May 9, 2015, Week 3

What’s Growing on?
Strawberries!! Oh my, it begins. Once strawberry season starts at the farm, all other work can slow to a halt if we are not mindful to work fast and stay on our toes. Primarily because of how long they take to harvest we grow just enough strawberries to give you all one pint a week through the season.  Here is the sad news though, when they first start ripening it can happen a bit slow, which means that not all of you will be able to receive them on this first delivery.  Don’t fret though, we have written down who did not receive them this week so that when they are petering out at the end of the season and we don’t have many, you will be the ones to get them when others won’t!!  Got to keep it fair ;)  So far it is looking to be a good strawberry season (knock on wood), with big healthy plants and plenty of green fruit.  PLEASE NOTE, we have poured a topped off pints worth of strawberries into a quart clamshell (a quart is 2 pints).  This is why your clamshell is only ¾ full or so.  We will take the clamshells back and re-use them. 

We love to grow carrots…..actually, we love to specialize in growing carrots.  We are particularly pleased with how well this year’s crop is looking.  Check them out below along with my shadow!

Next week you should see a lot of new items in your box such as carrots, beets and cabbage in addition to lettuce, boc choi and of course, strawberries.  We can put green garlic in the shares again, yet I don’t want to give too much if folks are tiring of it.  Can you send me some feedback on where you are at with green garlic?  Thanks! The week after next you can look forward to broccoli, cauliflower and sugar snap peas……mmmmmmmm.

Recipes!

Leaf Lettuce Salad with Parmesan Crisps
Serves 6
½ c finely grated Parmesan (2 oz)
 ¾ lb red or green leaf lettuce
Reduced fat Herb Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
Coarse salt & fresh ground pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide the cheese into four mounds on a partchment-lined baking sheet, at least 4 inches apart. With the back of a spoon, spread each mound into an even 4-inch round.
  2. Bake until melted and golden brown, ~10 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through. With a thin metal spatula, transfer the crisps to a wire rack; let cool
  3. Tear the lettuce leaves into bite-sized pieces (about 12 cups). Toss with the vinaigrette; season with salt & pepper. Serve the salad with the Parmesan crisps.

Reduced-fat Herb Vinaigrette
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 t Dijon mustard
¼ c firmly packed fresh herbs (such as basil, cilantro, or parsley)
1 garlic clove
Coarse salt & ground pepper
3 T extra-virgin olive oil
In a blender or food processer, combine lemon juice, mustard, herbs, garlic, and ¼ c cold water; season with salt & pepper. Puree until smooth. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a steady stream until emulsified.


Spinach with Orzo and Feta
Serves 4
Coarse salt & fresh ground pepper
½ lb orzo
1 lb spinach chopped
½ c chopped fresh mint
½ c crumbled feta cheese
1 to 2 T fresh lemon juice
1 T olive oil

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the orzo according to the package instructions. Stir in the spinach until wilted. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the hot spinach and orzo with the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.

 

Radish Salad with Cheese

2 bunches radishes
2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives
olive oil
2 to 4 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
radish leaves, optional

1. Set aside a handful of the most tender radish greens. Trim the radish roots, leaving just a bit of the stem, and wash them well. Wick up the excess moisture with a towel, then slice thinly, either lengthwise or crosswise. Put them in a bowl and toss with the chives, radish, greens, and enough oil to coat lightly.
2. Put the radishes on a platter, shave the cheese over them, and add salt and pepper and the greens, if using.

Serves 6

What's in the box?

Regular Share

Quantity

Storage Info

Notes

Strawberries or Spinach

1 pint or ½lb.

Refrigerator for both

See below for more info on Strawberries….

*See recipe below

Head Lettuce

1 head

Refrigerator crisper drawer

Unwashed

*See recipe below

Baby Kale Mix

½ lb.

Refrigerator crisper drawer

We did not wash these because when we did we noticed it shredded and broke the leaves causing shorter storage.

Chard

1 bunch

Refrigerator crisper drawer

 

Radishes

1  bunch

Refrigerator crisper drawer.  Remove the greens for extended storage.

*See recipe below

Green Garlic

1 stalk

Refrigerator crisper drawer, put in plastic bag for extended storage.

 

 

Full Share

Quantity

Storage Info

Notes

Strawberries

1 pint

Refrigerator

See below for more info….

Spinach

1 lb.

Refrigerator crisper drawer

We did not wash these because when we did we noticed it shredded and broke the leaves causing shorter storage.

*See recipe below

Head Lettuce

2 heads

Refrigerator crisper drawer

Unwashed

*See recipe below

Lacinato Kale

1 bunch

Refrigerator crisper drawer

 

Radishes

1 buch

Refrigerator crisper drawer.  Remove the greens for extended storage.

*See recipe below

Green Garlic

1 stalks

Refrigerator crisper drawer, put in plastic bag for extended storage.