For the 3rd week of the CSA extended season, members may choose all four items of produce for their CSA share. The produce available for the Extended Season, Week 3 are: Strawberries, Spring Salad Mix, Carrot bunches with tops, Curly Kale, Red Russian Kale, Swiss Chard, Bok Choy, Stir fry greens, Napa Cabbage and “Half” items: Garlic Scapes, Cilantro, Radishes, Kohlrabi bulb and Green Onion bunches.
Salad mix (Choice Item): Store in plastic bag in the refrigerator. Wash before eating, and dry well. For salad inspiration, look at this: Mesclun Salad with goat cheese, or Chart of Salad Toppings Combinations.
Carrots (Choice Item): Storage suggestion: Separate the tops from the roots, and store separately in the fridge. The tops can be stored in a plastic bag. Place carrots in a containers with lid and cover completely in water. Keep container in the refrigerator, changing the water ever 4-5 days. Carrot top soup is a great way to use the tops (and this recipe uses some carrots also). In addition to just eating raw carrot sticks, carrots can also be roasted, as in this wonderful Roasted Cumin-Lime Carrots recipe.
Strawberries (Choice Item): store in carton in refrigerator.
Kale (Choice Item): store in plastic bag in refrigerator. Serving suggestions: Add to smoothies, Fall Kale salad , Cookie+ Kate’s Kale Salad with an amazing dressing, Zuppa Tuscana soup (I usually add a can of tomatoes to this soup and sometimes kidney beans), Kale Pesto (this recipe is served with pasta and roasted butternut squash) and Kale and Butternut squash frittata. To preserve: wash kale, cut off the stems, blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds, then cool in an ice bath, drain well and freeze. Frozen kale can be used in soups, added to casseroles, pasta dishes, or anything that uses cooked kale.
Bok Choy (Choice Item): Store in plastic bag in the refrigerator. Here is a basic bok choy recipe with great instructions: Stir-fried Bok Choy . Cooked (leftover) Bok Choy can be added to fried rice. Bok Choy can also be cooked and used inside egg rolls (I just followed the instructions on the back of the package of egg roll wrappers). Bok Choy can also be grilled, as in this Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Miso butter! Bok choy can be sliced and added to soups during the last few minutes of cooking.If you would rather eat bok choy raw; it can be chopped and dressed with an asian- style dressing: Bok Choy Salad
Stir-fry greens mix (Choice item): Store in plastic bag in refrigerator, use within a couple days. This greens mix contains a variety of nutritious cabbage family greens including Mizuna, baby Red Russian Kale and Tatsoi. Basic cooking instructions: wash and spin dry, slice or chop greens, heat oil (olive or vegetable) over medium-high heat. Gradually add chopped greens, stirring to just wilt. Season with salt and pepper. Variations: add chopped garlic when you add the greens. Top the cooked greens with a fried egg(s). Here’s a detailed sir-fried greens recipe. Our family’s favorite way to enjoy stir-fry greens is alongside Korean Beef on a bowl of rice, topped with a fried egg. This recipe for Greens cooked with tomatoes and topped with eggs has helped many people enjoy greens. It is a highly adaptable recipe, and can be used with nearly any type of leafy cooking green, from spicy mustards to mellow chard.
Napa Cabbage (Choice Item): store in fridge in a plastic bag. Our favorite way to prepare is to simply chop the napa cabbage into uniform sized pieces (I prefer about 1 inch pieces), lightly toss with olive oil and salt and pepper and roast in a single layer at 425F until the cabbage in tender crisp and some of the edges are slightly browned. Can be stir fried, roasted, made into salad or made into Kimchi (a Korean speciality, spicy fermented cabbage). Kimchi is one of the best ways to preserve cabbage.
Radishes (HALF-Choice Item): Store in plastic bag in refrigerator. Crisp radishes in ice water. Sliced radishes add great flavor to salads. You can also just eat them straight with butter and a sprinkle of salt. There are many variations of radish salads, here are a couple: Radish and Mint Salad , Smitten Kitchen’s chopped salad, and Radish, Cucumber and Orange Salad. Radishes are milder when roasted or cooked. I cut radishes in half and toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 425F until tender crisp (they can be roasted alongside sweet potatoes or carrots for a nice flavor and color combination).
Green Onions (HALF-Choice Item): Store in plastic bag in the refrigerator. Use in lots of Chinese/ other asian recipes (General Tso’s chicken and Korean beef are two Redfearn favorites) chicken salad, egg salad, salad dressing to name a few.
Cilantro (HALF-Choice Item): Wrap cilantro in a damp paper towel and then put it in a plastic bag in refrigerator. Alternatively, place in a jar of water (like cut flowers) loosely covered with a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Kohlrabi (HALF-Choice Item): Both the leaves and the bulbous stem (the round part) are edible. The bulbous part can last for a couple weeks in the fridge, but the greens should be use within a couple days, both should be stored in plastic bags in the refrigerator . The bulb should be peeled by cutting off a thin slice on the top and bottom of the bulb and using a paring knife to cut the skin off the kohlrabi bulb.Here is a link with recipes using the kohlrabi bulb and greens, including one of our favorites, the kohlrabi patties: Kohlrabi Recipes. A simple preparation of kohlrabi is Butter- braised Kohlrabi: Peel kohlrabi, and thinly slice (1/8 to 1/4 inch thick) and cook in a skillet with butter and olive oil and salt and pepper, add about 1/2 cup of chicken broth, cover the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. Optional: Cream can be added at the end. Eaten raw, kohlrabi is fresh, crisp, and the ideal ingredient for a summer slaw, such as this Kohlrabi and Carrot slaw or in this excellent Kohlrabi- Apple Salad!
Garlic Scapes (HALF-Choice Item): Store in plastic bag in the refrigerator. Garlic Scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant. The bud is removed to encourage the bulbs to thicken up. Scapes taste just like garlic. They can be used the same way as garlic in nearly any recipe. On thicker scapes, snap off the woody end (in the same way you would snap asparagus). Try them in a sauté, roasted, pickled, added to soups, and more. The most tender tops of the stem and the buds are delicious chopped up raw. To preserve: Chop the scapes in a food processor, add to jars and cover with olive oil. Save this in the fridge for up to a year, sometimes add more oil to keep it covered. Use on salads, baste on meats and vegetables for grilling, garlic bread, anything your imagination can think of. You can also freeze cubes of this in a ice cube tray then put in a zip lock bag and keep frozen.
A site highlighting many ways to serve garlic scapes; including a garlic scape pesto recipe: What to do with Garlic Scapes (Note: my family made the Garlic Scape Pesto from this link, using sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts, and it was wonderful (and very garlicky!).
Garlic Scape and White Bean Hummus
1/3 cup sliced scapes
1 T lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
ground black pepper
1 can (15 oz.) cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup olive oil
In a food processor, process scapes with lemon juice, salt and pepper until finely chopped. Add beans and process to a rough puree. With motor running, slowly drizzle olive oil through feed tube and process until fairly smooth. Pulse in 2 or 3 T water, or more, until mixture is the consistency of a dip.
If you would like more recipe ideas, I have a pinterest board devoted to CSA vegetable recipes: http://www.pinterest.com/sheriredfearn/csa-veggies-recipes/
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