is really moist – not quite a spoonbread, but close. When I tested it, I reduced the cooking time to about 45 minutes. I tried the cheddar and jalapeño variation, and it’s delicious. If you don’t want to use cornbread mix, sub 2/3 cup flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons baking powder.
 
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corn salad with chile and limePhoto by Deb Perelman

Corn Salad with Chile and Lime

From Smitten Kitchen
Deb Perelman, a.k.a. Smitten, describes this salad as inhale-able. Try it out and see if that’s an exaggeration! The recipe calls for Tajín seasoning – you can substitute chili powder.
 
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Moroccan Carrot Salad
Photo by Heidi Swanson

Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad Recipe

From 101 Cookbooks
If you, like me, don’t have fresh mint, but still have lots of parsley from prior week’s boxes, feel free to sub it for the mint.
 
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melon smoothie
Photo by Jessica Gavin

Cantaloupe (or muskmelon) Smoothie

From Simply Recipes
This creamy melon smoothie uses 1 cup of melon chunks to make one smoothie – so there’ll still be plenty to eat plain!

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Week #9; Lingering pandemic [email protected]

Here’s a pandemic wrinkle.  After years of bottling our tomatoes into juice at a local processor, we can no longer find anyone to do that for us.  Our old processor has dropped their small accounts, including us.  Our tomato juice project is too small for most processors to deal with.  Even if we could get on a new shop’s schedule, costs have risen to an unsustainable high, eg $15 per bottle!  The cost of glass bottles went up dramatically, as well as labor, fuel, etc.  This is a familiar story by now.

We have enough juice for about half the sites.  The remaining sites get a muskmelon plus a half pint of cherry tomatoes.  I call that a pretty even deal.

We remain short-handed (our biggest pandemic issue) but have chosen to be super-strategic with our time, and feel we are pulling off our usual nice boxes.  This week’s basil has more insect damage than usual, mixed in among undamaged leaves.  I leave it to you folks to trim off and discard the damaged leaves.

For years, I have walked our basil fields each morning, carrying pails of soapy water to drown Japanese beetles.  Ari reminds me that I used to pay him 50 cents to help.  (Those days are over.)  If we do this every morning, the beetles do not congregate in the basil field and the basil is protected.  Obviously, I do not have time for that any more.  Really.  Instead, we planted an overabundance of basil, some for the beetles and some for us.  Unfortunately, I think every Japanese beetle in the county is in that basil field right now.

Anyway, my new strategy is staggered pruning.  The beetles do most of their damage to older plants, so keeping parts of the fields in fresh growth should help.  I will outwit these pests.

Let’s forget all that and focus on this week’s produce!  Look at that summer list!  Green beans, broccoli, zucchini and cucumbers, sweet onions, early peppers, basil, the first melons, etc etc.  Surely, summer is everyone’s favorite garden season.  Soon there will be sweet corn and the first tomatoes.

This is a lovely box and I hope you enjoy it.  

Beth


Most of this basil is very nice.  Just pluck off the beetle-damaged leaves, the ones with holes.  They tend to feed at the top of the plant, leaving the tender side shoots alone.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #9, July 21/22, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ green

Green beans, 1.5 lb
Broccoli, ~1.8 lb
Green bell pepper, 1
Zucchini &/or yellow squash, ~2.5 lb
Cucumbers, 3 or 4
Walla Walla onion, 1 or 2
Basil
By site, a small red bibb lettuce OR small parsley bunch
By site, everyone gets something special:
     Tipi tomato juice OR the first muskmelons + a half pint cherry tomatoes

Next week’s box will probably contain sweet corn, melon, cabbage and other summer favorites.

Green beansStorage: Store in the warmest part of your refrigerator.

Broccoli – This broccoli field is doing great!  It’s difficult to grow spring broccoli on our sandy soils, so we’re glad for the nice harvests.  If your broccoli appears wilted, submerge in cold water for 15 minutes and it will perk up.  Hot weather is hard on broccoli so sometimes they need that cold water soak.  Storage: Refrigerate.

Cucumbers are still abundant and quality remains very high.  What a beautiful, amazing field.

Tipi tomato juice – Drink the juice or try making an easy soup with vegetables from your CSA box, with zucchini, Walla Walla onion and basil.
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.

Muskmelon – Most are ripe and ready to eat.  Some need to ripen a day or two on your kitchen counter.  Keep at room temperature but refrigerate if not eaten within 2 – 3 days.

RECIPES by DEB

Creamy roasted broccoli and cucumber salad
Photo by Deb Shapiro

Creamy Roasted Broccoli and Cucumber Salad

I’ve added cherry tomatoes to this salad, even though we haven’t gotten any in the box this week, because they’re coming into season at farmers markets right now – feel free to omit the tomatoes if you don’t have any – I’m sure we’ll be enjoying them in future boxes!

Takes about 30 minutes
Serves 4 as a side dish

one large stalk of broccoli cut into florets, including some stem slices – about 2 1/2 cups
1-2 cloves of garlic, separated from the head but not peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion, such as Walla Walla
one cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks – about 1 1/2 cups
1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon tahini
2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as basil or parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Heat the oven to 400°. Place the onion in a small bowl and cover with cold water, and let it soak while you prepare the other veggies.
  2. Arrange the broccoli on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Add the garlics and toss well. Roast for 15-18 minutes until the broccoli is tender and starting to show some char, and the garlic is soft. Set aside to cool.
  3. Combine the cucumber, garbanzo beans, and cherry tomatoes in a bowl large enough to allow for mixing.
  4. Measure the sour cream, mayonnaise, and tahini into a small bowl or spouted glass measuring cup. Squeeze in the garlics, add the lemon juice and sugar, and whisk well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the cooled broccoli to the bowl, pour in the drssing, add the herbs, and mix well. Taste to see if it needs more lemon or salt. Serve right away or chilled.

 

Zucchini Spiral Pie
Photo by Deb Shapiro

Spiral Zucchini Pie

Working with fillo (or phyllo) can be a bit tricky, but the results are worth it. You can make the pie as one big spiral as shown, or as individual spirals – you will get about a dozen that way. The pie can be eaten hot or at room temperature, and it uses a lot of zucchini! You can serve the pie with tzatziki, a cucumber yogurt sauce, if you like.

Takes about an hour
Serves – many!

One 1-pound box of fillo dough, thawed and at room temperature. The box has two packs inside and you’ll use about 24 sheets, or all of pack and part of the other.
8 ounces (one stick) salted butter, melted
1 1/2 pounds zucchini, grated
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs, beaten
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
6 ounces Gouda or cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup of finely diced onion (or 4-6 scallions)
1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as basil or parsley or dill, or 2 teaspoons dried dill
1-2 tablespoons of sesame seeds or charnushka

Optional tzatziki sauce
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 small to medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely diced
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic, mashed to a paste or put through a press.

  1. Place the grated zucchini in a colander or strainer and sprinkle with the kosher salt. Toss to coat. Place the strainer over a large bowl or in the sink to catch the liquid and leave for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Optional tzatziki sauce: Combine all ingredients and chill.
  3. Heat the oven to 400°. Take handfuls of the zucchini and squeeze to remove as much of the liquid as possible, and transfer the zucchini to a large bowl.
  4. Add all of the eggs, cheeses, onion, and herbs, and mix well.
  5. Place one sheet of fillo on a clean work surface (I like to use a cutting board) and brush lightly with melted butter. Place another fillo sheet on top and brush again. Spread 1/3 cup of the zucchini filling on one long side of the fillo and roll it up.
  6. Place the log on a parchment lined baking sheet, shape it into a coil. Continue to form the zucchini rolls, and for one large pie, wrap them around your first coil. For individual coils, space them barely touching on the baking sheet.
  7. Brush the spiral(s) with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle a small amount of salt and the sesame or charnushka seeds on top. Bake the spirals until golden and crisp, about 40 minutes.
  8. Serve with tzatziki sauce if desired.

