Let’s Begin! CSA Week #1

Welcome to the 2012 Wild Goose Farm CSA!  All the crazy weather this spring has kept me guessing when the CSA would start. Now here we are in June and the crops are ready to go! I know many, if not all of you, have been aching for these fresh veggies. Well, ache no more.

Since this is the first week let me explain how these blog/newsletters are going to work. First there will be a short story about what’s happening on the farm. That’s what you’re reading right now. Next will come a list of what is in the box with some storage and preparation tips. The recipe section will follow. The titles of the recipes are linked to their respective websites. So just click on the recipe title and a new window should pop up with the recipe. It’s as simple as that.

If you want to be emailed as soon as I write a new post, you can do that by clicking a link on the left hand sidebar. I will also be sending you an email with a link to the post. Enjoy those veggies!

What’s in the Box:

Broccoli- These smallish heads of broccoli are due to the funky spring weather we’ve been having. They make a great snack or addition to your salads!

Salad Mix- A baby mix of lettuce greens. Store in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel in the refrigerator.

Scallions- great for stir fries, salads, pretty much anything.

Spinach-In spite of the weather we’re having a great spinach crop right now. Check out the burrito recipe below that includes spinach! Place a damp paper towel in the bag to keep fresh.

Carrots- These carrots are from my hoophouse and so are much earlier than my other plantings. Amazingly sweet! They’ll be gone before you know it.

Napa Cabbage- This is the tall, white-stemmed vegetable with the curly greens. It’s my favorite kind of cabbage. There is a slaw recipe and a grill recipe below. Both are great. Store in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel in the refrigerator.

Hakurei Turnips- Those aren’t white radishes in you box, those are a Japanese turnip. They are sweety and nutty with little to no heat at all. Eat them like a radish for snacks, in salads, or add them to a stir fry.

Garlic Scapes- These are the funny green curliques in your box. The are the flower stalk from the garlic plant. Not only are they whimsical, they are also edible! Use them just like scallions. They’ll add a garlic flavor to any dish. See below for an excellent bean dip featuring the scapes!

Cilantro- The fragrant bunch of greens in your box is the cilantro. Try it in the recipes below or add it to any dish to liven it up!

Pea Shoots- A fun addition to any salad or sandwich. These shoots have a lovely pea flavor.

Recipe Ideas:

White Bean and Garlic Scapes Dip– from the NY Times, an amazing dip. Believe me, it’s amazing. Go make it right now.

Spicy Napa Cabbage Slaw with Cilantro Dressing– from Epicurious.com; you can omit the pepper if heat is not your thing. Also, add some shredded carrots to brighten up the dish!

Chicken Burritos with Black Beans, Spinach and Cilantro– from Cookthink.com; healthy burritos!? FYI-there is only 1/2 lb  of spinach in your box this week so the servings will be a little smaller than the recipe.

Grilled Napa Cabbage with Chinese Mustard Glaze and Scallions– from MarthaStewart.com; feeling the need to grill with this wonderful weather? Why not try this recipe?

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