We're writing to you from the Trumansburg Gimme Coffee, where we're taking shelter from the rainy fields for a few brief minutes. This e-mail may be long, because I just drank a small coffee.
What a share do we have for you this week! The rains have invigorated our crops and our farm, and we will be bringing a veritable feast of vegetables for you this week. In the coming weeks we will be pruning, trellising and weeding our tomato and cucumber and zucchini crops, cultivating our greens, beans, corn, squash, hilling our potatoes, and finishing our deer fence. If you'd ever like to come see the farm or get your hands dirty for a few hours, consider this your invitation! We have a work day on Friday mornings it's a good time for all.
Just a note that the vegetables in your share this spring are incredible eaten raw or lightly cooked, but we would encourage you all to think of using as much of this produce raw as possible. Since we pick it so close to when you eat it, much of its nutritional density is retained, and eating it raw ensures that you get as much of that benefit as possible. Plus, it's delicious that way!
Also, a lot of our vegetables have parts that are not commonly eaten but are delicious -- the tops of sweet turnips, the sorrel stems, the green parts of the scallions, and the stems of the kale are all delicious and one of the more nutritious parts of the vegetables.
As far as using your produce goes, Kara and I ate an INCREDIBLE "taco" salad this week, with tons of fresh lettuce, spinach and cilantro, rice beans and eggs, and some lightly cooked turnips and radishes all topped with a yogurt salsa cilantro dressing. We highly recommend that! Also, here's a great recipe that uses sorrel really nicely, and the collards can easily be replaced by kale. Thanks Kaelin for sending it our way :) http://goodthingsgrow.com/collards-quinoa-with-sorrel-sauce/
Anyways, here's what you're getting in your share this week --
salad turnips (eat me raw! or lightly cooked)
asian greens salad mix
lettuce (red, buttercrunch and ICEBERG! yes we're organic farmers, and yes we grow iceberg. it's like the ice cream vegetable. enjoy it without guilt.)
sorrel (try making lemonade with the sorrel!)
cilantro (yes, it's HERE!)
baby beets (delicious raw or lightly stir fried)
kale (three kinds -- russian, frilly, green curly)
stored carrots, turnips, rutabagas, sunchokes
and plants! we're bringing tomato plants and perennial potted herbs for you all if you want to start your own kitchen garden for the truly freshest produce.
Thanks, and see you tonight! (or next Monday, or Tuesday!)
Aaron and Kara