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Grilled Zucchini and Bread Salad
Photo by Heidi Swanson

Grilled Zucchini and Bread Salad

From 101 Cookbooks
This recipe from Heidi Swanson, who specializes in vegetarian and natural foods recipes, uses 1/3 cup ponzu in the dressing. Ponzu is a Japanese sauce that’s found near the soy sauce at the grocery store. You can make a quick substitute by combining 1/4 cup soy sauce, juice of half a lemon, and a few tablespoons of Mirin (Japanese sweet wine) or a teaspoon of sugar. Heidi says the only zucchini recipes that have her attention at this time in the summer use pounds of zucchini – this recipe uses two!
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Sheet Pan Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans
Photo by Tiffany

Sheet Pan Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans

From Creme de la Crumb
This sheet pan dinner uses dried herbs, but subbing fresh would be delicious.
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Julia's Tian Courgettes and Riz
Photo by Karen Mordechai

Julia Child’s Tian de Courgettes au Riz (Zucchini Tian)

From DebsLunch
This recipe from Julia Child is all over the Internet in various versions – and has previously appeared in Tipi’s recipes too! It’s a great recipe for the over-abundance-of-zucchini time of year. Here’s my version, where I’ve tried to make the directions more straightforward.
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Broccoli rice
Photo by Jessica Gavin

How to make broccoli rice

From Jessica Gavin
Step through 3 methods of making broccoli rice – chop with a knife, food processor, or blender – provided by Jessica Gavin, a cookbook author and teacher. There’re also choices of how to cook your broccoli rice – my favorites are food processor and sauté, and I also like to add a little coconut milk to the pan if I have an opened can.
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Summer squash lattice tart

Summer Squash Lattice Tart

From Martha Stewart
I have made this tart from Martha Stewart many times, and I strongly suggest that rather than weaving the lattice on top of the tart and then lifting it up to add the egg custard to your tart, pour the egg in first, then top with the lattice! You can use the crust recipe linked to (Pate Brisee), or mine, or store bought!
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Nigella green beans and lemon

Green Bean and Lemon Casserole

From Nigella Lawson
Since we’ve got about a pound and a half of green beans, try halving this recipe from Nigella Lawson, that melts whole lemon into the green beans, to arrive at a comforting dish that’s somewhere between lightly cooked, crunchy beans and meltingly tender slow-cooked beans. Use half a large lemon and 6 tablespoons of butter.

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Week #8; Cucumber bounty


Ari readies cucumbers for washing.


Look at this beautiful cucumber field, with strong vines and few gaps.  From the left in the distance, Ari, Karen, Maggie and Chelsea.  Every cucumber team includes Maggie and Ari, our greatest cucumber enthusiasts.  They compete to find the first cucumber but then share what they find.

Let’s talk about the cukes and zuccs.

Hello all!  We are sending four cucumbers this week, on the heels of five last week.  The cucumber field started with unusually big harvests.  Enjoy the bounty now, knowing that both the zucchini and cucumber fields will settle into smaller harvests.  We are lucky that both plantings established so well this spring.  Cucumber seedlings are fragile and we sometimes lose one third of them soon after planting.  Not this year!  Our crew was very attentive during transplanting.  Rough handling leaves invisible damage that leads to dead plants.  Our experienced crew knows this well, but our newest employees did a great job too.  That’s what happens when you hire UW/Horticulture students and gardeners and people with prior farming experience!  This spring we covered each cucumber bed with its own narrow piece of floating row cover, using extra care to secure the covers snugly.  Loose covers flap in the wind and beat down on the seedlings.  Some crops can handle that but cucumbers cannot.  We certainly had a lot of strong winds this spring (good grief!) so the effort paid off.

Soon the cucumber and squash harvests will slow and we’ll send smaller amounts.  Enjoy them now!

Strategies

Cucumbers – We routinely make cucumber salads with five cucumbers.  That’s a big batch but they hold well in the fridge and improve over a few days.  Think about using half your Walla Walla onion portion in whatever cucumber salad you choose.  They are a great combo.

Zucchini – If you are undecided what to do with your zucchini and Zephyr squash, grill it then add to whatever you cook this week.  Grilled squash s a great topping for pasta dishes (cold or hot), etc.  Here’s my usual method.

  1. Thinly slice squash lengthwise, about 1/4 inch thick or whatever thickness works for your squash.
  2. Marinate in a light dressing of rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and garlic.
  3. Grill the squash until tender.
  4. Return to the marinade – now it will soak up more flavor.

 
Thanks for reading.
Beth

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #8, July 14/15, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ purple
– Sampler/ moon

Broccoli, 1.5 to 2 lb
Swiss chard, 1 bunch
Green leaf lettuce
Snap peas, 0.4 lb
Zucchini &/or Zephyr squash, 2.5 – 3 lb
Cucumbers, 4
Green bell pepper, 1
Walla Walla onion
Curly parsley, 1 nice bunch
For a few sites; 1 sunflower

Next week’s box will probably contain lots of summer veggies.

Broccoli – If your broccoli seems wilted, soak in cold water for fifteen minutes and it will plump back up.
Storage: Cover and refrigerate.

Swiss chard – Cover and refrigerate.  Now that spinach is done for the year, it’s time to re-purpose your spinach recipes to Swiss chard.  They are closely related.  Chard has a thicker leaf and requires a few minutes more cooking to achieve tenderness, unlike spinach which wilts quickly.

Walla Walla onion – These fat onions are sweet, crisp and very mild.  Wonderful raw or lightly cooked.  Try cutting into wedges, threading on a skewer and grilling.  Do not try to fry these onions – it doesn’t work because of their high water content.  
Storage:  It’s OK to store at room temperature for up to one week.  Otherwise, refrigerate.

Parsley – The herb of the week!  A great addition to salad dressing, tomato dishes or casseroles.  Tabouli is a great use for tender parsley
Storage: Cover and refrigerate.

Sunflowers – We will send sunflowers to one or two sites at a time, as they are ready to harvest.  Trim the stem and put in fresh water.  If you re-trim the stem and change the water, it will last a little longer.

Snap peas – Storage: Refrigerate.  String the pods as usual.
Please be alert to occasional off-type pods.  Sometimes there will be shell peas mixed in.  Those peas are edible but the fibrous pods are not.  If you find shell peas mixed in, it will be a very small amount.


Shell pea (left) and snap pea pods (right).  Shell pea pods are darker green and often less waxy.  When in doubt, try eating it.  Snap pea pods are crunchy and edible.  Shell pea pods are fibrous.

RECIPES by PHOEBE


Photo by Phoebe Moore.

Bulgur, Chickpeas & Chard with Lemony Chard Stems & Coriander Yogurt

This recipe is very loosely adapted from the bulgur mejadra recipe in Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley’s cookbook Falastin. A tangy coriander yogurt sauce and lemony marinated chard stems brighten the earthy bulgur and chickpea pilaf. Enjoy this dish as a vegetarian main, or serve it as a side with any protein you like.

