Thursday, June 27, 2013

Harvest #5

This week in the box:

braising mix (chard, mustard greens, orach– like spinach)
peas OR pasta sauce herb bundles

lettuce.... radishes.... cilantro... all good taco ingredients!

And don't forget, next week pick-up will be on friday the 5th, so I can get outta dodge for doomsday.  I mean independence day.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Harvest #4

Hard to believe it's been a month of CSA already!  Here's to many more!

In the box this week:
mustard greens
salad mix (lettuces and arugula)
peas OR pasta sauce herb bundle (it'll swap next week)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Harvest #3

It's classic June in Portland today: cold and wet.  The rain soaked me during harvest this morning, but the plants couldn't be happier.  A good boost of sunlight followed by a nice soak works wonders on the crops and things are looking good!

In the box this week:

asian greens
peas OR garlic

I like to use the greens (beet, mustards, kale) as the base for a palak paneer-style  curry dish:

Blanch the greens and set aside.  Sautee onions, garlic, ginger, and serano pepper. Once the onions are translucent, add tumeric, cumin, and garam masala.  (Start with 1/2 tsp increments and add more depending on your preference.)  Add about 3/4 c diced tomatoes.  Stir well!  Puree your blanched and cooled greens and add them.  Lastly add a half cup or so of cream or coconut milk.  Salt to taste! 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Harvest #2

This week in the box:

peas OR green garlic (half of you got peas and half got garlic– it'll swap next week)
tiny radish bunches

While I was harvesting garlic this morning, I was breathing in their strong smell and I kept thinking about ginger!  A perfect pairing!  I feel like most of you know how to use these veggies, but I'll throw out some suggestions anyway.

Arugula- obvs makes a great spicy salad!  One of my favorite ways to use arugula is to put a small handful on top of a hot pile of risotto or pasta.  Or use it as a bed for a sumptuous piece of fish.  It create a great taste and consistency spectrum the way it half-wilts/half-stays fresh as you're eating.

Kale- stewed or braised is a great way to eat kale.  I like to cook it down with a little bit of tamari.