This past week, we spent time “focusing” on photos to exhibit at the county fair. So this morning when the kids decided they wanted to take pictures because they “saw a cool photo,” I was happy to relinquish a camera.
What I saw as a result was an insightful view of what was “growing” on through the eyes of another, and their excitement as to what they saw and captured.
I hope you to find enjoyment in viewing the activities of our plants through the lense of the boys.
Boxes of Produce
This list is prepared before we harvest your share. Some guesswork is involved! We do our best to predict which crops will be ready to harvest, but sometimes crops are on the list that are not in the share, and sometimes crops will be in the share even though they’re not on the list. Remember food safety in your kitchen when preparing, always wash your hands before working with your produce and always wash your produce before eating.
Rhubarb – One pound equals about 3 cups. Wash, cut the ends off, cut off any bad parts. This is the last for this season so enjoy some rhubarb delight or freeze to use later this winter.
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce – Great in salads or on sandwiches. Some of the crops are ran under cold well water to take the field heat off of them so they last longer in your refrigerators. They are not washed – just cooled. So remember to wash your vegetables before eating.
Red Salad Bowl Lettuce – Adds beautiful color to your salad.
Spinach – A new crop should be coming in soon.
Red Russian Kale – Mix it in your salads for a variety of texture and color. Learn about the nutritional value of Kale here and check out some ways to use kale.
Grand Duke Kohlrabi – We are excited to start harvesting kohlrabi. It has taken a while for this crop to become popular in our house and now we love it peeled like an apple and eaten raw and even dipped in peanut butter. Here are some more ideas on how to use it.
Sugar Snap Peas – A small taste to get us started for the season. This crop has been a bit stubborn this year. Good thing we love the taste of this crop, so we are persistent with having positive results.
Detroit Dark Red Beets – The first taste of the season. Check out this link for ideas.
Banana Pepper – The first of the peppers are in. We hope to have a variety for you this season.
Onion – First of the season – enjoy!
Cilantro – Fresh cilantro has such a wonderful aroma. Try a cilantro dressing on your salad this week.
Fresh cut arrangement – Lilly’s, Sweat Peas, Zinnias and Coreopsis
Recipe of the Week
Let’s face it, sometimes life is busy and eating healthy does take time. So when preparing one salad, I try to prepare more than one and plan ahead for my week. Whether I’m short on time to take something with me to eat at work or I’m headed to a baseball game, it’s much easier to grab a salad and run out the door when I have them prepared ahead of time.
Some call this salad in a jar. I do not use a jar but rather stackable plastic containers that fit nicely in my salad crisper drawers in my refrigerator.
Salad on the Go
- Set out several containers.
- Wash lettuce varieties and spinach. Spin this dry in my salad spinner and place in containers.
- Wash and cut up desired vegetables.
- Wash fresh fruit – do not cut up, wrap in sandwich bag and place in containers.
- Place cheese in sandwich bags so it doesn’t get soggy and place in containers.
- Peel hard boiled egg, wrap in sandwich bag and place in containers.
- Place croutons, nuts etc in sandwich bag and place in containers.
- Have a travel size of favorite salad dressing ready to go.