Serves 4 to 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

1 bunch Swiss chard
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
1½ cups dry coarse bulgur
1½ cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2¾ cups water
¼ cup raisins
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Remove the stems from the chard. Roughly chop the leaves and set aside, then dice the stems. In a small bowl or jar, toss the diced chard stems with 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and ½ teaspoon sea salt. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of the dish.
  2. Make the coriander yogurt. In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, coriander, the remaining 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon sea salt. If the yogurt is very thick, add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it has a creamy, dollop-able consistency. Set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep lidded skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and ½ teaspoon sea salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in the cumin, turmeric, another ½ teaspoon sea salt, and several grinds of pepper. Add the bulgur and chickpeas and stir to coat in the oil and spices. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, uncover it, and quickly add the chard leaves and raisins. Cover the pan with a clean dish towel, then firmly place the lid back on the pan and set aside to steam for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the lid and dish towel from the pan and gently toss the wilted chard leaves and raisins with the bulgur mixture. Season to taste, portion onto plates, and serve with dollops of the coriander yogurt and the pickled chard stems on top.

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Photo by Phoebe Moore.

Skillet Gnocchi with Snap Peas and Lemon Butter

In this quick, one-pan recipe, crisp snap peas and crunchy pistachios offer a delicious contrast to chewy pan-seared gnocchi. Shelf-stable and refrigerated gnocchi both work well here – no need to boil them first.

Serves 2 generously or 4 modestly
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 garlic clove, grated
½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces snap peas, strings removed, peas thinly sliced on the bias
1 (17-ounce) package refrigerated or shelf-stable store-bought gnocchi
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon crushed toasted pistachios

  1. In a small bowl, place the butter, lemon zest, garlic, and salt. Use a fork or spatula to cream them together. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the snap peas and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peas are crisp-tender and bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add the gnocchi and spread it in a single layer. Cook without stirring until it becomes golden and lightly crisp on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Toss and cook for another 3 minutes without stirring, then toss and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes without stirring, until the gnocchi is crisp and golden on all sides.
  4. Stir in the snap peas and turn off the heat. Add the lemon juice and lemon butter and stir until the butter melts and coats the gnocchi and peas. Stir in the cheese and several grinds of pepper. Season to taste with more salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice, if desired. Garnish with the pistachios, and serve.

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Spaghetti aglio e olio
Photo by Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

From Love & Lemons
Spaghetti aglio e olio (spaghetti with garlic and oil) is a wonderful dish to make when you have lots of fresh parsley on hand. This recipe also calls for kale, which isn’t traditional, though you could easily leave it out or replace it with the Swiss chard from this week’s box.
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best quinoa salad recipe
Photo by Cookie + Kate

Favorite Quinoa Salad

From Cookie + Kate
Packed with fresh parsley, this quinoa salad is like a twist on Lebanese tabbouleh. It would be a great salad to make ahead for a picnic or cookout or to pack for lunch. The recipe calls for red onion and red bell pepper. Feel free to swap in Walla Walla onion and the green bell pepper from your box.
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grilled honey mustard chicken
Photo by How Sweet Eats

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

From How Sweet Eats
Have you tried grilled broccoli? The florets become lightly crisp, and they take on a delicious charred, smoky flavor. While you’re grilling, cook this honey mustard chicken alongside the broccoli to make a complete meal.
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Sautéed yellow squash
Photo by Jeanine Donofrio and Phoebe Moore

Sautéed Yellow Squash

From Love & Lemons
This recipe is a simple, flavorful veggie side dish that you could serve alongside almost any summer meal. A bright parsley oil coats tender slices of summer squash (or zucchini), and a quick bread crumb topping adds crunch. We call for Love & Lemons’ vegan Parmesan in the topping, which is a nutty, savory blend of lemon zest, cashews, and nutritional yeast. If you don’t keep these ingredients on hand, you could swap in regular Parmesan cheese instead.
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Cucumber salad with vinegar | Vinegar cucumber salad
Photo by A Couple Cooks

Cucumber Salad with Vinegar

From A Couple Cooks
This type of vinegary cucumber salad is one of my favorite summer side dishes. It’s salty, tangy, lightly sweet, and super refreshing. I recommend slicing the cucumbers in half lengthwise and removing the seeds with a spoon before preparing this recipe.
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Two bowls of summer squash and chickpea bisque
Photo by Andrea Bemis

Spiced Summer Squash & Chickpea Bisque

From Dishing Up The Dirt
This thick, creamy, and aromatic soup would be a delicious way to use the summer squash (or zucchini) in your box this week. Blended chickpeas and a can of coconut milk create its luscious texture.

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Week #7; That was a soaker.

That was a soaking storm last night!  Those of you in Madison probably did not get much rain.  That storm front slid over our farm for hours yesterday.  For reference, we are located south of Madison, within Wisconsin and above the “o” in Rockford in the photo.  It made for a muddy and steamy day.  

Our farm was getting very dry, so the 4 inches that fell Monday through yesterday was welcome, even though it complicated today’s harvests.  The fields were able to soak up most of it.  By the end of the today, it was still muddy but easier to get around.

U-pick wrap-up

We are glad that many of you came to the farm for strawberry u-picks this year.  We had open reservation slots for both events.  I interpret that to mean that everyone who wanted a reservation got one.  Well, the berries were more abundant than we realized, so folks were pretty happy with how much they picked.  We were lucky with the weather.  It was beautiful both days.  Thanks for coming out!

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #7, July 7/8, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ green

‘Caraflex’ or ‘Farao’ cabbage (1 or 2), ~2.5 lb total
Cucumbers, ~5
Collards OR lacinato kale (by site)
Snap peas, ~1/2 lb
Snow peas, ~1/4 lb
(Both types peas are in same bag.)
Broccoli, 1 medium head
Zucchini &/or Zephyr squash, ~3 lb
Fennel OR a sunflower (by site)
Basil, 1 husky branch
Garlic scapes, a handful

Next week’s box will probably contain broccoli, Swiss chard, Walla Walla onion, and more.

‘Caraflex’ or ‘Farao’ 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.”  

Cucumbers – Our cucumber field is doing great so we’re sending enough to be creative.  Make a big batch of cucumber salad or raita or smoothies, etc.
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.

Snap & snow peas – As usual, both types are in one bag.  We really like this new snap pea variety, PLS140.  Long pods, sturdy plants and good flavor despite the heat.  Hot weather is always a challenge for peas.  Enjoy this batch.

Basil (branched, leafy stalk) – Everyone gets a husky sprig, the first cutting of the season.
Storage:  Basil deteriorates if stored in the refrigerator.  It is best stored at room temperature with the cut ends in water, for example in a jar or vase.  Treat it like a flower.  Give the stem a fresh trim and change the water every day or two.

Garlic scapes (curly green things) – Garlic scapes grow at the top of garlic plants.  They look like flower buds but are actually clusters of tiny bulblets.  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.

Sunflower (for 1 or 2 sites this week) – We continue experimenting with sunflowers as they are one of the few flowers that we can send in the CSA boxes.  This cheerful variety ‘Vincent’s Choice’ does not produce pollen, making it an excellent choice to pack with vegetables.  The sunflowers are for beauty and joy, not to eat!
Storage: Trim the stem and place in water.  If you re-trim the stem and change the water a few times, the flower should last about one week.  Do not put in the same water as your basil.  

