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Posted 7/23/2011 6:21am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Heat Stroke! Holy Smokes! We are on full irrigation mania mode. Drip all day. Overhead early and late. I have stopped counting how many gallons of water I am drinking a day.

Hi Friday Peeps! We have 3 boxes left - if you forgot yours come by the stand between 10 and 2 today to grab it. Hang in there with the heat wave. Cold showers are good! So here's what was in the share:

2 lbs of Red Ace Beets. Roast 'em up. or put in a foil packet on the grill. or just boil them. or just shred them raw on a salad. or try this different roasted beet salad with a spicy orange vinaigrette.

2 lbs New Potatoes - Dark Red Norland. Boil them in salted water. Don't peel, eat the peel. From there you can make a warm potato salad, cold potato salad - scallions and herbs and lemon and mayo do the trick. or parsleyed potatoes (see the parsley section). or mash. or just put on the plate and put butter, salt and pepper on the table. Enjoy!

2 Zucchini and 1 Summer Squash. I don't seem to ever get tired of marinated grilled zucchini. TJ, my KP classmate, and chef at the Black Rock Cafe on 140 headed to Franklin from Wrentham, elevated it one beautiful step when we went in the other day. He grilled zuchhini slices and then made an herbed goat cheese and put a good puff of that on each slice, then put them under the broiler until just barely browned on top. That could be a killer appetizer to share at a BBQ. They were absolutely delicious. You can see our zucchini, basil, hot peppers, and whatever's happening in our fields on the Black Rock's menu.

Italian Eggplant and 1 Asian Eggplant. the eggplants are coming! They looked like goners at one point earlier this season. Colorado Potato Beetle larvae were skeletonizing the leaves overnight. We donned gloves and had a squishing fest, or as our wonderful British WWOOFers would say, "squidging." I'm not sure that helped, but either way the plants have made a tremendous recovery and are now just being beautiful plants with purple flowers and fuzzy leaves. Do be careful of handling the calyx, they can be very spiky!  I had a breaded eggplant epiphany the other evening. I did 1/4 - 1/2 inch slices into a big stainless bowl, shaking some salt and drizzling olive oil every time a layer was formed. Then I would mix with a wooden spoon to make sure they got completely coated. I was doing this mostly so they wouldn't turn brown as I continued to cut. Eggplants are little sponges, so don't be stingy with the olive oil! then I chopped up some basil and parsley and added that. Then I grated parmesan on a box grater and threw that into the food processor with some panko bread crumbs (roughly half and half - maybe slightly more crumbs). I added that to the bowl and stirred it around to try to coat the slices. I oiled two baking sheets and placed the slices on the sheet, patting on some extra crumbs as i arranged them on the sheet. Notice this was the first time my hands were messy. Hurray for no flour dredge, egg wash, then crumbs. I baked them at 350. flipped them after twenty minutes, then left in for another twenty (estimates - check for golden brown deliciousness.) They were terrific. More delicious than any triple dipped and griddled fried eggplant I've ever made. There was no bitterness. The skin was easy to cut. The texture was extra creamy. Delicious! I served them with some penne and tomato sauce with veggies. yum. easiest of all - marinate and throw on the grill along with the zucchini.

Bunch of Basil. Some of you may be wondering "why basil when there are no tomatoes?" Basil is wonderful anytime it will grow! It is equally well paired with zucchini, believe it or not. Here is a recipe for a raw zucchini salad with lemon and basil. I also am quite fond of making Zucchini and Basil Carbonara, which I learned to make at a little agriturismo in Abruzzo. thanks Marino!

Bunch of Parsley. Parsleyed potatoes! My mom would always make this and it is really a winner. Just boil your scrubbed new potatoes in salted water until fork tender. drain.  add a good amount of butter to the hot pan and melt over low heat. Add a good handful of chopped parlsey to the butter. toss in the potatoes and stir around. Such a wonderful side dish. or try Ina Garten's Tabouleh.

2 Heads Lettuce. this variety, Magenta, from High Mowing Seeds, is a real trooper in the dog days.

Fresh Red Torpedo Onions - Tropeana Lunga. Use like a red onion. salads, potato salad, sautees, pasta salad, beet salad, sandwiches, burgers.

Bunch of Scallions Grilled Scallions with Sesame Oil

Slicing Cucumber. refreshing veggie.

