March 13, 2013

What's in the box this week?

Eggs from our pasture-raised, certified organic, happy hens.

Cauliflower Did you know that 90 percent of the cauliflower produced in the US is grown right here in California?  Our great State and its farmers are also responsible for over 95 percent of the artichokes, broccoli, celery, garlic, canning tomatoes, almonds, apricots, berries, figs, kiwis, stonefruit, pistachios, walnuts.  Wow, huh?  We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful, productive, diverse place.  Now we just need to convert all of those farms to organic-growing methods to help preserve our soils and improve the quality of our foods...

Gregorian Cabbage  A smaller head of our fresh green cabbage.  Cabbage can store in your crisper for up to 2 or 3 weeks.

Baby Arugula A bag of our spicy, healthful salad green.  Store in its bag, in your crisper, and use within 2-3 days.

Rainbow Chard  Use it any way you would use spinach and enjoy its sweet, salty flavors.  Use within 2-3 days.

Florence Fennel  This veggie from the carrot family is characteristically aromatic.  It's anise-like flavors can be enjoyed by using the bulbous bottom end sauteed into soups or thinly sliced into salads.  The frawns can also be finely chopped as a garnish.  Try the bulb finely shaved with walnuts in your arugula salad.  Store in your crisper and use within 3-5 days.

Green Garlic  A bunch of our healthful, delicious garlic.

Spring Onions  We planted these onions in September, and now they are finally large enough to begin to be enjoyed as a small spring onion!  Similar to our green garlic, use the bottom portion just as you would use fresh onion and the green tops for soup stocks or braising liquids.  Store in your fridge and use within 2-5 days.

We hope you enjoy your produce as much as we enjoy growing it for you!

Have a great week,

Chris & the Hens

pic of the week:

(1) field of leeks, onions, and red lettuce.  seedbed being sprinkled in the background.