Weekly Weed Archive

Week Two

June 30, 2010

What’s In Your Basket This Week?

  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli ( Sorry only enough in the Full Share baskets)
  • Kale (Tuscan heirloom)
  • Kale (Scotch)
  • Butter Crunch Lettuce
  • Romaine Leaves
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Peas (Early Frosty and Little Marvel)
  • Snow Peas
  • Carrots with tops ( these guys are huge)
  • Bean Sprouts

Ideas for Eating,Cutting,Cooking and Keeping:

Cauliflower

These are past there prime. We suggest cooking them. Blanched or steamed would be better then saute . They are still full of flavor,probably too much flavor,spicy!

Refrigerate in an open plastic bag.

Broccoli

Steam them lightly and eat them with a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt and a little splash of cider or balsamic vinegar. Yum!

Refrigerate in an open plastic bag or in a sealed bag I have had success both ways.

Lacinato Kale

Do not be afraid even if you have never tasted or used Kale and only seen it as garnish on the Chuck A Rama salad bar ! Try a new recipe there are so many excellent ones and easy to find online under one of its many names.

Also known as cavolo nero (“black cabbage”), Tuscan kale, Italian kale, dinosaur kale, black kale or flat black cabbage, lacinato kale goes by many names. I like to think that’s because this particular kale has earned itself an honored place in many different culinary traditions around the world. Its glory season is Fall as the days get shorter and the nights get colder little by little, the sugars begin to come up in the kale, and yes for once when we get a frost it will be helpful and be the best tasting kale ! But since we have such cold Springs we wanted to see how it would do.

A few tidbits of kale trivia:

  • Kale is a form of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head.
  • Kale is the hardiest vegetable on the farm, withstanding (and in fact, improving with) hard freezes.
  • During World War II, the U.K. launched its own kale crusade via the Dig for Victory campaign (similar to the U.S.’ victory gardens). The vegetable was easy to grow and provided important nutrients that were in short supply due to rationing.
  • Because kale can grow well into winter, one variety is called ‘Hungry Gap’ – named for the winter months when precious other crops are available to harvest.
  • In Scotland, kale was such a staple in the traditional diet that the word “kale” in dialect Scots is synonymous with food. To be “off one’s kail” is to feel too ill to eat.

– steamed, sautéed, in soup, or raw. Store in the fridge in plastic bag.

We need everyones in put on this. Please submit and respond to new recipes!

Scotch Kale: An older more used type.

Use the same way as the Lacinato.

Butter Crunch

We suggested not letting your greens get soggy as that has been my experience. A share holder said”last year I waited and my lettuce wilted.I put it in ice and water and it crisped up and lasted a week!” Maybe it depends on the green or lettuce? Go figure.

Romain Lettuce

Make a homemade Ceaser. Yes, I have an excellent recipe. Now to type it in the exchange!

Snow Peas

These pods are meant to be eaten whole,no need to shell! Just a few to eat raw or excellent stir fried.

Bean Sprouts

These guys would be best in a stir fry.Store in the fridge in a bag.Keep rinsing if not used right away

Thanks to Abe, the Recipe Exchange is up and working as long as I am not the one entering. I will. I will. I just hope those of you who have made and told me about the recipes you have and are better at the computer then I will share. Carrot top soup from Tara???

Update/change for cheese share: They (Jack Rabbit Ranch) intended it to be about $4.75 per week. When the cheese is a soft cow milk cheese, he will make it a pound instead of a half pound. As the summer goes on, there will also be hard cheeses that would cost $12 or more per pound at the farmers market. So it will cost less to have a share.Do the math considerably less and besides tasting great it looks so good in your basket! Local works so well, you said what you thought and he changed it.We received double the cheese this week in our share.Try that at Wall Mart!

PICK UP Wednesdays from 12 to 2 or earlier if you tell us?Bring back your basket,jar and carton. I will post this Tuesday night as a reminder.

Thankful for the celebration of Independence Day. We are free enough to still own land , grow, buy and sell how we choose.

Provecho!

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