Now that we have the season's first week of deliveries and pick-ups under our belt, we're hitting the weekly rhythm that will carry us until the end of the season. A big thanks to all of our CSA members for helping make the first week go so smoothly.
Evening amongst our lettuce & spinach beds
Either this week or next you'll see Garlic Scapes in your shares. Garlic Scapes are a long and curled stem that grow out of the top of garlic plants. We snip these scapes so the plant directs it's resources into producing it's bulb which we then harvest sometime in August.
Garlic scapes have a more mild flavor than bulbs but still taste like garlic. They can be used in all sorts of dishes, like omelets, pizzas, salads, and stir fries. Below you'll find a recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto sent to us by one of our CSA members!
Garlic Scape Pesto
1/4 cup pine nuts or other nuts
3/4 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes
Lemon juice or zest (1/2 lemon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Lightly roast the nuts until browned and let them cool. Combine the Garlic Scapes, nuts, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pour in the Olive oil slowly and blend. Stir in Parmesan Cheese. Enjoy!
Preparation Idea: Roast them Radish
Sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle to find new and interesting ways to enjoy your veggies. Luckily it doesn't have to be difficult either! If you find radish too spicy when raw, or if you're in the market for a low-carb alternative to roasted potatoes, try roasting your radish (especially the big ones).
We chop the radish into 1 inch chunks, throw them in a bowl with some olive oil, a little salt and pepper or whatever other spices you care to try, give them a toss, and then throw them in the oven at 350F until soft and visibly roasted. This simple maneuver takes the bite out of the radish while keeping them tender. Another option is to grill or char your radish. Same heat, different form.
If you decide to try it, let us know what you think!
This Week's Share
This week's shares will include:
Garlic Scapes* (this week or next)
Next Week's Share
We had a few people ask us about what would be in the next share. This is understandable, some may wish to plan their grocery shopping and meals accordingly. While we can't guarantee this will always be an accurate prediction, we can make a good faith effort to give you a heads up about what's coming.
Within the next week or two we expect the following crops to be included in our shares: Beets (and Beet Greens), Beans, Salad Turnips, Cucumbers, and Carrots. We're still several weeks away from Cherry Tomatoes and Peppers, but they are coming along nicely.
We'll include Snow Peas as long as our plants are producing, and shares will always include a healthy portion of greens like lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard.
Food Bank Support
As you may know, throughout the season we make weekly donations to local area food banks. The bulk of our donations go to the Kawartha Lakes Food Source in Lindsay, a charitable organization that acts as a distributor to 11 food banks throughout the Kawartha Lakes.
So far this season we've donated 200 pounds of fresh produce, all made possible by our CSA members. Thanks so much!