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CSA 2013 - Week #6

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In the Box

Radicchio - 1 head
Kohlrabi - 3 pieces
Zucchini - 3-4 pieces
Green Romaine Lettuce - 1 small head
Red Romaine Lettuce - 1 small head
Swiss Chard  - 1 bunch
Cipolini Onions - 1 bunch

FRUIT SHARE

Rhubarb
Blueberries

Notes from the Farmhouse Kitchen

I was so happy to smell the Cipolini Onions in the barn yesterday!  They're a beautiful early variety, aka "Little Onion" in Italian, best eaten caramelized in a dish or simply roasted in the oven.  (See recipe below.)  Over the weekend, we grilled up the Kohlrabi and Zucchini with a delicious parsley sauce courtesy of Yotum Ottolenghi. (Recipe below.)  I was surprised by just how good the kohlrabi was on the grill!  And I just can't get enough of the grilled (or seared) Radicchio -- can you?  I've hoarded about 6 heads of it in my fridge so I can enjoy it every night for dinner.  A little overkill?  Perhaps, but I only get to enjoy it a few weeks every year!  The Romaine Lettuce is so crisp and sweet.  I think a nice cool Caesar salad is on the dinner menu one night this week.  -Maggie

This week's Recipes

Seared Radicchio with Mozzarella
Roasted Cipolini Onions
Mixed Grill with Zucchini and Kohlrabi

 

News from the Farm

Another week of hot dry weather means a lot of irrigation here on the farm.  It also means that our summer crops are growing like crazy, which is good news for you melon, tomato, and eggplant lovers...  Did I mention zucchini lovers?  I know there are many of you out there who are thrilled to see them make their first appearance in this week's share.  Zucchini plants don't know when enough is enough, and they produce heavily for weeks on end.  We have to pick the same field every day to keep up with them -- they grow that fast!

In other news, our new potato digger arrived from Italy (via PA).  It's a beauty - much smaller than our previous digger, but more convenient to harvest with just a few people.  It gets hitched to the back of the tractor and 2-4 workers stand on the back sorting through the freshly dug potatoes.  We can't wait to see it in action in just a few short weeks!

And my lavender field is in bloom right now.  (Thank you, dear husband farmer for planting it for me.)  I always wished for a lavender field to call my own...

Wishing you all a happy week - stay cool!  Stephen should be back here next week with more updates from the farm. -Maggie

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