Serrano Hot Peppers. how about some fish tacos with a spicy coleslaw. You've got to still have a kohlrabi or cabbage back there somewhere. Or you can make a spicy Salsa Verde. I found a very interesting recipe with nice photos on Laylita's Recipes I am thinking of the anchovy and herb pesto. Just turn it up a notch. These peppers are quite hot so chop them fine if you're tossing them on nachos and serve with sour cream! (you may also remove the seeds to make the effect even milder)
Posted 7/21/2011 4:18pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Heat Stroke! Holy Smokes! We are on full irrigation mania mode. Drip all day. Overhead early and late. I have stopped counting how many gallons of water I am drinking a day.

2 lbs of Red Ace Beets. Roast 'em up. or put in a foil packet on the grill. or just boil them. or just shred them raw on a salad. or try this different roasted beet salad with a spicy orange vinaigrette.

2 lbs New Potatoes - Dark Red Norland. Boil them in salted water. Don't peel, eat the peel. From there you can make a warm potato salad, cold potato salad - scallions and herbs and lemon and mayo do the trick. or parsleyed potatoes (see the parsley section). or mash. or just put on the plate and put butter, salt and pepper on the table. Enjoy!

2 Zucchini and 1 Summer Squash. I don't seem to ever get tired of marinated grilled zucchini. TJ, my KP classmate, and chef at the Black Rock Cafe on 140 headed to Franklin from Wrentham, elevated it one beautiful step when we went in the other day. He grilled zuchhini slices and then made an herbed goat cheese and put a good puff of that on each slice, then put them under the broiler until just barely browned on top. That could be a killer appetizer to share at a BBQ. They were absolutely delicious. You can see our zucchini, basil, hot peppers, and whatever's happening in our fields on the Black Rock's menu.

Italian Eggplant and 1 Asian Eggplant. the eggplants are coming! They looked like goners at one point earlier this season. Colorado Potato Beetle larvae were skeletonizing the leaves overnight. We donned gloves and had a squishing fest, or as our wonderful British WWOOFers would say, "squidging." I'm not sure that helped, but either way the plants have made a tremendous recovery and are now just being beautiful plants with purple flowers and fuzzy leaves. Do be careful of handling the calyx, they can be very spiky!  I had a breaded eggplant epiphany the other evening. I did 1/4 - 1/2 inch slices into a big stainless bowl, shaking some salt and drizzling olive oil every time a layer was formed. Then I would mix with a wooden spoon to make sure they got completely coated. I was doing this mostly so they wouldn't turn brown as I continued to cut. Eggplants are little sponges, so don't be stingy with the olive oil! then I chopped up some basil and parsley and added that. Then I grated parmesan on a box grater and threw that into the food processor with some panko bread crumbs (roughly half and half - maybe slightly more crumbs). I added that to the bowl and stirred it around to try to coat the slices. I oiled two baking sheets and placed the slices on the sheet, patting on some extra crumbs as i arranged them on the sheet. Notice this was the first time my hands were messy. Hurray for no flour dredge, egg wash, then crumbs. I baked them at 350. flipped them after twenty minutes, then left in for another twenty (estimates - check for golden brown deliciousness.) They were terrific. More delicious than any triple dipped and griddled fried eggplant I've ever made. There was no bitterness. The skin was easy to cut. The texture was extra creamy. Delicious! I served them with some penne and tomato sauce with veggies. yum. easiest of all - marinate and throw on the grill along with the zucchini.

Bunch of Basil. Some of you may be wondering "why basil when there are no tomatoes?" Basil is wonderful anytime it will grow! It is equally well paired with zucchini, believe it or not. Here is a recipe for a raw zucchini salad with lemon and basil. I also am quite fond of making Zucchini and Basil Carbonara, which I learned to make at a little agriturismo in Abruzzo. thanks Marino!

Bunch of Parsley. Parsleyed potatoes! My mom would always make this and it is really a winner. Just boil your scrubbed new potatoes in salted water until fork tender. drain.  add a good amount of butter to the hot pan and melt over low heat. Add a good handful of chopped parlsey to the butter. toss in the potatoes and stir around. Such a wonderful side dish. or try Ina Garten's Tabouleh.

