Summer is officially here! Your CSA share this week contains the following:
1/2 lb bag of salad mix
1/4 lb bag of arugula -OR- 1 bunch of Red Russian kale
1 head of lettuce
1 head of Napa cabbage -OR- 1 head of bok choy
1 bunch of French Breakfast radishes
3/4 lb of sugar snap peas -OR- 1 pint of strawberries -OR- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 bunch of herbs: Sage -OR- Oregano -OR- Basil
1 bunch of garlic scapes
Bread shareholders received a loaf of Honey Oatmeal bread this week, a dense loaf perfect for toasting and featuring Maine-grown organic oats and local honey!
The plethora of choices this week reflects the strength of the growing season so far. In other words, everything is happening at once! We have so many things starting to come in…greenhouse tomatoes, snap peas, snow peas, scallions, garlic scapes, etc. and things like salad greens and strawberries are peaking. Good news all around! Garlic scapes are new this week, and if you’re unfamiliar with them, you’re in for a treat. The scape is actually the stem and undeveloped flower of the garlic plant. Plucking them off before they flower directs the plant’s energies back down into the ground to form large, well-developed heads, and the scapes themselves are delicious. They taste like garlic but are much milder than the cloves. Garlic scapes can be chopped up raw and used in salads, or sauteed with pasta or in a stir fry…they can essentially be used for anything you would normally use garlic cloves for. Our favorite: garlic scape pesto. Bok choy is another asian veggie, and it is excellent in stir fries. Kohlrabi is one of the stranger veggies you’ll see, out of this world both in appearance and taste. Try it grated raw in salads or as part of a slaw. We love to shred it and sautee it for 10-15 minutes with butter and fresh sage.
Enjoy your veggies and don’t forget that our next potluck is tomorrow night, Wednesday 6/23, from 6 – 8 PM. Come on over and bring a dish to share. As always, we will try to eat outside, weather permitting, and get a bonfire going if inspiration hits. Bring along chairs and/or blankets for eating and lounging. Musical instruments are also encouraged!