Pea-a-palooza!

Jun 21, 2021 | Box Contents

There is never a dull moment on the farm! This week I moved a snapping turtle from the chicken pen (again). I feel like I am getting good at moving turtles without losing fingers (those particular turtles can really SNAP when they want to!) Don’t worry, the turtle is safe and unharmed.

This week peas abound! We have garden peas for the first time in forever, which are the ones that you are used to seeing in the freezer section of the grocery store. You get the age-old experience of shelling them this time, so grab a friend and go! They are best shelled over a great conversation, although the 1lb in your boxes won’t give you that much time. Sugar snaps are also just beginning. They are my total favourite, and I like them best raw and in the pod. Same with snow peas. If you are lucky enough to have all 3, try the 3 Pea Stir Fry Recipe Below!

Asparagus are starting to slow down out there, but luckily some new greens like rainbow swiss chard are on the scene, as well as green kale. Add some greens, basil and your garlic scapes and you can make delicious garlic scape pesto!

Simply Six Shares

  •  asparagus
  • 2 cucumbers
  • snow peas
  • green leaf lettuce
  • bunch carrots
  • bunch of garlic scapes

Half Shares

  •  rainbow swiss chard
  • 2 cucumbers
  • snow peas
  • green leaf lettuce
  • bunch carrots
  • bunch of garlic scapes
  • bunch green kale
  • romaine lettuce
  • garden peas
  • sugar snap peas

Whole Shares

  •  rainbow swiss chard
  • 2 cucumbers
  • snow peas
  • green leaf lettuce
  • bunch carrots
  • bunch of garlic scapes
  • bunch green kale
  • romaine lettuce
  • garden peas
  • sugar snap peas
  • bunch basil (please keep out of the fridge and keep moist)
  • bunch dandelion greens
  • asparagus
  • radish
  • bunch kolhrabi

Fruit

  • organic red grapes
  • organic white flesh nectarines (4-5)
  • organic lemons (3-4)
  • organic granny smith apples (3lb bag)
  • 1/2 pint organic blackberries

From the picture above: L-R: sugar snap peas, snow peas, garden peas

Recipes

How Does Your Garden Grow from facebook.com

Thanks for the inspiration, Heidi!

If you would like some more specific directions, try this recipe. Remember, if you are not rich enough to use pine nuts: seriously, those babies are expensive- feel free to use walnuts or sunflower seeds instead. Your wallet will thank you ;).

Garlic Scape Pesto

It’s full of basil so I call it pesto but you can choose any name if you’re a pesto recipe purest 🤷🏼‍♀️
Garlic scapes
Lots of basil
Couple handfuls of spinach and kale
Walnuts
Sunflower seeds
Olive oil
Purée into a paste and serve on pasta or as sauce for pizza. Nutritious, delicious and for the picky eaters, if you call it pesto, no one will ever know what’s really in it 😀

3 Pea Stir Fry from Simply in Season Cookbook

Serves 4.
Ingredients
  • 1 garlic scape, minced
  • 1 tbsp. ginger root, minced
  • 1/8 tsp crushed hot chilis

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in large frypan over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Add ingredients and stir fry 1 minute.

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 snow peas, cut into 1 inch pieces

Add and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.

  • 1 cup garden peas, shells removed

Add and stir fry until hot, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Stir in. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and salt to taste. Serve immediately. Also try adding greens like kale, swiss chard or dandelion greens and cook in the same way. Enjoy!

I thought this was an interesting photo. On the left is what I typically feed the hens in a day (minus their veggie scraps and what they forage for) and on the right is the daily eggs. They are pretty efficient creatures, for sure!

Have a vibrant week!