A CSA in Queens, NYC. Founded in 2013.

Week 4: What’s in the box?

 

What’s in the share?

Escarole
It looks like lettuce, but it’s not!  It’s a green leaf chicory that makes a wonderful soup (or side dish) paired with white beans (or chickpeas) and garlic.  The outer leaves are best cooked, and the tender, light-colored inside leaves are best raw in a salad.  Add them to the radicchio and arugula for an amazing salad combination!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked or Raw in salad. When to use: Within 4 days.  

Beets
They’re here!  I’ve been waiting since last fall for the beets.  You can roast them to slice in a salad, pickle them or grate them raw.  The greens are amazing, so don’t toss them!  Cook the greens like spainach – gently wilting them with some olive oil and garlic.
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Separate the roots from the leaves before storing. Uses: Raw/Cooked When to use: Within 5 days.  

Kohlrabi
This is probably the strangest looking veg we grow, but it’s really versatile and easy to prepare.  Use a paring knife to peel off the skin and inside you’ll find a mild-flavored, slightly sweet veg that’s in the cabbage family, so it has all those wonderful health benefits!  You can roast it, or make a slaw, or just slice it up and dip it in hummus!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator.  Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 7 days.

Radicchio
This is a wonderful Italian chicory.  It has a bitter flavor, which pairs well with a sharp cheese in a salad OR you can cook it which gets rid of the bitter flavor (if it’s not your thing!).  Grilled radicchio salad is a new favorite of ours!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw in a salad. When to use: Within a week.

Arugula
The most tender, baby arugula!  This pairs well with the radicchio in a salad with a light vinaigrette!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator.   Uses: RawWhen to use: Within 4 days.

Blueberries
From our friends at Little Buck Organics in NJ…blueberries as a treat for all veg share members!  Please note that these blueberries are not part of the fruit share.  They are part of the vegetable share!
Storage: In their container in the refrigerator.   Uses: Raw or cooked.When to use: Within 5 days.

Scallions
Have you tried these on the grill?  They’re great!
Storage: In an airtight container/bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 5 days.

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