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4th Share for 2014 Boxed CSA

Posted 6/18/2014 10:28pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Happy 4th Share! We have some great items for you this week.

Box #4

Carrots. We’ll start with a favorite! And one that I am pretty confident most of you are familiar with. These are some of our first carrots of the season. They are great for snacking or for grating into a salad. Or you can throw them in with some other veggies and roast them all together.

Arugula.  Chopped arugula is really good in a sandwich. Lots of flavor and vibrancy to add to tuna salad or turkey or veggie wrap (I recommend sprouts, shredded carrot, arugula, cheese or cream cheese, and a little salad dressing). It also works well in grilled sandwiches and as a topping for pizza (after it comes out of the oven). A classic is to make a basic margherita pizza - tomato, mozzarella, basil and then as soon as it comes out of the oven be armed with thinly sliced prosciutto and clean, dry arugula leaves (you may want to chop the leaves in your share so they aren't too big). Place one layer of prosciutto and one scattered layer of arugula. I've had this combination at a few restaurants with a balsamic glaze drizzled over it and it is delicious!

Swiss Chard.  Steam it up like spinach and serve with some butter and cider vinegar. or make it part of a main dish such as a frittata. A nice simple pasta can be thrown together with caramelized onions, toasted walnuts (add just before serving for extra crunch), feta, and chard (maybe wilted in with the onions).

Snow peas.  Just like carrots, snow peas are another fun veggie to eat raw for a snack. Or you can also slice them and add to a salad or a stir fry. I recommend snapping off the ends in order to peel off the tough string that runs down the side. You can also use these snow peas in the Crunchy Napa Cabbage Slaw recipe linked below.  

Napa Cabbage.  Napa is much more tender and sweet than other cabbages. If you are making a slaw with it, a much lighter dressing can be used than with your usual green cabbage. I like sliced Napa in a wrap sandwich (particularly with buffalo chicken, parsley, chunks of blue cheese, and shredded carrot). It's also mild enough to add to a regular green salad. Try this great recipe for Crunchy Napa Cabbage Slaw and use your snow peas, too!

Scallions. These are so tender and sweet you can use them right up to the tip of the leaves. I usually just peel off any dirty outer layer from the base of the white "bulb" at the bottom and they're ready to use. Looking for some ideas of where to use your scallions? How about sprinkled over a soup for some added color and flavor? You can also add them to any salad, sandwich or stir-fry. Feeling adventurous? Try this recipe for Scallion Pancakes

Dill.  You can cook dill with seafood, use it in pasta or potato salads, or make tasty dips with. As the days are finally starting to heat up, you might be looking for some cool, refreshing recipes. Try this simple recipe for Dilly Cucumber Salad. If you want to have an option to use dill once it is out of season, make a compound butter. Compound butter just means butter that has been food processed with something to flavor it – dill, for example. You could throw in some lemon zest for extra zing if you feel inspired. Plop it out onto a piece of parchment paper and form a log out of it, roll it up, twist up the ends like a salami and stick it in the freezer. Now anytime you want to make dill mashed potatoes or salmon with dill, just cut off a slice and add it to your dish. This is a method you can use for all sorts of herbs, hot peppers, garlic, etc. 

Garlic Scapes.  those green, pungent curly cues. Kind of like a twisty, spicy, garlic-flavored chive. You can chop them up as a substitute for garlic. There were many ideas in the email last week but if you are looking for more, try making your own Ranch Dressing! This recipe incorporates your dill, too!

Bok Choy. Bok Choy is a great way to add some extra nutrition to your soup, salad, or stir fry!

4 Heads of Lettuce. Salad Extravaganza!

We hope you are enjoying your weekly mystery box! We have tons to do at the farm to try to care for all of the things we have planted, stay on top of harvesting things at their peak freshness, and keep planting!

We are tired and busy, but truly happy to have the life we do. Our son, Graham, is growing up in a wonderful place, with tons of family around and the most marvelous babysitter you could dream of, Caroline.  She even put together this email, based on archived CSA emails past. She is truly a wonder!

The longest day of the year is coming right up and then SUMMER is official!