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Box Contents – Week 7, 2018

Week 7: June 12, 2018 – June 14, 2018

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Full Share
Half Share Personal Share
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Asparagus – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Collards – Sustainable
English Peas – Sustainable
Kohlrabi – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomatoes – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Kohlrabi – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
 Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce. 

Tuesday Necessities Harvest Boxes

Full Share
Half Share Personal Share
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Asparagus – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
English Peas – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomatoes – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomato – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomato – Sustainable
 Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce. 

Wednesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Full Share Half Share Personal Share
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Asparagus – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Collards – Sustainable
English Peas – Sustainable
Kohlrabi – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomatoes – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Kohlrabi – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
 Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce. 

Wednesday Necessities Harvest Boxes

Full Share
Half Share Personal Share
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Asparagus – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
English Peas – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomatoes – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomato – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomato – Sustainable
 Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce. 

Thursday Classic Harvest Boxes

Full Share Half Share Personal Share
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Asparagus – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Collards – Sustainable
English Peas – Sustainable
Kohlrabi – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomatoes – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Kohlrabi – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce. 

Thursday Necessities Harvest Boxes

Full Share
Half Share Personal Share
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Asparagus – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
English Peas – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomatoes – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Radishes – Certified Organic
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomato – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Strawberries – Sustainable
Chocolate Mint – Sustainable
Rosemary – Sustainable
Basil – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Lettuce – Sustainable
Rhubarb – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Tomato – Sustainable
 Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce. 

Helpful information on share contents can be found in the Produce Information Booklet

Produce Tips and Information:

Care Tips for Strawberries
Remove the strawberries from the container. DO NOT WASH! Line a flat plastic or glass container with a paper towel. Place a single layer of fresh strawberries into the container. Cover with paper towel and seal with the lid or plastic wrap. Strawberries will last up to 4 days or longer depending on your refrigerator. Clean just before serving.

Freezing Strawberries
Strawberries should be cleaned and hulled before freezing. I like to just wipe them with a soft moist cloth and then let them dry on paper towel Place them on a tray to freeze and then move them into a zip lock freezer bag and be sure to get out most of the air and they should be good for up to six months.

Rhubarb
Keep rhubarb in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for a couple of days. Wash when ready to use. Remove the leaves and discard – these leaves are never eaten – they are poisonous.

Chocolate Mint
Add Chocolate mint to Fruit Salads or a green salad consisting of mixed lettuce greens, strawberries, cheese crumbles feta or bleu cheese or pieces of muenster or brie. Chopped almonds, Chocolate Mint leaves, and a raspberry walnut vinaigrette.

Keeping Mint Fresh
Take your mint sprigs and place in a jar/glass. Fill with about 1-2 cup of water. Don’t let any leaves sit in water, otherwise your water will get cloudy and your mint moldy. Take a (clean) plastic bag and place it over the top of the mint and tuck under the bottom of your glass. Place in the fridge. Mint should last up to two weeks.

Anise
Allow this herb to flower. Cut and dry the flowers. Collect the seeds. Seeds can be added directly into batter for Biscotti, Pizzelles, and Easter Sweet Breads.

Collards
One of the most versatile of greens. Low and slow is the recommended method of preparation. Finish the dish with vinegar, your choice of variety, to brighten the
greens.

 

Culinary Expert Jenn“Food For Thought” by Jennifer Borealo

On Sunday, June 17th, along with the celebration of Father’s Day we also will celebrate “National Eat Your Vegetables Day.” Our plan here at the farm is to make it a week-long celebration. I think our plan as a Harvest Club is probably business as usual. Our shares are full of fresh local vegetables so it won’t be difficult. Something new coming in this week for full share members will be English Peas. Also called shelling peas and garden peas. The pod is too fibrous to digest. With this variety we have to pull the string from one end down the length of the pod. Then press the pod to open, best to work over a bowl to keep the peas from running away. Keep the pods for stock. We should see the other two varieties in the coming weeks.

A new herb this week that has never been in the shares before. Chocolate Mint should be planted with other mint plants. As a perennial, they say that it is almost impossible to kill. You may plant directly in the garden or in a pot however I will transplant the mint into a 6” pot to allow the roots to expand a bit and then plant that pot directly into my garden or you may want to go into a bigger pot. Either way you will have kept the roots from spreading throughout the garden and it will keep them in control. I have read that mint’s aggressive nature and reputation for taking over the garden is well deserved, I agree.

Rosemary will also be in the shares. A beloved culinary herb. Rosemary is a tender perennial. In this area the best method for survival is to bring the plant indoors for the winter. Do not overwater this plant, be sure that the soil is well drained and the pot or garden gets plenty of sun to avoid mold or powdery mildew. Thyme and sage can grow well with rosemary and the flavors will also pair well together in the kitchen.

On Facebook this week there was a question about a canning and or fermentation class. The idea is great and it is a bit of a work in progress and we will let you know if and/or when we will be able to make that offer so stay tuned as usual. Maria Mercedes posted a recipe for Rhubarb Lentil Soup. For those of you watching your sugar intake this would be a great use. Anita Sarate posted a chocolate quick bread that uses beets in the mix. Usually that means cutting down on fat. She does include her directions for everyone. Amanda Cercone had a strawberry ripen in her in her garden. Fun, right? There are so many new names on Facebook. So happy to see all of your ideas. If you have not yet joined in for the fun, send your ideas to jenn@alstedefarms.com.

I had an e-mail this week about the CSA breakfast. It is scheduled for July 21st and 22nd there is a little buzz out there that is talking about a different format so stand by for any changes coming from Maggie. Until next week, enjoy the freshness.

Recipes

  • Black Bean, Spinach, and Mushroom Burrito
    1 onion, chopped fine 1/2 pound mushrooms, chopped fine 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 bunch spinach (about 1 pound), coarse stems discarded, washed well and spun dry 2 garlic cloves 1/4 cup water 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed well...
  • Rhubarb Syrup
    4 cups chopped rhubarb 1 cup sugar 1 cup water Combine the rhubarb, sugar, and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook gently, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is...
  • Grilled Kohlrabi
    1 medium kohlrabi, peeled and cubed Olive Oil Salt Pepper Balsamic Vinegar Toss the kohlrabi in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap in foil. Grill over medium heat for 45 minutes, until kohlrabi is tender. Remove from the...
  • Spinach Broccoli Soup
    1 head of broccoli (about 10 oz.) 1 tablespoon olive oil Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil or olive oil, divided 1 large onion, chopped 6 garlic cloves, 4 cloves chopped, 2 cloves thinly sliced 5...
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