Week #2 – 2019 CSA Season

Whats in the Box:

Spinach, salad mix, butter crunch lettuce head, pea shoots, radish, chives with blossoms, bok-choi, oyster mushroom.

What’s going on at the farm:  

This week is a pickup week for full season (Standard and Basic) members only.  Bi-weekly members have the week off and will pick up again next week.   It was another productive week of work on the farm.   All our greenhouse tomatoes were pruned and clipped for the second time and we will be pruning and clipping them weekly as they develop fruit this next month.  This past week was very busy harvesting and washing greens and getting shares out to dropsites and farmers markets.  Melons are germinating and some are nearly ready to plant.    Lots of crops nearly ready for shares this week but the focus this week is the gorgeous spinach and lettuce we have pouring in by the caseloads.   Expect generous portions of these for salads, spinach, quiche, or my personal favorite spinach dish, spanakopita.

Choy:  bak-choy are best used as a saute green or side dish but are also good with rice or in a stir fry with chives or maybe your oyster mushrooms.

lettuce head:  besides all our baby greens our lettuce heads are looking fantastic.  We are growing 6 types this spring so expect a variety of different types coming over the next month.  This week will likely be skyphos red and green two tone butter crunch heads.   They are very vibrant in color with a crunchy ball in the center.    They’re so pretty…. I highly recommend just splitting them in half for a couple wedge salads to share with your favorite person. top with radish or chives and some cheese or your favorite salad dressing.

lettuce mix:  Our  mix is simply a lettuce mix with two colors of lettuce, in romaine and salad bowl types, it is also great for salads or mixing with the other greens like the peas shoots or spinach for salads, or on sandwiches. I like to throw in some dried cranberries, or some crunchy seeds in my salads as well as chives.

Chives: The spicy chive blossoms on your chives make a great garnish for salads and other dishes.  They are edible along with the chive which is our earliest onion offering.  Use the rest of the chive to sautee with the choy in stir fry or sprinkled over your morning eggs or other dishes.

Spinach:  Our spinach is looking deep green with lots of large saved leaves and tasting great.    My favorite is Spanakopita with spinach but that dish can take up to two pounds for a 13 inch pan of spinach pie, but our portions may be up for this type of distribution this week.  Hundreds of pounds of spinach are coming in as fast as we can harvest it.  Check out local Thymes resources for spinach recipes this week too and take advantage of the added value to your share this year!

Radishes are coming this week and pair great with your salad mix and other greens for crunch and spice in your salads or just a crunchy snack.

Pea shoots are our most popular micro green and probably the most likable because of their mild sweet flavor and cute tendrils…. we eat these at home with nearly everything but try them in your lettuce mix for salads or lightly sauteed with ginger or garlic at the end of your choi and Oyster mushroom stir fry.

Oyster mushrooms.   Our variety has put out many different cap sizes over the last few months but now that the weather is heating up the caps are smaller in size.   They are best cooked and you can sauté them to go with your steak or other grilled items or use them in a stir fry with your choi, or maybe an omelet in the am.   The world is your oyster with these babies 😉   I hope you all enjoy this new crop offering from us this year.

Enjoy the food and hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend!

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