RECIPES by DEB

Olia Hercules cabbage rolls
Photo by Kris Kirkham

Olia Hercules’ Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

This dish is based on a recipe from Ukrainian chef Olia Hercules’ lovely cookbook, Mamushka, that has lots of interesting vegetable preparations. The book is currently out of print, but available at libraries, and as an ebook, and there are a lot of recipes on Olia’s website.

Serves: 6 generously (makes about 12 rolls)
Takes: about 40 minutes to assemble, and 45 minutes to bake.

Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 carrot, grated
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 14-ounce can whole or chopped tomatoes
14 fluid ounces (400 ml) water
juice of one half lemon
salt and freshly ground pepper

Rolls
12 large leaves of cabbage, separated from one or two heads
2/3 cups white rice, parboiled for 5 minutes, and drained and rinsed
1 pound of ground meat, your choice, or a mixture – beef and pork are traditional, turkey or chicken are also good!
1/2 cup grated onion
1/2 teaspoon ground or freshly gated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper
for serving: fresh dill and sour cream

  1. Make the sauce: Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or skillet with a lid that can go in the oven. Cook the onion and the grated carrot over medium heat for 5-10 minutes until soft but not browned. Add the sugar and the tomato paste and cook for another minute. Add the bay leaf, tomatoes – break them up with your hands if you use whole – and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until slightly thickened. Add the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. Make the rolls: Preheat the oven to 350°. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and blanch the cabbage leaves for about 2 minutes, until pliable. Drain and rinse with cold water and drain again.
  3. Combine the meat, parboiled rice, grated onion, and nutmeg and salt and pepper. Place 2-3 generous tablespoons of filling on each cabbage leaf and roll.
  4. Nestle the rolls in the sauce, folded side down, snugly so they do not unravel. Cover the Dutch oven and bring to a boil on the stove, then transfer to the preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes, until cooked through.
  5. Serve with chopped dill, sourdough bread, and a dollop of sour cream on the side.

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greens with peanut sauce

Greens with peanut sauce

This dish has African roots and is an example of how foodways migrated involuntarily with enslaved Africans and became American Southern cooking. You’ll find this dish served as a side in BBQ joints throughout the South, especially in Georgia and Louisiana.

Serves: 2-3, easily doubled or tripled
Takes: about 30 minutes
1/2 pound kale or collard greens (spinach also works but you will need more spinach since it will cook down more then the tougher greens)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, olive oil, or butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced or put through a press
1 medium tomato, peeled and chopped, or about 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup peanut butter, preferably natural but whatever you’ve got will work
2-3 tablespoons of chopped salted peanuts

    1. Rinse the greens and cut or pull off the large stems. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the greens, and cook for 3-5 minutes, until starting to get tender. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking water.
    2. Heat the oil in a pot – you can use the same one that you cooked the greens in, no need to wash – and add the onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes until softened, and add the garlic, tomatoes, cumin, coriander and salt and pepper. Stir well and cook for another 5 minutes or so.
    3. Take handfuls of the greens and squeeze out as much liquid as you can, and transfer them to a cutting board. Chop into bite-sized pieces, and add to the cooking pot. Add about 1/4 cup of the reserved greens-cooking liquid, cover the pot and cook for about 10 minutes, until the greens are really getting soft.
    4. Add the peanut butter and another 1/4 cup of the reserved greens-cooking liquid, mix well, cover and cook over a low heat for 15 minutes. Check periodically to see if it’s sticking and add a little more of the greens-cooking liquid as necessary. Garnish with the chopped peanuts and serve. Any leftovers are delicious tucked into a pita bread for a sandwich the next day.

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curried cabbage

Curried Cabbage

From Budget Bytes
In addition to cabbage we have cucumbers in this week’s box, so serve this curried cabbage with cucumber raita. Combine 1 cup plain yogurt; 1/2 cup peeled, seeded, and diced cucumber; juice of 1/2 lemon or lime, 1 clove garlic, minced; and if available, 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, like mint or basil.
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cucumber avocado and chili salad

Cucumber, Chilli And Avocado Salad, by Nigella Lawson

Photo by Keiko Oikawa
From nigella.com
This mostly cooling salad, perfect for hot weather, has a bit of zip from the chiles – that you can adjust to your taste.
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cabbage and crunchy noodles

Cabbage and Crunchy Noodle Salad

From Cook it Real Good
This salad from down under combines a few common pantry ingredients: olive and sesame oil, soy sauce, and sugar – with fresh cabbage from the box to make a quick side dish. You can substitute regular onion for the green onions and toss in a few of the snow or snap peas from the box, thinly sliced, for color.
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quick pickled cucumbers

Pickled Cucumbers and Onions

Photo by Christin
From Spicy Southern Kitchen
Here are some quick pickles with a bit of spice. To change it up try slicing the cucumbers into wedges or sticks instead of rounds as shown.
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rice cucumber salad
Photo by Bob Chamberlin

Cool rice and cucumber salad

From the Los Angeles Times
LA Times food writer Russ Parsons says rice salads don’t get no respect – deli cases are full of pasta-based salads, but almost none with rice. To improve the status of the rice salad, Parson provides this recipe that includes a healthy amount of chopped cucumber and fresh herbs.

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Week #6; Weird berry year


Small Jewel berries (left) and medium Jewel

This was an odd year for strawberries.  Steve and I have spent hours analyzing this year’s field.  Let’s review what we think happened.  

We grew five varieties this year (to extend the season) but flowering was unusually concentrated across all the varieties following bursts of warm weather.  That was an exciting moment because it predicted a massive u-pick.  Sadly, hot, dry winds arrived at the flowering peak and damaged the blossoms.  Earlier in May, I watched a different bout of hot, dry wind blast the flowers off my farmyard cherry and plum trees.  Literally, every blossom was blown off the trees or left limp and damaged.  There are zero cherries or plums on those trees.  We think something similar happened in the strawberry patch.  Even without wind, high temperatures damage strawberry pollen and flowers and there were many days in the 90s during the flowering season.  Berries that do form during hot weather are smaller in size.

Basically, we got all of this year’s berries from three of the seven beds we planted.  The remaining four beds were a bust, including one variety that succumbed to thrips, a pest that thrives in hot, dry weather.  Home gardeners, we highly recommend the variety ‘Jewel’.  It is a champ and produced almost all of this year’s berries.

The strawberries that formed this year are smaller than usual.  Right now, we should be picking medium-sized berries, like you see in the right photo.  We spent just as many hours harvesting, but have pints for you instead of quarts.

The fruiting peak coincided with our u-pick last weekend.  That caught us by surprise, following weeks of sparse, small berries.  The abundance was wonderful because we had berries for all who came to the farm and because you folks were here to pick the ripe fruit.  Those berries would never have lasted long enough to harvest for the CSA boxes.  The berries you receive this week all ripened since the weekend.

The best news is that the berries we have are intensely flavored, some of the best we’ve ever grown.  The plants absorbed all that sunshine and turned it into small but amazing berries.  We hope you enjoy and savor them.

Thank you for reading.
Beth

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #6, June 30/ July 1, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ purple
– Sampler/ sun

Strawberries, 1 pint
Cucumbers, 2 or 3
Fennel, 2 to 3 bulbs with fronds
Lacinato kale, 1 medium bunch
Spinach, 1 medium bunch
Romaine lettuce
Zucchini & Zephyr summer squash, 3 to 3.5 lb
Snow peas, a small bag
Scallions, 1 bunch

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

Strawberries – These are ripe so refrigerate and eat soon!

