May 29 2014

No newsletter this week; the internet was spotty on Wednesday night.

Veggie List and Veggie Notes

We were glad to get rain this week, but it splashed soil into most crops.  Everything needs extra washing, especially lettuce, bok choy and asparagus.  See last week’s newsletter for advice on washing asparagus.

This week’s box contains:
Asparagus, 1.4 lb
Spinach, 1 large bunch, 1 to 1.25 lb
Bok choy, 1 medium head
Red bibb lettuce
Arugula, 1 bunch
Salad radishes, one bunch
Button mushrooms, 12 oz
Rhubarb, 1.5 lb

Next week’s box will probably contain asparagus, spinach, lettuce, white salad turnips, spring greens and scallions or green garlic.

Asparagus – Wash this asparagus well to remove grit.
Spinach – The spinach has grown thicker leaves since last week.  It will be excellent lightly cooked, or in salads.
Bok choy – These heads have more insect damage than usual.  We took the row cover off these plants so they wouldn’t get too hot and start to flower, but exposed them to flea beetles as a result.  This is always the tradeoff in spring.
Red bibb lettuce – Isn’t this lettuce lovely?  Bibb lettuce is very tender so handle gently.
Button mushrooms – These organic mushrooms are from Hidden Valley Mushrooms north of Madison.  We buy mushrooms from Mary every year; they are a great addition to spring salads and quiches.

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