Monday, July 9, 2012

CSA Newsletter: Week #3 - July 10 & 11

Hello members,
Here are the veggies you can expect at your pickup this week:
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • lettuce
  • garlic
Don't forget to bring bags or a box to the pickup and please wash your veggies before you eat them!

This drought is taking its toll on farmers in our area and thanks to our recently purchased (and very expensive) irrigation set-up, we haven't lost anything...yet.  Somehow, the weeds are still managing to grow taller than me.  Luckily, we have two great interns, Joséphine and Greg, and an eager volunteer/neighbour, Emily, giving us a hand with the weeding.  Rain would help to speed along the growth of our favourite plants but due to a lack of the wonderful live-saving stuff, we'll have to be patient and understanding while we wait for that first crop of tomatoes, peppers, beans and cucumbers to mature.

If you haven't tried kale chips or soup, you must this time!  Both are delicious and nutritious.  Kohlrabi is back again and can be eaten raw, sautéed, steamed, baked or roasted.  Here is the recipe I sent out last year for kohlrabi gratin and here is a link to a delicious recipe I found for kohlrabi remoulade.  Broccoli is another healthy veggie that is easy to prepare.  Eat it raw in salad or with a dip, steam or sauté it and serve with any meat dish, add to an omelet, frittata, curry, soup or stew.  Don't forget to use the stems in a coleslaw - just add apple, kohlrabi, carrots and a creamy dressing.  Carrots are on the menu once again.  Try cooking with them - if they last that long!  I'm guessing most of you ate them straight out of the bag last week!  The garlic is juicy and delicious right now.  You might find that you only need half of what is called for in a recipe because the typical grocery store garlic (usually from China) never has the same strength or flavour as our local organic garlic, freshly harvested.  Roasting your fresh garlic and spreading on toast is truly luxurious.  Try roasting all of your veggies this week (except the lettuce and kale, of course) and anything you might have leftover from last week.  Roasted vegetables tossed in a little olive oil, apple cider vinegar and herbs are simple yet delicious and can easily be the highlight of any meal.

Post any other ideas below.  We love trying new recipes!

Enjoy!
Team Luxy

2 comments:

  1. Here's an idea that includes the wonderful Ontario peaches which have just arrived in stores and markets !!
    http://thegoudalife.tumblr.com/post/26980513308/a-salad-to-salivate-grilled-kale-salad-with-peaches

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  2. Yum! Simple and delicious. Thanks for the link, Erin!

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