The moment we have been waiting for is finally here: the first CSA harvest of the season! The farm crew has been working hard all spring in all sorts of weather and our fields are filling up with veggies.
this week's share:
a potted herb for you to plant at home
Depending on your household or the people you share meals with you could have a few whopping big salads with all your veggies this week or you can divide up your goodies into several individual dishes.
Salad turnips: if these are new to you are they are quite different than what you might think of as a typical turnip - or fall storage turnip. These are quite tender and can be eaten raw, unpeeled and naturally you can also eat the greens. If you'd like to cook these I suggest to give them a light saute in some butter and keep them al dente. Have you ever cooked radishes? Add those to the pan too if you like. Cooked radishes have less bite than raw ones. You could add a little thyme and green garlic as well!
Green garlic: Our true garlic harvest won't happen until July, but sometimes one just can't wait! As you cut these open you'll notice that the skins haven't fully formed around the cloves like you are used to. That happens as the garlic matures. Then as it cures the skin becomes dry and papery.
One of my first priorities with this week's haul is the long awaited for arugula salad. I'l make a green garlic and thyme dressing by chopping about 1 tablespoon each, adding a tablespoon of dijon mustard, a teaspoon of honey and about 1/3 c sherry vinegar and 2/3 cup olive oil. Salt and pepper of course, yes even in salad dressing. A good shake in a mason jar and you've got salad dressing to last your week.
Salad mix: You'll become very familiar with this, our favorite variety of mixed lettuces, over the coarse of the season. We'll also have plenty of head lettuce as well and perhaps a few additions to our salad mix to keep it fun and interesting.
Eggs: Arugula frittata anyone? Yes please! Try this recipe. We won't have eggs in the share as a regular occurrence but you'll see them every once in a while. Mostly we want to get you hooked on these beautiful pasture-raised eggs. Our chickens are new to us this year and we're really excited to have another layer of diversity on the farm.... pun intended? You'll have the opportunity to buy the weekly at share pick up.
We'll also have a few herbs to choose from for you to take home and plant in your own garden or keep in a pot on your patio so you can join in on the growing fun!
We're to looking forward to feeding you this week!