Strawberries are the dominant producer on the farm this week, as they reach their peak maturity for 2011 (though sugar snap peas are a real competitor). In the Bulk List post below we are seeking to entice you out to the farm to take advantage of this year's harvest. We hope that we did not imply that there were not any good berries to be found, as the old Honeoye patch may well be getting a new life, now that we have spent over a week culling out as many damaged berries as possible.
Uses for strawberries abound. Here on the farm we eat as many raw, fresh, berries as possible while they are at hand. Other annual rituals include freezing whole berries for future use, jam making, juice making, and wine making.
A CSA defining vegetable, kohlrabi is unknown to many people. We grow it for you because it is a substantial spring vegetable. Be sure to peel it and then enjoy the crunchy, juicy and somewhat sweet flavor of a fresh as can be kohlrabi. Cut it into thin strips, or grate it and mix it with last week's garlic scape dressing for a quick side salad.
The farm provided well this week as the ingredients for a delicious pizza arrived. We get a bread share from Bread of Life, and every two weeks we get a whole wheat pizza crust. We take it from there and provide the toppings. Next ingredient was cheese, made with some local goat milk. Simply heat the milk to 185 deg F, take it off the burner and add some vinegar and let it curdle. Strain off the whey and you have fresh goat cheese.
Carmelized leeks, garlic scape pesto and oregano are all share items this time of year. Sun dried tomatoes are from last year's crop. We will be growing more drying tomatoes this year, so make sure your dehydrator is ready to go this summer.
At 12 inches, this pizza crust fits into our toaster oven (it's nicer than a microwave). It is much more energy efficient than heating a larger oven space. In 10 minutes you have incredible pizza.
1 Bread of LIfe whole wheat pizza crust
garlic scape pesto
carmelized leekssun dried tomatoes
mozzarella cheesegoat cheese
Place toppings on pizza in order shown. Bake according to pizza crust instructions.