A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

Week 3 – What’s in the box?

 

Week 3

This coming Saturday will probably be the last Saturday of U-Pick Strawberries for the season.  The berries are still bountiful, but they will slow down over the next week or so.  If you can come mid-week, we’ll also be open Tuesday & Wednesday (9 to 2) and Friday (9 to 5) this week for U-Pick.  On Saturday, we’ll be open from 9 to 5 and there will be a farm tour at 1pm. Hope to see you there!

Spinach
Super beautiful, healthy spinach!  This will cook down quickly.  I like to put it in a pan with a little bit of water until it is soft and wilted.  Then I turn off the heat and serve it with butter (or olive oil) and salt & pepper.  Simple and delicious.  This is also great for spinach salads!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked or Raw in salad. When to use: Within 4 days.  

Collards
Long a staple of the Southern United States, collard greens, unlike their cousins kale and mustard greens, have a very mild, sweet flavor.  Collard wraps are all the rage, and I have to admit that they are delicious!  See recipes below. Also wonderful slow-cooked or added to soup.
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses:Raw/Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.  

Cilantro
The whole barn smells like cilantro this week!  It’s one of these love-it-or-hate-it herb greens.  I happen to love it.  The halloumi recipe below is a star, and so is the cilantro pesto.  I also love making my chicken soup with a bunch of cilantro and garlic.  I hope you’ll love it too!  Cilantro will “droop” easily if it gets dehydrated.  I do recommend standing it up in a glass of water (bouquet-style) in the fridge.
Storage: Standing up in a glass of water in the fridge — or in an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use:Within 3 days.

Boston (Butter) Lettuce – RED & GREEN!
This is it for the Boston lettuce!  After this, we may take a break for a week or so and then we’ll be moving on to Romaine varieties!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week.

Red Radishes
A new variety of radish!  Try roasting them if they’re too spicy for you.  They are delicious and mild when heated!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator.  Separate the roots from the greens first- then they can be stored in the same bag.  Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

Bok Choi
We don’t usually repeat crops like this, but this is a new planting of bok choi that is ready to harvest and it is so beautiful right now!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

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