Weekly Farm Notes :: April 13th, 2016

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See you tomorrow at market!

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April 13th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market {M} and in the CSA {CSA}:

  • Red Russian & Siberian Kale {M/CSA}: Pasta is a staple in my household but I get tired of the same old pasta sauce. Our Weeknight Pasta with Walnut Sauce and Kale will make you excited for pasta again.
  • Ford Hook Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: “Perhaps one of the most important benefits of Swiss chard is its ability to regulate the blood sugar levels in our body. Syringic acid is one of the unique flavonoids found in Swiss chard, and it has a very unusual ability. It inhibits the activity of a specific enzyme named alpha-glucosidase. This means that less carbs are broken down to simple sugars, which allows the blood sugar levels in the body to remain stable, and prevent the plunges and peaks that are so dangerous for diabetic patients, or for those people who are at a high risk of developing diabetes.” Source found here.
  • Beautiful Spring Radishes {M/CSA}: if you are looking for a way to preserve your radishes, it couldn’t be easier (or tastier) than Spicy Quick Pickled Radishes. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, try our Miso Cured Radishes!
  • Red Butter Lettuce {M/CSA}: these tender greens don’t need much in the way of dressing. In fact, a pungent dressing will mask its delicate flavor. I would recommend just a little oil, lemon juice, salt / pepper and fresh herbs.
  • Shiro Pak Choi {M/CSA}: Make this easy Raw Spicy Pak Choi Salad and serve it with rice and a fried egg for a quick, weeknight meal.
  • White Japanese Salad Turnips {CSA}: I love eating salad turnips raw or adding them to salads. You can also roast them, however, and use them in this lovely Roasted Radish and Salad Turnips with Barley Salad!
  • Garlic Chives {CSA}: these are similar to regular chives but with a few notable differences: 1) they have flat leaves compared to the round tubes of regular chives; 2) the flavor is more garlicky and less oniony; 3) they have white, star-shaped florets compared with the purple globe-like flowers of regular chives.
  • Mint & Peppermint {M}: I am trying to find healthy dessert alternatives and think this Thin Mint Smoothie sounds wonderful 🙂
  • Cilantro {M}: cilantro is typically a garnish but have you ever considered basing a salad on it? I hadn’t until I saw this recipe for Cilantro Salad. It is the perfect time of year to make this as it calls for asparagus too. Throw in some thinly sliced radishes or salad turnips along with garlic chives!

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? A bean, a green and a grain – does dinner get any easier or delicious!?

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