Main Season 2018 CSA – Week # 5 – Distribution for 06/26/18

CSA 2018 – WEEK #5

June 25, 2018

Summer is here, school is out and your farmers grew you a box of gorgeous vegetables this week!  Now that we’re about a month into the growing season, you’ll see that the shares are bulking up nicely.  If you’re new to the CSA, I have just one word for you….carrots.  Farmer Matt is famous for these carrots, which are buttery and sweet and taste absolutely nothing like any other carrot in the world.  Enjoy the sunshine and all this beautiful produce, friends!

THIS WEEK IN THE SHARES…

Kohlrabi – This is the green and purple bulb with leaves you’ll find in your box.  What to do with it?  Anything!  Just peel it first — the bulb is the part you eat, although the leaves are perfectly edible too.  After peeling, I often just slice them and sprinkle with sea salt to enjoy raw.  You can braise them (recipe below), slice and grill them (which I’ve heard is great!), add them to soups or make a slaw.  You can’t go wrong..the flavor is juicy and sweet and mild. >>How to prep kohlrabi from the Kitchn
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked or Raw  When to use:Within 5 days.  

Toscano Kale – The perfect, sturdy kale for steaming and tossing with lemon juice, olive oil, fresh pressed garlic and sea salt.  Simple and delicious!  
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked or Raw  When to use:Within 5 days.  

Red Romaine Lettuce – Have you ever tried grilling lettuce?  This hearty Romaine is perfect for it.  Recipe below.  Also fabulous in a Caesar salad!  
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked or Raw  When to use:Within 5 days.  

Golden Beets – We all know about red beets, but these are special.  They are very hard to germinate, so when they do, and we have enough to harvest for you, we’re all singing YAY!!!!! Beets are another two-for-one veg because the beet greens are super delicious! Cook them like spinach.  The roots are great roasted or boiled and then sliced in salads or served warm.  You can shave or grate them raw in salads.  So sweet and tender this time of year!  
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Separate the roots from the greens first. Uses: Cooked or Raw  When to use: Within 5 days.  

Carrots –  So good, just eat them as-is!  Everyone asks about the tops.  I personally choose to compost them.  You can eat them if you really (really)  want to. 
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Separate the greens from the tops. Uses:Raw! or Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.  

Napa Cabbage – This is the perfect cabbage for summer cabbage salads!  Try one of the recipes below.
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked or Raw  When to use:Within 5 days.  

Blueberries – These are a treat!  We buy these blueberries from our friends at Little Buck Organics, a family blueberry farm in New Jersey and put them into the shares for you because #1, we love blueberries and #2, we love you.  So enjoy them!  
Storage: In airtight storage in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked or Raw  When to use:Within 5 days.  

RECIPES

Grilled Romaine Lettuce
Braised Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi Slaw with Cilantro, Chile and Lime
Napa Cabbage Salad with Almonds 
Stir Fried Napa Cabbage
Kale with Goat Cheese and Toasted Crumbs

QUICK NO-RECIPE IDEAS
Kohlrabi slices with sea salt
Blueberries in a bowl
Carrot sticks!

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