June 13 or 16 CSA

 

 

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1 head of green bibb lettuce, 1 head of radicchio, 1 head of frisee, 1 bunch of carrots, 1 bunch of basil, 2 sweet onions, 3 pounds of new potatoes, 2 pounds of cucumbers, 1 pound of yellow squash.

Radicchio (small round red head)and frisee (green deeply lobed leaves) are both in the chicory family and are somewhat bitter.  They are both good additions to a green salad or used in place of lettuce.  The frisee is very mildly bitter; the radicchio more bitter.  Some people enjoy radicchio grilled…our favorite way to eat it is in a salad with toasted walnuts, apple or pear, blue cheese, balsamic vinegar and black pepper.

We are trying to give you basil as it grows big enough to pick so that you can make your pesto and dry some for the winter.  The basil here almost always succumbs to a powdery mildew right about the time the tomatoes start to ripen.  This way you can have your basil waiting to add to your favorite tomato dishes.  I make a very simple pesto with only basil, garlic, olive oil and salt.  I put it in a jar and pour a little olive oil over the top of the pesto to give air out, put on a lid,and store in the refrigerator.  I add nuts, cheese,lemon juice to it right when I’m using it.

 

 

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