Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Week 1 - CSA Newsletter 2014

It's finally here!  The time has come!  And rather quickly, I might add.  Let's get to it!
Here is your list of veggies for this week:
  • Garlic scapes * fleur d'ail
  • Hakurei turnips * navets Hakurei
  • Radishes * radis
  • Lettuce mix * mélange de laitues
  • Bok choy
  • Kohlrabi * chou-rave
  • Onions * oignons
Food saving tip: refrigerate all of the above in plastic bags tied shut, including the fresh onions because they have not been cured.

The garlic scape is the flower of a garlic plant.  It has a tender stalk and lovely garlicy flavour.  The scape is harvested so the energy can go into the bulb rather than into reproducing.  By August, the garlic plant will be ready to harvest and cure but you'll receive fresh garlic long before then.  In the meantime, enjoy your scapes chopped into any recipe requiring garlic, for example, pesto, hummus, salad dressings, pasta dishes, omelettes, you name it.  For a quick, tasty snack, drizzle whole scapes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.  Any longer and they start to lose their flavour and become too crispy.
Hakurei turnips are sweet and crunchy.  They can be eaten raw in salads or on sandwiches, sauteed, caramelized or roasted.  Grate your turnips into coleslaw and rösti (potato pancakes) and even eat the leaves in a salad or soup!
Radishes are great raw in salads, grated into coleslaw, sliced for sandwiches and as our intern Rebecca did, roasted with maple syrup! 
Lettuce mix is a blend of tender baby lettuces of various shapes and colours.
Bok choy is an Asian green with crunchy thick stalks.  It is best sauteed with garlic scapes, butter or oil and a splash of soy sauce or sesame oil, or added to pastas and soups.
Kohlrabi is a funny-looking bulb that must be peeled to reveal the tender, edible insides.  Once peeled, the core can be grated into salads and coleslaws, sliced for sandwiches or sauteed.  Many of us here on the farm, bite into and eat them like apples!  Try this member-recommended recipe 'Kohlrabi with White Sauce' or this 'Oven-braised Kohlrabi Gratin'.
These onions were a pleasant surprise - I found them in last year's garden where they had overwintered.  The stalk is quite woody but the bulbs are entirely edible!  It will be awhile before our fresh planting of onions is ready so enjoy this first taste!  Caramelized onions and turnips is a must-try!

Enjoy your first week of the CSA and please look through the recipe tabs for more cooking ideas.  Send me your favourite recipes so I can add them to the website or post them below.  Email me if you have questions or concerns.  A farmer will be at your pickup to help you identify items new to your cooking repertoire.
 Bok choy
Lettuce mix
 Hakurei turnips (they look pink from the red market canopy but they're actually white)
 Garlic scapes
 Purple kohlrabi
 Green kohlrabi
Happy cooking!

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