Hello Everyone! We hope you are all enjoying this warm summer weather. What a stretch of gorgeous beach, pool, lake, BBQ, sporting event spectating, patio dining, summer vacation weather. I may be the only one around wishing we could just get some rain!!! Our plants are thirsty but our farmers tans are coming along nicely!
A few announcements to share with you this week:
- First. Most Important: We will be CLOSED on Friday, July 4th. Jordan Brothers Seafood will also NOT be there. The only Jordan Brothers Seafood truck appearance at WBF this week is TODAY, Tuesday, July 1st, from 2pm to 6pm as usual!!!! We hope you have a safe and fun day celebrating on Friday and beyond!
- Also, No Yoga in the Barn on Saturday, July 5th. Our farmstand will be open as usual, 10am to 2pm. Normally we have Yoga in the Barn with Patty every Saturday 9am to 10:15am. Bring your mat, water, layers if needed, and $13. No reservation required, just wake up Saturday and decide if you feel like stretching, relaxing, and tuning in to Patty's super chill vibe. At 10:30 Yoga Patty transforms into Grandma Patty and plays with our son Graham for the remainder of the farmstand :)
- If you have perfectly clean egg cartons or pint or quart containers please bring them by the Farmstand. We can definitely reuse them! We are actually going out to - yikes - buy new egg cartons today - I feel a twinge of regret for overuse of packaging mixed with a twinge of pride that our hens are producing so many eggs!!!
- We are trying some new things with our flowers this year. I vowed to "cut back" on flowers this year (he he), but I have a lifelong love of flowers and could not resist seeding them in the greenhouse this spring and then all the perennials I've planted over the years produce no matter what - thus the fantastic peony bonanza earlier this season. Anyway, apologies to those of you who have come to depend on our bouquets for the inconsistent supply so far. The annuals are beginning to come in and I'm trying to weave our flowers into the fabric of the farm routine (rather than treating them as my personal pet project to constantly move to the backburner)
- Our new flower regime is this: The regular bouquets will continue to be $12 plus tax. We are also now offering smaller bouquets in old-fashioned mason jars, which will be $8 plus tax, with a $2 refundable* deposit on the jar if you would like to take that too. The third option is tiny little bouquets in jelly jars, which will be $4 plus tax, with a $1 refundable* deposit on the jar. We may occasionally offer cut flowers by the stem for you to arrange on your own and I'm attempting to plant a lot of our annuals near the farmstand so we can offer a pick-your-own option. Stay tuned! For now, Come on by and check out the jars! *We will refund your $2 deposit on old-fashioned quart mason jars and your $1 deposit on jelly jars. If you need a vase for your big bouquet just take it, people are always bringing us millions - you can return it or not. Jars, though, are a hot commodity in my glass-jar/wooden-box-obsessed-mind.
- VEGGIES! Need some vegetables to add to your 4th of July cookout? You know where to find us! We have been very busy picking, washing and packing all sorts of delicious fresh food. Some seasonal specialties that would be super sides for the weekend:
- Fennel. Great for a Fennel Slaw, Fennel Salad, or Fennel & Beet Soup (you could definitely use yogurt in place of the kefir). I find the key to raw fennel is to slice it very, very thin. I normally cut it down the middle - making the cut perpendicular to the flatter part of the bulb. I cut out most of the core (kind of like in a cabbage). Then I use my awesome little adjustable Japanese mandoline to make paper thin slices. I like to season them with salt & pepper to draw out some of the natural liquid. I do the same thing with red onion (or our fresh red torpedo onions), toss the onions and fennel together with a citrus vinaigrette, and voila!
- Cabbage. gorgeous little green cabbages. Cole Slaw - perennial BBQ fave. Cabbage is also KEY for fish tacos!
- Fresh Onions, Zucchini & Yellow Squash for the Grill (or whatever you want, obviously). I like to cut the onions in half vertically and grill them tops & all. Vertical slices of zukes are also quick to prepare and super easy to manage on the grill. Season the raw veg with salt & pepper and toss with a blend of high-heat veggie oil (like organic canola or sunflower) and olive oil (for flavor). Do note that veggies take longer than most things on the grill so maybe do them first. A little flourish of chopped parsley and a dash of balsamic and olive oil makes a nice room temp grilled veggie salad to have ready as you do quick stuff like burgers, dogs, steaks, fish, etc. afterwards.
- Lettuce. Not only do you need a shred for your burger, our lettuce is plain old delicious. My stepmom commented as she walked into the kitchen where I was chopping and washing lettuce that it smelled great. She said she thinks the aroma of lettuce is underrated. I do have to agree! It is definitely distinctive anyway. A refreshing green salad is the perfect foil to the richer and breadier items at the BBQ. Refer to one of my past blog entries about how to wash head lettuce.
- The edible-podded Snap Peas, & Snow Peas are perfect for kids to eat raw, to put in a slaw, or give some pop to your potato salad. For the first time this year we grew Shelling Peas - the sweet little guys you take out of the shell and steam ever so briefly, mix with a dot of butter and say, "Yum! I've never had these not out of a freezer bag or a can!"
