April 24, 2013

What’s in the box this week?

Bloomsdale Spinach  We’ve bulked you up on a big pound bag of this savoy spinach.  Enjoy it, as our last spring plantings are winding down - just in time for this unseasonably hot weather.  We’ve had warm weather (15-20 degrees above seasonal averages) combined with steady 20-40 mph winds on the farm for almost two weeks. The hot, dry weather makes it feel like summer already.

Little Gem Lettuces The last planting of this lettuce variety, we’ve included 3-4 hearts of little gems in the box this week.  Use their crunchy, blanched, dense, hearts for a crisp, refreshing salad.  Perhaps with shaved or braised beets?

Bunched Beets  After a lost direct-seeding early winter, our bunched roots are back from a late winter planting.  Beets are in the same family as spinach and chard, and their tops should be used as you would chard.  The sweet roots can be shaved raw, steamed, boiled, baked or roasted (my favorite).  Store the roots and tops separately for longest shelf life.

Spring Onion  These Walla Walla’s are sizing up quite nicely and their sweet flavors are shining through.  Use everything below the neck just like you would dry onions. 

Green Garlic  The onion/garlic combo gives you everything you need to flavor any dish with healthful, delicious, uncured alliums.

Preserve (for members with preserve shares): crushed roma tomato

Vegetable Forecast: baby salad mix, kale/collards, carrots, beets, onions, garlic

Sauerkraut goes from oak barrel to jar this week! Come see us at market, or, visit the Online Market to have a jar (or three!) delivered with your box next week.  Since this is a live lacto-ferment, our supply is limited. 

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: our spring/summer new potato plantings are enjoying the heat

potatoes spring.jpg