What’s in the Box – October 31, 2017

CSA Oct 31

Radicchio – Just look at this beautiful vegetable! The rich, purple leaves set against the white veins and stem. It’s definitely one of the best looking veg we grow here. Same as the Sugarloaf chicory last week… This is an ever-so-slightly bitter green that works great as a salad cut thinly into ribbons and dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, fresh pressed garlic, salt & pepper to taste and cheese. A hard, nutty cheese (Parmesan works great) shaved on top balances out the bitterness.

Leeks – I told the farmer to plant more leeks this season because honestly, onions don’t stand a chance in my kitchen when leeks are around. Have you fallen for them too?
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within a week.

Kohlrabi – This grows as a bulb just above the surface of the soil. It has a great crunch and a nutty flavor that works well raw or cooked. It’s super versatile. Just peel and the rest is good to eat!

Savoy Cabbage – This cabbage is so pretty with frilly leaves which add great texture to dishes. Great both raw in salads or cooked.

Red Kale – More of this wonderful variety of kale. I haven’t pushed my stand-by kale recipe much, but if you’re still not a fan of kale, try this… Remove the stems (discard) and steam the kale leaves until tender. This takes about 5 minutes. Remove from the steamer and put the kale in a bowl. Dress with olive oil, fresh crushed raw garlic and umeboshi vinegar to taste. (Buy the umeboshi or ume plum vinegar at Whole Foods or at your local health food store. Use it sparingly, since it’s salty!) Let me know what you think.

Cauliflower – The rain and wet weather has left some cosmetic brown decay spots on the tops of the cauliflower. We didn’t have the heart to compost the whole planting, so we’re giving it out even though it doesn’t look perfect. You can easily cut it off, but eat it right away – tonight!

Parsley – This is a little known superfood! With high levels of Vitamin C and K, antioxidants and essential nutrients, it should be part of your regular diet!

FRUIT SHARE Р1 mixed bag of Bosc Pears and Cameo & Mutsu Apples

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