Luckily we were able to tread water out in the field for the last couple of days, and the plants appear to have emerged from the deluge unscathed. For awhile though, it looked like the tomatoes might drown! This is the downside of too much rain, which is usually something that Doesn't Happen Ever.
The happy upside to lots of rain -- and subsequent sunshine -- is beautiful delicious vegetables. This week we have five different herbs for you, plus 17 vegetable options! This is really awesome, we think! Lots of CSAs offer you only 5-10 items at this time of year. You have a choice of 22! Plus, it only gets better. Tomato season is right around the corner.
We are coming into the season of summer crunch. Zucchinis have just started going off, and broccoli is in full swing. Cabbage makes its first appearance in the share, and FULL SIZE BEETS! I know you all love those baby beets, but let's be honest here, it's the big boys that really steal the show. Cucumbers are coming soon too!
Some quick thoughts on eating all this bounty: pressed cabbage salad is a GREAT way to eat lots of cabbage and really enjoy yourself while doing so. It's very simple: one head cabbage, one bunch cilantro, a few squirts of lemon juice, couple pinches salt, and maybe some hot sauce if you're a bold person. Feel free to add any other veg options in. Thinly slice the cabbage and then, and this is key, mix in the other ingredients and MASSAGE the cabbage until it wilts. Then chill and eat in an hour or so. The massaging has the effect, with the lemon juice, of breaking down the cabbage walls, making it as crunchy as romaine and as tender as butter crunch lettuce. Enjoy!
If you can't make it tonight due to your Fourth of July plans, then feel free to come to the on-farm pickup on Monday. If you haven't already, PLEASE let us know before Sunday night so we can harvest appropriate amounts!
Finally: because sometimes we grow things that we just really want to enjoy ourselves, we put in a row of tulsi basil this year. It is INCREDIBLE in tea, cold or hot. We have a lot, so made a blend of fresh tulsi, mint and lemon balm for your tea drinking pleasure! At this time of year you probably want to enjoy it cold, as sun tea. Here's how: take a handful or bunch of the leaves, bound or banded, and drop it in a big sealed jug with water and sweetener (honey is best). Let that sit in the sun for 4-6 hours, then shake it up and chill it. Enjoy! Very nice summer iced tonic. Medicinal too! Good post meal drink. Let us know if you like getting fresh tea herbs and we'll keep bringing them.
Without further ado, the veggies:
Spicy lettuce salad mix
Radicchio (chop and toss with romaine for AWESOME crunchy salad)
Tender salad cabbage
Sweet Hakurei turnips
Scarlet queen turnips
SNOW PEAS! (Yes, we have them, enjoy!)
Tea blend (mint, tulsi, lemon balm)
Thank you for your patronage! See you soon,
Aaron and Kara