Elysian Fields Farm
Community Supported Agriculture

May 18th, 2005

Week 3

Crop
Half
Cost
Full
Cost
Strawberries
1 quart
$5.00
1 quart
$5.00
Sweet peas
1/2 lb
$2.00
1 lb
$4.00
Lettuce
1 red leaf
$2.00
2 heads
$4.00
Kohlrab
1 bunch
$2.00
1 bunch
$2.00
Baby bok choi
1 bunch
$2.00
1 bunch
$2.00
Turnips
1 bunch
$2.00
1 bunch
$2.00
Cilantro
1 bunch
$1.00
1 bunch
$1.00
Total
$16.00
$25.00


Recipe of the Week: Sauteed Kohlrabi
1 lb. Kohlrabi, leaves included
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper

Trim leaves from bulbs, remove the stems, then pile the leaves on top of each other and roll them like a cigar. Shred the leaves in 1/4 inch slices across the roll, set aside. Peel and cut the root end off the bulbs. Cut the bulbs into 1/8th inch slices and cut into 1/8th inch matchsticks. Put 1 tablespoon of each of the oil and butter in a frying pan over medium high heat. Add the leaves and toss to coat with the butter and oil. Add the water and saute until the leaves are tender, but not mushy. Add the lemon juice, toss to incorporate, and then remove leaves to a serving dish and cover. Return the pan to the heat, set at medium low and add the remaining butter and olive oil. When the butter has melted, ad the kohlrabi sticks and stir and saute until the kohlrabi is tender, and not too crunchy. Add salt and pepper to taste, pile on top of the leaves and serve.

What's going on?
Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a great week. I sure have, working hard outside in this great spring weather and seeing all of the crops looking so healthy and happy makes me very happy. I was longing for this time towards the end of this past very cold winter. Despite the fact that I am from New England originally, I looove the heat of the south and still find it hard to tolerate the winters. Anyway, I also am happy because I had a great time this past Sunday with the handful of sweet and energetic members that came out to the farm to work and tour. We had some fabulous little ones help transplant, Rose, Mickey and Claire all did a very impressive job and were a delight to be around! Thank you to Carribeth, Toma nd Sue as well, I really enjoyed spending time with you all and getting to know you a little better. I plan to have more work/tour days this summer and fall, so hopefully I will have the opportunity to spend time with more of you. The first planting of tomatoes are looking really happy so far. They already have small green tomatoes on them. The cool spring slowed them down a bit at first though so it is hard to tell when we will be able to enjoy these guys. Typically the tomatoes out of the field start coming on the first of July or sooner. You will see hoophouse tomatoes at the farmers market a few weeks before that. The other summer crops are looking great as well, the corn has just germinated, the eggplants and peppers are green and growing, and the Zucchini is actually almost ready to go. Fun, fun. Thursday Katie and I plan to transplant the winter squash that makes me so happy to harvest in late August.

Storage and Produce Information
So, have you ever seen Kohlrabi before? I hope so, but if not, give it a shot, it is pretty good. This variety is purple, but it also comes in 'white', which has green leaves and a light green bulb. As with turnips, the bulbs will store in the fridge for a lot longer than the leaves. It might be fun to try and roast the Kohlrabi with the turnips with some garlic to taste.....also a lot of people say they actually eat the Kohlrabi bulb raw. Sweet Peas, yum! With these sugar snaps you can eat the entire shell as well as the peas inside. The shell is sweet and tender. You can eat these guys raw, sauteed or steamed.

What to Look Forward To...
I thought we would be seeing beets in the shares this week, but it looks like we will have to wait until next week. There were a few bunches but definitely not enough for all 55 members. They look great, and will most likely size up their bulb just right by next week. I only tried one planting of Kohlrabi this spring, so this week will be our only chance to savor it. I have never grown it before, and upon the request from a couple of CSA members, I decided to finally try it. I like the way it tastes, looks and grows (so easy!), so I plan on trying more plantings for this fall and next year. Please let me know what you think of this strange alien looking vegetable. Next week you will receive big Bok Choi as opposed to baby Bok Choi, the difference in the two being the variety. Big Bok Choi, as us growers call it for short, is Joi Choi Bok Choi while baby Bok Choi is Mei Kong Bok Choi. Quite a tongue twister. I personally like the big Bok Choi A LOT. Also next week you can look forward to arugula, that deliciously spicy green that you can mix with your lettuce. More spinach, strawberries, sweet peas, lettuce, and turnips for next week as well. The carrots, broccoli and cauliflower are all looking great so we should be seeing these guys in about two weeks. Boy, we are having a bountiful spring. I hope you all think so....please send me feedback of any kind. I only know what you think if you tell me. By sharing your feedback I come to understand how to be a better CSA farmer and provide you all with the best quality and diversity of produce I can. So, thanks for participating and have a great week! Elise.

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