Last week brought us freezing overnight temps, this week we are roasting like a broiler chicken on a spit! Everything is growing like it’s July, though. Big tomatoes are setting on the maters and peppers are sizing up. In mid-June! Here’s hoping the greens and peas can withstand the heat this week and don’t frizzle out on us too soon. Speaking of which, you know the only problem with snap peas???
…there’s NEVER enough!
This week, though, they are joined by their lovely cousin, the snow pea. Ah, deliciousness, whether cut into slivers and sprinkled over a salad, chicken or egg salad, or sandwich or sauteed up by themselves with scapes or with a passel of other veggies.
SWAPS: There is a spot on the farmstand fridge labeled swaps where you can trade something in your basket with someone else. Leave something — take something!
Here are the contents of your share basket this week:
- arugula (I kept this separate from your salad greens so that you can add it according to your liking.)
- bok choy
- garlic scapes — chop and garnish salads, pastas, pizzas with them fresh or sauteed.
These are the flower stems of garlic, and have a milder flavor than bulb garlic.
- Kale, Lancinato/Dinosaur or Winterbor Curly
- napa cabbage
- mixed salad greens
- raab – Raab is wonderful sauteed (with eggs is my fav), roasted, steamed or grilled in a foil packet with EVOO.)
- radishes, Easter Eggers (I love these best as an appetizer just dipped in salt and CRUNCHED)
- sugar snap peas
- snow peas
- Arugula Pesto Wheat Berry Salad – one of my fav recipes, from a fav blogger
- Spicy Napa Cabbage Slaw w/Cilantro Dressing:http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Spicy-Napa-Cabbage-Slaw-with-Cilantro-Dressing-243168
(try substituting garlic scapes for the scallions)
–this is one of my favorite slaws/salads to bring to gatherings. It’s supposed to be a little wilty, so it can store overnight, and it’s different — people love it!
- my go-to snack when craving crunch and salt: Kale Chips! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/melissa-darabian/crispy-kale-chips-recipe/index.html
- If you can resist eating them raw, check out Eating Well’s recipes for snow and snap peas: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/quick_snow_pea_and_snap_pea_recipes
- Or for heartier fare, use The Pioneer Woman Cooks (another favorite food blogger) recipe for Beef and Snow Peas: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/10/beef-with-snow-peas/
- TIP: The easiest way to use up leftover veggies or greens = a fritatta!
Serve it up with a toasted slice of Echo Bend artisan bread slathered with sweet cream honey.
Do you have a favorite recipe? I always welcome you to share your favorite recipes using ingredients from your share baskets. That’s part of what belonging to a community farm is about!
COMING UP: bok choy and…?
TIPS: Angelic Organics has a handy guide for how to store various kinds of produce: http://www.angelicorganics.com/Vegetables/vegetablescontent.php?contentfile=vegstorage
Remember to bring your share bag/basket/box back at pick-up time next Wednesday!!