First CSA pick up of 2014!!!
It has been raining off and on for about 2 weeks now. Our farmers would really like for it to stop now. Those farmers within 30 minutes drive of Winnipeg grow produce on 'gumbo'. That's the heavy, sticky river soil that won't wash off of your boots for love nor money. They are currently having the hardest time with these rains. Flat topography that does not allow for much natural drainage, mixed with heavy sticky soil has lead to a pretty dismal start to the year. Lucky for you that we have partnered with 12 different growers from different regions of the province. Farmers near Morden have lighter loamy soil and aren't as hampered by the rain. And our growers near Portage la Prairie have sandy soil that drains moisture more quickly. We'll be depending on these growers for the first CSA share of the season. The season has been a bit of a slow start with a cold, late spring, and now more rain than we need. Despite this, I feel that our first CSA bag of the season is pretty darned impressive! Full share holders to receive a minimum of 10 items from the following list. Please remember, eat the items at the top of the list first as they are the most perishable. The items at the bottom of the list will last for much longer. Strawberries (spray free from a greenhouse La Broquerie) RAINED OUT_____Pea tips or mixed greens (spray free Elie)_____RAINED OUT SUBSTITUTION___ ASPARAGUS!!!!! cilantro (spray free Selkirk) Garlic chives (spray free Selkirk) chard (spray free La Broquerie) bok choy (organic, Morden MB) romaine (organic, Morden MB) parsley (spray free, Selkirk MB) kale (Organic, Morden, MB) beets (spray free, Selkirk, MB) garlic scapes (spray free, Selkirk MB) rhubarb (spray free, Starbuck and La Broquerie) Half share holders to receive a minimum of 6 items from the following list. Please remember, eat the items at the top of the list first as they are the most perishable. The items at the bottom of the list will last for much longer. chard (spray free La Broquerie) bok choy (organic, Morden MB) romaine (organic, Morden MB) parsley (spray free, Selkirk MB) kale (Organic, Morden, MB) garlic scapes (spray free, Selkirk MB) rhubarb (spray free, Starbuck and La Broquerie) I know, it's a lot of greens. Luckily you can cook with most of the greens that are in your bags. Bok Choy, great in a stir fry, equally good sliced thinly and turned into a salad. Chard, beautiful sauteed, or used to make cabbage rolls, or chopped up into a salad. Romaine, great as Caesar salad, equally lovely grilled on the bbq. Kale, the main ingredient in our rockin' Kale quinoa salad, but versatile in soups, as kale chips, in smoothies, stir frys, or my favourite, food in a pot recipe. Pea tips are the young edible tips of pea plants. They are the perfect green for rolling up into wraps or adding to sandwiches as they provide body, texture and taste. They are a great substitute for spinach in a salad, and are the perfect thing to throw into your stir fry or soup at the last minute. What should you make this week with your CSA veggies? Beef with Chinese greens Kale Quinoa Salad Pork with Bok Choy Romaine with garlic scape dressing Grilled Romaine Pea tip soup Bok Choy pea tip stir fry with garlic scapes and cilantro Swiss Chard roll ups. On the left, the curly green things are garlic scapes. Those are the flower stalk of the garlic plant. Chop up and use like you would garlic. Beautiful in pesto, dressings, stir fry, roasted, pickled. On the right, garlic Chives. A slender garlicy tasting chive that add a fabulous garlic flavour to raw dishes, without the hot BITE of raw garlic. And these are the herb bags that are in each share. They contain parsley that is BUNCHED with an elastic! Cilantro that is NOT BUNCHED. Garlic scapes and garlic chives. Many chefs agree, all meals should start and end with parsley. Apparently doctors used to prescribe parsley for bad breath, body odor, and skin irritation. Even if the health claims are bunk, parsley is a flavourful green herb that helps to bring salads a fresh summer taste.