Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 10 or 13

Freshly harvested onions heading back to wash shed to be cleaned
Small Boxes:  1 bunch of purple carrots, 1 large red beet, 1 head of romaine, 1 bunch of swiss chard, 1 green garlic, 1 bunch of cipollini onions, 1 pint of snow peas, 2 zucchini and 2 yellow squash.
Regular Boxes:  1 bunch of purple carrots, 2 large beets, 1 head of romaine, 1 bunch of swiss chard, 1 green garlic, 1 bunch of sweet onions, 2 pints of snow peas, 1 red cabbage, 1 bunch of komatsuna, 2 zucchini and 2 yellow squash.

carrots and beets:  cut tops off and keep in a cloth or plastic bag in refrigerator drawer.  (use tops in a soup stock or compost)
onions, romaine, komatsuna and chard:  store in a cloth or plastic bag with the air squeezed out in fridge drawer.
snow peas:  eat right away or keep in a bag.  (they will become less crisp in storage but are still good to eat!)
garlic:  use this week.  fresh garlic doesn't keep well.  we keep it in our fridge just on the shelf but you may want to enclose it to keep it from flavoring everything in the fridge.
cabbage:  store in drawer of fridge uncovered.
squash:  in fridge drawer uncovered or in cloth or paper bag.  (plastic will make them rot sooner)

Purple carrots!  Their flavor is strong and less sweet when eaten raw.  Roasted, they become much sweeter.

The beets are giant but still very good.  I cut ours in quarters and boiled until tender, slipped the skin off with my fingers, dressed with a little bit of red wine vinegar, olive oil and salt and added to a lettuce salad.

Swiss chard is good all the way spinach is good (they are family members).  I like to add it to pasta while the pasta is still warm enough to wilt it and then add sauce.

Cipollini onions are on the sweet side of the onion spectrum.  Use them fresh or in cooking.

I love to stir fry snow peas with fresh garlic, salt and pepper and eat by themselves.

The small boxes all have 1 dark green zucchini and 1 lighter green with ribs.  The lighter one is an heirloom variety with a great, nutty flavor.  All the zucchini and squash are good sauteed with garlic, onion, salt and pepper.

Komatsuna is an Asian green, similar to tatsoi and bok choi in flavor.  It is good lightly sauteed.  It would be good with the snow peas.

There is a Carolina Wren nesting in a box on a high shelf in our wash shed.  I peeked in the nest weeks ago and saw that it was lined with a shed snake skin.  The eggs have just hatched and all day yesterday while we cleaned vegetables we saw the parents coming with spiders, worms, beetles to feed the babies.  It was cool!

Directions for transplanting the winter squash

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