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The Weekly Weeder

June 30, 2016
Weekly shares and Garlic EOW Group
Shelly and Vanessa unloading the totes and totes of peas- this was just the first load from the mornings picking!

Box Contents and Tips

  • Bok Choi: Standard Shares Only. Store in plastic bag until used.  Entire plant is edible, though the stalks are best to use with a little of the green top for nice texture.  Don't overcook the Choi or it will become limp and mushy. Excellent in stir-fry!
  • Broccoli: Small shares 1#; Standard shares 2.5#; Doubles 5#.  Store in plastic bag until used.  Delicious in stir fry, cold salads, quick side dish.
  • Cilantro: 1 small bunch Small Shares; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles.  Remove rubber band and thoroughly wash bunch and lay out on towel to dry or put into a salad spinner. 
  • Garlic Scapes: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles.  This is the flower stalk that is appearing on the garlic that we pick off to redirect the plants energy into bulb development.  The entire scape is edible and has a nice mild garlic flavor. Eat raw or cook with it as you would garlic. Store in plastic bag to avoid rubbery scapes.  
  • Eggplant: Double Shares Only Just the beginning of this crop!  They don't like to be stored too cold, so be careful they aren't put into the back of your refrigerator. We put into a plastic bag to keep it firm.  This variety is not bitter so doesn't need to be salted prior to use. The skin is also thin so you can slice entire fruit and eat it.  Excellent grilled and eaten as an "ELT".
  • Kohlrabi - 1 large Smalls; 1 bunch Standards; 2 bunches Doubles. Peel and eat the juicy inside. Our kids love to eat them like apples (whole and raw).  Can also be used cooked to add a little crunch to just about any vegetable medley!  Store in plastic bag to keep from softening.
  • Napa Cabbage Hearts: 1 head for Smalls; 1 head for Standards; 2 heads for Doubles. Wash leaves thoroughly. We LOVE napa.  Excellent cooked with a stir fry, used raw in a shredded napa salad (yes with the ramen noddles and sesame sauce).
  • Sugar Snap Peas: 1.25# Small; 2.5 pounds Standards; 5 pounds Doubles.  The entire pod and peas in the pod are edible.  Simply snap the cap and pull the string down the pod as the string portion is tough.  Cook quickly so they are tender but not mushy.  Excellent to also cut the pods into smaller pieces and add to fried rice (a favorite quick meal for our family).  While the heat over the weekend caused a bit of browning to appear on some outer pods they are still perfectly wonderful to eat. Keep in plastic bag until used. 
  • Salad Turnips - 1 small bunch Small Shares; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles.  A much different tasting turnip than those grown in the fall and stored into winter.  These creamy, smooth textured turnips are delicious on a salad, on a vegetable & dip platter, or shredded onto a sandwich or cooked with taco fixings.  Leaves are edible too and can be eaten plain or we also like to add them (chopped coarsely) into fried rice.  Store in plastic bag.  
  • Swiss Chard - 1 small bunch Small Shares; 1 large bunch Standards;  3 small bunches Doubles. 
  • Zucchini (green, gold and patty pans combination) 5 count Smalls; 8 count Standards; 13 count Doubles. A generous giving as zucchini's are such a versatile vegetable - savory or sweet - they accompany so many things.  We store on our counter top to avoid rubbery zucchini's. 
COMING SOON: Basil, Garlic, Eggplant, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Zucchini along with a whole lot more!
The first planting of zucchini (cucumbers on the far right).

News From the Farm

The zucchini is here!  To me, this crop signifies the start of great eating, not only because it's such a wonderfully versatile vegetable, but the memories it holds.  My family raised a lot of fresh vegetables, but fried vegetable night was one of my favorites (probably because it only happened a few times every summer).  My mom would set up the deep fryer outside on the porch and we'd wait eagerly for each batch to be done - zucchini, eggplant, corn fritters and broccoli.  These casual outdoor meals were enjoyed by everyone.

This summer, our oldest son Paul (9), was eagerly awaiting the first zucchini so he could cook us Zucchini Moons (taken from Molly Katzen's Pretend Soup cookbook).  He so proudly prepares this side dish himself and serves it to his family, contributing to the meal in a greater way than ever before.    

While not all of our meals can be perfect, it's the memories that surround the food that connect us to a place, a time in our lives, the people surrounding us.  So whether you're going to deep fry your zucchini this week, turn it into delicious bread loaves, or make Zucchini Moons, may it bring a feeling of easy cooking to you and create some special memories.

Eat Well -
Cate & Mat
The Strange Vegetable Lottery!
On occasion we come across a funny shaped or colored vegetable.  To encourage people to read the newsletter and simply for fun we play a game called The Strange Vegetable Lottery.  Here is how it works: we take a picture of said vegetable and put it in the newsletter and we put the vegetable in a random box.  If you receive this vegetable you must take a picture of it and email it to us at csa@ridgelandharvest.com.  Once we have photographic evidence that you received the same strange vegetable shown in the newsletter you will receive a prize in your next box.

So these weeks vegetable is this beautiful zucchini.  If you get it in your box send us a pic and you will receive a fabulous prize!

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Member Handbook:  if you have questions about how to pickup your box the answers can probably be found in this document.  You can download it here:  http://ridgelandharvest.com/newsletter-archive/

Having someone else pickup your box?  make certain they take only the box with your name on the label.  When people take the wrong box it causes a chain reaction of trouble for many people.  The system is simple.  Look at the labels and take the correct box.  Please,  Please if you are having someone else pickup your box help them to understand this small but critical step.

Rescheduling Delivery:  We are happy to reschedule your boxes to allow you to travel and still reap the full reward of our CSA.  However, tracking the requests is very time consuming  we serve 500 members.  So we ask that you provide the following information when you are rescheduling your delivery: 
1. Name of the primary member,
2. pick up site,
3. share size,
4. delivery schedule (weekly or EOW), 
5. if applicable your EOW group (garlic or tomato), 
6. the date you will be gone
7. the date you want your share delivered.

Having all of the above information saves Mat a lot of time in making certain your share in delivered when you want it.


 
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