- Beets - awesome for a Roasted Beet Salad. You can even do the roasting in a foil packet on the grill if the grill is going to be going for a while. If you must, beets will hold up quite nicely to steaming or boiling and those methods are much faster. A salad of quartered roasted beets, diced tropeana lunga fresh onions (the red torpedo onions), fresh herbs, a balsamic vinaigrette, and crumbled goat cheese or feta is sure to be a hit. Roasted beets are also great on a green salad. beets and avocado & beets and blue cheese are also winning combos. Save the good-looking tops to steam or sautee for a cooking green or zoom up in a health-nut smoothie. Ladies LOVE Beets! yes, it is a generalization, but it might be biological . . .
Hello everyone! Happy official summer to you all. We have some great items in the box this week for you!
This week herbs are in abundance. It would be a great week to try some different methods of herb preservation. Herbs do well with their stems in clean water, like in a jar on the counter or in a jar with a plastic bag over the tops in the fridge for extra long life. There must not be any leaves in the water so either strip the stems or don’t fill the water too high or some combo. Just as with cut flowers, their longevity depends on perfectly clean water. If possible place the jars in a cool place out of sunlight. These herbs also store very well in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. If you know you won’t be able to use all this herbage fresh you have several options: drying, pesto, compound butter, flavored vinegar, etc. There are lots and lots of possibilities. You could make an herb dip or mayo or salad dressing. You can tear fresh herb leaves into your salad mix if you want a little burst of flavor. To dry herbs, hang the bunch upside down in a cool place out of direct sun. you can hook them onto a nail or rig up a piece of string to hang them on. You can make pestos in a blender of food processor. You’ll have an easier time if you coarsely chop the ingredients before they go in (particularly with a blender). The garlic scapes would be an excellent combo with parsley pesto. You can freeze your product in ice cube trays and then store in a freezer bag (dated and labeled, of course) to use at will for the rest of the season – when you want to add flavor to a winter soup, or to a potato salad two weeks from now. Compound butters are fabulous, let your imagination be your guide. Roughly chop your herbs/ingredients of choice and put in a food processor with room temperature butter (quantity depends on how much stuff you’re using and what ratio you like). Blend well, scraping around the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl before the final blend. Turn out onto a piece of parchment or waxed paper and form into a log. Put in the freezer. Move to a dated, labeled freezer bag and now you have a flavor vehicle on hand. Slice off a few rounds of your herb butter to add to mashed potatoes, fish to roast, tuck under the skin of a roast chicken, roll hot corn-on-the-cob in it. Thaw to room temp to serve on fresh biscuits or Iggy’s French rolls. Let your imaginations go wild – and then tell me about your ideas!!!
Parsley. A touch of parsley can add such brightness to most any dish. There are lots of nutrients in this supergreen leaf. I like to give the parsley treatment to all sorts of things: Creamy Polenta, Risotto, Soups, Bread Crumbs for Oven Baked Chicken, Salad Dressings, Marinades, Egg Scrambles, Salsa, Mayo, Sandwiches, you name it. It is important not to overpower your family/dinner guests with the entire bunch of parsley on one dish. It does have a strong flavor, which not everyone loves like me. Parsley is the counterbalance to garlic in terms of breath freshening. A small bunch in a batch of pesto gives a nice balance to the fresh garlic.
Dill. You can cook dill with seafood, use it in pasta or potato salads, or make tasty dips with! Or use some cucumbers to try this recipe for Fresh Pickles.
Cilantro. This herb is fabulous and versatile. It can really pull together a tray of nachos or some bean and cheese burritos. But cilantro is also the perfect finish for Thai curries or fish tacos. I find white onions, finely diced with chopped cilantro, salt, and a squeeze of lime is a wonderful addition to any sort of taco, burrito, or even as a condiment with grilled fish or meat. Fresh chopped cilantro is also the secret to stepping up a jar of salsa to enjoy with tortilla chips. You could also use a food processor and lots of this parsley to make a great Indian-style green chutney.
Swiss Chard. Steam or sautee with garlic and olive oil. I usually tear the leaves from the stem, as the stems can be stringy with the large chard leaves. If you want to use the stems, just dice them and add with the garlic, before adding the greens. Chard is nice for making a simple pasta (chard and ricotta or chard, feta, toasted walnuts) or for adding to a grain salad (maybe with some pine nuts and golden raisins). Great for adding to a soup or an egg scramble.
3 Heads of Lettuce (Red Romaine, Green Butterhead, and Green Leaf)
Escarole. This is the head of green lettuce-looking stuff. Escarole is a bitter green that can be eaten raw torn into a salad, but is more often cooked or added to soups. My favorite preparation is Escarole & White Beans. I cook the coarsely chopped greens with olive oil and garlic, add a can of cannelloni beans with the juice, add enough stock for the desired thickness of the soup, and simmer until the flavors meld a little bit. You could certainly include sausage or little meatballs (for an Italian Wedding Soup style). Or try this Lentil Soup with sausage and escarole!
