What’s in the box?
green top beets
green top carrots
zuchinni / summer squash
Notes on the box.
Wow! What a switch! We normally would have had broccoli starting 3 weeks ago, but for some reason that we have yet to understand (the weather??) The broccoli didn’t make heads until this week. So here we are! It’s a box with some seriously substantial veggies and less greens. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage! It’s a Brassica buffet! Time to make a shift from light and leafy salads to slaws. And if you haven’t yet tried broccoli and cauliflower (and even green beans) roasted, now is a good time to give it a go.
The crisper of the fridge is the best place for the broccoli and cauliflower. I keep them in an open plastic bag in the crisper. The stems of the broccoli are edible. Peel the outer layer with a veggie peeler and trim off the end. You can cut the stem up and add it to whatever dish you are making with broccoli: stir-fry, steamed, roasted, etc.
Celery. If you think you don’t like it, we hope you will give this celery a try. It’s really the ultimate in celery flavor. I love it minced into tuna salad. Or use the celery, carrots, and onions minced an sauteed as a base to add flavor for so many soups
All these veggies should stored in the fridge. Remove tops from carrots and beets for best storage. Beet greens are edible (as are carrot tops, though they seem to be a bit harder to decide what to do with).
Cosmic Wheel Creamery Cheese Shares.
Cheese Curds! Because so many folks have let me know they are a favorite. :) and Lyra…. This cheese….. I made this last year in November and was still developing the recipe. I think it’s the best cheese I’ve ever made. It’s so creamy with nice fruity notes, but also some really beautiful, rich brothy flavors. It really wants to melt, but I think this is a perfect one to enjoy on it’s own with a glass of wine or bubble water and paired with some pickles, jams, or cured meats. I take really close notes when I make cheese, so I hope I can pull this one off again! I’ve made it a few times this season, but they are still aging and I haven’t tasted them yet. Sometimes the patience that is required in cheese making is a big challenge. I make something then don’t know if it’s going to come out the way I hoped until MONTHS later. Enjoy this one! I’ll do my best to re-create it!
Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli
heat oven to 425. cut cauliflower and/or broccoli into bite size florets. Toss with a bit of olive oil and salt and herbs or spices of your choice. Sumac is a favorite that we like to add. Spread onto a baking sheet and roast until tender with some browning. 20-30 min. You can also cook green beans the same way. So yummy!
Perfect Protein Salad This recipe calls for green peppers and red onions, but feel free to do some substituting here. I’d use sweet onions and leave out the peppers (unless you happen to have some on hand) It’s also good with cottage cheese (or quark!) in place of mayo. Serve it on a bed of leaf lettuce for a beautiful and filling but not to heavy meal.
On the Farm.
We really lucked out last week and were spared from the storms that knocked down trees and messed up greenhouses a ways north of us. Everytime we see those red blips on the radar, there’s a lot of dread and a scramble to get things put away quickly. We breathed a sigh of relief, but were also checking in on farmer friends all around to check on how they were doing. Besides trees and greenhouses, some were without power (which also means no water flowing due to electric pumps and no coolers for recently harvested vegetables and flowers) for a couple of days, but have made it through. We were amazed to see pictures of flooding in the city and hope that you all are okay, too!
Your farmers are making time for a fun trip this weekend. We are headed off to the Wisconsin Farmers Union Family Camp in Chippewa, WI. It’s not the easiest thing to get away from the farm, even just for an overnight trip, but we are so grateful to our amazing farm crew who will be milking cows and making sure things are good here while we are away. The Farmers Union is an organization that we are very grateful for and happy to be involved in. Did you know that you can be a Farmers Union member even if you aren’t a farmer? It’s a great way to learn about issues around farming and our food system and to stay connected to what’s going on in rural communities. Farmers Union advocates for family farms and works to keep CAFOs out of communities among lots of other amazing work. Check it out!