Veggie Tips

Karinata Kale: This is a unique variety offered only by a couple of Capay Valley farms.  It is an open-pollinated cross between red Russian kale and red mustard.  If you are not familiar with it, you might want to first taste it raw just to get a sense of the mild mustardy flavor.  It was developed by a local plant breeder who thought it might make a good cover crop.  One day when we visited his plot we started eating his experiment and got excited about its culinary value! You can substitute Karinata kale in any recipe that calls for collards, chard, spinach or mustard.

Parlsey: If you don’t sprinkle it onto one of your sandwiches or stir-fries, try making salsa verde (capers, parsley, olive oil, shallot or fresh onion, Dijon mustard, garlic and a bit of vinegar).

Strawberries: We grow a variety called Chandler because it has a great flavor and sweetness unlike other varieties that have traded taste for yield, disease resistance and ease of shipping.  We pick our strawberries ripe!  Please eat them soon after they arrive, or put them in your refrigerator. If some of them get soft, add them to a smoothie!

Salad Mix: One of the more perishable items in your box.  If you aren’t going to use it right away you might want to pat it dry with a paper towel and store it in a plastic container with a lid.