Beets. Beets store best with the tops off. Beets will keep for quite a while, topless, in a plastic bag in the fridge. Most people are used to boiling or steaming beets. If you boil – I suggest doing them whole, removing when fork tender, and peeling afterwards with a fork and knife. Steaming is a way to cook them pretty fast, particularly if you slice them into thin rounds first. The best flavor comes from roasting the beets. Scrub the beets, put them on a cookie sheet in a foil packet, drizzling a little bit of olive oil and tossing in a pinch of salt before sealing tightly. Bake at 400 or so for about an hour. When done, I remove from the oven, but leave in the foil. I think it tends to steam and make the peel easier to remove. I like to do that when they’ve cooled, but you can do it while they are hot if you use a fork and knife. At this point, you can serve the roasted beets as a side or keep on hand for adding to salads or you can make a roasted beet salad – diced roasted beets with minced red onion, parsley, and blue cheese with shallot-balsamic vinaigrette is excellent. Goat cheese is always a popular topping for some roasted beets. And you can even use the beet greens for some tasty dishes too, like this one!
Pearl Drop Onions. These will keep freshest in the fridge (treat them almost as a scallion). Good-looking green tops can be used like scallion greens. The bulb is a nice sweet onion. Perfect for a quick pickle, dicing to put on a hot dog, halving to put on a skewer to grill, as a base to tuna salad, or anywhere you would normally want to have an onion.
qt. Snow peas
1 slicing cucumber
1 Kohlrabi. The easiest preparation is to peel the outer skin and slice it into veggie sticks for snacking with a creamy dressing. Sprinkling with lemon juice and salt also makes a great, quick snack! Grate it into a fresh slaw or roast cubes of it. I think it would be good cut into matchsticks for a stir-fry with your bok choy as well. I looked up some recipes and found that kohlrabi is popular for Indian curries. A lot of the recipes include the kohlrabi greens, too! Here is one recipe I found. I haven't tried this one yet, so if you do, let me know how it is!
Happy 4th Share! We have some great items for you this week.
Carrots. We’ll start with a favorite! And one that I am pretty confident most of you are familiar with. These are some of our first carrots of the season. They are great for snacking or for grating into a salad. Or you can throw them in with some other veggies and roast them all together.
Arugula. Chopped arugula is really good in a sandwich. Lots of flavor and vibrancy to add to tuna salad or turkey or veggie wrap (I recommend sprouts, shredded carrot, arugula, cheese or cream cheese, and a little salad dressing). It also works well in grilled sandwiches and as a topping for pizza (after it comes out of the oven). A classic is to make a basic margherita pizza - tomato, mozzarella, basil and then as soon as it comes out of the oven be armed with thinly sliced prosciutto and clean, dry arugula leaves (you may want to chop the leaves in your share so they aren't too big). Place one layer of prosciutto and one scattered layer of arugula. I've had this combination at a few restaurants with a balsamic glaze drizzled over it and it is delicious!
Swiss Chard. Steam it up like spinach and serve with some butter and cider vinegar. or make it part of a main dish such as a frittata. A nice simple pasta can be thrown together with caramelized onions, toasted walnuts (add just before serving for extra crunch), feta, and chard (maybe wilted in with the onions).
Snow peas. Just like carrots, snow peas are another fun veggie to eat raw for a snack. Or you can also slice them and add to a salad or a stir fry. I recommend snapping off the ends in order to peel off the tough string that runs down the side. You can also use these snow peas in the Crunchy Napa Cabbage Slaw recipe linked below.
Napa Cabbage. Napa is much more tender and sweet than other cabbages. If you are making a slaw with it, a much lighter dressing can be used than with your usual green cabbage. I like sliced Napa in a wrap sandwich (particularly with buffalo chicken, parsley, chunks of blue cheese, and shredded carrot). It's also mild enough to add to a regular green salad. Try this great recipe for Crunchy Napa Cabbage Slaw and use your snow peas, too!
Scallions. These are so tender and sweet you can use them right up to the tip of the leaves. I usually just peel off any dirty outer layer from the base of the white "bulb" at the bottom and they're ready to use. Looking for some ideas of where to use your scallions? How about sprinkled over a soup for some added color and flavor? You can also add them to any salad, sandwich or stir-fry. Feeling adventurous? Try this recipe for Scallion Pancakes
Dill. You can cook dill with seafood, use it in pasta or potato salads, or make tasty dips with. As the days are finally starting to heat up, you might be looking for some cool, refreshing recipes. Try this simple recipe for Dilly Cucumber Salad. If you want to have an option to use dill once it is out of season, make a compound butter. Compound butter just means butter that has been food processed with something to flavor it – dill, for example. You could throw in some lemon zest for extra zing if you feel inspired. Plop it out onto a piece of parchment paper and form a log out of it, roll it up, twist up the ends like a salami and stick it in the freezer. Now anytime you want to make dill mashed potatoes or salmon with dill, just cut off a slice and add it to your dish. This is a method you can use for all sorts of herbs, hot peppers, garlic, etc.
