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What’s in the Share and at the Market 7/2

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Dear members — here is what we anticipate being in the share next week – subject to change. If you will be away for the July 4 holiday, but have not yet held your share, please email asap so we can hold you and adjust our counts for the farms. Thank you. 

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

FRUIT SHARE/from Agriberry

PANTRY SHARE 

MEAT SHARE

BREAD

  • Billy Bread rustic sourdough –  Note that Billy Bread is now available to add on in the Bakery section! 

DAIRY

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What’s in the Share – Week of 5/22/17

Lemon-dill-soup-9236Hi Members –

We are getting into summer holidays.   Some of you may be away for your share – don’t forget to hold. When you put your share on hold via your dashboard, please send me an email letting me know how you wish to redeem that held share: move to another week, credit or donate. Held shares do not automatically get moved to the next time – I need to hear from you to know what to do with it. You can also give your shares to friends – but let me know. Thanks!

There are a few things in the share that look similar – dill, chamomile and baby fennel. Ive posted some pictures in the FB group, along with extra recipes.

Here’s what we anticipate to be in your share this week – subject to change. Often what we think will be in the share changes by the time Thursday rolls around. Mark often gives you extras of things. I hope you are enjoying it all.

PRODUCE

Fruit

Meat – Weekly people I do not know what the meat will be yet. Will try to send out an email as soon as Mark knows so you can plan – so sorry.

Biweeklies – this is what you might expect.

  • pork short ribs
  • trout filet (2 filets in the pack)
  • Sausage Craft Sat Nite Sausage – with Sriracha and beer (gluten alert)

Bread

Cheese – TBD

Happy Cooking!

Suzi

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What’s in the CSA- week of 5/1 – Oysters, Clams, Asparagus, Ramps, Strawberries!!!

13130879_10154064264569360_4995498652799122823_oHi members, Hope you are all staying cool!

We have a bang up share for you this week. Post pictures of what you are making on our facebook group page! Others love ideas and recipes. I also post other ideas and info. Thank you!

We will be having the option of oysters and clams again next week, so if you are getting a share with meat in it, and need to OPT OUT and get the ALTERNATE MEAT (I do not know what it will be), send me your OPT OUT email with no oysters clams in your subject. If you want them, do NOTHING – you will get 2 dozen each oysters and clams, or the quart of shucks (email if you want the shucks). If you want more, or a la carte oysters, clams by the dozen, or pints or quarts of shucks, please order via your dashboard under MEATS – Oysters Clams a la carte.  NEED ORDERS BY WED next week. thank you.

Happy eating. Suzi

Veg share so far, subject to changes:

  • Swiss chard – Swiss chard is delicious, versatile, and don’t forget to pickle the stems. It is hearty enough to stand in for pasta, say in a lasagna. The stems take longer to cook than leaves, so I usually put stems in first, then leaves. Here are some ideas.
  • Baby spinach – put on pizza with the ramps. or make a salad.
  • Green onions – these guys may get overshadowed by the ramps this week, but put them in your salad with bibb lettuce, baby spinach and strawberries and they will shine.
  • Ramps – boy we love these, and we have a family tradition of getting them every year. Ive posted some ramp info on our FB group. Don’t be intimidated by them. Treat them like you would garlic or onions, only better, and you’ll be ok. Here’s a great video on how to find, clean and pickle them. They are forest foraged, so still have soil on them. Clean them well, dirt can  hide in them, like leeks. Use the leaves to make pesto, or chimmichurri. If you aren’t going to get to them for a bit, cut off your leaves, and keep them in a bag in your fridge. I have actually had them stay in the fridge for a month or so.  They are great in biscuits, which we included below. Put on pizza.
  • Bibb – make lettuce wraps, use it as a bun for your burger.
  • Radishes – young radishes have a sweetness to them. Try roasted radishes with brown butter, radish tops, and lemon. You can also sautee the tops like any green.  Slice and add to salad. Pickle. Here are some recipes. There is a radish corn salad in here, that would be good with your corn if you haven’t used it yet.
  • Strawberries – I posted info on how to freeze them to use later in the season in smoothies. You can also make fruit leather, dehydrate for snacks, or jam. Here is the boss small batch strawberry balsamic jam recipe I posted in the group that I made for Mother’s Day gifts last year. I cooked it in the slow cooker. this makes only 4 half pints, so refridgerate, eat on the biscuits, or give away. No need to process. But if you want to process, I used a saucepan, and a veggie steamer and it worked great. I used this on baked brie at mom’s for Easter.
  • Asparagus – we are grilling bacon wrapped asparagus for dinner tonight. or put in salad.
  • Arugula – good on pizza with the ramps.
  • Cilantro (good with clams) – Clams with bacon, cilantro, ginger and galic (sub ramps!!)
  • Mushrooms – good on pizza with the ramps.
  • Golden biscuit mix from Wade’s Mill for strawberry shortcake and ramp biscuits. to make ramp biscuits: thinly slice the bulb and add it right in. Or you can use only the leaves. You can caramelize the bulbs in a little butter first. Cook as usual. Wade’s Mill is a circa 1750 water grist mill and we love their products. You will see them on the menu at fine restaurants.

