2018 CSA Winter March 31st Mint
- Watercress Box
- Collard Greens 10×10
- Salad Mix 10×10
- Dozen Eggs
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.
2018 CSA Winter January 13th
• Mixed Field Greens
• Baby Arugula
• Micro Collards
• Micro Red Cabbage
• Poultry Herbs
Today’s corresponding photos are for further development on previous recipe suggestions for your CSA goods. The photos above refer back to ideas for spring rolls; the third image below right is courtesy of lavatnus.blogspot.com and is a diagram on how to fold your rice paper wrap into a spring roll. Ingredients can be anything you like to flavor your roll, but was inspired to bring this recipe up again with this week’s mixed field greens, arugula, microgreens, papaya and turmeric in the offering. Consider dressings or dips that would complement your ingredients chosen such as soy sauce, fish sauce, plum paste, vinegars or pickles, or even a barbeque sauce. Rice paper wraps are simple to use and very fast to prepare. Line up chopped mixed greens, mixed microgreens and arugula, skinned and sliced papaya with an eye on length of your rice paper, and grated turmeric, along with any other fillings you may like such as beef strips, shrimp, etc. Once you have your filling selections lined up, it’s time to wrap then up. I use a large frying pan in which I heat up about an inch and a half of water to just about too hot to handle and then turn the flame off. Gently I guide the rice paper into the water at a very shallow angle, moving it though the bath in about 10 seconds. Then it is laid out and the filling placed, and the wrap is closed up. (See diagram) The metal lunch box came from C’ville Oriental.
To your health and pleasure always. Enjoy! <3
2017 CSA Fall December 30th Sorrel Pesto
- Sorrel Pesto
Sorrel Pesto for The last fall CSA for 2017 and preparing for the Winter CSA starting next weekend! It is that time of year where the refrigerator is filled with leftovers and there are yet a few more parties to host or attend, so try some of our most nutritious and flavorful microgreens, as they are a super food that saves space and time, besides landing a fabulous presentation. The popular herbs included can make bartending for your friends and family even more fun and delicious. Try mudddling (pressing and crushing to release aroma) an herb like thyme below your ice and top with alcohol or juice. To your health and your pleasure, always, leslie