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Last week’s box changes, a quick update and some Kohlrabi recipes

Hi all,

Just in case you were wondering about some variances between the posted box contents and what you did receive, here were the changes (and why):

– We had to give kohlrabi instead of corn as the crop was destroyed by raccoons
– We had to substitute red leaf lettuce for broccoli as we ran out of broccoli
– We had to substitute radish for zucchini in a couple boxes (we have no more zucchini for the rest of the year)

For those of you with kohlrabi still looking at you from your refrigerator, don’t fret! Here are a few simple recipes to try:

Kohlrabi & Carrots

Ingredients
1 medium kohlrabi, chopped into 3/4 ” cubes (about 2 cups)
4 large carrots, cut into chunks to match the size of the kohlrabi
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon butter (optional)
salt and pepper

Directions
1 Cover the Kohlrabi and carrots with lightly salted water and boil until quite tender (about 15-20 minutes).
2 Drain.
3 Lightly mash, leave a lot of texture don’t try to make them smooth like mashed potatoes.
4 Add nutmeg and butter.
5 serve.

Kohlrabi Slaw

Ingredients
2 small kohlrabi
1 cup radish
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions
1 Peel two small kohlrabi.
2 Shred the kohlrabi and radishes. You may use a food processor for this. I hand grate using a cheese grater.
3 Mix 1 Tablespoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley in a glass bowl. Whisk in 2 Tablespoons olive oil.
4 Add shredded veggies and toss.
5 Chill for 30 minutes or more

Creamy Kohlrabi Salad

Ingredients
1 lb kohlrabi, each about 2 inches across
3 scallions, minced
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon coarse grain mustard

Directions
1 Cut kohlrabi into quarters and steam, covered, over boiling water until tender, 25 minutes.
2 When kohlrabi are cool enough to handle, remove the skins with your fingers.
3 Place kohlrabi in a medium bowl with scallions and onion.
4 In a food processor or blender, combine ricotta, mayonnaise, and mustard and process just until creamy.
5 Pour ricotta mixture over kohlrabi mixture and toss well to combine.
6 Serve warm or at room temperature

Need more options?

Kohlrabi Kalan with coconut and chiles, from My Cookbook
Celeriac and kohlrabi rosti an Indian kohlrabi fritter from Rosa Jackson’s Edible Adventures
Kohlrabi and apple slaw from A Veggie Venture
Roasted kohlrabi from A Veggie Venture
Puréed kohlrabi from Farmgirl Fare
Spicy kohlrabi sukke from Aayi’s Recipes
Kohlrabi curry from Cook’s Hideout
Kohlrabi and squash empanadas from Straight from the Farm
Fennel and kohlrabi salad from Food Stories
Kohlrabi remoulade from Nourish Me
Quick kohlrabi pickles from Restaurant Widow

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Box Contents Week 11 – Summer 2011

Well this week marks the beginning of the second half of Farm Share. Take a minute to think of your experience so far. Did you try something new, discover a new favourite or decide a certain veggie just isn’t for you?

Perhaps you have had to throw away some things that never made it in a meal. May I just encourage you to make deciding to eat better easier on yourself. I recommend washing, drying, and sometimes even chopping off your produce right away so they are quick to grab. You will likely eat what is available and easy, especially when you are tired, so if you have already done the prep work, then that’s one more healthy eating victory you are likely to have.

Please feel free to offer your feedback on this blog, facebook or via email.

This week I am excited to include corn (a first for Zephyr Organics) and cabbage, a fall (gasp!) staple. It seems wrong to even think about the fall right now, but indeed there is an abundance of great produce coming your way soon. Unfortunately the broccoli is not going to win any beauty contests this week (the heat has discoloured it a little) but it still tastes good and you will find that there are 11 items in the half share this week. Zucchini and cucumbers are likely done for the season, so savour them.

Here are the contents:

Half Share
– beets
– green cabbage
– rainbow swiss chard
– corn
– broccoli
– saladette tomatoes
– romaine
– assorted sweet peppers
– zucchini
– cucumber
– carrots

Whole Share
– beets
– green cabbage
– rainbow swiss chard
– corn
– broccoli
– saladette tomatoes
– romaine
– assorted sweet peppers
– zucchini
– cucumber
– carrots
– eggplant
– raspberries
– spinach
– tomatoes
– chives

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Box Contents Week 10 – Summer 2011

Hello farmshare family!

