In Your Share (Feb 17th edition)

IMG_0724We grew more dry beans this year than ever before! This is a photo from a few weeks ago with a little more than half the crop in the trailer. At this point the beans were still in their pods and we’re heading out to shell, winnow & clean them. In your share this week you’ll see a black turtle bean variety called Black Coco. It swells larger than most beans when cooked and combines well with cayenne peppers, roasted roots and any of the alliums ie. onions, shallots, leeks, & garlic.

At the farm this week we’ve been reading applications for our new crew members and we’re excited to have some very strong candidates! We’ll interview over the next few weeks and have folks start in April so you’ll get to meet them at the final winter share pickup.

Lots of great ideas in the Recipe Packet this week!

This week your share may include…

  • Black Coco Dry Beans: I like that these are larger than many black bean varieties. They cook up evenly into large creamy beans that are great in tacos, burritos, & heuvos rancheros.
  • Brussel Sprouts: This variety, Genius, is neither the biggest nor the most beautiful sprout we grow. A more apt name might be Survivor, since it was one of the few to make it through all the trials and tribulations of this crazy winter. It will require some peeling, but those who persevere will be rewarded with  tasty little sprouts!
  • Carrots: We’ve been able to harvest a few more carrots but this will be the last of them for the winter season.
  • Dried Cayenne Peppers: These definitely have some heat to them. Add whole ones to a pot of beans or chop them up for homemade red pepper flakes.
  • Onions: Our old standby, Copra.
  • Parsnips: These are related to carrots but definitely NOT meant to be eaten raw! Try them roasted with the carrots or mashed with potatoes.
  • Potato: Both Red & Purple varieties this week.
  • Winter Squash: I’m looking forward to trying the black beans and butternut squash in the recipe packet!

Coming soon… Fingers crossed for Raab, Rapini, & Broccolini!!