2 Heads Lettuce. this variety, Magenta, from High Mowing Seeds, is a real trooper in the dog days.

Fresh Red Torpedo Onions - Tropeana Lunga. Use like a red onion. salads, potato salad, sautees, pasta salad, beet salad, sandwiches, burgers.

Bunch of Scallions Grilled Scallions with Sesame Oil

Slicing Cucumber. refreshing veggie.

Serrano Hot Peppers. how about some fish tacos with a spicy coleslaw. You've got to still have a kohlrabi or cabbage back there somewhere. Or you can make a spicy Salsa Verde. I found a very interesting recipe with nice photos on Laylita's Recipes I am thinking of the anchovy and herb pesto. Just turn it up a notch. These peppers are quite hot so chop them fine if you're tossing them on nachos and serve with sour cream! (you may also remove the seeds to make the effect even milder)
Posted 7/21/2011 2:46pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
More gratuitous flower pushing!!!

Come see Meg at the Patriot Place Farmers Market Today! Thursday, July 21st from 3pm to 7pm.

We are selling just flowers, since there are plenty of produce vendors already.

The bunches are ten dollars, to account for the extra cost of the market, transport, and labor.

But! If you mention to Meg that you came because you saw this email - back down to eight dollars!!! 

The market is a row of white tents set up kind of near the Red Robin at Patriots Place. Swing by on your way home from work!

Thanks Again!!! and I apologize for stuffing your email box two days in a row!!! 
Posted 7/21/2011 2:33pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
More gratuitous flower pushing!!!

Come see Meg at the Patriot Place Farmers Market Today! Thursday, July 21st from 3pm to 7pm.

We are selling just flowers, since there are plenty of produce vendors already.

The bunches are ten dollars, to account for the extra cost of the market, transport, and labor.

But! If you mention to Meg that you came because you saw this email - back down to eight dollars!!! 

The market is a row of white tents set up kind of near the Red Robin at Patriots Place. Swing by on your way home from work!

Thanks Again!!! and I apologize for stuffing your email box two days in a row!!! 
Posted 7/20/2011 3:11pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
It's a heat wave! Sun, Sun, and More Sun!!!

To address a couple frequently asked questions: Tomatoes are just around the corner. They are beginning to trickle in. We don't have room for much sweet corn, so shop for that at Cook's Valley Farm in West Wrentham, or Jane & Paul's in Norfolk, or Tosy's over on 1A.
The flowers are growing like mad! Blooms bursting open every second. Meg and I can hardly keep up with cutting them! Luckily, our new cooler that my dad, Chris and my brother, Will, built is keeping them fresh! Now all we need is twice as many people as usual to buy bouquets of flowers. Everyone loves to see a vase of beautiful flowers in the house, not to mention, a significant other bringing home a fresh bouquet for no particular reason! We do not use any floral preservatives, but you are welcome to experiment with adding a drop of vinegar or bleach to the water. I've also heard of using a pinch of sugar or a crushed aspirin. I usually just go with changing the water somewhat frequently, rinsing the stems before I put them back in fresh water. Once in a while I remove a droopy flower, but for the most part my bouquets last about 6 days. Not bad for eight bucks!
We are open today, Wednesday, from 3 - 7 pm. so stop by if you have a chance!

LOCAL HONEY!
At last! The first harvest of 2011!!!! Our beekeper, Roger, and his daughter, Lauren, collected honey last Saturday and have spent the weekend centrifuging it out of the comb and putting it in jars to sell this weekend! Finally, our local sweetener is on the market! Lauren makes wonderful bee-based soaps, hand salve, and lip balm that will also be available at their tent.

Franklin Honey will be at the Roadside Stand  
Friday AND Saturday, July 22 & 23.
Fri 3-7pm. Sat 10am-2pm.


Pork and Beef this Saturday. (and every other Sat following)
Floyd from Burnshirt Valley Farm will be here this Saturday 10am - 2pm.
Stock your freezer with beef and pork that's
easy on the conscience and tasty and lean

T's Greens every Saturday 
Our friend Tyler has sprouted a farm in Franklin
He grows sprouted grains and beans and tender salad greens.
He has a tent next to ours every Saturday 10am - 2pm. or
Visit him at the Franklin Farmer's Market on Fridays 12-6pm.
Posted 7/13/2011 9:49am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Fennel. The bulb is back :) I recommend using fennel in any sort of sautee. it's flavor gets milder and sweeter when cooked. It is terrific for a tomato based fish stew or for a broth for steaming mussels. Shaved thin it can make a lovely fresh salad. or how about this recipe for fontina and fennel pizza?

