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CSA/Market UPDATES 5/13

Below are updates for the share this week. 

PRODUCE * indicates small share. Produce is from Flores Family Farm (George, Omar and family) Hague, Va.

  • Romaine Lettuce* -7 cool ways to use it. 
  • Red Radishes* – garlic roasted radishes — use your garlic scapes; radish sandwich with butter and salt. arugula and put it on the Billy Bread. so very amazing. 
  • Bok Choy -Otherwise known as Chinese white cabbage is a staple ingredient in Asian dishes. The tender dark green leaves and crisp off-white-colored stalks provide a nice fresh crunch. The greens have a spinach-like taste with a very mild bitterness. I like to add them to my veggie kimchi, or I like to roast them. Roasted Bok Choy or try bok choy in vinegar oyster sauce; or vegan pho with bok choy and mushrooms and garlic why not! 
  • Asparagus* -roasted asparagus with walnuts and goat cheese
  • Pea Shoots* – stir fried pea shoots with garlic (use the scapes)pasta with pea shoots – perfect with the Bombolini pasta from last time; arugula salad with pea shoots ad parmesan
  • Garlic Scapes* – Garlic scapes are the tender stem and flower bud of a hardneck garlic plant and will probably have a curly coil to them. Use them just as you would garlic — so they are perfect for stirfries, pesto, and marinades. Here is a guide to them. 
  •  Mushrooms* AM Fog, Afton, VA – Maitake is perfect for grilling vegans and meatless Mondays. Here are BBQ Muaheoom Skirt steaks from Wicked Healthy
  • Garlic Scapes* – Garlic scapes are the tender stem and flower bud of a hardneck garlic plant and will probably have a curly coil to them. Use them just as you would garlic — so they are perfect for stirfries, pesto, and marinades. Here is a guide to them. 
  • Spinach
  • Apple Butter – Southernmost Maple – They made this special just for us. It goes wonderfully in the yogurt!  . We have had a lot of pantry items this season because of the unusually cold, late spring. 
  • Strawberries* Agriberry – Hanover VA – We are hoping to have these in the share – but weather may play a factor.  make small batch strawberry balsamic jam.Here’s a cheffed up strawberry pretzel  pie recipe from Garden and Gun that is YUM-O.   I use gluten free pretzels. 

FRUIT SHARE – Strawberries – 3 boxes

PANTRY – Sorghum molasses Compass Winds Farm – Dayton, VA  – This is absolutely delicious – try it in coffee, as a sugar substitute, in sauces and marinades. Try this amazing recipe for sorghum + grits ice cream (use your grits from a few weeks back.).

OYSTERS + CLAMS

Rappahanock oysters and clams –  Topping, VA Check our facebook group for the video I made on how to open them, but please wear gloves. Here are some recipe suggestions Grill themOven roaststeam, or try one of these . Clams – Here’s how to roast, grill, steam and chowder them. Your oysters will be in a lightly tied plastic bag — when you get home, open the bag a little more so they can breathe, and put them in a cool part of your fridge. Please use your clams quickly as they are fragile. It is also good to use your oysters as soon as possible for best fresh flavor, as they are hardier, they will be ok in your fridge for a few days if you don’t get to them.  When you are ready to prepare your shellfish – look them over carefully and discard any that may be open. 

ALT MEATS for those of you who opted out of the oysters/clams. If you have not done this, let me know ASAP, otherwise you will get oysters. 

  • Southernmost Maple maple sausage – here are some cool ways to use them for breakfast (or breakfast for dinner) including french toast egg cups, and breakfast mac and cheese
  • Bison Strip NY steaks – These bison steaks are a real treat. These are on the pricier end of our meat items – which is why you only get 2 items this time. Try this recipe for pan seared bison 

BREAD

  • Billy Bread – Rustic Sourdough — This is the famous Billy Bread!  Don’t distress if it starts to get hard before you can eat it all, although it is easy to eat it all at once – it is so delicious. Here are some ways to revive and  use leftover sourdough bread. 

DAIRY

  • Cheese -chevre – Goats R Us, Blackstone, VA – Robin and John have been with us as farmers for many years and we love their delicious creamy cheese. It freezes well if you aren’t going to eat it right away. Here are some ways to get you started with your goat cheese.