June 17 or 20 CSA

share contents:  1 head of napa cabbage, 1 bunch scallions, 1 garlic, 3/4 pound kale, 1/2 pound spinach, 1 bunch Italian parsley, 1 bunch basil (in a pint container), 2 pounds of new potatoes.

You can make a pesto of parsley, basil and garlic to eat over roasted new potatoes.  You can make a lovely salad of spinach and scallions with red wine vinaigrette.

Napa cabbage makes great slaw and kim-chi.  It is also delicious cooked slowly in a dutch oven with a piece of parmesan rind and onion.  Or roasted.

roasted cabbage with parmesan
Author: The Culinary Chase
Recipe type: vegetarian
Serves: 4
  • half cabbage
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (add more if you like)
  1. Preheat oven to 375f (190c). Cut cabbage into one-inch wedges and place on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over each slice. Scatter grated cheese and top with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until cabbage is al dente. To achieve a golden brown top, turn the broiler on and cook for another one to two minutes.
  2. The Culinary Chase’s Note: You can also slice the cabbage into one-inch rings. Next time, try wrapping each slice in bacon. Enjoy!

June 10 or 13 CSA

img_6095Take a page out of Cyril’s book and peel all your green garlic this week and pickle it with equal parts cider vinegar and water, salt, mustard seed, bay leaf, coriander.

Share this week contains:  2 purple kohlrabi, 1 bunch dill, 1 bunch red scallions, 1 bulb fennel, 1 head red bibb lettuce, 1 head romaine, 1 bunch rainbow chard, 2 heads green garlic, 2 pints strawberries.

Kohlrabi and Fennel Slaw

Peel and cut kohlrabi into matchsticks, slice the fennel bulb as thinly as possible from the root end to the base of the leaves.  Combine kohlrabi and fennel in a mixing bowl.  Thinly slice 1-3 scallions from root end all the way up the greens.  Chop finely about half your dill bunch.  Add scallions and dill to the bowl.  Make a dressing of 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon ume boshi vinegar (or some salt), 1-2 tablespoons oil, black pepper to taste.  Pour dressing over the vegetables and toss.  Let sit 20 minutes before serving.

You can use the tops of the fennel in a soup stock, as a bed to bake a fish or chicken on, in your next batch of ferments.

The green garlic now has fully formed cloves and can be easily peeled for use anywhere you want garlic.

We will start harvesting new potatoes and summer squash next week.  Baby beets and cucumbers are coming soon!

June 3 or 6 CSA

share contents:  1 head of green bibb lettuce, 1 small head red bibb, 1 bag of spinach, 1 kohlrabi, 1 bunch of garlic scapes, 4 pounds of orange sweet potatoes, strawberries.

Kohlrabi is a mild, sweet, crunchy member of the brassica family, tasting somewhat like cabbage.  We peel it and cut in matchsticks and add to salad.  The greens are good cooked as well.

The garlic scapes and spinach combine to make a good pesto slathered on roasted sweet potatoes.

I hope you all are weathering the challenges of current times well,


May 27 or 30 CSA

This weeks’ share contains:  2 small heads of lettuce, 1 head of frisee endive, 3/4 pound spinach, 1 bunch of shallot scallions, 1 bunch of garlic scapes, 2# each of Murasaki and Burgundy sweet potatoes, 2 pints of strawberries, 1# Tuxepeno grits.

The grits are ground from corn we grew last summer.  They are not quick grits…use the ratio of 4:1 water to grits and allow at-least 20 minutes cooking time.

Garlic scapes are the flowering tip of the plant that we remove so the bulbs will develop larger.  Use them as you would garlic for a mild garlic flavor.  They are good pickled as well.  The shallot scallions are young shallots.  Use them as you would an onion scallion.  The bulb part diced and soaked in red wine vinegar makes a great base for salad dressing.

The frisee endive is very mildly bitter and makes a great addition to fresh salad.  It is also good added to soup just before serving, so that it wilts but doesn’t get overcooked.

The sweet potatoes are from last falls’ harvest.  If you scrape the skin with a knife you can tell which is which.  The white-fleshed ones are the Murasaki.  They are less sweet, more starchy and have a slightly chestnut flavor to them.


First 2020 CSA share!

When you come to pick-up, please bring a bag or basket of your own to unload your vegetables into.

The first share of 2020 includes:  1 pound of “Turkey Red” flour, 3/4 pound kale, 1 small head of lettuce, 3 green garlic, 2 &1/2 pounds carrots, strawberries.

The flour was grown on our farm last year and milled by Farm and Sparrow.  It is a hard winter wheat, freshly ground, great for biscuits, pie dough, bread, pancakes.  The strawberries are not the sweetest this week because of all the rain but still plenty good.  Green garlic is immature garlic.  It is milder than cured garlic and can be used in any place that you want garlic.  I will attach some recipes below.

Green Garlic Soup

3 stalks green garlic, 1/2 pound potatoes, 2 medium onions, 1/4 pound unsalted butter, salt, 2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock.

To prepare the garlic, trim away the root end and cut away any tough upper parts of the leaves or stalk.  Wash if needed.  Cut the clean garlic into thin rounds.  Peel the potatoes if desired and cut into half inch cubes.  Peel and dice the onions.  Melt the butter in heavy bottomed pot, add the onion and cook until translucent and tender.  Salt, and add the garlic and potatoes.  Cook these together for 5 minutes then pour in the stock and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender.  Check for seasoning, add salt and pepper.  Serve rustic and chunky or pureed.  Both are great.

Elaine Gaines’ Pudding Cake

  1. 6 cups strawberries, 1 cup sugar (sweetener), 1/8 cup water;  bring these 3 things to a boil and turn off heat but keep warm.
  2. 1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup sugar (sweetener);  cream then beat in 2 eggs and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla.
  3. in a separate bowl combine 1 and 1/2 cups finely ground cornmeal or flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, a pinch of salt.
  4. 3/4 cup milk
  5. Add dry ingredients and milk alternately to the butter, sugar, egg vanilla.
  6. Pour batter into a well greased 9×9 pan.  Spoon hot strawberries over top of batter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  The cake batter will bubble up and partially envelope the berries.  This cake is great served with a little cream poured over top or some vanilla ice cream.
Kale and lettuce ready to bag
Malena cleaning green garlic