Cucumbers – Yeah, cucumber season begins!  Our first cucumber field is a beauty this year.  I’ll have to take some photos.  We’re starting with a bang and everyone gets two this week.  
Storage:  Cucumbers store well at room temperature, especially if your house is cool.  If you choose to refrigerate, choose a warmer part of your fridge.  This is different than how most people handle their cucumbers but we’ve experimented with this and think room temperature is better.

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.”
Storage: Cover and refrigerate.

Lacinato kale (bundle of dark green leaves with pebbled texture.  Also called ‘dinosaur kale) – Lacinato is such a nice variety of kale, quite tender with good flavor.  Thin leaves means it’s a good choice for massaged salads.  Lacinato is less productive than other varieties so it’s a treat to send it to you in the CSA boxes. 

Spinach – This is the final bundle of spinach.  Somehow this planting survived the hot weather!  Honestly, it’s kind of a miracle.  Yeah!

Snow peas.  We have a handful for you this week, packed in a little paper bag.  To remove strings, 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.
Storage: Refrigerate.
Uses: Use to top a raw salad or stir-fry.

Scallions – This is the final scallion delivery until fall.  In a few weeks, we’ll have sweet Walla Walla onions for you.  Uses:  Our recipe writers love scallions as much as I do!  There are loads of recipes that include scallions in newsletters from the last few weeks.

RECIPES by Phoebe


photo by Phoebe Moore

Fennel Lovers’ Risotto

In this recipe, diced fennel bulbs melt into a creamy risotto, while fennel fronds and crushed fennel seeds create a bright, crunchy topping. Needless to say, it has a robust fennel flavor, which I love against the tangy white wine and rich, savory Parmesan cheese.

Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes

Fennel Frond & Seed Topping
¼ cup raw almonds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
3 tablespoons chopped fennel fronds
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons lemon zest

For the Risotto
2½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 fennel bulb, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced (or an additional fennel bulb)
½ teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup Arborio rice, rinsed
½ cup dry white wine
4 cups vegetable broth
⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Make the topping: Place the almonds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat and toast, stirring often, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Add the fennel seeds to the skillet and toast until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and roughly crush. Chop the almonds.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the chopped almonds, crushed fennel seeds, fennel fronds, Parmesan, and lemon zest. Set aside for serving.
  4. Make the risotto: Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the fennel bulb, onion, salt, and several grinds of pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, then add the rice and toast, stirring often, until translucent but not browned, about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour in the wine, stir, and let it cook down for 30 seconds. Add ¾ cup of the broth and simmer, stirring continuously, until the broth is mostly absorbed. Repeat with the remaining broth, adding ¾ cup at a time, stirring continuously, and allowing each addition to be absorbed by the rice before pouring in the next. The entire process will take about 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. When the final addition of broth is nearly absorbed by the rice, add the Parmesan and the remaining ½ tablespoon olive oil. Turn off the heat, stir vigorously, and allow the risotto to sit for 2 minutes. If it thickens too much, loosen it with a splash of broth before serving.
  7. Season to taste, top with the frond & seed topping, and serve.

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Photo by Phoebe Moore

Gingery Pea & Scallion Fried Rice

Snow peas add color and crunch to this unconventional riff on fried rice. If you can, cook the rice the day before so that it has a chance to dry out in the fridge. The day-old rice will give this recipe a lighter, fluffier texture, and it’ll become lightly crisp.

Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed
8 ounces snow peas or snap peas, strings removed, sliced on the bias into ¼-inch pieces
4 scallions, sliced, dark green tops reserved for garnish
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 cups cooked and cooled rice, preferably day-old
3 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Sesame seeds, for garnish
Sriracha, for serving
Sea salt

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the snow peas and cook without stirring until the peas are charred on one side, about 3 minutes. Add the white and light green parts of the scallions and a pinch of salt, toss, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger. Remove the veggies from the pan and set aside.
  2. Return the pan to medium-high heat and add another 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the rice and press it into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. Cook without stirring until the rice is lightly crisp on the bottom, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir, then create a well in the center of the rice. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, then pour the eggs into the well, sprinkle with salt, and scramble. Stir the scrambled eggs into the rice.
  3. Add the veggies back to the pan and stir to combine. Add the tamari and vinegar and cook, stirring, until the liquid cooks down and everything is heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the sesame oil.
  4. Season to taste and garnish with sesame seeds and the reserved scallion tops. Serve with sriracha.

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Shaved fennel and crushed green olive salad
Photo by Deb Perelman

Shaved Fennel & Crushed Olive Salad

From Smitten Kitchen
This simple shaved fennel salad would be a perfect light, refreshing side dish for so many meals. The crisp shaved fennel mingles with juicy smashed olives, sharp cheese, and a tangy orange-scented vinaigrette.
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zucchini muffins recipe
Photo by Jeanine Donofrio & Phoebe Moore

Zucchini Muffins

From Love & Lemons
Moist, warmly spiced, and studded with crunchy walnuts, these muffins are a yummy breakfast treat. If you like, replace the walnuts with an equal amount of chocolate chips, or sub summer squash for the zucchini.
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grilled zucchini with burrata and pine nuts
Photo by How Sweet Eats

Grilled Zucchini with Burrata & Pine Nuts

From How Sweet Eats
Creamy dollops of burrata play off tender grilled zucchini in this simple summer side dish. A 5-ingredient vinaigrette adds zing. The summer squash from this week’s box would work nicely in this recipe, too!
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Big plate of a Lemony Garlic Kale Salad with Butter Beans and Garlic Croutons
Photo by Minimalist Baker

White Bean Kale Salad

From Minimalist Baker
This punchy kale salad features lemony white beans, homemade garlic croutons, and a bright, creamy tahini dressing. Serve it as a side dish, or enjoy it on its own for a healthy lunch.
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Cheese and Scallion Scones from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
Photo by What’s Gaby Cooking

Savory Cheese & Scallion Scones

From What’s Gaby Cooking
These savory scones would be such a fun way to use the scallions in this week’s box! They feature 3 kinds of cheese – cream cheese, feta, and sharp cheddar.
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Baked Feta with tomato sauce, chickpeas, and kale
Photo by Jeanine Donofrio & Jack Mathews

Baked Feta

From Love & Lemons
I love this recipe because it’s really simple, but also really flavorful. A cumin-spiced tomato sauce coats chickpeas and lacinato kale, and creamy slabs of baked feta nestle on top. Serve it with good bread for sopping up the sauce.

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Week #5

The hot weather has been hard on the strawberries.  They are smaller than usual but intensely flavored.  We should have one pint for everyone this week.  Savor and enjoy them!  Check your email later this week for messages from the farm about berry picking.


Sophie’s foot, not mine.

Our daughter Sophie broke her ankle so I spent most of the last week in St Paul, helping her before and after surgery.  She fell while climbing in an indoor ‘bouldering’ gym.  The surgery went well but she has a long recovery ahead.  Anyway, if you sent me an email this week but didn’t hear back from me, please just send it again.  I kept up with email but something might have slipped through the cracks.

Beth

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #5, June 23/24, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ green

Strawberries, 1 pint
Snap peas, 0.7 lb
Napa cabbage
Swiss chard, 1 medium bunch
Zucchini & yellow squash, ~3.5 lb
Iceberg lettuce
Kohlrabi
Scallions, 1 bunch

Next week’s box will probably contain snap & snow peas, zucchini, spinach, greens, lettuce and more.

