Newsletter for June 30 – July 6 (Lemon Garlic Swiss Chard)

Hopefully the wet weather will come to an end soon! This is the peak of strawberry season, and drier weather is always better for pick-your-own and for harvesting berries for retail and for the CSA. The berries are still delicious, but you want to use them ASAP because mold is always an issue when conditions are so wet. The same goes for pick-your-own berries. The picking has been great, but use those berries in a day or two! And if you come to pick after it’s been raining, it’s always smart to wear your rain boots.

The wet weather isn’t really an issue when it comes to squash, rhubarb, or bok choy, but you want to use your lettuce pretty quickly too. Lettuce grown on the east coast always rots much faster than California grown lettuce, which is what most grocery stores sell. When the weather conditions are so wet, the shelf life of local lettuce is even shorter. The best way to store your lettuce is to cut off the bottom and wash and dry all the leaves. Then store them in your crisper in an OPEN plastic bag. Lettuce rot often starts at the base of the head, so cutting off the bottom and just storing the loose leaves is always a good idea. I like to wash and dry the leaves too since they last longer this way and since I’m also more likely to make a salad if I already have clean lettuce ready to go in the fridge!

Rhubarb

Rhubarb is an option this week, and we still have plenty! I’ve been sent lots of great recipe ideas from CSA members, and I wanted to share a few here:

Rhubarb Soda Syrup http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/04/strawberry-rhubarb-soda-syrup/

Rhubarb BBQ Sauce http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/rhubarb-barbecue-sauce

Rhubarb Ice Cream http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/refreshing-rhubarb-ice-cream

Orange-Rhubarb Bread http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/orange-rhubarb-bread

Recipes

Have a great recipe to share? You can post it (or a link) on the CSA facebook page, or email it to me, or both. You can also find any recipe from a newsletter from the past 5 years on the CSA website. Just type the name of the recipe or a veggie from the recipe into the search box and you should have no problem finding your recipe. If you type “bok choy” into the search box, for instance, you will find two different newsletters containing bok choy recipes, including this one for stir-fried bok choy with cashews (which would be great with some snow peas, too!)

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is probably one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It’s also delicious, with a bitter/sweet earthy flavor that’s similar to spinach. I’ve mentioned in the past that my favorite way to eat chard is sauteed in butter or olive oil with lots of onions and mushrooms (this is fantastic over cheesy scrambled eggs). It’s also great with some lemon, garlic, and parmesan cheese, as in this recipe from Cooking Light:

Lemon Garlic Swiss Chard

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

12 cups Swiss chard, chopped (about 10 ounces)

2 tablespoons water

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 teaspoons shaved fresh Parmesan cheese

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes or until garlic begins to brown. Add Swiss chard and 2 tablespoons water to pan; cook 3 minutes or until chard wilts. Stir in lemon juice and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese.

This Week’s Produce

(If we are able to pick a lot of raspberries everyone will have a choice between strawberries and raspberries)

Single Share:

1 quart strawberries

1 head lettuce

1 zucchini

1 bunch fresh mint or 1 extra zucchini

Choose 2 options:

1 pint peas (will be snow or sugar snap)

1 bunch swiss chard

1 lb rhubarb

1 $3 PY0 strawberry voucher

We will have at least 2 of the following options (they will change from day to day): bok choy, kohlrabi, extra strawberries, radishes, extra squash, scallions

Small Share:

1 quart strawberries

1 head lettuce

3 zucchini

1 bunch fresh mint or 1 extra zucchini

Choose 3 options:

1 pint peas (will be snow or sugar snap)

1 bunch swiss chard

1 lb rhubarb

1 $3 PY0 strawberry voucher

We will have at least 2 of the following options (they will change from day to day): bok choy, kohlrabi, extra strawberries, radishes, extra squash, scallions

Large Share:

2 quarts strawberries

2 heads lettuce

3 zucchini

2 bunches fresh mint or 2 extra zucchini

Choose 3 options:

1 pint peas (will be snow or sugar snap)

1 bunch swiss chard

1 lb rhubarb

1 $3 PY0 strawberry voucher

We will have at least 2 of the following options (they will change from day to day): bok choy, kohlrabi, extra strawberries, radishes, extra squash, scallions

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