Carrots, yay, carrots!

3 Heads of Lettuce. My auntie Ann's Maple-Ginger Vinaigrette would be perfect for a salad of freshly washed and spun lettuce, grated carrots, and toasted sunflower seeds.

Green Kohlrabi. Sorry Neil Ferraro! and you're welcome Mr. Peters! Everyone has a different feeling about Kohlrabi. Last weekend I marinated big cubes of kohlrabi in lemon juice, garlic, basil, and olive oil and then put them on a skewer to grill, along with skewers of broccoli, spring onions, and long strips of zucchini. (I threw the display share in the car on our way down to my StepGrandma's cape house.) Muy Bueno! The kohlrabi was still a little crunchy but very tasty! I also recommend roasting it on a sheet pan, perhaps along with carrots to accompany some roast chicken or something.

Pickling Cucumbers The shorter, fatter ones with the light green striations. This variety is meant to mature at that whole dill pickle size, but really it is still a cucumber, just fine for fresh eating. Sometimes pickling cukes have more bitter skin, so you may want to peel them before throwing chunks in a salad. My favorite way to make them disappear is to slice them thin and sprinkle with a little sait and sugar then drizzle on some seasoned rice wine vinegar and serve right away or cover and leave in the fridge. it's kind of like a fresh pickle. you can keep adding thin slices to the liquid for a couple days. Yesterday i put in thin half moons of spring onions, too. Yum!

Slicing Cucumber. The darker skinned one, slightly more elongated. perfect for a salad, creamed cucumbers, making into sticks for dipping, whatever you want.

Summer Squash & Zucchini. Here's a Recipe for Spring Onions and Zucchini. or my mom's classic Zucchini Bread, if you feel like baking. Grilled Zucchini is excellent and leftover grilled vegetables are super for making a cool side dish of chopped grilled veg dressed with a tasty balsamic vinaigrette. Our friend Denise has been talking up a raw summer squash salad - julienned yellow squash with lemon juice, olive oil, and parmesan. Here's what I found online that sounded similar. Let your inspiration guide you!

Dill. I found a rather wholesome sounding recipe for homemade Ranch Dressing - The perfect dip for Kohlrabi sticks! cucumber and dill are always good friends, as well. Here's a creamed cucumbers recipe.

Tuscan Kale. Your old friend! sautee it up with plenty of garlic and olive oil. taste for salt! Put it in a pasta, a pizza, a frittata, or in a container in the freezer to enjoy later.

Spring Onions. superb grilled. excellent sauteed along with the fennel, or roasted for that matter. slice thin to go with a diced cucumber salad. yippee!!
Posted 7/9/2011 7:01pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hi folks! Mrs. Kantlehner here. Just getting to the email for this week's share. Can I use my wedding as an excuse? Anyway, hope you all handled the box without your training wheels!! We had a beautiful wedding and we are so happy with how everything went. Thank you all for the kind words of support!!!
We love growing vegetables and look forward to the real blossoming of the summer veggies in the upcoming weeks :)

Red Cabbage. Slaw for the BBQ. Pickled Red Cabbage is a nice condiment to prepare and have ready to serve with slow roasted pork or whatnot. I’ve had delicious braised red cabbage. Or even sautéed red cabbage in a grain salad. check out the gingered cabbage and carrots recipe on the website.

Purple Kohlrabi. My aunt once asked me, “what’s the hand grenade vegetable at the bottom of the box?” Great question. It’s a kohlrabi. It is in the brassica family, along with cabbage, broccoli, turnips, etc. You can have it raw or cooked. Either way, it should be peeled. I usually approach a kohlrabi with a large chef knife and hack a slice off the bottom so it will sit flat, then sit it down and proceed to carve off the peel in curved top to bottom slices. Inside, you find a kind of dense white flesh that is crunchy and refreshing and tasty. Something like a broccoli stem, jicama, radish/potato, or something. You can shred it onto a salad, chop it into matchsticks for a slaw, roast it for a side “starch, “ even marinate and grill.  Kohlrabi takes on flavors well. I like to include it in the diced veggies under a roasted chicken. Kohlrabi sticks are delicious with dip. You can whip up a quick dip by throwing together some sour cream, garlic powder, chopped dill or basil or parsley or fennel fronds or some sort of combo, and a squeeze of lemon. Taste for salt and pepper and you beautiful purple-skinned hand grenade should disappear!

