April 17, 2013

What's in the box this week?

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

Little Gem Lettuce These little gems are known for their dense hearts and delicate texture.  They also have a deeply wrinkled, or savoy, leaf that serves to pick up and hold whatever dressing it wears.  Chris' favorite Caesar Salad is adopted from Alice Water's The Art of Simple Food.  Start with half and half lemon (or grapefruit) juice and wine vinegar.  Whisk-in a generous amount of olive oil.  At the last moment before serving, add a handful of finely grated parmesan and one Say Hay egg yolk.  Toss with your greens and add another serving of coarsely grated parmesan.  Finish with black pepper, croutons, beans, or whatever suits your fancy Caesar.  Store in its bag and use within 3 days.

Lacinato Kale is back!  This hearty green is full of minerals and flavor.  Have any dried peppers left from last week?  Flake them into olive oil, add some chopped green garlic and sliced kale.  Crack an egg over the top and cover to cook.  Yum!  Thanks, CSA Member Christy!

Spring Onion These Walla Walla onions are sizing up and are simply delicious.  Their flavor becomes sweeter as cooked.

Green Garlic  We love having access to the freshly harvested, uncured garlic flavor and health benefits almost year-round.  We expect the scapes to show up on our hardneck garlic anytime now...

Florence Fennel This licorice-flavored bulb can be used raw or cooked.  For best shelf life, cut the bulb from the stalks to store separately.

French Breakfast Radish The mildest, sweeter of the radishes we grow.  If you haven't cooked radishes before, I'd recommend it.  Even folks who don't enjoy the spicy flavors of fresh radish will enjoy the sweet root flavor of roasted or sauteed radish roots.   Also store best with the roots removed from the tops.

Grapefruit From our home orchard, not our certified organic crop fields.  These are a CSA exclusive.

Vegetable Forecast: Romaine, Spinach, Collards, Beets, Leeks, Onions, Garlic

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: young spring bunching onions

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