Numero Uno

26 Jun

Welcome to the start of the 2010 CSA season.  The growing season has been great for us so far.  The spring weather was warm and less extreme than we’ve experienced before.  The garden is nearly full with all sorts of great future CSA box contents.  We will start the season with a plentiful serving of greens, but not to worry, we will do our best to provide recipe ideas to use all those tasty vitamins.

The fruit share season is looking good this year.  Austin Family Farms had good fruit set and everything is looking to be on schedule for the season.  There will be cherries for the next couple weeks and then apricots and peaches not far behind.

Farm Community Potluck and Garden Tour

We are planning a gathering at the farm on Sunday, July 11th @4:30 pm.  We will have tours of the farm and enjoy a community potluck meal.  Please bring a potluck dish to share and your own table service.

In the shares this week…

Garden Shares

arugula

cilantro

green leaf lettuce

purple mizuna

baby pac choi

easter egg radish

spinach

yakuna savoy

Fruit Shares

Bing Cherries 1-3lb. bag

Cilantro

Cilantro pesto is a great way to make sure you use your whole bunch.  Here are links to a couple variations on the theme.  Use the pesto on pasta, as a sandwich condiment, or the first recipe is from one of my favorite sites Simply Recipes.  The author, Elise, always has great pictures and thoughtful comments.  I consult this site like the Joy of Cooking book in my kitchen whenever I try something new and I want to make sure it is going to be good.

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cilantro_pesto/

Here is a variation on the theme from another pretty blog.

http://www.talkoftomatoes.com/2007/05/01/move-over-basil-cilantro-is-the-new-pesto/

Unusual Greens.. New Favorites? Some Ideas for Using Your Greens

We understand that all the green stuff in the share can feel a bit daunting.  How do we use all this green stuff?

First off a simple idea for all your greens in the share excluding the lettuce (maybe?, it could work for the lettuce, too).  A no fail plan for delicious greens is to clean, chop, and saute them in butter and or olive oil with minced garlic and salt to taste.  Play with the chop size on the greens to find your favorite texture.  For greens with delicious stems (pac choi, yakuna savoy, chard) throw the stems in first for a little extra saute time.  This simple idea works for all the greens and is a great accompaniment to eggs at breakfast, on a sandwich or wrap at lunch, or as a side dish to meat, fish or pasta at dinner.  All of these greens can also be chopped and added to scrambled eggs, pasta sauces, quiche, fritata, strata, stir fry, soup.  Anything that calls for spinach would probably taste good with the Asian greens, too.

Here is a french baguette casserole or what I would call a strata.  This would great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Use the spinach, mizuna, and ,or pac choi.

http://inncuisine.com/luscious-lunches/simply-delicious-recipe-french-baguette-casserole-with-egg-spinach-mushroom-onion-and-gruyere/

Arugula

Arugula is a little on the spicy side and delicious fresh in salads, alone, or mixed with lettuces.  Here are some simple arugula salad recipes. 

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/steak_salad/

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/arugula_strawberry_salad.html

Like cilantro, arugula also makes a nice refreshing pesto. Here is a great blog post with all sorts of applications for your arugula.

http://inmykitchengarden.blogspot.com/2006/05/arugula-pesto-takes-over-kitchen.html

Once you make greens a consistent part of your diet you may find yourself craving them.  Its no surprise our bodies call out for greens since they are packed with vitamins and minerals good for anything that ails us.

Let’s Share Great Recipes

I would love to share recipes on The Arrow that you find inspiring. Please email me or comment below on your finds.

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3 Responses to “Numero Uno”

  1. Patricia Benton June 27, 2010 at 9:24 AM #

    Thanks for the recipe ideas. The first share is a bit daunting with a husband who doesn’t like too many “weeds”! But I am very impressed with the quality of the produce.

    In addition to your recipe ideas, I’ll be using as my “bible” the cookbook “Vegetables Every Day” by Jack Bishop. All the vegetables he could find are alphabetized, with comments, suggestions for cooking, and several recipes for each. I got the book from amazon.com upon the recommendation of a daughter-in-law, who get a fabulous year-around farm share in California.

    Pat

  2. Rebecca June 28, 2010 at 12:52 PM #

    I hesitate to proclaim that this first share may be the best of the season thanks to all those dark, leafy greens – some of which I’d never eaten nor cooked with! I gleefully spent a few hours cleaning, taste testing, chopping, and stir-frying a combo of the cooking greens. We had a tasty lunch and dinner of stir-fried onion/garlic/ginger/sesame and olive oil/chopped greens….with cherries for dessert!

    I then wondered how to enjoy all that cilantro, not wanting a single bite to go bad. I got online to search for how to preserve cilantro and, what timing!, read the cilantro pesto recipe above. Delicious! I added some lemon juice and garlic to the recipe from Simply Recipes above. Thanks for posting that one, Caitlin!

    Counting down until next week,
    Farmer-in-training Rebecca

  3. Silky July 2, 2010 at 3:14 PM #

    We have had a great 1st week using our fruit and vegetable share! We’ve sauted greens, chopped for yummy, fresh salads, made pesto (which I agree, the recipe from Simply Recipes is so good!), steamed spinach, snacked on cherries and on and on. Everything has been so good! It leaves me wondering… what HAVE we been eating the last 30 odd years? They call it lettuce but it isn’t even the same veggie if I had to compare it to this weeks share! Each had it’s own precise flavor and texture and even my kids and husband whom don’t usually comment on something like lettuce said the salads were better, more fresh, crisp. So a BIG thank you to Weathervane and everyone out on the farm working so hard to provide such amazing products! We cannot wait for Saturday!

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