Garlic Scapes. those green, pungent curly cues. Kind of like a twisty, spicy, garlic-flavored chive. You can chop them up as a substitute for garlic. There were many ideas in the email last week but if you are looking for more, try making your own Ranch Dressing! This recipe incorporates your dill, too!
Bok Choy. Bok Choy is a great way to add some extra nutrition to your soup, salad, or stir fry!
4 Heads of Lettuce. Salad Extravaganza!
We hope you are enjoying your weekly mystery box! We have tons to do at the farm to try to care for all of the things we have planted, stay on top of harvesting things at their peak freshness, and keep planting!
We are tired and busy, but truly happy to have the life we do. Our son, Graham, is growing up in a wonderful place, with tons of family around and the most marvelous babysitter you could dream of, Caroline. She even put together this email, based on archived CSA emails past. She is truly a wonder!
The longest day of the year is coming right up and then SUMMER is official!
Another mystery box of marvels from the farm!
If you didn't notice, we have devised a new sign-in scheme. You each have a clothespin w your name on it hanging on a line right next to the display share. I wanted to let you all know in advance, but did not have a chance. Many of you spotted the pins and threw it in the basket, just as intended. You will never have to try to sign in on a wet whiteboard or a soggy piece of paper again. I will know exactly who did not pick up by one look at the remaining pins.
Sugarsnap Peas. These peas are a fun and yummy snack for kids (or you!) to eat raw. They make a perfect pairing with your favorite hummus. Somehow, they taste even better sauteed in a pan with a little butter until they are bright green. I always snap their stem end and unzip the string, for raw or cooked. These peas are great to add to a pasta salad or potato salad - maybe cut in thirds or halves.
Garlic Scapes. those green, pungent curly cues. Kind of like a twisty, spicy, garlic-flavored chive. You can chop them up as a substitute for garlic. Mince them into mashed potatoes or if you want to be deluxe: heat the half n half and butter to be added to your potatoes separately, first, along with the minced scapes – the flavor will infuse throughout. Mash that with your cooked potatoes – adjusting for salt and pepper, of course. The tips of the scapes can also be featured on their own – just sautéed in olive oil or butter. You can make a pesto with them. You can make a butter – just food process with room temperature butter. This can be spread on bread, stuffed under the skin of a chicken for roasting, slathered on fish to be grilled. Butters like this can be frozen if you want to have garlic scape flavor available all summer. Or use them for the Kohlrabi patties recipe beow!
Kohlrabi. The easiest preparation is to peel the outer skin and slice it into veggie sticks for snacking with a creamy dressing. It can also be grated for a fresh slaw. I enjoy roasted cubes or rounds of kohlrabi – it doesn’t take long to cook through – it’s much more tender than a potato or a turnip. My most sublime experience with kohlrabi was when I had it roasted as part of a medley. My general rule for roasting is: preheat the oven to 400 or 425. Chop the veggies (medium cubes or vaguely uniform sized rounds). Put right onto the cookie sheet you will bake on. add salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. toss with your hands. put in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Use a flat metal spatula to flip once, another 10-15 or until fork tender. This goes for all sorts of things to come in your share: turnips, beets, carrots, rutabaga, squash, and potatoes. Or try this fun recipe for Kohlrabi patties and use your peas and garlic scapes, too!
Beets. Beets store best with the tops off. Beets will keep for quite a while, topless, in a plastic bag in the fridge. Most people are used to boiling or steaming beets. If you boil – I suggest doing them whole, removing when fork tender, and peeling afterwards with a fork and knife. Steaming is a way to cook them pretty fast, particularly if you slice them into thin rounds first. The best flavor comes from roasting the beets. Scrub the beets, put them on a cookie sheet in a foil packet, drizzling a little bit of olive oil and tossing in a pinch of salt before sealing tightly. Bake at 400 or so for about an hour. Larger beets take longer, smaller beets shorter – just test for fork tenderness. When done, I remove from the oven, but leave in the foil. I think it tends to steam and make the peel easier to remove. I like to do that when they’ve cooled, but you can do it while they are hot if you use a fork and knife. Careful! Beet juice is a natural dye. At this point, you can serve the roasted beets as a side or keep on hand for adding to salads or you can make a roasted beet salad – diced roasted beets with minced red onion, parsley, and blue cheese with shallot-balsamic vinaigrette is excellent. Be creative!
Kale. This would be a perfect quality of kale to try a kale salad - usually marinated with some sort of acid - vinegar or lemon juice to tenderize the leaves and then tossed with other delicious things. Have you tried kale chips yet? This fun and healthy recipe is a perfect snack! Tear leaves into 2-inch pieces and toss with 1-2 tablespoons of coarse salt. Spread on rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 300 degrees for 30-35 minutes, stirring half way through. And voila! You have a perfect healthy snack that you might even get the kids to eat!