StrawberriesStorage: Refrigerate and eat soon!  They are delicious!
– 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 – 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.  This happens with some varieties.
Preparation: They will need a quick rinse to remove faded gray blossoms.  
Storage: Refrigerate.

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.

RECIPES by PHOEBE

Garlic Noodles with Spicy Tofu Crumbles & Roasted Napa Cabbage

Heads up: this recipe calls for quite a bit of cabbage. It might seem like too much to fit on one large baking sheet, but it really wilts down as it cooks, becoming tender and caramelized so that it practically melts into the garlic noodles. The other fun thing about this recipe is the sriracha tofu crumbles. They’re crispy and spicy, and, if you ask me, easier to work with than cubed tofu, which has a tendency to fall apart anyway. We like to eat them straight off the baking sheet!

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

10 cups shredded Napa cabbage (about 1 pound)
3 scallions, thinly sliced, green tops reserved
Tamari
Avocado oil
14 ounces extra-firm tofu, patted dry and roughly crumbled
2 tablespoons sriracha
8 ounces dry wheat noodles
1½ tablespoons rice vinegar
2 garlic cloves, grated

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the cabbage and the white parts of the scallions on one of the baking sheets and drizzle with 1½ tablespoons tamari and 1 tablespoon avocado oil. Toss to coat and spread evenly on the baking sheet. Place the tofu on the second baking sheet and drizzle with 1½ tablespoons tamari, 2 teaspoons avocado oil, and the sriracha. Toss to coat and spread evenly on the baking sheet. Place both baking sheets in the oven and roast until the tofu is browned and crisp around the edges and the cabbage is soft and browned, 30 to 40 minutes, tossing the cabbage twice throughout the cooking process.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and prepare the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water, running your fingers through the noodles to prevent clumping.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons avocado oil, 1 tablespoon tamari, the rice vinegar, and garlic. Add the noodles and toss to coat. Add the roasted cabbage and toss again.
  5. Portion the noodles into bowls and top with the sriracha tofu. Garnish with the reserved scallion tops and serve.

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Zucchini Turkey Burgers

Grated zucchini (or yellow squash) adds moisture to these easy homemade turkey burgers. Serve them on buns with your favorite fixings. Iceberg lettuce from this week’s box would be great!

Serves 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for cooking the burgers
1 cup grated zucchini
1 pound lean ground turkey
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, grated
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 hamburger buns, for serving
Desired fixings, for serving

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Transfer the zucchini to a large bowl and add the turkey, scallions, mustard, mayo, garlic, cayenne, salt, and several grinds of pepper. Use a fork or spatula to mix until well combined. Form the mixture into 4 patties and chill for at least 10 minutes and up to an hour to make the patties easier to handle.
  3. Heat the same skillet over medium-high heat and coat the bottom with oil. Add the patties and cook until browned on both sides and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. (When checked with a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should reach 165°F.) Reduce the heat as needed if the burgers brown too quickly.
  4. Serve on the hamburger buns with your desired fixings.

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Zucchini butter spaghetti in a bowl with Parmesan cheese
Photo by Deb Perelman

Zucchini Butter Spaghetti

From Smitten Kitchen
In this 8-ingredient recipe, grated, sautéed zucchini transforms into an irresistible sauce for pasta. The recipe calls for a handful of basil leaves, but you could easily skip them or replace them with any leafy herb that you happen to have on hand.
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Homemade Pork and Garlic Chinese Potsticker Dumpling Recipe | www.iamafoodblog.com
Photo by I am a food blog

Homemade Pork and Garlic Chinese Potstickers

From I am a food blog
If you’re looking for a fun cooking project to try this summer, make your own dumplings at home! This recipe has a flavorful pork, scallion, and napa cabbage filling and uses store-bought dumpling wrappers to streamline the cooking process.
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An everything bagel seasoning wedge salad in a bowl.
Photo by Spoon Fork Bacon

Everything Bagel Seasoning Wedge Salad

From Spoon Fork Bacon
This fun riff on a classic wedge salad would be a great way to use the iceberg lettuce that’s in the box this week. Substitute minced scallions for the chives and dill in the dressing, and skip the red onion and cherry tomatoes on top. Thanks to the creamy, tangy ranch dressing, crispy bacon, and everything bagel seasoning, the salad will be plenty flavorful without them.
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Okonomiyaki recipe
Photo by Love & Lemons

Okonomiyaki

From Love & Lemons
Okonomiyaki are savory Japanese pancakes made with cabbage, scallions, and often assorted seafood or meats. This recipe isn’t traditional in that it’s vegetarian, but it is really delicious and surprisingly simple to make. Don’t hesitate to pile on the toppings – they’re a huge part of what makes this recipe so flavorful and fun to eat!
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Kohlrabi chicken salad on toast
Photo by Andrea Bemis

Kohlrabi Chicken Salad

From Dishing Up The Dirt
Kohlrabi adds crunch to this veggie-forward twist on classic chicken salad. Feel free to skip the dill, or substitute any soft, leafy herb that you happen to have on hand.
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Sautéed Swiss chard in skillet with wooden spoon
Photo by Love & Lemons

Simple Sautéed Swiss Chard

From Love & Lemons
Serve these lemony sautéed greens (and stems) as a side dish, or use them as a starting point for a larger meal. Toss them with pasta, Parmesan, and toasted pine nuts for a quick dinner, or add them to a frittata with scallions from this week’s box.

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Week #4, Farm tips for keeping cool

Hot days are brutal.  Our trusty crew has suggestions for you.

“Hydrate or die-date”.  I do not love this phrase but it’s compelling.  Our final task each day is to wash and refill our water jugs and put them in the cooler overnight.  Then we are ready with chilled water the next day.

Soak your hat.  Better yet, soak then freeze it!  The effect does not last long but it certainly wakes you up.

Appreciate the wind!  A hot day is bearable with a steady wind.  

Wear a lightweight long-sleeved shirt to keep the sun off your skin.  It seems counterintuitive and that it would make you hotter but it does not, especially if there’s a breeze.  Trust me, you will feel better at the end of the day.

Soak your head under a faucet!  It’s the quickest way to cool down.

With temps in the 90’s we need to watch for heat exhaustion.  Our crew watch out for each other, especially the newer employees, making sure everyone rotates jobs between the field and the pack shed.  Our walk-in coolers offer a quick respite and the inside of our barn stays cool, a good place to sit down if needed.  We offer gatorade by the gallon.  

We hope you are all doing well in the heat and taking care of yourselves.
Beth

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #4, June 16/17, 2922
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ purple
– Sampler/ moon

Strawberries, 1 paper cup
Komatsuna, 1 big bunch
Spinach, 1 medium bunch
Red leaf lettuce 
Zucchini or yellow squash, 1 or 2 ct
White salad turnips, ~1/2 lb
Kohlrabi, 1
Leek, 1 small
Scallions, 1 bunch

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

Strawberries in a paper cup – Enjoy this tiny amount of berries. They are very ripe because of insane heat Tuesday and Wednesday so they are not going to last. Don’t be fooled if they look over-ripe – they are delicious. I suggest that you eat them on your way home from your CSA site but you were probably going to do that anyway!

Komatsuna (large bundle of dark green leaves) – We’ve moved on to the next variety in this planting and we still love this new type of Asian green.  Please ignore the flea beetle damage  again this week – that’s just how that field turned out.  Can be used as a substitute for other Asian greens or mustard greens.

