Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June 4th or 7th

"Red Maria" potatoes hilled and blooming
Your first box of June contains:  1 bunch of multicolor beets, 1 pint of snow peas, 2 small bok choy, 1 bunch of scallions, 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley, 1 head of romaine lettuce, 1 bunch of garlic scapes.  "Regular" boxes also contain:  1 pound of baby squash, 2 sprigs of basil, 1 bunch of lacinato kale, 1 fennel, 1 pint of strawberries.

Garlic scapes are the unruly green vegetable in your box.  It is the flower stalk of our garlic and we remove it so the plant will develop a bigger bulb.  You can eat it!  The flavor is mildly garlic and you can use a scape anywhere you would use garlic in cooking.  They also make a nice pesto.
The bok choy is a bit holey as you probably noticed last week.  We are not the only ones who like to eat it.  The holes are from a tiny insect called the flea beetle.  We choose not to spray anything to deter them because the only things out there to use in organic agriculture would harm any beneficial insects and honey bees that happen to be in the field at the same time. 

What's for dinner this week:
  • Stir-fry with snow peas and bok choy.  Try using a different grain besides rice like barley or quinoa or wheat berries.
  • Pesto made with garlic scapes and flat leaf parsley for a mild and delicious pizza topping, spread, or pasta sauce.
  • Roasted beets with beet greens for a salad.
  • Caesar salad.
The potato field in early morning light looking good!

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