Scallions. Green onions. With fresh scallions you can pretty much use the greens right up to the tops. I love to have them with eggs.. I'll use the white part to cook in a little butter before adding some eggs whipped with a little half and half and shredded cheddar. I add the greens just as the eggs set up and nothing tastes better on multi-grain toast. We chop scallions on salads, put them in a veggie sandwich. You can grill marinated scallions briefly to bring out their sweetness. They are lovely in a potato salad or pasta salad. Anywhere you want some crunch and flavor. They are mild enough to chop into a green salad. They are great for making tuna, egg, or chicken salad. Great in Mexican dishes – to top nachos, add to a burrito or taco, or just to add to rice.
Escarole. This is the head of green lettuce-looking stuff. Escarole is a bitter green that can be eaten raw torn into a salad, but is more often cooked or added to soups. My favorite preparation is Escarole & White Beans. I cook the coarsely chopped greens with olive oil and garlic, add a can of cannelloni beans with the juice, add enough stock for the desired thickness of the soup, and simmer until the flavors meld a little bit. You could certainly include sausage or little meatballs (for an Italian Wedding Soup style). Or try this delicious Escarole Salad recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart!
Frisee. This is a bitter salad green that you may find familiar from wintertime mesclun mixes or salads at fancy restaurants. One lovely thing about bitter greens is that they pair so nicely with some tasty fat and something acidic. Feel free to just cut off the bottom, wash the leaves, and throw into any salad you wish. If you're looking for something besides a salad, this Fusilli Carbonara recipe will be perfect for incorporating your frisee.
3 Heads of Lettuce
Hi everyone!!! Thanks for the nice feedback and the excellent attendance and/or communication if you were late or couldn't pick up until today. Here's this week's rundown . . .
Purple Kohlrabi. We’ll start with the most mysterious: Kohlrabi. The bunch of three small purple-skinned veggies that look like they just arrived from outer space. Kohlrabi is in the broccoli, cabbage, kale family and it is technically a fat stem, although it looks a little like a root. Indeed, it can be treated a lot like a root. It is good raw or cooked. The easiest preparation is to peel the outer skin and slice it into veggie sticks for snacking with a creamy dressing. (Hot tip: slice the bottom of the bulb off so it has a flat surface to sit on the cutting board – then use a knife to slice off the peel from the top down.) It can also be grated for a fresh slaw. I enjoy roasted cubes or rounds of kohlrabi – it doesn’t take long to cook through – it’s much more tender than a potato or a turnip. I looked up some recipes and found that kohlrabi is popular for Indian curries. I think it would be good cut into matchsticks for a stir-fry with your bok choy as well.
Scallions. These are so tender and sweet you can use them right up to the tip of the leaves. I usually just peel off any dirty outer layer from the base of the white "bulb" at the bottom and they're ready to use . . . I love them in a salad, slaw, or tuna salad. They transform an egg and cheese scramble into something perfect to throw into a tortilla with a spoonful of salsa and sour cream. Love 'em. They will be getting larger every time you see them :)
Radishes. Add thinly sliced or grated radishes to your lettuce for a simple, lovely salad. or try this neat Radish Butter served on a slice of good French bread.
Three Heads of Lettuce: Australe red butterhead, Green Romaine, and Bergam's Green Greenleaf. My method for making heads of lettuce manageable is to wash them all at once. We fill the sink, a large bowl, or the bowl of the salad spinner with cold water. I cut the base of each head of lettuce off to release the leaves. Holding the head together, I run some cool water over the base of the leaves and rub off any obvious clods of dirt (not into the bowl - just down the drain). Then I plunge all of the leaves under the water and swish around a bit. I let the dirt settle to the bottom and lift the leaves out into a colander or the drain part of the salad spinner. Spin, inspect, dump excess water from the bottom of the spinner and rearrange the leaves and spin again if it looks really wet still. Tear leaves into a salad bowl for an immediate salad if you want. Or put the whole washed leaves loosely packed into a plastic bag, placing a paper towel inside the bag to catch any excess water if you see any water pooling. loosely turn over the top of the plastic bag and store in the fridge. Now you have a wonderful prepared commodity awaiting rather than a bunch of work to do every time you want to use lettuce.
Frisee. You may have thought this was a head of lettuce, but it has a very curly serrated leaf. It was the head wrapped in the rubber band - the reason for that being that we attempt to blanch the centers for that primo butter yellow leaf color in the center. This is a curly endive and is not pronounced “frizzy” like my hair. It’s French: “Friz-zay” (it means frizzy in French). This is a bitter salad green that you may find familiar from wintertime mesclun mixes or salads at fancy restaurants. One lovely thing about bitter greens is that they pair so nicely with some tasty fat and something acidic. Feel free to just cut off the bottom, wash the leaves, and throw into any salad you wish. Martha Stewart is bubbling over with fantastic ideas for frisee: a simple salad w/ dijon vinaigrette, a meal of a salad w/ lardons and poached eggs, and a simple variation on pasta carbonara. Martha and her incredible staff have a wonderful "Seasonal Produce Recipe Guide" webpage that you should probably put on the bookmark bar or whatever it is you people w/ modern phones do. It's worth looking at for the pictures alone.
