Weekly Weed Archive

Week Twelve

May 18, 2011

What’s In Your Harvest Basket This Week:

  • Hakurei Turnips
  • Shunkyo Radishes
  • Tokyo Bekana
  • Tatsoi
  • Pac Choi
  • Spring onions
  • Arugula
  • Gourmet Lettuce Mix
  • Butter Crunch (you pick)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach
  • Endive
  • Parsley
  • Easter Egg & French Breakfast Radishes

Ideas for Eating, Cutting, Cooking and Keeping the new Asian stuff:

Some fun new Asian items all excellent ,raw,wilted,cooked especially stir fried or in a recipe.

Turnips, Hakurei Turnips. Most people don’t associate the word “turnip” with ”sweet and buttery,” but Hakureis are just that. These turnips are best eaten raw to savor their texture and flavor, but they also saute up well with a little olive oil, salt and their own greens.Don’t toss those tops! They make great stir-fry greens. Give them a wash, chop them up, and cook them!If you want your turnips to last longer in the fridge, cut the tops off and store the roots in a Ziploc in the crisper.There is a recipe on the exchange that uses the tops, bottoms.

Shunkyo Radishes, from North China both sweet and hot.

Tokyo Bekana, you get two different vegetables (leaf and stem) for the effort of one. Tokyo Bekana is a Japanese version of Small Chinese Cabbage. It does taste like cabbage, however, and lacks the strong earthiness of other greens such as chard, spinach, or beets. The crunchy stalks are smooth and flat and bear a vague resemblance to celery minus grooves or strings, and they have a mild, juicy sweetness that suggests romaine lettuce.Although you can eat Tokyo Bekana raw, cooking enhances itconsiderably, and it is excellent for stir-fry and soup. It takes just a few minutes to cook to a crisp-tender texture. For stir-fries, there is nothing better its stems turn almost creamy after cooking. Substitute Tokyo Bekana in any recipe that calls for pac choi .

Tatsoi, Tat soi is a well loved Asian green that goes by many names including flat cabbage, rosette bok choy, and spoon cabbage. It’s a member of the brassica family which includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards, and kale. Tat soi is most often eaten raw in salads. It’s delicious in soups, or cooked (sauteed, boiled, or steamed) and served as an accompaniment to seafood, chicken, or tofu.We like to use it as a wilted green pouring a hot dressing over it or as a “spoon” for an appetizer.

 

Today is the last day for Spring Shares.What a bitter sweet day today is. Grateful we were successful and that it is over. Sad to think our paths might not ever cross again. You have become friends to us.

If you signed up for Summer keep your basket.If not please bring something to take home your last share and if you left a $5. deposit be sure to get that as well.

We could not time my husband coming home on Share day this time however he is bringing back those wonderful strawberries and lemons again. You may come out Saturday anytime all day or night to the farm and get a basket and some lemons they are part of your share.Go in the back door the one facing east,it is our seedling room and there is a fridge there.We will be at the Farmers Markets that day so just walk in. Springdales will be in their basket & St George if you come by the market we will have your strawberries and lemons there for you.Several of you asked about getting more to freeze can or jam with.They are $24 a flat,$15 for a half of a flat or $ 2.50 a basket not certified organic but they do not spray.There are 12 of those green little baskets that strawberries use to come in they even say product of the USA! Each basket is almost a lb. I HAVE to know by noon THURSADY if and how many you want!

In that same fridge for the next 2 weeks will be for sale: Goat Milk,Goat Yogurt,Cow Keifer, Cow Milk ,cottage cheese,butter,and a variety of cheese from both Jack Rabbit Ranch and Nature Hills. Prices are listed there is a money jar and it is an honor system .You can come 24hrs a day 6 days a week.We ask that no one come on Sunday.

MEAT,on the list to do….

MAY DAY, which we do not have on May Day ,May 1 but really have a day in May in hopes of better weather.Not so this year and after Spring Day in a blizzard we decided that even if it does not rain Saturday the mud around here would not be fun.

So here is the Summer schedule: First Share, June 1,( farm pick up),Springdale June 4. No farm pick up on June 8th please come on Saturday June 11th for A DAY IN MAY IN JUNE! We will still deliver to Springdale that day but would rather you visit the farm.We will still have a may pole.If we are not full we will do sign ups for shares so bring anyone you know who might be interested.

Thank You again and again for allowing us the opportunity to grow something as important as what you and your family eat.We will miss those of you who are not returning. If it is because you are moving we wish you a safe journey.If it is because you are growing your own we wish you a bounty harvest. Please call if you have questions or need help with your garden.

With gratitude,

Lynn,Symbria, and Sara

 

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