Fresh Onions. So sweet when cooked. These would be perfect in a sautée with diced zucchini and basil.  Also just the type of onions to halve and stick on a skewer on the grill.

1 Lb Broccoli. Maybe broccoli slaw? Use it soon. This broccoli has had it with the heat.

1 pint Sugarsnap Peas. Edible pods. Snap off the stem end and unzip the string. Get some butter melting in a pan with a splash of olive oil to be a little healthier. Throw in the peas. Keep tossing until desired greenness and crunchiness. You can add flair by tossing in a little chopped mint. These are perfect in a sautéed vegetable medley. You can definitely snack on them raw or even slice into a salad. Enjoy!

Golden Beets. The golden colored beet is just a different variety of your usual red beet. The flavor is very similar. I would love to collect any descriptions of the difference in flavor. Nuances. One thing is for sure – you’ll never be caught red handed peeling these beets. And they will never disturb a fussy chef’s plating scheme.

1 Bunch Basil. You could certainly make a pesto with this bunch. Pull the leaves off the tougher stems and throw them in a food  processor with a decent amount of good olive oil. Whiz that up. Add a pinch of salt, half a lemon’s juice, some toasted nuts (cooled down), some pepper, perhaps a little arugula or parsley for something different, and a half handful of grated parmesan. Play with it. Just keep tasting. Either use it right away or pack into small containers in the fridge. I make pesto pasta, pesto grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken breasts rubbed with pesto and roasted, pesto pizza. And when I’m desperately hungry – crackers dipped in pesto. You could class that up into a nice bruschetta with pesto and some nice melted cheese. Ah, my latest basil creation was a basil vinaigrette. (Rule of thumb for vinaigrettes: throw in some form of diced onion/garlic, a tsp of Dijon, something sweet like a tsp of jam or honey, then 1 part vinegar (any kind or combo), and 3 parts oil (yummy olive oil, organic canola oil, or a combo). For my basil vinaigrette I used some diced red scallions, a tsp of Dijon, a tsp of currant jam, 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar, and blended in the blender (a vigorous whisking would be fine. ) Then I added 1 cup of half and half olive oil and canola, drizzling it into the blender as it continued to blend the vinegar. I tasted for salt and pepper, threw in a handful of basil leaves and let it go once more. Taste again. Sugar is also an option for adjusting the flavor or a dressing. Voila!)

3 Heads of Lettuce. Oh, Lettuce. Can you ever grow tired of lettuce? Aside from homemade, our top favorite dressings of late have been from Brianna’s: Ranch, French. Marie’s Blue cheese, and Annie’s Goddess is a classic.  We can’t claim we are purists!

Bag of Arugula. The perfect base for a roasted golden beet and goat cheese salad, served with a homemade basil vinaigrette. The simplest arugula salad is just the coarsely chopped arugula, salt and peppered, drizzled with lemon juice and then olive oil, finished with shaved parmigiano-reggiano. Chopped arugula is also nice in a sandwich or mayo in a sandwich. You can even wilt it into a hot pasta or on top of a hot pizza with prosciutto. feel free to use it as an herb, as well.


One Large Zucchini. You can make a zucchini go far by slicing it thin :) You can marinate chunks of zucchini and grill them on a skewer. One of our friends makes zucchini roll-ups for her vegetarian family. Just slice the zuke in thin slices lengthwise and make little rolls, using a ricotta and herb filling, like what you would make for a ravioli or lasagna, Place in a baking pan with olive oil and bake, covered until just tender then remove the foil to brown them. Perhaps with some parmesan on top. I found a recipe online for grilled zucchini roll ups. Sounds good. You could certainly use the arugula instead of spinach.

Posted 7/8/2011 6:32am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

 
REMINDER: YOGA AT WHITE BARN FARM IS TONIGHT!

