Welcome to the 2nd share of the Pitchfork & Crow CSA! Here’s what’s in the share this week:
- Rose Finn Apple Fingerling Storage Potatoes – From last year’s crop, you’ll want to eat these sooner than later.
- Salad Mix – lettuce mixed with a little red-stemmed spinach
- Miznua – a mild, kale-like green, great for sautéing or eaten fresh
- Hakurei Salad Turnips
- Red Ursa Kale or Storage Cabbage
- Leeks – Some of these leeks include the scape as they beginning to go to seed. The scape is a tasty spring treat that you can eat, preparing like the rest of the leek.
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Spring Bunching Onions – Like the leeks, some of these onions include the scape as they’re beginning to go to seed. You can eat the greens and the scape, though the scape may take longer when cooking.
I’d hoped to write a longer newsletter update about the winter/spring weather and the current state of the farm. Unfortunately a computer issue has come up and now I only have time for a quick hello. We’ve been busy on the farm this past week, trying to keep up with the weeds and catch up on the planting that has been consistently pushed due to the very rainy spring weather. We finally got the peppers, outdoor tomatoes, eggplant, melons, summer squash, cucumbers, and leeks in the ground this past weekend. It’s beginning to finally look like summer might arrive on the farm after all.
The wet weather of March and April means we’re currently trying to put together these first shares from spring planted greenhouse crops and overwintered storage items. Hopefully the crops will catch up with the CSA calendar before too long and we’ll have a more diverse selection. For the meantime, enjoy the peas and greens of spring and know that we’re working our very hardest to grow your future vegetables.
Enjoy the vegetables and we’ll see you next week!
Carri Heisler and Jeff Bramlett
Here are a few recipes to get you inspired:
Spiced Fillet of Beef with Mizuna Salad
- For beef
- 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
- 2 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 2 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 2 teaspoons dried hot red pepper flakes
- 4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3 1/2 pounds center-cut beef tenderloin roast (fillet of beef), trimmed and, if necessary, tied
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- For salad
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon minced shallot
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces mizuna or baby arugula, trimmed
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Toast peppercorns, cumin, and coriander , then cool completely. Grind spices with red pepper flakes in an electric coffee/spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Stir in kosher salt.
Pat beef dry and sprinkle with spices on all sides, pressing to adhere. Heat oil in a large flameproof roasting pan set across 2 burners over high heat until just smoking, then brown beef on all sides, about 2 minutes.
Roast in middle of oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted diagonally 2 inches into center registers 120°F, about 25 minutes. Let beef stand in pan 25 minutes. Beef will continue to cook as it stands, reaching 130°F (medium-rare).
Make salad and slice beef:
Whisk together oil, lemon juice, shallot, and salt in a bowl, then add pepper to taste.
Untie beef if necessary, then slice. Toss mizuna with dressing and serve beef topped with salad.
From Epicurious via Gourmet, http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/spiced-fillet-of-beef-with-mizuna-salad-107005
Fingerling Potato Salad
- 3 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 3/4″-1″ pieces
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
- 9 tablespoons (or more) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons brown mustard seeds
- 3 medium leeks (white and palegreen parts only), halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into ¼” slices (about 5 cups)
- 1 tablespoon (or more) white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Freshly ground black pepper
Place potatoes in a large pot. Add enough cold water to cover by 3″. Stir in 1 tablespoons salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet and let cool slightly.
Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until seeds start to pop, about 2 minutes. Pour oil with seeds into a large bowl.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 10-12 minutes.
Whisk remaining 4 tablespoons oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and 1 tablespoon water into mustard-seed oil. Add potatoes and leeks; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. Return to room temperature before serving, adding more oil and vinegar if dry.
From Epicurious via Bon Appétit by Sara Dickerman, http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/fingerling-potato-salad-366411
Glazed Hakurei Turnips
- 3 bunches baby hakurei turnips, baby turnips, or red radishes (about 2 pounds), trimmed, greens reserved
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Kosher salt
Place turnips in a large skillet; add water to cover turnips halfway. Add butter, sugar, and a large pinch of salt; bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is syrupy and turnips are tender, about 15 minutes. (if turnips are tender before liquid has reduced, use a slotted spoon to transfer turnips to a plate and reduce liquid until syrupy. Return turnips to pan and stir to coat well.) DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Rewarm before continuing.
Add turnip greens to skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until just wilted, 2-3 minutes. Season with salt.
From Epicurious via Bon Appétit by Anita Lo, http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/glazed-hakurei-turnips-368274
7 thoughts on “Summer CSA Share – #2”
Oh, ugh. I find computer problems quite unnerving… hope it’s resolved soon. But, wow, that looks scrumptious! Yum, spring peas. I’m actually planting a few potatoes that I have left from the winter share. I also have a small patch of P&C sun chokes coming up. That’s another great advantage of a CSA… if you have too much to eat, just plant it in your yard! 🙂
– Bonnie G.
Hey Bonnie! Aren’t computer troubles the worst?! I’m taking it into a shop, so we’ll see if they can fix it. Glad to hear you’re putting some potatoes in! The sunchokes we grow originally came from the CSA we were in before we started farming. Fun to know that they’re being passed along to other gardens! – Carri
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Wow, I didn’t know these chokes had such a history. So, I wasn’t going to water them, and just see if they survive (Mark Shepard’s STUN method). But now… after hearing their story… I gave in and watered them.
What shop are you taking your computer to? What’s wrong with it? Mayor Paul Aziz fixes computers. Unfortunately, though, I think it’s sometimes more expensive to fix them than just to buy a new one. (I actually had a printer one time where it was cheaper to buy a whole new printer, which came with ink, than buying the replacement ink!)
Some day, I really want to hear the story of how you guys decided to go into the farming business!
I’m not sure it’s a very exciting story. We had indoor jobs and joined a CSA and got inspired by those farmers to try something different. Regarding my computer, your comment about it sometimes being cheaper to buy a new one than repairing it confirmed my suspicion and made me try again to find a fix myself. I’d been experiencing a stop code error that suggested I had a corrupted file but was having trouble booting into windows to fix it. I finally figured out how to do a factory reset and now I’m back in business! Luckily I use an external hard drive for the majority of things, so i didn’t even lose any important files in the process.
Well, you might not think it’s an exciting story just because you already know it, but I think it’s interesting! What makes someone give up a “secure” job–though I think that people, for some reason, think regular jobs are way more secure than they really are (unless they are government or tenured education jobs)–to go the entrepreneurial route is really interesting to me.. I grew up in an family environment where my parents had government jobs, and my mom (whom i grew up with) had a very liberal outlook and disdain for “big business people” or any business people, really, except those who were like kind of trying but not really doing well (because if they weren’t making money, i guess, they weren’t ripping less well off people off? I’m not really sure what the rationale was, but I definitely picked up on it). I really had a revelation when I went to work for some independent successful business people in Miami, that not all successful business people were evil and it wasn’t a bad thing to be successful in something other than intellectual things. And I’m kind of trying to figure out now why and where i even got that mindset from (well, i know from my mom, but she got it from somewhere, too, but definitely not from her own mom).
Oh, incredible about your computer! Glad to hear it. You’re so wise for backing up your data elsewhere. And smart for figuring out the fix, although, you seem like a more-tech-savvy-than-most-person, so I’m not surprised!
sorry for that big wall of text… i was trying to edit it and somehow it just posted instead. oh, well. LOL.
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