Week 2, 2011

Enjoy your fresh salads!

Harvest Newsletter, June 2011
Week 2 of 18

Greetings, Members!

Farm News:  Harvest for week two will be similar to week one.  Peas are new this week as well as holey arugula!  This week’s harvest of arugula is quite holey due to many very little beetles that feed in the fields.  This is the first year we planted arugula and we quickly learned that it is another crop that next year will need to be covered with row cover ASAP.  As for this year it is still really tasty despite the tiny holes.  The first harvest of spring mix and arugula was from the greenhouse, and protected from the elements and almost dirt free.  In order to keep it fresher we will most likely harvest spring mix and arugula and not rinse it from the field so you will notice a bit of dirt on the greens.  The rest of the produce does get dunked in cold water to remove the field heat and most soil.  Lastly, we are thankful for great drainage in the fields!

Extra/Exchange Box: The way it will work is that each week we will harvest some extra produce that there is an abundance of in the field.  We will put this produce in the exchange box to get the ball rolling and give an option to those who pick up first.  If there is something you know your family eats little (or none) of, you could then donate it to the extra/exchange box and then take something out that you have more of a preference for. For example, someone may not like tomatoes but really likes kale or vice-versa. This is a new option at our sites, so any feedback is appreciated.

Important Reminders:  Regardless of the harvest pickup times, check out the website for the weekly newsletter and previous ones – www.livinglandfarm.com I will do my best to share information about what we anticipate to harvest and ways to use the produce each week.

Share Box Logistics: Remember to pick up your share box during the designated times.
Farm: Mondays 4:00-7:00
Coop: Mondays and Thursdays 3:30-7:00
Mankato: Thursdays 4:00-7:00
Each membership will have 2 boxes. Each time you pick up your share box, please remember to return and exchange your empty box clean.

This week’s harvest and some tips:  Salads and more salads…red and green head lettuce, rainbow chard, garlic scapes, cilantro, spinach, spring mix, holey arugula, kale lacinato and regular, beet greens, radishes, and kohlrabi.  A great way to use the greens in a salad. To get protein add cooked, chilled garbanzo beans or cubed up pieces of ham – our favorite is from Prairie Pride (grass fed and raised in Minnesota).  The garlic scapes, which look like green onions but smell like garlic, are great raw and sliced up.  They make a great addition to any salad made with greens or add it to a pasta dish.  The kohlrabi is very tasty. The greens are also edible and very nutritious. Or simply eat the kohlrabi as you would an apple, or sliced up with a dash of sea salt of you choose.

Storage:  The greens store best in a sealed container for about one week in the crisper.  As mentioned last week, if you like to add apples, peas or tomatoes to your salads, store them in separate containers from the greens as they give off a gas that shortens the freshness of the produce.  Radishes store longer in a sealed container with the stems removed (radish leaves are also edible).  Interested in freezing kale for later use in soups or pasta this winter …chop it up and put it in a container that is freezer safe and remember to label it.

Recipe of the Week:
Lupita’s Green Dip (measurements are approximate, a simplified version of spinach/artichoke dip, and Lupita’s favorite lately) is finely chopping lacinato kale, spinach, chard, beet greens, or kohlrabi (about 4 cups total of the greens – one or all, you decide) mixed with a 1/3 or more of the Italian Cream Cheese Spread (available in the deli at the Food Coop), and about ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese.  If you prefer a richer dip, add 1-2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.  Season with garlic and sea salt to taste.

For visuals if something is unfamiliar in your share box/harvest newsletter check out:
www.highmowingseeds.com (the column on the left side of the website provides a list of vegetables, etc)
www.johnnyseeds.com (Product Index)
www.seedsavers.org (scroll to the bottom, and click on Helpful Links)

Happy eating! ~ Lupita & Adam

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