This Week's Harvest
June 22 delivery**
**Bi Weekly share members in A Week rotation. B Week Bi Weekly members, your next delivery will be on June 29th.
Lettuce Head: You will get a head of tender oak leaf lettuce; a variety called Panisse or a red buttercrunch called Alkindus We rinsed themtwice in cold water, but there is likely some lingering dirt; it has rained a lot and dirt splashes on and into the heads. To Clean: The best way to clean lettuce heads is to fill the sink with ice cold water. Remove each individual leaf, soak and clean them in the water and spin in a salad spinner or pat dry with a towel. If your lettuce head does get limp this process will freshen it up. To store: Put it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Do not put it directly into the refrigerator without bagging if first. It will dehydrate and wilt.
*Sugar Snap Peas: These are edible pea pods. Do not shell them, eat them in their entirety. Snap back the stem and pull the "string" down and off. Absolutely sugar sweet! They can be eaten raw, stir fried, sautéed, or lightly steamed. Store in the refrigerator in the bag they come in. Note: We had hoped to deliver a larger bag, but the pea plants just didn’t grow and yield as well as they have in past years. I blame it on the hot weather, peas don’t like such heat.
Garlic Scapes: The whimsical curly green crazy looking things. Known as stems, scapes, spears, or tops, these tender green "flowers" are the seedpod that forms on hard neck garlic plants in June. This delicious stalk has a taste that is milder than the garlic cloves, and has a broad spectrum of uses from soups to salads to garnishes. Add sautéed scapes to any dish that you would add garlic or onions. Garlic scapes store well in the refrigerator for a long time.
Potatoes: These potatoes were harvested last fall and have been stored at 38 degrees all winter and spring. Note: Some of them may look a bit old, but still taste great! Store them in your refrigerator. If you store them at room temperature they will quickly begin to sprout. When dormancy is broken by warming them up, they sprout, can be planted, and will grow into more potatoes. But you should eat them! We are delivering Oneida Gold.
Salad Mix: This mix contains 3 varieties of lettuce. We rinsed it three times in cold water, so it probably does not need to be rinsed again. To store: It may begin to suffer after a few days in the plastic bag it came in. To keep it very nice for a week or more I suggest a salad spinner which removes any excess water and allows you to store the salad mix in a perfect environment. You can also line a plastic bag with paper towels and put the salad mix in that. Basically, you don’t want to keep it in the bag because any excess water in the bag will be in constant contact with the leaves, causing them to go bad quickly. Store in the refrigerator.
Kohlrabi: For those of you unfamiliar with this tender, tasty, round member of the brassica family (the same family of which broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower are members) we hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s the vegetable that looks like an alien with antennae sticking up. It will be green or purple, we harvested both this week. We recommend eating it raw. There are recipes for cooking it, but they don’t do it justice. You must peel off the tough outer skin before eating it. Uses: Slice it and put it on a sandwich; eat it like a carrot stick, with or without dip; grate it onto a salad, eat it like an apple, use it in a slaw. If you really want to cook it, sauté grated kohlrabi in butter, add herbs or curry for enhanced flavor. Store in the refrigerator.
Scallions: These lovely green onions can be used raw or lightly cooked. Use the entire plant, white part and green part. Store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
Turnips: This white “salad turnip” is a variety called Hakurei. The flavor is great when you eat it raw; also delicious sautéed. It is sweet and fruity, and the texture crisp and tender. Fantastic on salads or as a snack. The dark green hairless tops can be eaten raw or lightly cooked. To store: Remove the turnips from their greens, store each separately in a plastic bag or other air-tight container. The greens are delicious steamed or sautéed; can be added to scrambled eggs, rice, or pasta.
*Partial Deliveries - items that might be in your share this week
Our farm is purely CSA (we do not sell at farmers market and do minimal wholesaling) so all of the produce we grow goes to you, our CSA members. We pack up to 1,000 shares each week. Some vegetables mature at the same time while others mature over an extended period of time. When we harvest a smaller quantity we do partial deliveries, meaning we deliver an item to some pick up sites one week and the other sites during the following weeks. We keep very close track of who gets what when. Fairness and equality are very important to us. So if you have a friend who picks up at a different site and you hear about something they received and you didn't, know you will receive it too. Let us know if you have any questions.
**Understanding A-WEEK an B-WEEK rotation
Some of the vegetables we grow are delivered just one time to each member. In order to organize this, each of our pick up sites is designated as either an A-Week or a B-Week site. The designation coincides with the week the Bi Weekly share is delivered to that site. When we deliver an item to an A-Week site only, that means all of the Weekly, Large and Bi Weekly shares at that site receive the item. The following week that item goes to the other sites. Everyone will receive the same variety of each vegetable or fruit we grow, but not necessarily in the same week.