Wednesday, May 14, 2014

1ST CSA box of 2014!

The first box of the season!   If you get a small share, your box contains:  1 head of romaine lettuce, 1 bunch of radishes, 1 bunch of curly kale, and 2 pints of strawberries.
If you get a regular share, your box contains: 1 head of romaine, 1 head of green bibb lettuce, 1 bunch of radishes, 1 bunch of curly kale, 3/4lb of spinach, 1 bunch of green garlic, 1 head of frissee, 2 pints of strawberries.

The first box is a little on the small side.  Things are really growing and soon the boxes will be full up!  In the meantime, enjoy the sweet berries and greens!

It is a funny time of year when the days fluctuate between 85 and 60 degrees and the nights are from 40 to 60 degrees.  The berries love the heat and the squash, tomatoes, and fennel are growing by leaps and bounds but the radishes and turnips wither in the heat.
This will be the only radishes you get this spring.  The frissee is very mild and a nice addition to salads.

So, maybe all of you already know about kale chips but in case you haven't tried making your own yet, here is how:
wash the kale, tear the stem off, shake as much water off the leaves as you can (the drier the leaves are, the better), and place in a bowl.
drizzle some olive oil over the kale and sprinkle with salt (and pepper) and toss so that all the leaf surfaces are lightly covered with oil and salt.
put in single layers on baking sheets in a 325 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes (until crispy).

Please be sure to bring back your empty wax box, pint container, and cloth bag next week!  No need to wash the bags, we'll wash them all.  Please keep the wax box out of the sun so the wax doesn't melt!  Please also keep box and bags away from pet fur.  If you don't want to keep up with returning box, bags etc every week, just bring your own basket or bags and transfer at market.

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