Backyard Gardens CSA: Week 1 — June 6, 2013

Hi all!

It’s Liz from the crew, excited to be back for another year.  I get the lucky job of filling your CSA bins each week, and every once in awhile I’ll check in on the blog — though you’ll hear from one of us on the crew each week.

It’s the start of the season, and although it seems surprisingly summer-like outside, our produce is still reeling from 6″ of snow a few weeks ago (remember that?).  So!  What we have in your bins are a bunch of survivors — hearty stir fry mix, spinach, scallions and so on.  As the season progresses and the snow recedes, your bins will look more and more full.  I can’t wait for the days of beans, peas, tomatoes, squash and eggplant!

Bin pick-ups are in Joseph at Beth’s house: 703 S. East Street in the garage from 5-7 p.m. and in Enterprise at the Farmers’ Market anytime between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Any remaining bins in Enterprise will go to the drop site at Dana & Troy Nave’s house at 403 E. North Street.  We can’t guarantee refrigeration (or protection from frost) so picking them up quickly is best.

Our new hoophouse, mid-construction.

Our new hoophouse, mid-construction.

In the meantime, we’re in the swing of the season!  Plants are going in the ground, we’re hard at work on our new hoophouse — a gargantuan structure at 20’x96′ and a whopping 14′ tall at its peak — and we’re already well versed in weeding.  If you’d like to join us for an afternoon, come next Wednesday, 6/12, for a planting party!  We’ll have snacks + beverages from 3-6 p.m., and we’d love for you to help us get our flower starts in the ground.

Flowers from last year — come help us plant this year's crop!

Flowers from last year — come help us plant this year’s crop!

WHAT’S IN YOUR BIN?

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1# Stir Fry Mix

.5# Spinach

Cilantro

Turnips

Scallions

Bok Choi

 

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.5# Stir Fry Mix

.25# Spinach

Cilantro

Turnips

Scallions

Bok Choi

RECIPES

Ginger-Scallion-Cilantro Pesto

3/4 to 1 cup Macadamia Nut Oil
1 cup loosely packed Cilantro
1/2 cup chopped Scallions
1/2 cup unsalted Macadamia Nuts
3 Tbls chopped fresh Ginger
1 Tbls chopped fresh Garlic
Juice of 1 Lemon
Zest of 1 Lemon
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender, blend to pesto consistency.  Add oil as needed.  Add salt to taste.

Asian Greens with Garlic Sauce

1# Bok Choi and/or Stir Fry Mix
1 Tbls Peanut Oil
2 Tbls coarsely chopped Garlic
2 Tbls Soy Sauce

Blanch greens in boiling water for 1 minute or until desired tenderness.  Drain and set aside on a plate.
Heat oil in a wok or skillet on medium-high heat.
Add garlic and cook until lightly browned, 1-2 minutes.
Add soy sauce and 1 Tbls water, cook for one minute.
Pour over greens and serve.