Meat
Oysters and clams – how to shuck an oyster with Chef Pete at Merroir. How to prepare them raw 0 use your ramps, or green onions! Grill them. Here’s a few other methods of cooking like roasting, and steaming. Here’s how to steam clams. Here’s the Ultlimate Pasta with Clams – perfect if you still have your pasta from the other week! Make oyster shooters. You can use sake, tequila, vodka etc. Look them up. You’ll be in heaven.
If you opted out, looks like a picnic grill special:
Polyface hot dogs
ground beef
bison summer sausage – make a plate with the cheese from  your share. You can add in sliced radishes, and make a delicious sauce with a spoon of our lovely jam with some stone ground mustard.  You can slice it and add it to your salad. Or put it on the pizza!!!!

 

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What’s in the Share – Valentine’s Edition – Update on Spring CSA

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Happy Cooking! Here is what’s in the share – I see some lovely Valentine’s meals here.

Produce

  • sunflower shoots
  • carrots with tops
  • Wade’s Mill white grits – these are phenomenal, and prized by chefs all over the region More about Wade’s Mill here.  How to make grits without recipe.
  • Romaine lettuce – apple carrot romaine juice
  • bibb lettuce
  • sunflower shoots
  • mushrooms
  • fresh horseradish – this is indeed a treat, and you have not had horseradish until you have had it fresh. It is terrifically aromatic, and it will clear out your sinuses and may make you cry (like chopping onons) so you might want to wear safety glasses and prep in a well ventilated area to avoid tears. (i had a restaurant job once where I wore swimming goggles when I chopped onions). Here are a ton of cool recipes. I like to use a plane zester and grate it into dishes. Fire Cider is also a great way to use it, easy, and not only makes a wonderfully spicy condiment and DIY on trend gift your friends will love,  it helps keeps the cooties at bay (here is another version, called Master Tonic  with video tutorial, that has a much more therapeutic spin on it.)  I try to keep some of this on hand at all times, not just for flavor, but for health. A shot a day.. Another easy favorite is horseradish preserved with vinegar. My dad had horseradish growing in the garden, and along the brook, and I remember he and my mom taking turns grinding it by hand, tears streaming down their face. Then they would put it in baby food jars, and freeze. Then we would have horseradish at every meal – its really good with potatoes, turnip mash, and with meats and eggs! You can easily grind it in a food processor or Vitamix type blender, put into your jars, and top with vinegar. it will stay fresh in your fridge for a long time, but also you can freeze, like my parents did. If you are a Bloody Mary person, this will really take your drinks to the next level. Here’s an easy recipe. Horseradish is, as my dad would say, “good for what ails ya” and just one of the weird folklore things I grew up with that I now find are REALLY good for you. Here’s more info on using it therapeutically from the late, great Dr. Christopher.
  • potatoes
  • leeks – potato leek soup with cheese rinds –  I hope you have been saving your Mt. View cheese rinds. I keep mine in a ziplock in the cheese drawer. They were made for recipes like this one.
  • bok choy
  • turnips – smashed turnips with horseradish

Meat

  • Smoked trout – this makes such a dramatic appetizer, and lovely on a bagel in the morning. Smoked trout and horseradish spread.
  • Sausage Craft Cerdito Sausage – Meant to emulate the flavors of roast Cuban pork shoulder; made from pork, cilantro, orange zest, garlic, cumin and other spices. Savory and warming like the Caribbean sun!  Cuban style sausage and beans
  • Chicken breast – here is an easy way to poach your chicken breast on stove top, perfectly. It calls for boneless, and to pound it, but I used this just fine earlier this week without doing either.