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Winter CSA Week 7
Winter CSA: Week 7
Greetings from the greenhouse! It is a beautiful feeling to open up the door – in the middle of winter – and be surrounded by so many shades green. And sheltered from the wind while you carefully (but quickly!) harvest Barese Chard so that the plants will continue to grow.
When you see the Barese at pick up this week, you may mistake it for Bok choi, not only because Mike, Al, Anya & Company like to grow it, but because this variety of Swiss chard bears a striking resemblance, even for the adventurous vegetable eater. It’s texture is rich and like the rainbow chard of previous shares, it is a versatile, nutritious cooking green. The chard will cook fairly quick, so it is a great stir-fry companion to the blue oyster mushrooms you’re also getting. While you’re heating ginger, garlic, butter, mushrooms, chard and sesame oil in a pan, steam some rice or quinoa and there you have it: a vegetarian dinner.

In your share this week:

  • Carrots or Turnips
  • Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes or Winter Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Barese Chard
  • Lettuce
  • Herb du jour
For this week’s recipe, let’s address the parts of the share that folks may not think to cook with: Onion peels, carrot ends, herb stems, outer cabbage leaves, kale stems, leftover kale stems, broccoli trunks. You know, all the fixings for vegetable stock.
Farmer Al’s beautiful inside-and-out wife, Sarah, made vegetable stock on Sunday and shared (most of) the following instructions:
  1. Keep a one-gallon plastic ziplock bag in the refrigerator to capture and repurpose these parts of meal prep.
  2. Once the bag is full, dump the contents into a large stock pot with 9 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of salt.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 1.5 hours.
  4. Watch football, do embroidery, give a farmer a foot massage, wash hands, then…
  5. Strain and now you have homemade vegetable broth.
And speaking of stock, we have had some interest in chicken parts for stock, and chicken parts in general, and are planning a freezer sale for the last Wednesday of Winter CSA: January 31, 2018. Details coming soon.
Be Great,
Deb, Al & Lex on duty this week, Mike and Bella up in Vermont, Chickens, Goats x 14 (with babies due any day now!!!) and Radish, who is working tirelessly to get Captain Pancakes home. If you see a black cat with some small white markings, that’s him and please contact us, his family has been missing him for weeks.
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