2014 CSA Box #1

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CSA season has begun and our farms are overflowing with goodness. We’re at LUSH Valley today meeting our new CSA members and greeting familiar faces from last year. On Friday we will be at Amara Farm doling out veggies to the rest of our members :)

It’s been a good season so far. The warm weather in May and June challenged us to get the irrigation out early, but we’ve also had some great rain. Every time it rains, we sigh with relief!

What’s in the first share?

  • 1/2lb Salad mix
  • Napa cabbage
  • Walla Walla sweet onion
  • Summer squash
  • Basil
  • Baby turnips
  • Kale
  • Garlic scapes

Recipes

Every week, we try to share recipes here on our blog for the lesser known veggies in your share. Another great place to find recipes some of the more obscure veggies is “WTF is this Vegetable,” which was started by a CSA member in Victoria to help other CSA members with “mystery veggies” in their weekly boxes!

Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are really versatile. You can chop them up like garlic and sautée in place of garlic cloves. You can also steam or sautée them in larger pieces and enjoy the way you would green beans or asparagus. Scapes also make great pesto!

Check out this garlic scape & basil pesto recipe!

Baby Turnips

Last year, we posted about turnip basics. Check it out!

Napa Cabbage

At the farm, sometimes we get veggies that don’t look so pretty, or grow in funny ways. We call these “Farmer Share” veggies. And with napa cabbage, we get a lot of heads that are too small or weird looking to sell. When that happens, we make Kimchi, a delicious Korean spicy pickle – a lot like sauerkraut. This naturally-fermented pickle offers a host of probiotics that are great for the gut, and spices up your meal!

Find out how to make Kimchi here!