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Farm Share 2019 Week 3 (June 19-22)

Hello everyone! I think we got to feel some summer today! I was actually hot…a nice feeling, really! The greenhouses are heating up of course with the sun, and the cucumbers are finally producing. I picked them small this week because I figured you’d want them as badly as I do! If the skin still feels a little prickly just rub it with a cloth. By the weekend they will be big and beautiful, and featured in our boxes most weeks throughout the summer. So refreshing! I also pulled some wee little carrots this week to give our whole share members a taste. Don’t worry, there are lots more carrots on the way, we are just giving them a chance to grow.

A bunch of tarragon in my hand here, and some tomato blossoms in the field already!

Asparagus are still going strong! Enjoy them while they last, as in 2 weeks and they will be gone đŸ™‚ The other new veggie gracing your boxes is lettuce! Green leaf lettuce is in my family’s opinion the best lettuce for burgers and sandwiches and tacos…and yes they are of course awesome in salads!

Speaking of salads, did you know those big & beautiful chinese cabbages in your bins make a fine salad? One of your fellow farm share members advises: “I like making coleslaw with it sometimes with some aniseed, Thai basil & grated carrot.” If the salad idea is not your style, try finely chopping the cabbage in noodle soup or sauteeing with bacon.

Meal idea: use that yummy tarragon and your chives in a creamy sauce over asparagus, parnips, radish & chicken and bake. Serve with roasted potatoes.
Have leftover veggies and greens? Spaghetti sauce can be your secret weapon, and my mom is boss at making the best sauce out of bok choy, kale, carrots & whatever she finds in my fridge!
Maybe you’re not much of a baker, but you can still enjoy rhubarb stewed in a little water and sugar and served with yogurt or in your smoothie. For this personal sized smoothie, we took 1 banana, 4 tbsp. stewed rhubarb. 1/2 cup strawberries and 1/2 cup coconut milk. These were a hit at our Open House. Today I just threw the rhubarb in my smoothie raw!

Eat well, love well, and be well this week, everyone!