Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 7/27

Tomatoes abound! And to those of you who came to our April work-ation - remember all those potatoes you planted? We've harvested some "new" ones for you (new, meaning small).

Also, several people have asked me how to keep their greens from going limp in the fridge. Our greens are cut fresh in the morning so are full of water content, then we store them with the stems in water so the leaf continues to draw water up, keeping itself fresh and crisp. If the leafy green has more water content than your fridge (i.e., it is more "humid" than your fridge), then the leaf can wilt and go limp (and since the greens are so fresh, they likely do have more water content). Greens are best kept in water like you would keep cut flowers or in a breathable (e.g., open, or one with a few holes in it) plastic bag. Here's a link to an earlier post on storing vegetables that might be useful.

Expect the following in this week's basket:
Heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, new potatoes, eggplant, peppers, hot peppers, green beans, kohlrabi, scallions, parsley, basil, cilantro, lettuce, kale, radicchio.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 7/20

We are doing a lot of tomato care this week, making sure the plants will stay strong and healthy through September. And with no rain last week and no rain in the forecast this week, we are having to do a lot of watering. But summer's bounty continues! And it seems like we are having great luck with tomatoes, eggplants and peppers - the other CSAs around here have not yet included them in their shares.

Expect the following in this week's basket:

Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, kale or chard, arugula, frisee, basil, parsley, scallions, squash, cucumbers, green beans, garlic.

Monday, July 13, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 7/13

Thanks very much to Davoren Farm for contributing summer squash and cucumbers to our CSA!

Expect the following in this week's basket:
Summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes (a tiny taste), green beans, lettuce, arugula, basil, cilantro/dill, parsley, kale, collards, frisee, radicchio, scallions.

Here's a recipe for a greens salad that will be perfect for the frisee and radicchio: http://longhauling.blogspot.com/2014/07/recipe-w-bitter-greens.html.

Monday, July 6, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 7/6

This week we'll be processing our first batch of chickens. We've raised them in the forest on organic, non-GMO feed from a NYS farm, and because they are "Freedom Rangers" they are quite good at foraging the forest floor for more protein and nutrients. If you reserved birds earlier this season, you'll get priority, but we'll likely have a few extra for sale during Friday's CSA pick-up.

Thanks to Davoren Farm, we have 2 varieties of summer squash for you this week: Zephyr and Costata Romanesca. Both are sweet and crunchy and good when they are small or even fairly large.

Expect the following in your baskets this week:
Summer squash, green beans, carrots, salad turnips, chard, lettuce, basil, kohlrabi, cabbage, cilantro, parsley, scallions, baby onions.

Monday, June 29, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 6/29

Summer's here and baskets will be a bit more colorful!

And other cute news on the farm: we've got 3 8-week-old pigs. They are happily rooting around in the woods.

Expect the following in this week's basket:
Cabbage, green beans (just a taste), sugar snap peas or shelling peas, kohlrabi, bok choy or chard, hakurei turnips or radishes, kale, lettuce, arugula, basil, parsley, scallion, cilantro

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 6/22

We've tasted the first few ripe cherry tomatoes, a sign that they're growing well and will be abundant in a few weeks! Lots of greens this week, so keep enjoying those salads. We also have been making a very simple pasta sauce with them, see recipe here.

Expect the following this week:
Sugar snap peas, hakurei turnip, collards, kale, bok choy,arugula, lettuce, basil, parsley, cilantro.

Recipe w/ greens

Creamy greens pasta sauce
(adapted from here)

Ingredients: Greens (e.g.,  sorrel, collards, tatsoi, spinach, bok choy, kale, arugula), heavy cream, onions or leeks or garlic (or a combo), butter, s+p pasta

Preparing: Saute chopped garlic, onions and/or leeks in a few tablespoons of butter. Meanwhile, roughly chop greens of your choice. Add greens to pan and cook until slightly wilted (less cooking time for spinach, sorrel, arugula; more cooking time for tatsoi, bok choy, collards, kale). Add 1/2 cup to cup of cream and any herbs you want (e.g., tarragon, oregano). Let cream thicken for a minute or two. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve over pasta.

Eating: We like a squeeze of lemon juice on the pasta and some shaved Parmesan. Our favorite version of this is with sorrel, which has a lemony taste.

Dish history: We tried the original recipe (see here) because we had an abundance of spring sorrel and eggs. And then we used it for a supper served over homemade pig kidney tortellini. The strong lemony-creamy sauce paired well with the powerful kidneys.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CSA basket: Week of 6/15

Garlic scapes!
Somehow the varieties of peas we planted this year have resulted in sugar snaps ripening before the shelling. Expect a fun basket this week:

Sugar snap peas, garlic scapes*, lettuce, bok choy, kale, radishes, hakurei turnips, arugula.

* Scapes are the flowering stems of the garlic plant... they come only once a season, are mildly garlicky in taste and can be eaten raw or cooked.