Bok Choy. Bok choy is great sautéed with garlic, a little oil, soy sauce, and chicken stock. You can either quarter it or slice it. I tend to add the stems first and greens second if I slice it cross-wise. In the past I've done a nice recipe with quartered bok choy in a pyrex baking dish, tossed with (green) garlic, zested ginger root that I keep in the freezer, olive oil, a dash of soy sauce, and slices of lemon on top. I placed salt and peppered white fish on top of the lemons, added a few pats of butter, covered with foil and baked at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Start a pot of rice at the beginning of the process and you’ll have a nice meal done in about 35 minutes. Bok choy is great for stir fry, too. We got this splendid email from a new CSA Member:
i have a recipe to share for the delicious baby bok choi - this recipe might be a mainstay in many folks' repertoires, but, if not . . . here it is; it's a crowd pleaser and every time i serve this, or take it to a pot luck, i alway receive requests for the rundown.
i pulled it off the internet a couple years ago and have modified some of the ingredients - creative cooks can substitute honey or agave for the sugar measurement, and i'm sure that there are other things that could be added with success (fruit, other nuts, cranberries, apple slices, maybe peaches, when in season).
Bok choi salad
• 1 large, or 2 small, bok choi, washed and chopped in bite size pieces – include bulb and leaf (rinse well after chopping)
• Three scallions, sliced in small rings – include bulb and green shoot
Combine choi and scallions in a large bowl
Tip: after prepping this nut/noodle topping, keep it in a bowl to one side for individual servings; over a few hours, the nuts/noodles will wilt from the moisture in the greens
• 1 cup sliced or chopped almonds
• 1 packet Ramen noodles - discard ‘flavor packet’- crunched in small pieces
• 1 tablespoon of butter (optional)
Spread nuts, crunched noodles (and butter() on a baking sheet and broil (or bake), for a few minutes, until lightly toasted and crunchy - KEEP AN EYE ON IT, toasting can quickly lead to burning (i speak from experience)
Tip: mix, shake, and store the dressing in a small lidded jam jar – for ease in traveling to a pot luck, or for re-use tomorrow
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons of soy sauce (i use organic tamari - low sodium - less 'inky' and less salty than usual brands)
serve salad in a big bowl with nut/noodle mix and dressing on the side, unless you expect a greens-appreciative crowd (in which case you can drizzle the dressing on the salad mix and add the topping just before serving).
Swiss Chard. Steam or sautee with garlic and olive oil. I usually tear the leaves from the stem, as the stems can be stringy with the large chard leaves. If you want to use the stems, just dice them and add with the garlic, before adding the greens. Chard is nice for making a simple pasta (chard and ricotta or chard, feta, toasted walnuts) or for adding to a grain salad (maybe with some pine nuts and golden raisins). Great for adding to a soup or an egg scramble or frittata.
one herb plant: either a 3-pack of parsley or basil, or a 4" pot of thyme, or a mini 6-pack of scallions. If you missed this, come by the farmstand and ask and we will help you find it. The options were: 3pack of basil or parsley, mini6pack of scallions, or 4" pot of thyme (chives are also available)
Thanks and see you next week!!!
Christy, Chris, and the WBF Crew
I'm coming to you live from the farmstand set-up!
we are looking at lovely bunches of
ruby red radishes, luscious spinach, salad turnips, cilantro, green garlic, bok choy, swiss chard, and kale!
We have nice bags of mustard mix and basil tips and gorgeous large heads of lettuce.
plus we have iggys bread, sheldonville coffee, our own eggs and puddingstone organics eggs for back up.
will raymond will set up a display of his splendid woodworking crafts. Today is also arts on the common in wrentham center from 10 to 3! Its always a good idea to stow away gifts!
and jordan brothers seafood will be here w their truck from 10 to2!
AND we still have an assortment of plants for your garden or containers
Weather is looking nice! Overnight rain is a farmer's delight!
we are here from 10 to 2. Don't miss our last may market!
summer hours begin tuesday:
tuesday to friday 12 to 7
and still saturdays 10 to 2
Jordan brothers will begin coming tuesdays and fridays 2 to 6. No more saturdays.
see you soon!
Hello Everybody! Welcome to the White Barn Farm Boxed CSA program! Your support makes our operation possible and we are so grateful to have you behind us. We hope that your adventures in veggie land keep your meals fresh and tasty, expose you to vegetables you may not have otherwise had the opportunity to try, and push your imagination and creativity to elevate vegetables you see a lot by finding new and different preparations. Please do share any killer recipes, tips, or ideas you have for the veggies you find in your box - all of us will benefit!
