Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CSA for July 27, 2010

There's so much to say, I almost don't know where to start! We're really excited this week; this is the best share yet, with lots of variety. First, did you notice the comments from last week CSA post? Yoko shared some fabulous (like, really fabulous!!) ways she's using some of the veggies. We hadn't even thought about grilling the Oriental greens - awesome. Check out the comments from last week, really. Go now! And please, do jump on there to share any of your cooking/preserving/serving ideas.

Our CSA partners have made a huge contribution to this weeks' share. Linda Boys has sent along spinach, tatsoi, kale, snow peas and summer turnip. If you're not familiar with kale, it's the dark, curly one. It's a super nutritious food - one of the few greens with good calcium levels, among other healthy things. It can be eaten raw or cooked like Spinach or Chard. It would be great in a stirfry with the tatsoi and the snow peas. Summer turnip is not the big yellow things in the supermarket all winter. It's a light, crispy guy, excellent raw, sliced thin into salads or used for a veggie dip. It could also be used in a stirfry!

Our Farmers Market buddy Hugh Moffat came through with carrots this week. Ours are poking along and his are fabulous, so he dug enough for a good bundle for everyone. Thanks, Hugh! And our neighbours Ed and Amanda Wiebe brought the beets. You all know, I hope, that the beet leaves are excellent and nutritious. We steam them like Chard, but you could also slice them into a stirfry!

We've included our Spicy Mesclun mix. This has some very tasty additions like arugula, cilantro and some members of the horseradish family. If you see something like parsley - proceed with caution! The cilantro is the ferny looking stuff. We've also including some 'Grand Rapids' leaf lettuce, so you can 'water' down your Spicy Mesclun, if needed!

So, for the FULL SHARES: 2 bags 'Sangria' red potatoes, 1 bag green beans, 1 bag mixed yellow and purple beans (the purples cook up green!), large bag snow peas, 2 summer turnip, 1 bag Msclun mix, 1 bag 'Grand Rapids', 1 Romanesque summer squash, 1 zucchini, 2 bunches carrots, 1 bundle beets, 1 bag kale, 1 tatsoi and 2 pints 'Red Mammoth' raspberries.

For the PART SHARES: 1 bag 'Sangria' red potatoes, 1 bag green beans, 1 bag mixed yellow and purple beans (the purples cook up green), 1 summer turnip, 1 small bag snow peas, 1 bag Mesclun mix, 1 bag 'Grand Rapids' lettuce, 1 bag spinach, 1 bundle carrots, 1 zucchini, 1 tatsoi and a pint of 'Red Mammoth' raspberries.

Enjoy!! Any questions about what something is or how to use it, email us or post a comment on this blog post!

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