June 10, 11, 12 & 13
More beautiful early season greens in the share this week! I'm loving these gorgeous heads of lettuce - the Romaine for crunchy Caesar salads and the buttery leaves of the Boston gently dressed in a light vinaigrette. We've harvested the next planting of red kale in its baby form, so it's perfect raw in salads. The plants grew faster than expected, so the red stems are a bit too long. Just snap off the stems and discard - they're too tough to eat. Also in the share this week is one of the most beautiful crops we grow...rainbow chard! You can eat the stems of these, of course, but they do need to cook for a bit longer than the leaves. I usually chop up the stems and throw them in my pan for a few minutes before adding the leaves. Try the recipe below -- it's a family favorite!
And finally, cilantro! I happen to LOVE cilantro, but I know that not everyone is a huge fan. Here are some ideas to use it in your cooking this week!
Salads - I throw in a handful of leaves (not stems) in our salads for added flavor.
Guacamole - A must ingredient for truly delicious, authentic guacamole!
Black Beans - Add a handful to your pot of black beans. It infuses it with wonderful flavor!
Chicken Soup - A terrific version with lots of garlic and cilantro! Try this recipe.
Grilled Halloumi with Lemon, Capers & Cilantro - Try my recipe below!
CSA STRAWBERRY UPDATE
Our strawberry crop is coming in, but it's been too wet to harvest for the CSA. Unfortunately, it looks like this week is going to be wet through Friday, so we probably won't be able to send out any berries until next week. We can't harvest them when there is any moisture in the air because they will start to rot immediately. As soon as we get a dry window, we will harvest them and send them out to our groups in batches. We aim to get them out to every member at some point during this month!
Our U-pick season started last Friday - completely unexpectedly! We will be open this coming Friday and Saturday, June 13 & 14 and the following week, June 20 & 21. Please note that our hours are 10am-6pm on Fridays and 9am-5pm on Saturdays. Closed Sunday-Thursday. We are monitoring the crop daily and we'll post a crop status update on our website and Facebook page, so please check there before heading out to the farm. (We do get very crowded on Saturdays, so your best bet is to come on Fridays or right when we open at 9am on Saturday to avoid the crowds!)
VISIT THE FARM!
Farm Tours are held every Saturday in June at 2pm starting this weekend! Free for CSA members and their families.
FARM WEATHER REPORT
It's been wet out here at the farm! We have to harvest for you rain or shine, so we were out there yesterday in the heavy rain harvesting the greens for today's share. It looks like the next dry break will come on Saturday, just in time for U-Pick strawberries again. Bring on the sun!
THIS WEEK IN THE SHARES
In a bag in the fridge...
Kale, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Arugula
Standing up in a jar of water (bouquet-style) in the fridge...