I hope you are starting to see how your value evens out week to week. While last week consisted of more smaller, pricier items, this week there are a lot of bulky/heavy items and the boxes are looking nice and full.

This is about my favorite time of year for selecting items for your boxes because there are so many items to choose from. Instead of having to repeat certain items due to lack of alternatives, there are new things coming on all the time. Like melons – if I run out and cannot get enough for all of you, I will make sure the people who don’t get any this week get it next.

I had quite a time learning how to select the most ripe cantaloupes and hope the results are good. They are ready when their skin goes a tan or yellowy colour and the pattern on the skin rises. If you feel like your melon could get a tad riper you can put it in a loosely closed paper bag to trap the natural gases that ripen fruit. Enjoy!

Also, I hope you enjoy the parsley. Fresh herbs are amazing because you are adding flavour without adding salt, sugar or many calories and instead more health attributes like a very high vitamin C content (way more than an orange). I find parsley to be especially versatile, having added it to pastas (especially alfredo), stir frys, soups, omelettes and more.

~ Jennifer

Here are the box contents:

Half Share
-cucumber
-red leaf lettuce
-carrots
-cantaloupe
-curly parsley
-eggplant
-chinese cabbage
-green onions
-black kale
-green peppers

Whole Share
-cucumber
-red leaf lettuce
-carrots
-cantaloupe
-curly parsley
-eggplant
-chinese cabbage
-green onions
-black kale
-green peppers
-romaine
-saladette tomatoes
-baby bok choy
-broccoli
-green cabbage
-celery
-okra

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Box Contents Week 9 – Summer 2011

Hi everyone!

Just thought I would comment on a few items in your boxes for this week. One is, the large green and red peppers loose in your boxes are actually a sweet pepper, tasting very much like bell peppers (one of my favorite veggies- yum!).

The whole share boxes contain some hot peppers, which are tied with an “organically grown” tie. Please test before using them as they are quite hot. Also, you are again receiving roma tomatoes. While they can be used as regular tomatoes, they are the ideal tomato for cooking in pastas or sauces. Also, this week the radish has returned. If you do not enjoy the bite that radishes have, try steaming them- they mellow to quite a mild flavour with a nice crisp texture.

You may notice that your green leaf lettuce is much smaller than at other times of the year. The high heat slows their growth and makes it necessary to harvest them earlier so they do not go to seed and spoil.

Finally, the whole shares will receive watermelon this week which I am ecstatic about! They are huge and full of flavour. We will have some type of melon for everyone soon (we also are growing cantaloupes and honeydews).

In the boxes this week:

Half Share

-green onions
-green leaf lettuce
-zucchini
-cucumbers
-roma tomatoes
-grape tomatoes
-yellow or green beans
-italian flat beans/snap beans
-radishes
-sweet peppers

Whole Share

-green onions
-green leaf lettuce
-zucchini
-cucumbers
-roma tomatoes
-grape tomatoes
-yellow or green beans
-italian flat beans/snap beans
-radishes
-sweet peppers
-carrots
-chinese cabbage
-watermelon
-sage
-garlic
-hot chili peppers
-red kale

Have a good one,

Jennifer

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Box Contents for Week 8 – Summer 2011

Hello all!

Happy August to you, I hope it’s going great.

Here is a lovely little note from the folks at Zephyr:

Here are the box contents for week 8. Next week we will likely have cantaloupes and/or watermelon – they are the right size but just need to change colour. I am so excited about these because we had a crop failure of those last year and they look beautiful in the field!

~ Jennifer

(That’s a lot of what I love about being involved with Farm Share… the passion for the food, the love of growing something delicious and healthy close to home… so thanks everyone for supporting Zephyr!!)

Half Share
-romaine lettuce
-green leaf lettuce or bok choy
-red beets
-green beans
-grape tomatoes
-green swiss chard
-potted basil
-broccoli
-cucumber
-zucchini

Whole Share
-romaine lettuce
-green leaf lettuce or bok choy
-red beets
-green beans
-grape tomatoes
-green swiss chard
-potted basil
-broccoli
-cucumber
-zucchini
-roma tomatoes
-okra
-kohlarabi
-bok choy
-italian parsley
-green onions
-eggplant

And thanks again to Make, Jane, Make for the lovely recipes you share with us via your comments on the blog — so delicious looking and very informative!! You rock!