Backyard Gardens CSA: Week 11 — August 15, 2013

Hello all you lovely readers out there.  This is Steve attempting to blog, finally!

The Caesar salad booth went great last weekend at the blues festival! Thanks to all who volunteered or purchased some tasty food from us.  We had a blast doing the booth and are looking forward to having great volunteers next year.

 

Here our faithful and lovely boss harvests flowers

Eggplants are out and in your CSA bins this week.  They are from the Imnaha garden and look beautiful.  Cucumbers are on right now, so get your dill ready for some pickling.  We have lots of beautiful flowers at the Joseph garden.  Feel free to sign up for the flower CSA or purchase a beautiful bouquet at the market.  Bouquets go fast, so get there early if you would like one. We have beans coming out of our ears right now, as well.  Don’t forget we have bulk basil if you need it for your own herb cabinet or to make pesto.  Things on the farm are humming right along.  Don’t worry peppers and tomatoes will be coming soon!

I am very interested not only in organic farming, but also nutrition, so let me enlighten you with some health benefits from our bins this week!

For the full shares: Beet greens contain high levels of Vit K which help with clotting and works alongside calcium to strengthen bones.  They are also high in Vit A which helps your eyes.  Vitamin A is also an antioxidant and may reduce your risk of cancer.  Eat those beet greens up!  If your feeling lazy with cooking like I sometimes do throw them in a green smoothie (trust me :)).

Everyone gets to enjoy  Fennel  thinnings this week – a nice herb that is commonly used in Italian cuisine packs quite the nutritious punch.  In one cup it has nearly 20% of your recommended daily value of Vit C and contains high levels of Fiber and Potassium. Apart from these common nutrients Fennel contains numerous potent phytochemicals and antioxidants.  One such phytochemical (anethole) reduces inflammation and helps prevent the occurance of cancer.

Hopefully, some of these facts give a little bit of insight into how amazing the food in the bins and at market is for you!  Also, the fact that it is so fresh means the nutrients are actually still in the food when you eat them and haven’t broken down.  Happy eating!

 

WHAT’S IN YOUR BIN?

Full Share

Eggplant – both globe and Japanese
Gypsy Pepper
Fennel bunch
Green Beans – 1 lb
Beet Green bunch
Savoy Cabbage
Parsley
Walla Walla Sweet Onion

 

 

Full Share

 

Half Share

Summer Squash – 1/2 lb
Walla Walla sweet onion
Parsley bunch
Napa cabbage head (small)
Fennel bunch
Japanese Eggplant
Green beans – 1/2 lb
Gypsy pepper

 

 

half share

RECIPES

 

Quick and Easy Sauteed Fennel Salmon

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=89

7 Minute Green Beans! ( this recipe looks great and you can combine a lot of what we also sell with it eg. tomatoes, peppers, basil)

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=321

Morrocan Eggplant (for those who don’t know what to do with that big, round, purple thing)

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=52