April 10, 2013

What's in the box this week?

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

Bloomsdale Spinach This is a new crop of sweet spring Spinach.  Bloomsdale is a large savoy (wrinkled) leaf variety known for its sweet flavor.  It is great for cooking, though it can also be chopped for fresh spinach salads.  Store in its plastic bag, in your crisper, and use within 3 or 4 days.

Sun-Stalk Celery Our flavor-full unblanched celery.  The folks at Dopo served the stalks and leaves braised with sun-dried tomatoes, pistachios, and mackerel - wow!  You could do a home imitation with your sun-dried sweet peppers (maybe soaked in warm water and a light vinegar mixture to simulate the acidity of a tomato) and whatever nuts and fish you have access to.  

Tadorna Leeks Leeks are in the garlic and onion family.  Their taste and use approximates a mild onion.  Just like our garlic and onion, I tend to eat the bottoms and boil the tops into stocks.  The leeks, celery, and garlic would make a great combination this week for a soup base and stock.  Also, fried leeks are a nice addition to sauteed spinach or kale (back next week!).

Green Garlic This field is turning the corner from green garlic to young bulbs.  Slice the bottom bulb horizontally to reveal the young cloves.  SInce it is not dried and cured, there is no paper to bother with - just pure garlicky goodness.

Sun-Dried Sweet Peppers Our exclusive Pepperoni di Senise sweet pepper from Italy, dried in the field on racks for three weeks last summer.  Dried sweet peppers are less common than dried hot peppers, at least in the US, but their flavor adds a great depth to winter and spring dishes.  You can rehydrate them, flake them into oils, or grind them into a sweet pepper flake for color and flavor accents to soups and sautees.  

Vegetable Forecast: Spinach or Romaine, Kale or Collards, Radish, Fennel, Garlic, Onion

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: lettuce transplants ready for the field: another red butterhead and green romaine

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