Zucchini or yellow squash – We should have one or two squash for each of you. This is the first harvest, the beginning of a long squash season.  Some of these first fruits are lumpy, the result of incomplete pollination.  This happens every year.  The bees have found the zucchini field and pollination has already improved. 
New varieties:  We trying some new zucchini varieties, some of which are quite dark in color, so don’t be surprised if your squash looks a little different this year.
Storage: Zucchini and summer squash need refrigeration but do not do well at very cold temperatures, as they soften and form pits in their surface.  Refrigerate these squash but in the warmest part of your fridge.  Wash the squash just before you 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.  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.  

Leek – We have one leek for each of you.  Last fall, we ended the harvest season with every cooler full and we were pretty worn out.  We left one bed of leeks in the ground and gambled that they would survive the winder.  Some did, then regrew this spring into the leek you receive this week.  
Storage: Cover and refrigerate.  Use soon.

RECIPES by DEB

scallion meatballs

Scallion Meatballs

This dish is based on a recipe from The Canal House, that’s made with ground turkey, while I have used ground pork. You may use either! You can also make small meatballs, and serve them as an appetizer, or larger ones – as shown – and serve them with rice for dinner.
Serves: 4 generously
Takes: 40 minutes
Sauce
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup soy sauce, reduced sodium if your prefer
1/2 cup vermouth (sweet or dry), or white wine of any variety
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground coriander
4 whole black peppercorns
1/2 cup ketchup
a good squirt of Siracha
Meatballs
1 pound ground pork or turkey
5-6 scallions, one small bunch, finely chopped (can be done in the food processor)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
optional: fresh cilantro for garnish

  1. Make the sauce: Combine the sugar and water in a wide skillet and heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the soy sauce, vermouth, ginger, coriander, and peppercorns, and simmer until the sauce is slightly reduced and looks a bit syrup-y. Cool slightly and strain into a glass measuring pitcher with a spout. Add the ketchup and Siracha and set aside while you make the meatballs. Wipe out the skillet.
  2. Make the meatballs: Heat the oven to 375°. In a large bowl or a stand mixer, combine the pork, scallions, egg, breadcrumbs, sesame oil, and soy sauce and mix throughly. Hands are good for this. Season with pepper.
  3. Shape the meatballs: Here’s where you get a choice – you can make golf-ball size dinner meatballs, using 3 tablespoons, yielding about 18 meatballs; OR appetizer size, using 1 tablespoon, yielding about 24. Either way, as you shape them, arrange the meatballs on a parchment-lined or lightly oiled baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until lightly browned.
  4. Finishing: Transfer the meatballs back into the wiped out skillet. Pour in the sauce, heat over low heat, and roll the meatballs around in the sauce till they’re nicely glazed. Garnish with cilantro if using, and serve – with rice for dinner or toothpicks for appetizers.

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toasted noodle stir fry

Stir Fry with Toasted Noodles

Serves: 3-4
Takes: 30 minutes
This recipe uses Komatsuna, leek, and zucchini from this week’s box, but you could use just about any combination of veggies – clean out the crisper drawer! You can also use other types of noodles instead of ramen. Here’s a picture of a batch I made with Udon, because one of our kids ate the last pack of ramen noodles.
Ingredients:
One 3-oz. package of ramen noodles, or about 3 oz of any other kind of thin noodle; spaghetti, Udon, angel hair
2 tablespoons of sesame oil or vegetable oil, divided
1 leek, white and light green parts, split lengthwise, rinsed, and chopped
About 1 pound of greens such as Komatsuna or bok choy, rinsed, leaves separated from stems, and chopped
1 medium zucchini or summer squash, chopped
1/4 cup hoisin sauce, purchased or homemade

  1. Add one tablespoon of the oil to a large skillet or wok, and heat over medium-high heat until fragrant. Crush the ramen noodles by bashing the package with a rolling pin. If using another noodle type break them into 2-3 inch lengths. Add the noodles to the hot oil and toast, stirring often. When toasted transfer the noodles to a bowl.
  2. Pour the remaining tablespoon of oil into the skillet, place it over medium-high heat and add the leek. Toss, turn the heat down, and cover for a few minutes to soften. Add the zucchini and Komatsuna stems, and continue to cook for about 5 more minutes, until softened. Make a space in the middle of the pan and add the hoisin sauce. Stir to melt the sauce, and add the leaves and toasted noodles. Cover and steam for a few minutes to wilt the greens. Uncover, stir, and if it seems too wet, cook a few more minutes to boil off the extra moisture.

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Jamie Oliver waldorf salad
Photo from jamiroliver.com

Waldorf salad | Jamie Oliver

From Jamie Oliver
This recipe does include a bunch of things we do not have in the box, especially celery and fresh tarragon. The secret trick is caramelizing the grapes and walnuts. Try it with the red leaf lettuce and salad turnips subbed in for the apple – add a few pinches of dried tarragon to the lemony yogurt dressing and it will bring it together deliciously!

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spinach grilled cheese
Photo by Stephanie

Spinach Mozzarella Grilled Cheese on Pretzel Bread

From i am a food blog
Here’s a fun way to eat up this week’s spinach – pretzel bread and buns are readily available at the grocery store.

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martha stewart's Kohlrabi-and-Turnip Slaw

Kohlrabi-and-Turnip Slaw Recipe

From marthastewart.com – Salad Recipes
This refreshing slaw recipe calls for about a pound of kohlrabi and 8 oz. of turnips – we have the right total amount of veggies from the box, but the reverse proportions. Feel free to use the larger amount of turnips, especially since the salad turnips are so mild, and less kohlrabi.

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Grace Parisi's mac and cheese
Photo by Lucy Schaeffer

Leek Mac and Cheese Recipe

Grace Parisi, from Food & Wine
In this recipe, the tough green part of the leek is softened by slow cooking and added to Mac & cheese. You can add quicker cooking spinach or Komatsuna greens as well.

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red leaf salad

Simple Red Leaf Salad

From AllRecipes
Here’s a nice salad idea for our red leaf lettuce.

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Week #3; Komatsuna is a winner.


Komatsuna greens: delicious, resilient, beloved by flea beetles.

For years, we’ve searched for new tender greens to grow for our spring CSA boxes.  There is a gap in harvests that is not easily filled by bok choy or mustard greens or arugula because they are prone to bolting (premature flowering) after fluctuating weather.  We tried a new green this year called komatsuna.  It’s tender and delicious, retaining beautiful leaf texture and color even after alternating hot and cold weather and far too much wind.  

I would call this a mild mustard green.  Please ignore the flea beetle damage this week – that particular field was badly hit this year.  

We recommend cooking this week’s harvest rather than using in salads.  Next year, we’ll try a younger harvest for raw use.  “Komatsuna is traditionally used in Japan either steamed and seasoned with soy sauce, or in stir fries and soups. It is also excellent braised.”  (from Johnnys Seeds)

Here’s a particularly enthusiastic seed catalogue description:
“One of the “most underrated” leafy greens, Komatsuna is simply mouth watering.  This leafy green is incredibly delicious, mild and tender.  It holds superfood status in its native Japan, and in some studies it contained nearly twice as much calcium as whole milk per 100 grams!  The leaves are also super high in beta carotene, as well as vitamins A, C and K.  Komatsuna has been revered in Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean cuisine as a mouth-watering veggie for many years, and in America chefs and nutritionally minded foodies have identified it as a delicious, juicy and health-promoting green.  Let the culinary experimentation begin!”

