Week #2 — Note from the Farmer

Dear CSA Member

Refrigerators will be full of greens this week. Tropicana and Romaine Lettuce, Muzuna and a new salad ingredient Purslane. Purslane can be eaten raw in a salad or cooked. Purslane has a mild, slightly lemony flavor. It tastes great in a salad with a citrus vinaigrette, toasted walnuts and goat cheese. Or, you can briefly sauté purslane in butter and softened shallots or onions, and add to an omelet or frittata. All of the greens are given a rinse right after we pick them but they will need a wash at home. With rain over the last week and the soil splashes between the leaves. I have found it works well to wash greens by cutting the stem portion off, giving the leaves a good rinse in a bowl or sink full of water, drain and rinse again, spin dry. The lettuces will keep for at least a week in the salad spinner if you have enough room in your refrigerator or in a plastic bag or container. Some members re-use the rinse water to water their plants.

The greens on the kohlrabi are plentiful and should be cut off and used as a separate vegetable. Kohlrabi greens can be cooked just like collard greens or kale. They can also be eaten raw by tossing into a salad.

The Bright Lights Swiss Chard looks just beautiful. The multicolored stems of yellow, reds, oranges adorn the Bright Lights Swiss Chard. Oriental Greens and Red Mustard Greens are delicious served with Locust Point CSA’s Spicy Peanut Sauce. The recipe for Spicy Peanut Sauce can be found on the farm Recipe and Produce ID section under Sauces.

Garlic Scapes are the green pig tail looking stem. The scape is the immature seed head of the garlic plant that we remove to send more growing energy to the bulb below the soil. The scape grows from the center of the above ground portion of the garlic plant. Garlic Scapes have the same flavor and use as the garlic bulb. Delicious Garlic Scape Pesto is easy to make found on the farm Recipe and Produce ID section under Garlic heading or use your favorite pesto recipe substituting the basil for scapes.

Marketplace items Honey, Maple, Organic Fair Trade Kosher Coffee in ground or whole bean, Organic Tree to Bar Dark Chocolate bars and Cocoa Powder can be ordered any time during the season and will be delivered with your CSA shares. The Organic Dark Chocolate is delicious. To place an order from the online CSA Marketplace log into your CSA Member Account from the farm website home page. Place your order and it will be delivered with your CSA shares. All of the products we offer on the Marketplace are produced by small family farms locally, in Central America and Grenada.

Enjoy the Harvest
for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

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