Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What to do With Your Share -- Week 5

Bulk List
This week we are starting the 2009 bulk list -- a price list for extra produce items that you can buy. For many items we have planted enough produce for a CSA of 125 members (we have 105 this year). This extra will hopefully be available throughout the year.

For now, scroll to the bottom of the blog for this week's offerings. If you wish to purchase any items, please email me your order. Orders are filled on a first come, first serve basis and are subject to availability. Your order will be delivered to your distribution with a payment ticket. You can leave your money with the distribution coordinator.

Swiss Chard
As Rebecca said, our favorite green. There are many recipes for it out there, a favorite of the CSA being Stuffed Chard.

Herbs-Oregano and Italian Parsley
Unfamiliar to many as a fresh herb, oregano is a great addition to many cooked vegetarian dishes. It adds a savoriness to a dish. It is especially good with greens like chard. Italian parsley is good as a flavoring for soups and stock when cooked. It's sweetness and fresh flavor are best appreciated when added as a garnish, or cooked at the very end of a dish.

Snap Peas
We have to say that this year is a good year for peas. Despite sitting in the cold, wet ground ground for several weeks before germinating, they did not rot and produced as good a stand as we've had in awhile. They are great fresh, just string them and eat them.

An alternative is the recipe below, created by our intern Lori Watley. It is very simple, fresh and crunchy. Highly recommended.

Julienne Snap Peas
1/2 lb snap peas
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds (sunflower and pumpkin are good too)

Put the sesame seeds in a small pot or skillet over high heat. After they warm up, shake the seeds around to prevent them from burning and toast them to a golden brown. When you can start smelling them you are close

String the peas (see photo) and then cut lenghtwise into thin strips. Mix with seeds and remaining ingredients.

It is good right away, or after a couple hours of marinating. We also added some julienned hakurei turnips.

Bulk Order List (week of June 8)
Kale - $3.00/bunch
Swiss chard - $3.00 per bunch
Sugar snap peas - $2.00/half pound
Spring carrots - $2.50/bunch
Hakurei turnips - $3.00/bunch
Lettuce - $2.50/head
Green onions - $2.50/bunch

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