Come Veg out to Yoga with Patty Kantlehner

      During this 75-minute awakening Vinyasa Flow practice Patty will inspire students to live happy, healthy lives by eating nourishing food and adopting a routine yoga practice.  Patty has the same laid-back style that her son, farmer Chris has.  She takes us through a series of postures that focus on alignment, stretching, relaxation, and listening to your own body. There is always a pose for beginners and a version for the more advanced.  As long as you are open to truly tuning in to what's right for you, you are sure to feel relaxed and rejuvenated by the end! The yoga class will be held across the road from the Roadside Stand, at the Barn itself. In good weather we will put our mats down on the grass among the gardens. In bad weather, we have some carpets to roll out in the right-hand side of the barn for an indoor practice. Either way, park at the Roadside Stand, then carefully cross the road and meet us at the barn.
Cost is $10.
Bring your own mat and water.
Fridays, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm:
YOGA DATES: July 8, July 29, August 5, August 19 
 
* * * * 
This Saturday Floyd will be at the Roadside Stand with Pork!
 
Burnshirt Valley Farm will have pastured pork and grass-fed beef at the Roadside Stand
this Saturday, June 18th, 10 am to 2 pm
Floyd will be down every other Saturday for the rest of the season

He'll be here: 7/9, 7/23, 7/6, 7/20, 9/3, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, and 10/29 

* * * * * * *

TONIGHT IS FISH FRIDAY AT THE STAND!
Bobby from Jordan Brothers Seafood will be here with his truck!

*******

Thank you, everyone, for understanding that we were closed last Friday and Saturday.
Chris and I had the most wonderful wedding I could ever imagine on Sunday.
I'm trying to get used to calling him my husband!!!!
Well, here's a violent thunderstorm, as I type.
We really need the rain! So I must jump into my rainsuit with no grumbling!
See you this weekend!!!

Thanks for supporting our farm!!! 
Posted 6/29/2011 9:46am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Fennel! Although it has a licorice flavor that not everyone is a fan of, give it a chance. With the right preparation it can be transporting (to a place of deliciousness.) First of all, for best storage, cut off the fronds and save a reasonable amount to use as an herb. put the bulb in a plastic bag and it should last for a week or two just fine. Fennel can be featured in a salad. One of my favorites is a fennel, red onion, and grapefruit salad. Trim the bottom and then shave on a mandolin or use your knife skills to cut very thin slices. Do the same with a red onion or shallot. Section a tasty grapefruit into the bowl (come to think of it maybe this salad is better in the winter with Texas Ruby Reds). Squeeze in the excess juice (no seeds).  Finish with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Season w/ Salt and pepper - taste to adjust. There is a new recipe for fennel and sugarsnap salad on the website. Fennel in tomato broth is super with seafood. White fish or mussels or clams. If you have shrimp throw the peels into water with fennel, onion, carrot, celery and make a wonderful stock to use/freeze for a wonderful seafood risotto or soup/bisque.

Parsley. This is so good for you, you should just chop it fine and keep it in a little dish in the fridge. Sprinkle it in your sandwich, in some eggs, on your pasta, salad, baked potato, etc. You can also make tabouleh. Parsley and lemon are wonderful accompaniments to fish. Parsley is the natural balance to garlic, in terms of spicyness and garlic breath.

Gnome Cabbage. Fine, the variety name is actually Caraflex. But we prefer gnome. Aren't they so cute! Volunteer to bring the cole slaw to the BBQ this weekend! Or put it in a plastic bag and shove it in the way back of the fridge for two weeks from now when all of the cabbage has been tilled in here.

Fresh Onions, Pearl Drop. Yum! Hurray! Onions! You can slice these and use 'em how you want to use onions in any dish. Sauteed with garlic and olive oil and mushrooms to go with a steak, sauteed with kale to make a frittata. whatever. These can also be featured on the grill on skewers or a grill basket or sliced in halves in the oven with a whole chicken or just a sheet of roasted veg.

Carrots. Hurray! Shred some on a salad. Eat 'em like bugs bunny. shred for a veggie wrap. dice for a bolognese sauce. make sticks and a sour cream/fennel frond/parsley dip.