A note about keeping things clean and fresh: We dunk our greens to cool them down and sometimes bag cut greens to portion them out, but really you should wash them and dry them in a salad spinner and store them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag so they stay fresh. Lots of people say “green bags” work really well and can be reused quite a few times – I think they can be found at Ocean State Job Lot. Others swear by special tupperware containers that keep veggies fresh for a long time. Do not expect your veggies to stay luscious without some sort of protection from the dehydrating action of the refrigerator. Herbs and things with stems in general will keep pretty well in a jar of water (like cut flowers, they'd like a fresh cut at the bottom of the stems before going in) - you can put the jar in the fridge, some people add a plastic bag tent over them also. At least toss them in a plastic bag before placing in the fridge. To prolong the crispness of roots that arrive to you with their tops on, twist or cut them off of their tops right at the crown (where the stem meets the root) and store in a plastic bag, separate from the greens. I tend to save clean tortilla bags, bread bags, produce bags that are perfectly clean - I usually shake them dry by turning them inside out and standing up to dry.
Green Garlic. The bundle of tall green and white stalks that resemble leeks. Use the white part just like garlic. This is the immature garlic plant. At this stage it is tender enough to dice up and use fresh (but it's still spicy). I just throw a few slices in the pan wherever I would have used a clove of garlic. The big green tops could go in a stock pot for a lovely soup base or stock for making risotto. If you feel adventurous, try making this green garlic aioli.
Bok Choy. The big bundle of thick white stemmed veggies with green leaves. Bok Choy is excellent sauteed in olive oil with a touch of fresh garlic, ginger, soy sauce and stock. One new member told me she blanches them first and then sautees them with chicken stock and the kids fight her for it! It's a nice accompaniment to white fish. There is a great recipe for glazed bok choy. It is a natural for a stir fry - I usually cut across the base to get little half moons of stem to throw in earlier and then more coarsely chop the greens to add later. A popular perennial favorite is this crunchy raw bok choy salad.
Red Russian Kale. This I like to prepare with olive oil and slices of garlic (don't even worry about mincing). Add salt immediately so the garlic doesn't get too brown. when it starts to smell great, add the coarsely chopped kale. Toss to coat the leaves with oil and stir occasionally. When it is bright green and tender, it is done. Sop up any textra oil with good bread. Note: when kale gets more mature the stems can get tough, in which case it is better to strip the leaves off the stems. If you'd still like to use the stems, you can always chop them small and start cooking them first. We think this week's primo first-picking kale is still tender enough to just coarsely chop the whole bunch. A second note: this method of sauteeing greens with olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of salt is the same method to use for any other cooking greens as well.
Spinach. I like to use my standard greens treatment: olive oil and garlic. Hot tip: after the spinach turns bright green and softens, turn off the heat and tilt the pan, shoving all the spinach to the high and dry side. drain the watery stuff. unless you wanted that moisture for something you were adding it to. It is great in a pasta, lasagna. This tender bunch would also be great raw, chopped in a veggie sandwich, or melted into a grilled cheese or quesadilla, featured in an omelet (maybe with feta and red onion). even topping a pizza (make sure to squeeze out excess liquid if you add cooked spinach – no soggy bottom pizzas!)
Cilantro. This herb is fabulous and versatile. It can really pull together a tray of nachos or some bean and cheese burritos. But cilantro is also the perfect finish for Thai curries or fish tacos. I find white onions, finely diced with chopped cilantro, salt, and a squeeze of lime is a wonderful addition to any sort of taco, burrito, or even as a condiment with grilled fish or meat. Fresh chopped cilantro is also the secret to stepping up a jar of salsa to enjoy with tortilla chips.
Crunchy Royale Radishes. The bright red globes. i recommend thinly sliced. if you have a mandoline (the culinary, not musical instrument) this is a perfect opportunity to make paper thin slices of radishes served on little slices of good bread with butter and a pinch of salt (maybe a grind of some special salt you've picked up somewhere). They'd also be good shaved on a salad and dressed with white balsamic vinaigrette. Try them quartered for a crudite or sauteed briefly in butter if you'd prefer a milder version.
Arugula. the bunch of greens with thinner, more serrated leaves. Chopped arugula is an excellent addition to a salad. A really simple and delicious salad is created by tossing arugula leaves with a pinch of salt, some grinds of black pepper, the juice of a half lemon, and a spash or two of tasty extra-virgin olive oil. Finish that with Parmigiano Reggiano peeled on top with a vegetable peeler and you should be in food heaven. Quesadillas with thinly sliced spicy salami and coarsely chopped arugula and a good melting cheese are so tasty and were my favorite meal to find at train stops in Italy.
Three Heads of Lettuce. To wash these, I like to fill a large bowl: the bottom of the salad spinner, the sink, whatever - with cold water and twist the core off the bottom of the lettuce, push in the leaves, swish for a minute and after a few moments lift them out (so the dirt settles) and put in the spinner. Dry and store in a plastic bag, including a paper towel if you think there is still a lot of water left (pools of water cause rot). I like to store the leaves whole and tear them into a salad or put on a sandwich as needed. We've been enjoying the crunch of the early little romaine lettuces, chopped into ribbons and served on tacos.
