2014 CSA Week 27

*** This week is an odd week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities Eufala, Columbus, Albany. and Ichauway!

 

Good Morning from Bluffton!

As I sit looking out our front window, the rain is steadily drenching our fields. I cannot help but be thankful. Thankful for the rain, thankful for our crew, and thankful for the opportunity to be doing something that we all are passionate about. Today Bluffton, like many of the surrounding cities received heavy rains and patchwork thunders storms. Our crew was diligently working to harvest in between down pours. Thanks to their hard work and willingness to get wet and a little muddy, we can offer you a beautiful share box this week.

There are some newcomers to the scene and I would like to take a moment to introduce you. I am very proud to welcome our newest vegetables: Salad Radishes, Kohlrabi, & Braising Mix

Kohlrabi: The German Cabbage:

Can I start by saying Yum! This space alien creature is so tasty, the leaves and stalks are edible they are much like kale, the bulb is a unique blend between broccoli stems and cabbage. Those Germans, figuring out how to combine kale and broccoli into one wild plant. Genius!

Firstly, remove stems and leaves from the bulb. You will them remove the outer skin with a veggie peeler. From there your choices are endless: wedges, cubes, matchsticks, disks, etc,. Kohlrabi can be eaten raw, it would make a wonderful addition to a salad, or slaw. How about Honey Pickled Kohlrabi? Or adding it to your favorite creamy soup (potato, broccoli, mushroom). It can also be roasted, steamed and fried.

 

Radishes:

I am going to pickle my bunch with maple syrup and chili flakes! Radishes are known for sprucing up salads. They are perfectly paired with, sliced crusty bread, goat cheese, chives and thinly sliced radishes. Spicy pickled radishes, or crunchy relishes this little bulb makes a great addition to any dish. Radishes can also be enjoyed raw, with butter and sea salt!

Braising Mix:

Our specialty mix includes spicy mustard greens, tatsoi, and baby kale. Braising greens are a hearty version of lettuce mix, they can endure heat and thus are wonderful for soups, stews, pasta dishes, tacos, burritos, pizzas etc. Turn up the heat on these hearty greens. Whether you are interested in making them the center stage or a side dish. These powerhouse greens are full of nutrients and loaded with flavor.

 

Organic Share Items:

 Braising Mix These babies pair well with soups, stews, braised meats, pasta dishes, pizza, burritos & tacos. Add some of these nutrient dense greens to any of your favorite dishes for a vitamin boost.

Kohlrabi OR Salad Radishes Kohlrabi, the tasty cabbage cousin is perfect for the following applications: Salad topping, Slaw, Pickled, Roasted, Steamed, Fried, & Soups! Radishes can be found in, slaw, pickles, relishes, soup & sandwich garnishes.

Sweet Potatoes – Souffle, pie, fries, hash, mashed, chips, casseroles, scalloped, soup and cheese cake. They are a holiday favorite, and have gained popularity in the everyday. **Please take these sweet babies out of their plastic bag, and place on the counter or windowsill. 

Pac Choi – This elegant green can be sauteed, stir fried, eaten raw, added to soups, stews, dumplings, spring and egg rolls!

Tokyo Bekana OR Chinese Cabbage – This delicate cabbage, is perfect for salads or light sautés. It would

Collards OR Kale – Pesto, wraps, sauteed, stir-fry, creamed, risotto, braised and incorporated into soup and stews. Try pairing with bacon! Sauteed with onions and garlic or torn as a salad mix, get some greens in your daily meal adventures. These hearty greens make fabulous Kale chips!

Okra – The Okra can be enjoyed raw, steamed, fried, baked, or stewed.

Tomatoes – These beautiful tomatoe globes can be eaten fresh or made into sweet jams and preserves.

Squash OR Sweet Peppers – Scrumptious Squash, yum. Saute, grill, bake, fry, and roast. Be sure to send your recipes! Peppers are perfect on the grill, in the oven or on the stove. Enjoy them sauteed or blackened, in any dish you can imagine. I encourage you to try eating these peppers raw, however they are delightful roasted, grilled, stuffed, pepper jelly, pickled and stir-fried.

Pesto – A bag full of opportunity! Delicious on pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. It can also be mixed with dressing or tossed with cooked veggies to add a new dimension.

Garlic – Delicious in so many recipes, fresh and spicy! Salsa is always so refreshing and extra special when it has just the right amount of a spicy kick.

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