Radical Roots

17 Jul

Juniper went out to the garden with her Dad to check on what was ready for harvest this week. I love this series of photos.  When they came in the house she told me that she harvested some carrots for her breakfast the next morning.  Soon she’ll be bunching carrots for shares and market.  Hope everyone enjoyed the first of the carrots last week.  More are soon on the way, along with zuchini, peas, and beans all in bloom and starting to set fruit this week.  Here are some photographic garden updates.

In The Shares

Garden Shares

arugula

beets

cilantro

fennel

fresh garlic

kohlrabi

romaine lettuce

baby pac choi

shunkyo semi-long radish

spinach

scarlet turnip

mizuna

summer squash

Fruit Shares

1 bag peaches

1 bag cherries and apricots

Radical Red Roots

What are those red roots in the share?  Exhibit A

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-7311-shunkyo-semi-long.aspx

I am dreaming of fixing these with the tops on.  My idea…. Pull any yellowing leaves.  Cut the radish in half with greens so there are still greens attached to each half.  Lightly saute in butter and garlic or roast in the oven at 425 degrees drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.  These roots have a nice mellow radish flavor and are great for raw snacking also.

Exhibit B

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-5781-scarlet-queen-red-stems-f1.aspx

Throw this turnip chopped or grated raw in a salad.  The skin is quite edible and adds a nice scarlet color to dishes.  Also great boiled, thinly sliced and au gratined (I think I created a new verb there), sauted or roasted.

Farm Community Celebration a Success

We had a nice turn out for our farm celebration last Sunday.  We toured the farm and then dined on a bountiful and delicious meal out in the vegetable garden.  Rita and Chris played there hauntingly beautiful Swedish Nyckelharpas for us. Check out Rita’s work with Swedish music at http://www.ritaleydon.com/home.html .   Thanks to all who could join us for coming.  We had a great time. Here are a couple of pictures from the event. Mark your calendars.  We are planning another farm celebration for the afternoon and evening of Sunday, September 12th.

Cherry Clafouti

I made a great recipe discovery for the celebration last Sunday.  I was attempting to use up some cherries and feature our eggs in a dish to share.  This recipe is from Simply Recipes.  I don’t think I’ve ever made anything I didn’t like from this site.  I did however scale back on the sugar in this recipe and it was still delicious and plenty sweet. You could also get creative with other fruit, like the apricots and peaches, in this recipe. http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cherry_clafouti/

Bulb Fennel

Here is a video demonstration  of a delicious looking fennel salad.  There is  a great tip on cutting bulb fennel for optimum tenderness.  I am assuming those beets are boiled, peeled, and chopped.  I think this would be delicious with some goat cheese as well.  

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-prepare-arugula-fennel-and-beet-salad-209374/

Here is some general info on fennel uses and storage including some ideas to use that beautiful fern atop the bulb.

http://footprintsharvest.com/doc/Fennel.pdf

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