2 Heads Lettuce. Insalata. Ensalada. {Bridezilla has gone batty!} 

Broccoli. Mondo heads. they have not been enjoying the intense sunshine, however. Apologies if you have a couple of orangey-yellow florets. Also, watch out for imported cabbage moth caterpillars. Definitely cut apart the crown to check for these broccoli-stem-green little guys. You may also soak in salt water for five to ten minutes to remove them. Broccoli, sauteed with garlic and olive oil and tossed with penne and parmesan is a real easy supper, served with salad and bread. This week's share does encourage a stir fry with rice as well. onions, carrots, brocc, sliced cabage, and some sugarsnap peas. you can make a little sauce on the side - try a tsp of mustard and a couple diced cloves of garlic, whisked with soy sauce, a little balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Adjust with honey, a squeeze of lemon or lime, hot sauce, and perhaps finish with sesame oil. I usually either serve this at the table or add just at the end so the veggies don't get too sogged by the liquid.

Pint of Sugarsnap Peas. These are the edibe pod kind of peas. If your kids didn't devour them already, take the stem end and break it backwards, taking with it the string down the side. Kind of like a zipper. I don't bother taking off the other end, but i do find them all carefully cut off on Grammie's plate at the end of dinner - so maybe you should take a vote. I like to prepare them like that, rinse, then sautee in butter, just until bright green. Then remove from heat - army green is not a good color for veggies! Of course, they are a good snack raw, too.

1/2 Lb Mustard Mix. Spicy mix. either serve with a creamy dressing (Annie's Goddess?) and a knife and fork for a salad, or wilt for a cooked green. One farmstand shopper said she made a pasta with just olive oil, tossed it right away with chopped mustard greens to wilt them, then finished with goat cheese and toasted walnuts. Sounds like a good idea!

Red Russian Kale. If you're tired of eating kale, you can chop it, sautee with garlic and olive oil, allow to cool and put in a labeled, dated container in the freezer for you to enjoy this winter in a soup or pasta or just as a side. You may not believe it now, but there will come a time when you are craving greens, especially kale!

Thank you all so much!
See you next Tuesday, when I'll be Mrs. K!!!
Enjoy your holiday!!!!



 
Posted 6/22/2011 5:57pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.
Green Cabbage. got any cilantro left? try making this peanut-cilantro cole slaw. Or just do the classic. It's surprising how sweet fresh cabbage tastes. These are the type of cabbage most often used to make cabbage rolls, too. Blanch whole leaves and roll a stuffing into them (rice, mushrooms, and ground beef are common, but be creative!), then bake in a casserole dish with tomato sauce or some combo of wine and broth. Cabbage can certainly be stir fried.

Silverado Swiss Chard. The challenge of the first month of the CSA is upon you. More greens!!! Try this Spanish preparation with chick peas and golden raisins. You could use your red part of your scallions instead of the red onions and just strip the chard greens off the stems (which are tougher than spinach stems, of course), and add the chopped stems to the pan before the greens to get them tender.

2 Heads Lettuce. salad!
 
Spinach. Good job, spinach plants, for holding out until the Summer Solstice! These leaves are actually quite tender. Fine for a salad, but also great for eggs, on a pizza, or wilted into a hot pasta or Parmesan Risotto.

Arugula. Wash, spin, pinch of salt, grind of fresh pepper, drizzle of fresh squeezed lemon, drizzle of tasty olive oil, and parmesan peeled with a vegetable peeler. I love a quesadilla with cheese, arugula, and pepperoni or some other thinly sliced Italian sausage.

Red Scallions. A red version! The bottoms would be great to chop into a salad, a pasta salad, grain salad, bean salad, etc. The tops are just like green scallion tops. great on a salad, in an egg scramble, enhancing mac & cheese or grilled cheese, etc.

the first Zucchini. Just one little guy. They are just beginning to produce! A little tasty tidbit to dice and sautee.

Radishes. salad toppers. bread and butter enhancers.

Frisee. The big frilly lettuce looking head. This is a chicory/endive so it is slightly more bitter than lettuce, but can be used the same way. I just chop it up, wash and spin and use as a salad base. Frisee pairs especially nice with something sweet or rich or both. Think cheese, nuts, roasted beets, poached pears. It also holds up really nicely to a warm dressing that can tame its bitterness just a tad. You could even try using it like escarole - in a soup with white beans. if you are a fan of bacon, try this salad I found on epicurious.com