This Week’s CSA Box

Veggie Tips 

Carrots:  Our carrots are one of the few crops that love the cold, cold nights we have been having.  While the blooms on the stone fruit are trying their hardest to wait for warmer weather, and the starts in the greenhouse are being coddled by humans, the carrots are happy as clams, and only getting sweeter. 

Oranges:  These are the same oranges that we use to make orange marmalade and candied citrus peel. The juice from them is delicious! 

Collards: Collards are in the same family as broccoli and cabbage.  I like them slow cooked with a smoked ham hock and a little bit of red wine vinegar and salt.  Try substituting them for kale in any recipe, but keep in mind that these collards will need some slow cooking.  Remove the tough ribs in the center of the leaf and use the leaves only.

Leeks:  Sauté the leeks in your box with plenty of olive oil and salt, and add them to mashed potatoes along with a bit of cream, cream cheese, and/or milk and butter.  Leeks are a very mild allium, great in soups, stir frys, or in place of onions in just about any recipe.

Lettuce/Salad Mix

Potatoes: See the recipe of the week!

Loose Spinach:  Spinach is high in niacin, zinc, vitamins A,C,E & K, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, and the list goes on and on.  A super food if there ever was one.