In Your Share (June 23rd edition)

IMG_0140.JPGThe first sweet summer carrots are here!! We’ve planted several varieties multiple times over the last few weeks so we should have carrots in the share every few weeks for the rest of the season.  Great carrots are the essence of Slow Food fast – hard to imagine a better summer snack : )

Hope you have had a chance to dig into the specially designated CSA site at Cook With What You Have. Katherine has taken all the recipe packets from past years and turned them into a fabulous searchable archive of tips, techniques and ideas. Check your email for the password to access the site. This will provide all of our members with 24 hour access to recipes and inspiration!

This week your share may include…

  • Carrots: First of the summer season!
  • Dill: The greens make a great addition to sauces – think lemony garlic aioli, dill buttermilk salad dressing or tzatziki. Other classic dill combo is  borscht – a great way to use any beets left from last week.
  • Napa Cabbage: This makes a great slaw and is easy to ferment into a classic kimchi. If you liked the Soba Noodle Salad from a few weeks ago, this also works well as a substitute for choi sautéed in that recipe.
  • Cimi di Rapa (aka Sessantina Grossa or Spring Raab): These traditional Italian greens are perfect over pasta or make a lovely fritata.
  • Collard Greens: This is a staple for us during the winter, but several varieties do well in the spring and early sumer as well. Try them with  Southern Style Black Eyed Peas.
  • Lettuce: Beautiful little heads of butter head lettuce!! This is one of my favorite kinds of lettuce – the leaves are soft, silky, tender and mild. Perfect with a little buttermilk dressing, a few carrots and a sprinkle of dill.
  • Spring Onions: The red bulb can be used raw, sautéed or pickled. The tops are nice too & can be used just like a green onion.
  • Turnip: This is peak season for these mild & crunchy Hakuri salad turnips. I usually eat the turnips raw and sauté the greens with a bit of salt & olive oil – simple & tasty!

Coming soon…  fresh lava beans – for sure this time!!