We are excited to start another season! This spring has been so different from last year—we have had so much rain and I appreciate all of it after last season. On the farm this week we have been rebuilding a greenhouse damaged by wind this winter, planting peppers and field tomatoes and harvesting the first strawberries of the season.
In your box you will find:
- Salad Mix
- Pac Choi(it is not the prettiest but will cook down just fine)
- Chard/Spinach/Collard braising mix
- Green Garlic
- Strawberries(just a teaser this week as they are just starting up)
There are a few ways to approach your box each week. If you feel intimidated by the amount or new kinds of food, try to incorporate just one new item into your meals each day. Or you can find recipes that revolve around or showcase the newer items that you may not be familiar with. By the weekend, if you still have a lot of greens or random produce, plan a stir fry, soup or salad that will finish off the extra items. I usually eat about half a shares worth of produce in one sitting and generally recommend force feeding yourself salad at anytime of the day. Throw handfuls of salad mix onto every meal. Use lettuce leaves as wraps instead of tortillas(steamed cabbage and collard leaves work the same way too). Chop and toss in whatever herbs are on hand. Slice radishes and do a quick pickle with vinegar and seasoning– then add to salads or sandwiches.
When I am able to plan ahead, I try to make a cooked grain salad early in the week. I add oil and vinegar, garlic, onions, sometimes radishes or cucumber. Then, for several meals in the next few days, I just toss salad mix in with the grain salad and have a simple, fulfilling meal.
Lately I have started making crab kale chips—kale chips with Old Bay seasoning. They are simple, fast and the kids devour them. It is also a great way to use a full bunch of kale and then you can use them as a snack, as a side or as a crunchy addition to sandwiches or pasta. Like bacon bits or seaweed only kale! Here is a basic recipe for kale chips. Very simple, very easy, then season however you would like.
A few notes:
Use the green garlic similar to a leek— you can chop and cook most of the plant.
Mint and strawberries are a delicious combination.
If in doubt, make a stir fry with green garlic, pac choi, braising mix, and kale–it will use up most of the greens.
Fresh oregano is great in salad dressing–also incredible on pizza and pasta.
Please view our recipe page for more ideas.
Looking to next week we hope to include: Kale, Salad Mix, Lettuce Head, Strawberries, New Potatoes, and more!