2015 Summer Harvest CSA Share Week #5


Summer Rain – The good, the bad and the ugly.

Living in Pennsylvania, we’re used to the occasional summer rain storm.  A good rain is essential to the health of our lawns, gardens and wildlife.  However, excessive rain can have serious consequences for your local farmers.  Too much of it can put a premature end to a growing season, flood fields, promote disease, ignite weed growth and generally make things sloppy and difficult to work in.

The immediate consequences of the torrential rain we have received have been the premature end of strawberry season at the Hostetler and Sunny Meadow Farms and Blue Goose Farm lost all of their peas.  The rain also makes it very difficult to dry greens and lettuces before packing.  You may have noticed that your lettuces are more damp than usual and are not lasting as long because of the increased moisture.

Weeds are doing quite well in the rain but as you can imagine, this is bad news for growers.  Because many of our farms are organic or are certified naturally grown, they don’t rely on herbicides to control weeds.  This means that they must pull weeds by hand which can be a difficult if not impossible task if the rain seems to never let up and the fields don’t have time to dry out.  No to mention, it’s difficult/impossible to plant new fields for fall crops.

While the excessive rain has caused hardships, soggy boots, delays, and headaches, the Penn’s Corner farmers are a hardy bunch and do their best to make the most of a situation they can’t necessarily control.  We thank you for your patience and hope that you will send some good (dry) thoughts to your farmers the next time it rains.  Keeping them in mind and cheering them on certainly helps.  🙂

This week’s featured food is the radish!

radish-cherry-belle-300x225Did you know that the radish has many health and nutritional benefits? You can use every part of the plant, from roots to leaves.  In fact, the leaves contain more calcium, protein and Vitamin C than the roots.  So think twice before you chop off those greens and toss them in the compost bin!  It’s best to separate the radish greens from the roots and store them separately, as you would other lettuces in your refrigerator.  We’ve included a few radish green recipes below.

Radish is rich in folic acid, Vitamin C and anthocyanins. These nutrients make it a very effective cancer-fighting food.  In addition they contain zinc, B-complex vitamins and phosphorus, which are effective in treating skin disorders such as rashes, dry skin and boosting mood.

This post from the kitchn is full of ideas and tips for using radishes.  If you’re into pinterest, our radish board also has a few radish recipes to choose from.

radish and beet greens

radish leaf pesto

pickled radish

If you find radishes to be too peppery for your taste, try sauteeing them in butter to mellow the flavor.

sauteed radishes

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST 

A Route Z Route
broccoli, River View Farm (OG) broccoli, River View Farm (OG)
radish bunch, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) radish bunch, Blue Goose Farm (CNG) 
cucumber, Weeping Willow Farm cucumber, Weeping Willow Farm
zucchini, Weeping Willow Farm zucchini, Weeping Willow Farm
red cabbage, Clarion River Organics (OG) garlic scapes, Pucker Brush Farm
honey puffed corn, Clarion River Organics (OG) honey puffed corn, Clarion River Organics (OG)
green kale, Clarion River Organics (OG) red russian kale, Clarion River Organics (OG)
romaine lettuce, River View Farm (OG) bibb or romaine lettuce, Nu Way Farm
chives, Clarion River Organics (OG) parsley, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)
  yellow or green zucchini, Blue Goose Farm (CNG)


**Vegan and gluten free members will receive green onions in place of the honey puffed corn**
OG = Certified Organic, CNG = Certified Naturally Grown


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BroccolicropBroccoli

Grower:  River View Farm 

Store:  Keep refrigerated.  Don’t store it in a sealed container.  Broccoli needs ventilation to stay fresh.  You can spray it with water and loosely wrap it with a paper towel.

Recipe:  parmesan broccoli creamy broccoli salad

 

cherryBelleRadishRadish Bunch

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm

Store:  To keep your radishes fresh for as long as possible, separate your radishes from their greens and store them in separate plastic bags in your refrigerator.

Recipe: thyme roasted radish with champagne honey dressing

 

 

cucumberscropCucumber 

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store:  In refrigerator

Recipe:  cucumber chive salad

 

 

 

red-cabbageRed Cabbage

Grower:  Clarion River Organics

Store: 

Recipe: ruby salad 

raw nori wraps with red cabbage, cucumber, carrots, zucchini & spicy dipping sauce

 

garlicscapesGarlic Scapes

Grower:  Pucker Brush Farm

Store:  Refrigerate loosely in plastic

Recipe:  10 ways to use garlic scapes

 

 


white lady turnipsSalad Turnips

Growers:  Blue Goose Farm

Store: To keep your turnips fresh for as long as possible, separate your turnips from their greens and store them in separate plastic bags in your refrigerator. Don’t throw away your greens, they’re delicious too!

Recipe: 31 ways to use your CSA vegetables

 

honeypuffedcornHoney Puffed Corn

Grower:  Clarion River Organics

Store:  Cool dry place

 

 

 

 

kalegreenredGreen Kale

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store:  First, wash and destem kale.  Next, dry the kale in a salad spinner or a dish cloth.  Wrap the kale in paper towel and place it in a plastic bag.  Seal the bag and store it in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator

Recipe:  chopped kale thai salad

 

redrussianRed Russian Kale

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store:  First, wash and destem kale.  Next, dry the kale in a salad spinner or with a dish cloth.  Wrap the kale in a paper towel and place it in a plastic bag.  Seal the bag and store it in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Recipe: pasta with kale lemon and toasted walnuts

 

romaine-lettucecropRomaine Lettuce

Grower: River View Farm

Store: In a sealed container in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

Recipe: grilled romaine

 

 

bibb lettucecropBibb Lettuce

Grower:  Nu Way Farm

Recipe: egg salad lettuce wraps

 

 

 

chivesChives

Grower:  Clarion River Organics

Store:  Wrap them loosely in plastic wrap and place them in the warmest part of the refrigerator.

 

 

 

fparsleycropParsley

Grower:  Blue Goose Farm

Store:  Wrap loosely in plastic and store in the warmest part of the refrigerator.

 

 

 

green_yellow_zucchiniYellow or Green Zucchini

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store:  keep in the refrigerator

Recipe:  zucchini chips 4 ways

 

 

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