Weekly Farm Notes :: Oct 21st, 2015

Hello!

“Deep Winter” and “Walking to Spring” CSA shares are still available. Don’t miss out on powerhouse greens to get you through the dark and cold months ahead! Here is the link to our CSA information to find out more.

Also, we are in the process of adding nutritional information to the Produce Information tab. Let us know what else we can add to make this useful for you!

A note on the Napa cabbage: when you farm without the use of harmful pesticides, sometimes you have to deal with what Mother Nature gives you. Right now, we are dealing with some worms in the cabbage but there is a simple way to get rid of them. Chop the cabbage roughly and soak in a large bowl (or sink full) of water that has been mixed with 1/4 cup of salt and 2 tablespoons of vinegar for 20 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse thoroughly then drain and use as desired.

See you at market!

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October 21st Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market (denoted by M) and/or in the CSA (denoted by CSA):

  • Napa Cabbage {CSA}: check out my Quick Kimchi recipe on the Main Street Farmers Market blog this week!
  • Carrots {CSA}: simple roasted carrots are a favorite of mine. I love Cook’s Illustrated recipe and have used it over and over again. It is included below so you can give it a try as well.
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {CSA}: learn about the blood sugar control properties and more of this tasty green here!
  • Awesome Asian Lettuce Mix {M/CSA}: I have been on a buddha bowl kick this week. I think these Asian greens would be a great base for a recipe like this one.
  • Pak Choi {M/CSA}: for a super simple and tasty meal, give our Triple Sesame Noodles with Pak Choi recipe a try!
  • Spicy Red Mustard Greens {M/CSA}: check out this Quick Pickled Mustard Green recipe – I could find lots of ways to use greens preserved this way!
  • Siberian Kale {M/CSA}: Wheelers Orchard is selling “ugly” apples this week, which are perfect for processing (homemade applesauce, anyone?!). I was actually thinking of picking some up, cooking it down with kale, and making a fruit and vegetable leather (think homemade fruit roll-ups). We would love to hear if you have any experience in this area!
  • Tender Collards {M}: this recipe for Breakfast Tacos with Eggs, Onions and Collard Greens has me dreaming of weekend brunch.
  • Bold & Peppery Arugula {M/CSA}: these greens have a bite this week but the more bitter, the better, I say! Check out this article on why bitter greens are good for your health. This article provides lots of great ideas to tame the flavor. My favorite way to enjoy bitter greens is in a salad with a sweetened dressing.
  • Salad Turnips {M}: I haven’t tried this yet, but our salad turnips are mild enough that I think they would be great in our newest recipe for Kohlrabi Hash Browns. Swap the kohlrabi for salad turnips and you have a meal in minutes!
  • Mint {M}: if you love Indian food as much as I do, then I suggest whipping up a batch of Cilantro-Mint Chutney to serve along side your favorite dishes. This sauce would freeze well, too!
  • Lemon Balm {M}: shrubs, which are sweetened vinegar mixtures, typically use fruit for flavoring. I swapped the fruit for lemon balm in this recipe and it was delicious!
  • Eggs {M}: pick up collard greens too and make this Breakfast Tacos with Eggs, Onions and Collard Greens recipe!

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Roasted Carrots

As noted above, this recipe is from Cooks Illustrated. It serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pounds carrot, peeled, halved crosswise, and cut lengthwise if needed to create even pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Table salt and ground black pepper

Directions:

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. In large bowl, combine carrots with butter, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper; toss to coat. Transfer carrots to foil- or parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and spread in single layer.
  • Cover baking sheet tightly with foil and cook for 15 minutes. Remove foil and continue to cook, stirring twice, until carrots are well browned and tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to serving platter, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? If you cook, even just casually, you should know about mirepoix – Alice breaks it down for you.

 


Weekly Farm Notes :: Oct 14th, 2015

Hello!

We had a few more CSA shares open up this week so please pass this onto anyone who is looking for nutritious, delicious food! Here is the link to our CSA information.

See you at market!

