Thursday, June 4, 2015

2015 Week 2 - More Spring Goodness

I hope that looks as good to you as it does to me! I am really happy with the overall progress of the garden. This week is still very spring-centric, but summer veggies are starting to peak around the corner. In the garden this week I planted winter squash, yard-long beans, soybeans, black beans, more cucumbers, summer squash, tomatoes and corn. 

Let's get down to business. This week in the share we have:

Salad Mix
Herb Mix (carrot top pesto)
Swiss Chard

The good news is you get carrots a bit earlier than I had planned. The bad news is they are pretty funky looking. The other good news is they taste pretty awesome. So, mostly good news.

If I were to get this share, I would make a stir fry with the kohlrabi tops (they taste like kale), swiss chard and snow peas. Here's a basic stir fry recipe you can use to get you started.

Then, I would make the carrot top pesto recipe.

And finally, I would make a root roast (throw in the turnips from last week if you still have them). The root roast is the first recipe under the beet recipe page linked above.

When you get your share home, remove the greens from the beets and kohlrabi as the roots will keep their texture better separated from the greens. This rule goes for all roots, the roots will try to keep the greens growing which will make the greens and roots go all rubbery. Putting them in water helps if you leave the tops on for too long, but separating them asap is the best plan. When all is separated, both should keep for over a week in the fridge.

The salad mix should be enough for a couple of salads again. You will notice throughout the season the the makeup of the mix will change. Along with lettuce, the mix will include, spinach, mizuna, beet greens, arugula, baby kale, kohlrabi greens, pea leaves, carrot tops, lamb's quarter, tatsoi, bitter green and whatever else I think tastes great and adds some variety to the mix. Salad should taste good, not just be a salad dressing delivery system. 

This week Gina, one of the work shares, joined me in the garden again. Not only is she incredibly helpful in the garden, she is also a chef. If you are into cooking, you should check out her blog.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Thanks so much for the shout out! I'm digging the veggies and loving the work! I'm learning so much! Can't wait to taste those carrots! They look fantastic!