West Hartford Pick Up – June 25th

June 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
June 2015 Jack

Tending tomatoes two weeks ago. They are already twice as big. Cherry tomatoes aren’t far off from harvest!

Harvest Notes June 25th 2015

Kohlrabi It may look like an alien from outer space but it is actually a very simple vegetable to eat. Use the leaves like kale and peel the bulb, then slice it for a raw salad cook it like you would a broccoli stem. This week the Adamah fellows have been eating it raw with tahini and lemon juice. You may want to store the leaves in a seperate bag from the bulb as the bulb will store for months. We will probably have enough to give these out again next week.

Persian Cucumbers This variety has smooth skin and small seeds and we think it is particularly delicious! Store them dry in a bag in the fridge to ensure they stay crisp.

Summer Squash The first of the season! There are two varieties here- a dark green, standard zucchini and a light green specialty summer squash. There will be plenty of opportunity to try all the kinds we grow throughout the season.

Salad Turnips (also called Hakurai Turnips) and Greens Unlike the storage turnips that many people are used to, these are very juicy and delicious raw. Try them as a snack on their own, on salad, as a conduit for hummus or dip, roasted, or sauteed. The greens are also delicious and a bit spicy raw or cooked.

Garlic Scapes Use these garlic plant flower stalks in place of garlic in any recipe when chopped small or sautee them like a garlicky green bean. These store well and we’ll be distributing them for several weeks so you may want to stock up to make a big batch of scape pesto.

Rainbow Chard Use these cooking greens in any dish you might otherwise use spinach for- breakfast eggs, quiche, casserole, soup, dip, or even spanikopita if you have a fancy potluck to attend.

Cilantro This herb goes well with bean dishes and curries. It can also be made into a fresh tasting salad dressing. Want to save it for salsa season? Chop it up and freeze it in a paste.

Salad Mix This week the salad has more arugula and baby beet greens than it did the previous two weeks so it will taste a little different.

Romaine Lettuce Head After last week’s speckled heirloom romaine, this more standard green variety would be boring if it weren’t so big, crisp, and crunchy!

Green Lettuce Head This oak leaved variety is creamy, a little like a butterhead.

Lavender Enjoy this arromatic herb as a fresh potpourri by putting the stems in a fresh vase of water; dry it by simply hanging it in a well ventilated space for a few weeks, perhaps even from the rear view mirror of your car; or look up a baking recipe such as lavender shortbread.

Storage Guide for This Week’s Share

CROP

SHORT STORAGE LIFE

(eat first)

MED STORAGE LIFE

(7-14 days)

LONG STORAGE LIFE

(2-6 wks)

STORE IN FRIDGE IN BAG

STORE ON COUNTER

FREEZES WELL

Lettuce

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Kohlrabi Bulb

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Kohlrabi Greens

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Turnips

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Turnip Greens

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Lavender

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Chard

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Summer Squash

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Cilantro

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Garlic Scapes

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Salad Mix

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Cucumbers

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