In Your Share (June 15th edition)

IMG_1867It’s time to pick these plump & tasty purple kohlrabi. With the leaves on they look slightly alien. Peeled and chopped they taste delicious! As many of you know, I’m a big fan of eating these raw – it’s like a cross between jicama and a sweet, crunchy broccoli stem. It can also be roasted, sautéed or steamed. CSA Members can access lots of recipes for kohlrabi and all the other veggies in your share at Cook With What You Have. Check your email for the password to the site and enjoy your 24/7 access to recipe inspiration!

We still have a few shares left in our Summer CSA so if you know folks who might be interested send them our way!!

This week your share may include…

  • Cayenne Peppers: These dried hot peppers make a great addition to soups or stews – just add one whole to the pot to bring the heat up. Or chop them into red pepper flakes and add a pinch at a time.
  • Cimi di Rapa: This traditional Italian brassica is technically a turnip, but it doesn’t form a bulb. Instead, it has buds like a broccolini, but we often start picking it early because the leaves and stems are so good! Chop the greens, sauté and toss with pasta, good olive oil & parmesan for a simple, satisfying meal.
  • Fava Beans: These are so sweet that I was double shelling them in the field and snacking on them raw! They’re going to be even better if you give them a quick steam or boil them, add herbs, salt and olive oil and enjoy one of life’s simple (but hard won) pleasures! Or cook them whole in the pod.
  • Kohlrabi: see above
  • Lettuce: Nice big heads of ruffled Red Baron & Tropicana.
  • Napa Cabbage: These dense heads are great for salad, slaw or kimchi. There are lots of recipes at Cook With What You Have – my new favorite is Vietnamese Style Napa. Here’s a few more recipes from the NY Times.
  • Onions: Big beautiful sweet walla’s
  • Radish: They make a nice crunchy snack or try this radish butter recipe. I often include the greens in the radish butter as well – or sauté them with the cimi di rapa.
  • Turnips: Hakuri Salad Turnips – just turnips, not tops, but still tasty!

Coming soon… Summer Squash!