Week 2, 2012

Kohlrabi!

Harvest Newsletter, June 2012
Week 2 of 18

Greetings, Members!

Farm News: Those members who were with us last season will remember the trouble we had with vine borers in the winter squash.   It was a painful learning experience for us with an almost total loss of the crop.  The vine borer lays eggs at the base of the plant, the eggs hatch and bore their way into the vine and eat their way through the stem slowly killing the plant.  So, this year we came up with the plan to cover the squash (and also the cukes and zucchini…they like these too) with row cover to provide a physical barrier to the vine borer moth.

We also are keeping an active eye out for the moths and kill them when we see them.  I’m VERY HAPPY to announce that so far so good!!  We have killed (with our hands) around 30-35 vine borers so far and the susceptible plants were covered long before the emergence of the borer.  Lets all think positive thoughts that things continue to go well.  Quickly in other news, the High Tunnel tomatoes and cukes look great but the field tomatoes are struggling because of the rain.  The onions are coming on strong, as are the broccoli and cauliflower.  Happy Eating!!   -Farmer Adam

This week’s harvest includes: Swiss Chard (Rainbow Improved), Beet Greens (Early Wonder Tall Top), Green Lettuce (Waldman’s), Red Lettuce (New Red Fire), Salad Mix (Gourmet), Arugula (Surrey), Peas (Sugar Ann), Kohlrabi (Kolibiri and Korribor – purple or light green bulb), Green Kale (Ripbor and Winterbor), Lacinato Kale (Lacinato and Toscano), Cilantro (Santo), Dill (Greensleeves), Basil (Genovese), and Cucumbers (Tasty Jade), Radishes, and maybe Spinach.

Reminders and Important Notices:

1.  What is the Extras Box?  Weekly we will include produce that is extras from the field.   Feel free to take or leave produce.  For example, if you really like a vegetable and it happens to be in the extras box, then take it or if you really do not care for a vegetable leave it in the Extras box.

2.  Each membership will have 2 share boxes, remember to bring your empty box (clean) each time you pick up your share and exchange it for the full one.  Thanks in advance!

Recipes and Tips

Another Greens Week!  Check the website for last weeks newsletters, recipe, storage information, etc.  The kohlrabi greens are edible too.  Remove the ribs/stem prior to eating, as you would with Kale, Chard, and Beet greens.  All can be eaten raw, juiced or finely chopped and added to soups, salads, pastas/whole grains, wraps, sandwiches, scrambled eggs, or quesadillas.  This time of year we chop all the greens and make a mixed salad.  How to use Arugula…since it is a bit bitter it is excellent with fresh fruit, a fruity dressing, or vingerette.  Lupita, has been eating Arugula wraps with a lemon vingerette – quite tasty.  How do we eat Kale? We use Kale (raw) in most dishes you would typically use Spinach, Adán, is a fan too.  His preferred sandwich is canola mayonnaise and avocado with finely chopped kale.  Kale Chips are also very popular with most who are new to eating it.  Experiment and try new ways of eating, juicing and cooking.  Enjoy all the fresh greens!

Parmesan Baked Kohlrabi (from 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes)

  • Bread crumbs, for dusting
  • 3 cups sliced kohlrabi (1/4 inch thick pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored bread crumb
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan and dust with bread crumbs. Cook the kohlrabi in boiling water until just tender, about 7-10 minutes, drain. Toss with the melted butter or margarine. Place the kohlrabi in the prepared pan, then sprinkle the Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon bread crumbs and the pepper. Bake 1 hour or until topping is browned. Makes about 3 cups, serves 4 -6. Enjoy!!!

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)

Remember to return your box clean and exchange it for the full share box.  Thanks in advance!

Happy eating! ~ Lupita, Adam, and Adán

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