Bring on the Greens: This Week's CSA/Farmshare

csabox22Thanks to Good Life Catering, I no longer fear vast quantities of rhubarb. Now that I can make a rhubarb margarita, I say "bring it on!" Thank goodness, because more rhubarb is on the way. Here's a list of what I'll be getting from my Harmony Valley CSA today, along with descriptions and advice straight from the Harmony Valley newsletter:

  • Green garlic: Dice it, sauté it, and mix it into mashed potatoes.
  • Potato onions: Green onions that grow up in clusters. Trim the root and clean carefully, as dirt gets trapped in between them.
  • Spinach: Add a small handful to your morning smoothie.  It adds a boost of nutrition, an interesting color, and doesn't noticeably change the flavor of the smoothie.
  • Salad mix or arugula: Add sliced apples, shredded Cheddar, and a simple dressing.
  • Hon tsai tai , Yukina Savoy, or pea vine: Both flavorful cooking greens that can also be chopped and eaten as a salad.
  • Sweet baby broccoli
  • Rhubarb: Try adding rhubarb to your next stir fry. Add it at the very end, so it stays crisp, or cook it down ahead of time and toss it in as a tart sauce.
  • Asparagus: Add to a deluxe baked macaroni and cheese dish with mushrooms, Gruyere, and crispy bread crumb topping.
  • Bok choi: a Chinese cabbage that resembles a head of leaf lettuce. The thick white ribs are crisp and juicy and are good in a stir fry or sautéed and tossed with vinaigrette. The leaves can also be stir-fried, but should be added slightly later, as they cook more quickly.
  • Baby white turnips with tops: Juicy, tender, and buttery sweet! Try them raw, or cooked very lightly. Remove the leaves and use them in a salad or sautéed.

A few quick notes:

  • The fresh asparagus that's been coming each week is amazing, maybe the best ever.
  • I'm a green, leafy fella, so I'm still happy to be getting more spinach and arugula each week, especially when it's already washed and ready to go. My wife may not agree.
  • I'm very excited to see what a potato onion looks like.
  • Don't do what they say with your rhubarb. Make rhubarb margaritas instead.