2018 CSA Spring April 7th Beet tops
- Beet Greens 10×10
- Watercress Box
- Collard Greens 10×10
- Salad Mix 10×10
- Dozen Eggs
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!
2017 CSA Fall November 11th Turmeric
Killing Frost this weekend -it’s already less than 30F as we pack up this evening – lots of winter squash along with the peppers and eggplant.
Turmeric and Tomatoes are added to the box just before pickup or selected from the display at the market.
Poultry Herbs and dill this week along with the last harvest of peppers and yellow summer squash.
Watercress is one of the world’s healthiest foods…from the way we grow the watercress to the way we cut and chill it, great care is given to create the most potentiality for taste and nutrition. Known for being a peppery, dark, leafy green that grows with a wet foot along creeks and ditches, we bring it up off the ground and grow it on benches…it cascades over the sides, looking for more footing.
Harvesting Turmeric as the season turns cold – a great healing rhizome with anti-inflammatory properties.
Sorrel Winter Squash Peppers
Sorrel is a leaf vegetable that is tart and tangy. This green can be eaten raw or cooked. Worldwide it can be found as the main ingredient in sorrel soups, served warm or chilled. There are curry recipes that include sorrel. It is very popular to combine with cream as a sauce. A simple sauce can be made to top off fish, chicken, potatoes, and other veggies. Here is a simple recipe to make use of all of your sorrel and ½ a cup of cream. Heat a skillet and melt butter. Chop your sorrel as large or as fine as you like and add to heat, just wilting the leaves. Pour in your cream and when it approaches a boil, reduce until the cream sauce coats the back of a spoon. Slather this on your cooked meat or veggies. Sorrel makes a yummy pesto which is also great for fish and potatoes. The onions included in your share this week go well as a pan roasted start for soup and you can utilize your garlic by making pesto. Try combining sorrel sauce with a garnish of sliced tomatoes for a nice twist. More rare are recipes combining fruits such as strawberries or peaches with sorrel. It adds a punch to smoothies and is a welcome addition to salads. I like to cut it into a salad of apples with nuts. When the peaches come, I want to try a recipe suggestion from whiteonricecouple.com: peach and sorrel salad, which is torn sorrel leaves topped with peaches and dressed with a vinaigrette salad dressing of honey, grapeseed oil, balsamic vinegar and vanilla. Yum!
Our sorrel won in an international cooking competition when the Inn at Little Washington took it to France with them. We hope you will enjoy a little extra zing this week in your meal preparations! Bon appétit!