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Farm Share Week 3 (June 16-20, 2020)

Hello from the fields of Zephyr Organics! The middle of June has brought us cucumbers from the greenhouses! The kids were all excited and happy to discover all the beautiful cucumbers with us. As we harvest, we are weeding and lifting the vines up into the netting to offer them support. These vines can grow 10 feet in the air all the way to the top of the greenhouse, but for now, they are only about knee level.

While the sugar snap and snow peas are just flowering now (it may be 2 weeks yet) and the redcurrants are just starting to blush lightly, tomatoes are already growing on the vine. It is truly a strange year!

Due to some laying problems and losses, we have added some young ISA brown hens to our flock of laying hens. Thought they look almost identical, the eggs from the new hens are much darker and smaller. I bet you can tell which kind you receive in your egg shares this week!

In your Half Shares this Week:

  • Potted basil
  • bunch asparagus
  • bunch/bag spinach
  • Chinese cabbage
  • head green leaf lettuce
  • bunch radish
  • bunch leeks
  • 1lb baby bokchoy
  • 1lb cucumbers
  • 1 bunch kale

Simply 6 Shares

  • Potted basil
  • bunch asparagus
  • Chinese cabbage
  • head green leaf lettuce
  • bunch leeks
  • 1lb cucumbers

Whole Shares

  • Potted basil
  • bunch asparagus
  • bunch/bag spinach
  • Chinese cabbage
  • head green leaf lettuce
  • bunch radish
  • bunch leeks
  • 1lb baby bokchoy
  • 1lb cucumbers
  • 1 bunch kale
  • extra bunch spinach
  • bunch terragon (herb)
  • bunch garlic scapes
  • head Boston lettuce
  • head romaine

Fruit Shares

  • pint blueberries
  • 1lb strawberries
  • 6 Valencia oranges
  • 6 gala apples (BC)
  • 3 mangoes

Recipes

Chinese Cabbage, Bacon, Noodle Stir Fry

Makes a super easy lunch or even dinner.

Ingredients

  • approx. half Chinese cabbage, chopped finely
  • 4 slices bacon, cut with scissors into fine strips
  • 2 tbsp. soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • Chow mein noodles, 200g
  • Optional: add finely chopped leeks or garlic scapes for added flavour

Directions

In a large wok or frying pan, cut bacon into small strips and sautee until sizzling. Add finely chopped Chinese cabbage, and sautee until soft. Add soya sauce, rice vinegar, olive oil and sesame oil.

Boil water in a pot, add noodles and boil until lightly cooked. Add to wok and stir all together. Top with sautéed leeks for additional flavour. Enjoy!

Chicken with Tarragon Sauce

Up your cooking game with the addition of this savoury French herb in this creamy sauce. Pairs perfectly with roasted asparagus! Check out the recipe here.

10 Minute Lemon Garlic Sauteed Bok Choy

Wondering what to do with all that bok choy? It’s full of iron and loaded with vitamins, more than just about any other veggie, so there are lots of reasons to cook with bok choy. Enjoy it raw in a salad, add some flavour and taste to noodle soups, or try this simple side.

Quick, Spicy Leek and Shrimp Stir Fry

I love me some shrimp! Add in the mild, savoury goodness of leeks and you have yourself a fast and fine dinner. My only objection is where they say to discard the green parts of the leaves. Nonsense, all of the plant is useful and tasty (except for the roots). If you don’t use the greens of the leeks in this dish, try saving them to flavour soup stock. You can even freeze them for use later. No need to waste the goodness :). Try the recipe here. or just chop and add the leeks to anywhere you would use onions.

Enjoy the tastes of spring!