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2018 CSA Spring May 4th

2018 CSA Spring May 4th

  • Calamondin Oranges
  • Ponderosa Lemon
  • Gourmet European Cucumber
  • Baby Arugula
  • Red Ribbed Sorrel
  • 10×10 Lettuce Mix
  • 10×10 Kale
  • Chives
  • Sage
  • Mint
  • Micro Red Cabbage
  • Micro Collards
  • Fresh Turmeric

With these hot dry days, consider an iced citrus mint, or cucumber mint beverage for refreshment. Torn leaves of mint and slices of citrus or cucumber can be cold brewed overnight in a container in your fridge for a light infusion. Or the mint can be brewed as a tea, allowed to cool, and then your citrus can be sliced and squeezed in. When using the Calamondin oranges, try using a pair of scissors to cut directly over your drink (salad, dish, etc).  If you want to exclude any seeds, cut over a bowl to catch the juice and skin then remove the seeds. I like to put one of the little oranges and some mint sprigs into my water bottle for the day, making for a gentle infusion.  

To your health and your pleasure, always! Enjoy

 

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Beet Tops

2018 CSA Spring April 7th Beet tops

2018 CSA Spring April 7th Beet tops

  • Beet Greens 10×10
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Watercress Box
  • Collard Greens 10×10
  • Salad Mix 10×10
  • Mint
  • Papaya
  • Dozen Eggs
  • microgreens

I don’t get out to restaurants much these days, but I have had a beet greens salad that I thought was delicious and simple enough to replicate at home. The beet greens are served fresh, raw, chopped into large pieces, and then topped with goat cheese, toasted pecans and a sweet balsamic reduction. Sometimes I will add a squeeze of orange on top. For the reduction, I put about ½ a cup of balsamic into a sauce pan and simmered it really low (beware of being directly over the pan as the fumes can bite the nose), and as it thickened up, added a tablespoon of honey. Just reducing the balsamic vinegar will be sweet, so this addition can be skipped. Sometimes I will sweeten the toasted the pecans instead and drizzle a bit of balsamic without reduction to save time. But the salad can be made entirely without any sweetening agents at all and still be very tasty.
This weekend marks the first day of our Spring CSA share and the first day of our Charlottesville Market, downtown right next to the Water Street parking garage. Our farmer’s market season runs from April to December at the downtown Charlottesville location, and south of town at Forrest Lakes (through October). All CSA members receive a 10% discount on purchases made at either of our market stands.
We really hope to see you at our Saturday market! Hope you have a marvelous week…to your health and your pleasure, always!

 

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mint

2018 CSA Winter March 31st mint

2018 CSA Winter March 31st Mint

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Watercress Box
  • Collard Greens 10×10
  • Salad Mix 10×10
  • Mint
  • Papaya
  • Dozen Eggs
  • microgreens

Fresh mint for this weekend as it  marks the last day of our Winter CSA share and the first day of our Spring CSA share, as we formulate our seasonal calendar into 3 month long periods that start in January. Next week marks the beginning of ourfarmer’s market season, which runs from April to December in downtown Charlottesville and south of town at Forrest Lakes (through October). All CSA members receive a 10% discount on purchases made at either of our market stands.

Mint, violets and redbud blossoms are highlighted in photos this week as many will enjoy a mint sauce with lamb this weekend and the violets are blooming here. Redbuds have yet to pop out (budding and opening before the tree’s leaves) but I wanted to remind you of another edible flower that is easily wildcrafted. 

And just in case you happen across some violets, consider trying some for a surprising twist. As with gathering any edibles from the wild, be aware to not gather right next to a road substantially travelled to avoid heavy metal accumulation from exhaust.

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