First Summer CSA of 2015: Box 1

Cabbages and Carrots

Welcome to our first CSA week for 2015!

What’s in the box this week?

  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • 1 lb of garlic scapes
  • Two bulbs of green garlic
  • Herb bunches
  • Swiss chard
  • Radishes

As farmers we love food and everything surrounding the act of growing and preparing of delicious vegetables and greens. When we get together for a meal, we spend half the time eating and half the time talking about cooking future meals, swapping recipes as we fill our plates. We’ve selected our favourite recipes to be published weekly to give you fresh ideas for cooking with your CSA boxes. This week’s recipes are for Swiss chard and garlic scapes, the curly stalk and unopened garlic flower from every garlic plant that we harvest in early summer.

Serious Eats has a list of seven recipes for garlic scapes. Sautee, grill, or make pesto out of this versatile seasonal beauty. Want to know why we love Swiss chard? The Vegetable Butcher on the Kitchn sums it up, with lots of tips for prep and food pairings.

Happy reading and happy eating from all of us at Merville Organics!

CSA Box #2

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Sorry for the late post folks! I’m sure the Tuesday CSA members still have lots of veggies to work with.

Many of you have been asking for recipes for garlic scapes and summer squash. We know that some of the zucchinis we put in the boxes are unusual shapes and colours! Rest assured that these summer squashes can be used exactly the same way you would use a zucchini. As an added bonus, the round “Ronde De Nice” and scalloped “Yellow Patty Pans” are a great shape for cutting in half, scooping out and stuffing!

What the Heck is This Vegetable?!?

We love this website by a web developer named Krisztina Kun at Kun Studios who is a CSA member herself. The site was developed for people who open up their CSA boxes and think, “Uuuuuhm, what the heck is this thing and what do I do with it?!”

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If you find yourself opening a bin and wondering what the heck to do with a vegetable, drop us a line at mervilleorganics@gmail.com, or, head on over to Krisztina’s site: wtfisthisvegetable.com

What’s in the second share?

  • Butterhead lettuce
  • Walla Walla Onion
  • Chard
  • Beets (don’t forget to eat the greens!)
  • Summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Parsley
  • Garlic scapes

Recipes

Garlic Scapes

Garlic can be used in so many ways! And this is the last week of them, so be sure to enjoy 🙂 The Crisper Whisperer at the Serious Eats site has an awesome article: 7 Things to Do With Garlic Scapes! I am excited to try the Scape Compound Butter!

Patty Pan (scalloped and pancake-shaped yellow) & Ronde De Nice (round green & white) Squash

All zucchinis are great for roasting and stuffing. Here are a few easy ideas:

No matter what the shape the squash is, you can slice it in half, scoop out a bit of the seedy interior (but not too much!) and roast it up. Then you can stuff it with all manner of things!

So, grab your squashes and fire up the BBQ or oven. Cut’em in half, scoop out a bit of the seedy inside, and brush with olive oil. Roast on high heat on the BBQ, or at about 400F in the oven till they are soft and brownish on the outside. Take them out and stuff them with any of these things:

Pesto (Garlic Scape, Basil or other)

Tomatoes, peppers and onions (with cheese on top)

Mushrooms and wild rice (with cheese on top, of course)

Then pop’em back in the BBQ or oven, and roast till the cheese is melty or the filling is soft and heated.

These stuffed squashes make a great main dish for any meal, or a fabulous side!

Enjoy the bounty this week everyone!