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2017 CSA Winter February 18th

2017 CSA Winter February 18th

  • Bag of Arugula
  • Bag of Field Mix
  • Marjoram
  • Chives
  • Second Tomatoes
  • Petite Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Scorpion Peppers *use gloves!
  • Beet Greens
  • Tatsoi

2017 CSA Winter February 18th: Photos of several greenhouses for illustration on behalf of our newest members.Photo at bottom right shows how bold Michael is in his never ending quest to care for the farm. Ideas for your CSA items this week: pizza, salads and pepper jam. For a simple tomato sauce, cut your tomatoes in half along the “equator” and grate over a bowl down to the skin. This can be spread onto pizza dough (or poured over pasta) and then topped with chopped arugula, jalapenos or fresh leaves pulled from the stem of the marjoram. Simple jam recipes can include just a few ingredients: sugar, vinegar, chopped peppers and pectin. The recipe at http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/super-easy-hot-pepper-jelly/ looks very similar to what my Mom used to make, especially the type of “no sugar needed” pectin from Sure Jell which can be found at the grocery store. Besides the mixed greens, consider a basic salad of your beet greens, adding some goat cheese on top and finished with a drizzle of balsamic. Chopped arugula, a few walnut pieces and a touch of honey would also combine well with this.

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Rose Scented Geranium

2017 CSA Winter February 11th

2017 CSA Winter February 11th

  • Bag of Arugula
  • Bag of Field Mix
  • Papaya
  • Tomatoes
  • Second Tomatoes
  • Chervil
  • Rose Geranium
  • Potatoes
  • Red Rib Sorrel
  • Green Sorrel

For a special treat, use your rose geranium to infuse tea, syrup, creamy goodies or dressings..or try Rosy Outlook Cake: Preheat oven to 350 F  degrees.Grease a glass 9″x9″ baking pan and press a sprinkle of chopped geranium, and a few decorative leaves onto the bottom of the greased pan. In medium bowl, mix 1 1/3 cups flour, 2/3 cup sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. In another bowl, combine 2/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup softened butter, two room temperature eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla, and the rest of the shredded rose geranium leaves. Beat with a hand mixer on medium until well blended. Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and blend on medium for about one minute. Pour mixed batter gently into greased pan, on top of leaves and bits. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 10-15 minutes and then invert cake onto a plate. Cool completely before cutting. A doily, leaf or wide loop lace can be used as a stencil for decorating with powdered sugar, see photo at above right, as offered to my guests at the 1804 Inn at Barboursville back in the day. Hope you are inspired! Have a lovely week.

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Mustard Greens

2017 CSA Winter February 4th

2017 CSA     Winter February 4th

  • Bag of Arugula
  • Papaya
  • Epazote
  • Thai Basil
  • Chervil
  • Tomatoes
  • Gourmet Cucumber
  • Mix of Peppers Hot! & Mild
  • Chard
  • Mustard Greens
  • Salad Mix
  • Sage

Exotic choices for your greens this week..and something new to explore everyday. Surprise! Don’t throw those ribs away! No im not talking about pork or beef but sweet Red Mustard. These often discarded parts are sweet right now and serve as a luscious replacement for celery stalks. Try it! you just might like it 😉 Of course the leaf is sweetly spiced and serves both the health and palate of the practitioner. I appreciate the ability of red mustard to invigorate me even in the dead of winter. Heats you up as the days chill down, mustard is a wonderful medicine. To save your greens, they can be chopped into zip bags and stored in the freezer to quickly braise in a seasoned pan later. The frozen greens can also be pureed into pestos, soups or sauces. !Note that the small peppers are very hot, and the longer classic chili’s are mild. Use gloves when handling the hot peppers and apply sparingly. And surpirse! There is a cucumber in your share this week! Keep covered in the fridge to extend freshness…Enjoy!

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