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October 14th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market (denoted by M) and/or in the CSA (denoted by CSA):

  • Awesome Asian Lettuce Mix {CSA/M}: check out this Turmeric Tahini Dressing – I think it would be great on these greens!
  • Daikon Radishes and Greens {CSA/M}: did you know that a 7″ long daikon radish has more Vitamin C than a small orange?! There are 74mg of Vitamin C in a daikon compared to 51mg in an orange.
  • Pak Choi {CSA/M}: have you tried our Raw Spicy Pak Choi Salad yet? Let us know what you think!
  • Napa Chinese Cabbage {CSA/M}: here is a link with lots of ideas of how to use your cabbage! I am definitely planning to make the quick kimchi (with the addition of daikon radishes) that is mentioned in this post.
  • Spicy Mustard Greens {CSA/M}: I love adding mustard greens to curried dishes (think chickpeas) or red lentils. The flavor really stands up well to intensely spiced dishes.
  • Kohlrabi {CSA}: I made these kohlrabi fries last season and loved them! It’s a fun, new way to enjoy kohlrabi.
  • Mild Mustard Greens {M}: these greens are mild enough to eat raw. Why not add some to your next salad?
  • Kale {CSA/M}: pick up some potatoes and eggs and make this easy, weeknight soup!
  • Tender Collards {M}: our Collard Green & Pecan Pesto recipe is one of my favorite pesto recipes. It can be frozen and is a great way to preserve your greens.
  • Arugula {M}: these greens are one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin K, providing a boost for bone and brain health.
  • Salad Turnips {M}: these turnips are great raw but if you need a change of pace, try our Roasted Radish & Turnips with Barley Salad.
  • Red Leaf Lettuce {M}: check out our Essential Elements of a Satisfying Salad post and create a salad without a recipe.
  • Eggs {M}: my new go-to weeknight recipe is brown rice, a fried egg and vegetables (any of our veggies would be a great!) topped with a little soy sauce. Pick up some of our organic eggs and have a meal ready in minutes!

Weekly Farm Notes :: Sep 30th, 2015

Hello!

Just to rehash from last week, we have new information on the website:

  • If you can’t remember what is what after you get home, check out our produce pictures and detailed information tab for pictures of each individual item in your CSA basket. We are still working to update this information so check back each week.
  • We added a tab that will allow you to easily search our recipes. Wondering what you can do with your greens? Check out this tab for constantly updated ideas!

See you at market!

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September 30th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market (denoted by M) and/or in the CSA (denoted by CSA):

  • Awesome Asian Mix {CSA}: wow, check out this mix – you get Yukina Savoy, Tokyo Bekana, Ruby Streaks, Red Komatsuna, and Suehihung Mustard! You can either eat it raw in a salad or saute it.
  • Broccoli Rabe {CSA}: I found a recipe for sauteed broccoli rabe, blue cheese and bacon pizzas that looked really interesting. Swap out the bacon for mushrooms for a vegetarian version.
  • Hakurei and Red Scarlet Salad Turnips {M/CSA}: why not combine the turnips AND the greens in the next salad you make? Here is a recipe for a turnip green salad with a sweeter dressing to help balance any spiciness or bitterness from the greens (check out our salad post for lots of great salad making tips!).
  • Radishes and Greens {M/CSA}: wondering what to do with all those lovely radish greens? Make a pesto of course!
  • Toscano and Siberian Kale {M/CSA}: this is one of my all time favorite fast foods. Try it with different greens and even different types of grains.
  • Pak Choi {M/CSA}: to prepare pak choi, separate the greens from the stems, slice and wash. I suggest sauteing the stems over medium-high heat for a couple minutes on one side or until browned. Flip and allow the other side to cook for a minute before adding the greens. They will cook very fast so just flip them around for a minute and serve. I served mine with sesame noodles – look for that recipe soon!
  • Spicy Mustard Greens {M/CSA}: I am planning to saute these greens and add them to a homemade hummus recipe. I will share the recipe with you if it turns out well!
  • Collard Greens {M}: there are lots of recipes for collard green and white bean soup so it must be good! Here is one such post but I bet you can make it or something similar by following our soup making tips.
  • Summerfest Komatsuna {M}: these greens work great in smoothies given their mild flavor profile. Try it in your favorite smoothie recipe and let us know what you think!
  • Daikon Radish and Greens {M}: did you know daikon radishes are one of the main ingredients to kimchi? If you don’t have the time or experience to start a fermentation, why not try quick pickling them? Follow our Quick Pickled Okra post and just swap out okra for daikon.