Week #3 – 2019 CSA Season

roots down CSA week 3 2019

What’s in the Box:

Kohlrabi, broccoli, swiss chard, lettuce head, spinach, salad mix, pea shoots, white beets with greens, white salad turnips, choi.

What’s going on at the farm:  

On the farm we are still planting and seeding.  We started winter squash this week.  Its been raining so much though we have not been able to plant our thousands of melons and peppers yet and we had to harvest all our greens before tilling and making beds in the pepper field.   We are strawberry less this June but new plants come this week and the push will be on to get the field prepared before they come on Thursday and we plant the new berry field for next summer!   Im excited to do the new plasticulture system i’ve carefully planned based on my last 7 years of berry growing experience to ensure a long lasting and incredible berry crop over the next few years.  I think it will be worth the effort and wait.  Green beans came up with all the rain and heat last week so we are on track for green beans coming in July, cherry tomatoes are setting fruit and we are prunning and clipping three greenhouses worth of tomatoes every week now as they climb up over 4 feet this week.  So much awesome lettuce and beets coming in right now I can barely decide which ones to put in the share but I think it will be either red buttercrunch, romaine, or green butter crunch and possibly a random mix.  The same goes for the beets as we have four types including red, orange, chioggia, and white coming over the course of June.   Im thinking we are going to go with white or red this week as the red are the earliest but the white ones are new for us and the first time producing them and the tops are just gorgeous on them.

Lettuce head:  You will be getting either butter crunch, romaine, or

Pea shoots:  Great mixed with chopped romaine lettuce or spinach for salads or they can be lightly sautéed, but they cook in a minute flat.

White avalanche beets:  These beets are new and delicious sauteed and my favorite way, roasted.  Remember to use the greens on your beets as well.  They are very tender and tasty and should be used just like swiss chard.  I love the rich flavor when they are sautéed with olive oil and find the taste resembles spinach and chard combined.

Spinach: Still distributing spinach from our huge spring crop!   Try to use this up quickly and cook it all up in one dish, not expecting an extremely long shelf life on it since it was harvested and stored last week but its still delicious and holding in my fridge well enough to be used for cooking and salads.  We harvested over 600 lbs of it this last week so plenty more coming  your way for spinach pie (spanakopita), quiche, or just blanch it quickly for a minute in boiling water and press the excess water out, put it in a ziplock and you’ve got frozen spinach to use later!

Choi:  Great for stir fry or grilled with a little foil wrap and some soy/teriyaki marinade with whatever your grilling!

Kohlrabi: Kohlrabi is short for “cabbage apple” and this crisp, sweet bulb is great cooked in cream and your favorite seasoning or used raw, sliced, or grated in salads or as a snack.   I think the green might be slightly fruitier and the purple slightly spicier but they are very similar and both crisp and delicious.

Broccoli:  I love this variety of broccoli because it has tight heads with smaller beads, nothing like fresh broccoli from the field.  Try to enjoy this sooner then later for higher nutritional content and keep it cool as possible for storage.

Swiss Chard:  Chard is a great saute  green with bright colored stems in this bright lights mix.  Just chop it and sauté it or maybe check out Local Thymes library of uses for swiss chard.

Salad Turnips:  These are my kids favorite veggie right now.  They love to pick them on their own and wash them up with the hose so they can just eat them while playing outside. You can slice them up to eat raw in your salads or steam or saute them in any of your dishes.  The tops are edible too and basically a light mustard green

Lettuce mix:  More lettuce for your spring salads.   Mix it with pea shoots, spinach, kohlrabi, turnips, or anywhere else you like.

 

I hope everyone enjoys the veggies!   Have a great week folks!  -Kyle

 

 

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