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

IMG_0345

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?!”

WTF

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!

 

 

2014 CSA Box #1

IMG_0220

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!