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The Weekly Weeder

June 29, 2017: Box #3
Weekly shares and Leek EOW Group

Box Contents and Tips

  • Broccoli: 0.4 pounds Small; .75 pounds Standards; 1.5 pounds Doubles. First of the season!  Use the stalk and head of the broccoli....just peel the stalk and use the tender, juicy portion inside.  Store in plastic bag to prevent rubbery broccoli.
  • Cabbage, Napa: 1 head Smalls; 1 head Standards; 2 heads Doubles  Use in cooked dishes or eaten raw in shredded salads Napa is a sweet and delicate cabbage.  We enjoy it raw, in stir fry, and its traditional use in kim chi.  Store in plastic bag until used.
  • Chard, Rainbow 1 small bunch Small; 1 large bunch Standards; 2 large bunches Doubles  Swiss Chard is one our favorites!  A wonderful nutty flavor when cooked and excellent in a variety of dishes, as well as on it's own.  Use the stems by coarsely chopping and cook before the leaves.  Store in plastic until used.  
  • Cilantro: 1 Small; 1 Standards; 2 DoublesMake a peanut sauce with cilantro and add to your napa cabbage salad!  Use fresh or can be chopped and frozen as cubes.
  • Cucumbers: 2 each Doubles only
  • Dill 1 Small; 1 Standards; 2 Doubles. Use fresh, dry, or can be chopped and frozen as cubes.
  • Garlic Scapes 1 small bunch Small; 1 large bunch Standards; 322 large bunches Doubles. Use as you would garlic- we love to make a pesto out of the scapes- blend with nuts hard cheese, olive oil and a little salt. The scapes are just about done so enjoy the mildness.
  • Kohlrabi: 1 each Smalls; 2 each Standards; 3 each Doubles Greens and bulbs are edible.  Store in plastic until used.
  • Shell Peas:  0.35 pounds Small; .6 pounds Standards; 1.2 pounds Doubles.  Keep in plastic bag until used. Open pods and take out peas - a fun activity for the whole family!  Enjoy them raw, added to a fresh salad, or put into your stir fry or other cooked meals. 
  • Sugar Snap Peas (standard and double only):  0.4 pounds Standards; .9 pounds Doubles.  This was the last picking of sugar snap peas and there wasn't enough to go around.  While not as pretty as last week due to the rain, they're still sweet and tender.  Keep in plastic bag until used.  Pods and peas are edible, simply snap the stem and pull the string to remove before cooking. 
  • Turnip, White Salad: 1 small bunch Smalls; 1 larger bunch standards; 2 larger bunches Doubles The last of our spring turnips.  Delicious tender roots are great on salads, eaten with dip, used as a taco topping, or lightly cooked for a quick side dish to any main course.  We also like pieces in our stir fry along with their greens .  Store in plastic bag until used.
COMING SOON: More Broccoli, lettuce, onions, radishes, zucchini and more! 

News From the Farm

Dig Deep!

Bike riders from across the region rode a challenging 56 miles on Sunday in  support of FairShare CSA Coalition's Bike the Barns Driftless ride.  As members of the farm organization, we were one of several stops along the ride.  Our farm was at mile 38 so bikers hydrated, fueled up and rested during a wagon ride around the farm.  Then they dug deep to push through the final 18 miles with several long steady climbs.  While it's a challenging ride that attracts many near and far to join us annually, riders love the magnificent views.  We were happy to be a part of this fun day!  Riding a long bike ride and hoeing a long row of carrots takes a similar mindset- the ability to keep moving and ticking off one inch at a time until reaching the end.  Perhaps this is the reason Bike the Barns has been so successful- two crazy wonderful groups of people coming together.

Like the riders, we are digging deep to continue the momentum of the season.  Late June starts fall root seeding and this week Cate seeded more carrots, beets, sweet corn and cilantro, plus the fall rutabagas.  More broccoli, fennel and the final strawberry transplants were also planted.  With the dry weather came the opportunity to side-dress our winter squash and summer cabbage with fertilizer (nice work Craig!).  Mat cultivated to beat the band, and over 12 people came to help hand weed.  Harvesting on Monday and Tuesday were a joy in the cool, sunny days; Wednesday's harvest was heavy with the 1.25 inches of rain and mud.  While it's only halfway through the week, we feel great about all the work accomplished this week!   

Eat well everyone and happy cooking,
Cate & Mat

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