Hakurei Turnips. The bunch of little round white roots are Hakurei turnips, a Japanese salad turnip. They are tender and crunchy and can be treated just like a radish. Slice onto some salad greens for a nice salad. I recommend the White Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing linked above to balance the slight spice of arugula, radishes, or turnips. Although these are mild enough to eat raw, you also got radishes this week, so I recommend treating them as a starch, sliced and sauteed with butter, finished with salt and pepper. we've had great meals of grilled steaks (from our buddy James' Liberty Farm), turnips w/ butter, and turnip greens sauteed w/ olive oil and green garlic.
If you're not away for the holiday weekend, come by the farmstand tomorrow!
WE ARE OPEN! Saturday, May 24th, 10am to 2pm.
We'll have the usual Iggy's Bread, Sheldonville Coffee Beans, and Jordan Brothers Seafood Truck AND Plants that still look good from last week! The inventory online has been updated since last weekend's plant sale, so check it out and see if there's something you'd like to add to your garden!
PLUS, we'll have:
Bunches of Spinach, Bok Choy, and Broccoli Raab
Lettuce Mix, Head Lettuce, Arugula, and Mustard Mix
and Shiny Red Radishes to top it all off.
We are sold out of our bagged compost, but there are a few bags of potting soil remaining.
We have High Mowing seeds for your direct seeded crops.
It's been perfect transplanting conditions the last few days. Random showers to welcome plant roots to their new homes! We are trying to get all of our warm weather crops in for the season and working madly to do it.
Thanks for all of your amazing support!
Christy at WBF
Hello 2014 Members of our Community Supported Agriculture program!
You have all taken a leap of faith in your local farmers and decided to invest in our farm in exchange for a share of whatever we're harvesting for the 2014 growing season. You've paid us during the lean winter months, allowing us to get the farm started and now . . . It is finally time for the Boxed CSA to begin.
The First Pick-Up will be at the Farmstand on Tuesday, May 27th, 2pm to 7pm.
The farmstand will not be open during the first pick-up, but normally it will be (regular weekday farmstand hours begin Tuesday, June 3rd, and will be Tuesday to Friday, 12pm to 7pm - note that we do not promise to have your box ready until 2pm). When the farmstand is open we will have eggs, coffee, honey, Iggy's Bread, and more produce from the farm available for purchase. Also, Jordan Brothers Seafood will be at the farmstand on Tuesdays from 2pm to 6pm, beginning June 3rd.
The pick-up area is on the north side (towards Wrentham Center) of the farmstand shed. We have a built-in fold-down table where you sign in, check out the display share, and observe any notes or instructions for the week. Sometimes there is an item that is not packed into the box and we put up a sign asking you to take one from a crate or basket at the pick-up site. This often happens for hot peppers and melons, for example.
The boxes are normally packed into our white cargo van ("Savanna White") and parked at the pick-up site. We usually cover the boxes in wet burlap to keep them as cool as possible. Just open the back doors, move the burlap aside and grab a box. Each share is the same, so you can take any box. Whoever is working the farmstand is meant to check the van occasionally and slide the remaining boxes to the back so you can easily reach them. Sometimes things get busy and this job gets neglected. Do not get into the van to get your box! I am sorry to say that in past years, more than one unlucky CSA member has been temporarily, accidentally locked in the van. Although somewhat humorous, I am sure it is not funny when it is happening to you. Just ask the farmstand employee for assistance :)
Your CSA share is packed into a one bushel waxed box. The wax coating resists water so your freshly rinsed veggies don't melt a regular cardboard box to tatters as you try to carry it away. However, the wax coating makes the box UNrecyclable. BUT - it is still REUSEABLE as long as it does not become mangled as you try to open it or break it down to lay flat. The boxes are also expensive so we would appreciate your efforts to keep them in good shape and bring them back each week (if you forget one week just bring it the next time - no big deal as long as they come back eventually). Thanks in advance! And here is a video to explain how to open and break it down without ripping the flaps.
If you are going to miss a pick-up, feel free to send someone in your place. Just make sure they sign your name in. We cannot make you a box on another day of the week, since now we are only packing boxes on Tuesdays. If you forget to pick-up, send us a text or email by Wed noon and you can get it at the farmstand on Wednesday (no later). If you are running a little late and can't get to the farmstand by closing time, call or text and we can leave it at the sign-in table for you to pick up after we close. If you don't call or text, we will not leave extra shares out. We will donate all unclaimed forgotten shares. Hopefully, you won't forget!
Okay! With logistics out of the way, let's prepare to eat some fresh produce! Although I try to send an email each week describing the share and some ideas for using it, writing emails is a task that is hard to get to when field work and adorable one year old sons are pressing. There are years of archived CSA emails on our blog archive and we have a recipe page on our website that you can search by ingredient. Obviously, the internet is full of excellent ideas, too. Also, we sell the Asparagus to Zucchini cookbook at the farmstand for $20. It was put together by a CSA coalition in Wisconsin and is an awesome resource for anyone getting a mystery box of fresh veggies each week. It is important that you at least know what vegetable to search for, so look at the display share as you pick up and ask the farmstand employee to help you identify anything unfamiliar.
No need to buy salad or cooking greens at the grocery store next week . . . .
Looking forward to meeting you all!
Christy, Chris and the White Barn Crew