Week 5

 

Crop

Half

Cost

Full

Cost

Carrots

Smaller bunch

2.00

Larger

bunch

2.50

Beets

1 bunch

2.00

1 bunch

2.00

Broccoli

3/4 lb.

1.90

1.5 lb.

3.75

Cauliflower

 

 

1 lb.

2.00

Summer Squash

1 lb.

1.50

1 lb.

1.50

Spinach

½ lb.

3.00

1 lb.

6.00

Lettuce

1 head

2.00

1 head

2.00

Swiss Chard

Smaller bunch

1.50

Larger bunch

2.00

Straw

berries

1 pint

2.50

1 quart

5.00

Total

 

16.40

 

26.75

                                                                                                                                                           


Recipe of The Week: Swiss Chard and Beet Vinegar

 

2 large beets, peeled and cooked

1 cup rice vinegar

3 tablespoons sugar

½ teaspoon lemon juice

pepper

1 large bunch Swiss chard (and beet greens), chopped

butter to taste

sour cream or yogurt

 

In a blender, puree beets with rice vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, and pepper to taste.  Pour into a saucepan and bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 5 minutes.  Cool.  Steam chard until tender; drain.  Toss with butter and pepper to taste.  Put chard on plate, spoon on the beet vinegar to taste and garnish with sour cream or yogurt.


 

WhatÕs Going On?

            Hello everyone!  Hope you all had a good week.  We have quite a bounty this week, it was hard to get it all ready in time.  The carrots this season are fabulous in my opinion.  I have a lot of them, and I think they look really healthy and beautiful.  I really enjoy growing carrots and luckily have very sandy soil for them to grow as long as they like in.  What other vegetable has such a vibrant cool color?  Maybe purple Kohlrabi, speaking of which I heard from a couple of members very positive feedback about.  Aside from harvesting, Katie and I are trying to squeeze in as much work as we can also.  We spent most of Monday hoeing in the transplanted spring crops such as watermelon, canteloupe, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes.  The corn will get done tomorrow as well as the zinniaÕs and basil. DonÕt forget to check out the website in a couple of days to view the most recent photos taken of the farm and CSA work day.   

 

Produce and Storage Information:

            Broccoli is best if used within a couple of days as it does not store all that well.  It does freeze well though, and that can easily be done by cutting up into florets, blanching for 3-4 minutes, rinsing in cold water, and put into an airtight storage container.  You may want to soak your broccoli and cauliflower heads upside down in salted cold water for a couple of minutes to remove any hidden field pests (not that I expect there to be any but just in case).  Cauliflower should remain fresh for up to a week.  You can eat both Broccoli and Cauliflower steamed, sauteed or raw. 

            I like to add the tops with the carrots mainly because they are so beautiful and you never see them in the grocery store like that.  Your rabbit will be happy, otherwise add to your compost pile.  Carrots and beets will both last 2-4 weeks in the refrigerator.  Beet greens, which can be eaten, will only last a few days though.  Try grating the carrots and beets together with a dressing fore a carrot/beet slaw/salad.

 

What to Look Forward to.....

            The crops donÕt really seem to be slowing down entering June, which is nice.  Typically we experience a little dip in June as we transition from the spring crops to the summer crops.  The weather this season being what it is (we are actually having a spring) will most likely change that.  We may see our dip a little later this season, maybe a week or two the end of June beginning of July, or maybe not at all.  WeÕll see.  In a couple weeks we will see scallions and cabbage added to the list of veggies, as well as cucumbers and beans.  Next week you can expect basil, more summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beets, kale, sweet peas and maybe more.  We are saying goodbye this week to the strawberries until next season.  We are saying goodbye also to spinach an head lettuce until this fall.  Hope you all have a great week and enjoy the produce.  Please let me know via email if you have any questions, thoughts, concerns or if you are going to miss a week of deliveries.  Elise.

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