Week 2; June 14, 2012

What’s in the box?

Full Share:

strawberries x 2

green garlic

head lettuce (green leaf and red oak leaf)

radishes

herb pot x 2

spinach

collard greens

Single Share:

strawberries

green garlic

basil pot

head lettuce

collard greens

radishes

spinach

Notes on the box….

Please see Week 1 blog entry for storage tips for everything in the box.

The head lettuce is quite a bit smaller than we usually send it out,  but it’s tasty!  We gave it the usual dunk in water, but you should wash it again.  We had some rain recently and it was VERY dirty when we pulled it out of the field.  If you are going to use a few leaves for sandwiches or garnish, peel those off and rinse them under running water.  If you are going to make a salad and want to use the whole head, I recommend filling your sink with cold water, cutting off the stump,  putting the loose leaves in the water, and swishing  it around in the water.  Let it sit for a while so the dirt sinks to the bottom of the sink.  Remove the lettuce from the water and place in a colander to drain. Inspect the leaves to be sure thy are clean.  If not, refill the sink and wash again.  The dirt likes to hide in the crannies of the leaves, and nothing ruins a good salad like crunching on some dirt. So be sure to take a few minutes to make sure your lettuce is clean!

The Collard Greens are fantastic at this time of year!  They, like the kale, are very tender and have a more mild flavor than they would later in the season.  The best way to cook them is to keep it simple.  Remove the stem, stack the leaves together, roll them up like a cigar and slice them about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thin.  Cut your green garlic up and start it sautéing in some oil, butter, or bacon grease.  Put the collards in after a couple of minutes.  Saute the greens until they are very bright green (just a few minutes).  Taste them.  You can cook them longer if you prefer.  Season to taste.  Serve as a side.

The basil pots will do best if you plant them into a bigger pot or in your flowerbed or garden.  We will put basil leaves in the boxes later in the season, but it’s nice to have a plant on hand for a few leaves as you need them.

If you find anything off or missing in your box, please let us know!

Recipes….

Strawberry Cake

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar plus some more for sprinkling the top of the cake
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of cardamom
1 pint strawberries,  tops removed and halved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate or cake pan. Whisk flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt together into a medium bowl.  Whip butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla or almond extract.  Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and close together. Sprinkle sugar over berries. Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in pie plate on a wire rack.

Here’s a few links to some good recipes:

Spinach Strawberry Salad from the kitchn

Strawberry Basil Mojito is one of our favorites on a hot evening.

 We had these Braised Radishes with our lunch today.  They were a hit!

 On the farm…

      Well, week one deliveries went pretty well!  We had a few hiccups, but hopefully nothing too major.  We’ve gotten some good feedback from the Week 1 boxes which we appreciate. If you have any questions or concerns about your CSA box or if there are any problems please let us know!  We will do our best to avoid problems, but we want to solve any that may come up.

     The weather has been quite lovely for being a farmer, though we did get a sprinkling of rain on the hay that Josh laid down to be baled tomorrow.  That was a bummer.  But the veggies like the rain!

Craig bunching radishes and Otto checking out the bunches.

Beautiful bunches!

Washing lettuce.

Packing boxes

Otto’s portion of the berry harvest.

What’s up for next week?

sugar snap peas!

broccoli

garlic scapes

strawberries?

head lettuce

rainbow chard or lacinato kale

spinach?

salad turnips

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