Use in any recipe that calls for mustard greens or bok choy.  Phoebe has a few suggestions in our Recipes section below, or just google ‘komatsuna recipes’ for some traditional Japanese dishes.


The crew harvested your komatsuna in and after rain today.  It was a muddy job and everyone was relieved when the rain stopped.  The bottom crates are empty spacers that we use to keep our harvest crates off the mud.  From left, Ella, Chelsea, Ari, Matt, Raul and Karen.  Offscreen, Maggie, Madelyn and Owin.


Komatsuna bunches before washing.  Plan to wash your greens carefully this week.  Rain splashed soil and grit into your komatsuna, spinach, escarole and Romaine.

Veggie List & Veggie Notes
Week #3, June 9/10, 2022
– Weekly shares
– EOW/ green

Shiitake mushrooms, 1/2 lb
Escarole, 1 head
Romaine lettuce, 1 head
Spinach, 1 bunch
Komatsuna greens, 1 bunch
White salad turnips, 1/2 to 2/3 lb
Cilantro, 1 bunch
Scallions, 1 bunch
Salad radishes OR kohlrabi, small amount

Next week’s box will probably contain white salad turnips, spinach, lettuce, spring greens, scallions and more.

Escarole (broad head of wavy green leaves) – These members of the chicory family can be used interchangeably in recipes.  Both are good eaten 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.  Cover and refrigerate.

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 use ours in frittatas, as well as sautéed and mixed into pasta salad or any dish.  Sautéed shiitakes and spinach are a great topping for pizza or 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.

White salad turnips ( 1 to 3 white roots) – I know that returning members look forward to these sweet and delicious turnips, which taste nothing like the turnips that are harvested in fall.  We removed the tops this year and are sending just the roots.
– Storage: Cover and refrigerate.
– Uses: Salad turnip 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. 
– 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.

Romaine lettuce (upright head of lettuce with crisp leaves) – More sturdy and less fragile than our other spring lettuces.  Great for Caesar Salad or lettuce wraps.  If you’re intimidated by the amount of salad greens this week, Ceasar salad is a good option because it shrinks a big head of lettuce and everyone will fight over the leftovers.  Poof, it’s gone.

Komatsuna greens (bundle of dark green leaves) – See above.  Storage: Cover and refrigerate.

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. 

(ONE site will receive instead of radishes) 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.  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.  

Greens ID


This week’s escarole and Romaine lettuce look pretty similar.  Examine the base to distinguish them.  Escarole mid-veins are whiter and more pronounced.  Also, escarole leaves are wavier.

RECIPES by PHOEBE

Spinach Pesto Pasta with Capers and Chickpeas

In this bright & briny pasta recipe, I use spinach two ways. I blend some into a vibrant pesto with lemon and capers, and I toss the rest with the pasta to add texture to the final dish. You could make this recipe with almost any pasta shape, but I think it’s most fun when you use pipe rigate or orecchiette – something that will catch and cradle the capers and chickpeas.

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

For the pesto
½ cup toasted walnuts*
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove
2 teaspoons capers
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 cups spinach
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

For the pasta
10 ounces pipe rigate or other short pasta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1½ cups cooked chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry, loose skins removed
1 tablespoon capers
4 cups spinach
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

  1. Make the pesto: In a food processor, place the walnuts, lemon juice, garlic, capers, salt, and a few grinds of pepper and pulse until finely chopped. Add the spinach and pulse to combine. With the food processor running, drizzle in the olive oil and pulse to form a thick sauce. Add the Parmesan and pulse until combined.
  2. Make the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, cooking until al dente. Before draining the pasta, reserve 1 cup of the starchy pasta water. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, crisp the chickpeas. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chickpeas and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the chickpeas are lightly crisp and beginning to brown. Stir in the capers and remove from the heat.
  4. Return the pasta pot to the stove. Heat it over low heat, then add the spinach and 2 tablespoons of the reserved pasta water and stir until the spinach is just wilted. Add the pasta back to the pot and toss to combine. Stir in the chickpeas and capers. Add the pesto and ½ cup of the reserved pasta water and toss to coat, adding more pasta water as needed to loosen the sauce. Season to taste and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

*I like to toast the walnuts in a 325°F oven until fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes.

Sautéed Turnips with Miso Butter

White turnips are one of my favorite spring vegetables, and this easy side dish is a really simple, delicious way to enjoy them. I love how the rich, savory miso butter accents the natural sweetness of the sautéed roots.

Serves 2 to 4 as a side dish
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes

1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/4 teaspoons white miso paste
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces white turnips, halved if small, quartered or cut into thin wedges if large
2 tablespoons water
Thinly sliced scallion greens or finely chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Place the butter and miso paste in a small bowl. Use a fork to cream them together.

Heat the olive oil in a large lidded skillet over medium heat. Add the turnips, cut side down, and cook without stirring until they start to brown underneath, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip them over, add the water, and quickly cover the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the turnips are tender when pierced with a knife, about 3 minutes.

Uncover the pan and turn off the heat. Add the miso butter and allow it to melt, tossing the turnips to coat. Serve garnished with scallions, if using.

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One Pan Creamy Dijon Mustard Mushroom Chicken | www.iamafoodblog.com
Photo by Stephanie and Mike Le

One Pan Creamy Dijon Mustard Chicken

From I Am A Food Blog
You can use any type of mushrooms in this one-pan chicken recipe, and I think this week’s shiitakes would be delicious. For the greens, toss in spinach, chopped escarole, or especially komatsuna!
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Photo by Andrea Bemis

Chicory Salad with White Beans, Anchovies & Parmesan

From Dishing Up The Dirt
This hearty salad would be a great showcase for this week’s escarole! The bitter greens play off creamy white beans and an umami anchovy, garlic, and Parmesan dressing. This recipe calls for parsley. Feel free to skip it, or sub in fresh cilantro.
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Chicken lettuce wraps with lettuce cups full of the chicken mixture.
Photo by Spoon Fork Bacon

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

From Spoon Fork Bacon
These lettuce wraps would be such a fun way to use this week’s romaine! The filling is a saucy, sweet, and savory mixture of chicken thighs, shiitake mushrooms, and garlic and ginger. It also includes canned bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. If you don’t keep these ingredients on hand, feel free to skip them and add a few extra shiitakes instead.
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mega crunchy quinoa salad recipe
Photo by Kathryne Taylor

Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad

From Cookie + Kate
This refreshing salad would be a great summer side dish or healthy lunch! A zippy cilantro dressing coats crunchy romaine, radishes, quinoa, sunflower seeds, and chewy dried cranberries. The recipe also calls for cabbage, which you can skip, and carrots, which you can replace with extra radishes or salad turnips.
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Braised mustard greens with sesame chickpeas
Photo by Andrea Bemis

Braised Mustard Greens with Sesame Chickpeas

From Dishing Up The Dirt
This recipe would be a simple, flavorful way to cook the komatsuna in this week’s box. The greens are braised in miso water and then tossed with nutty sesame oil, maple syrup, and tangy rice vinegar. A roasted sesame chickpea topping adds crunch.
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Coconut curry ramen in a bowl with tofu.
Photo by Pinch of Yum

Coconut Curry Ramen

From Pinch of Yum
Shiitake mushrooms add meaty texture and savory flavor to this rich vegetarian ramen. The recipe calls for bok choy, but a few handfuls of komatsuna would be a perfect sub.

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