July 3rd, 2B
In this Box:
Rhubarb Broccoli Spinach Lettuce
Strawberries Garlic Scapes Kale Chives
Welcome to “B” members who are picking up for the first time this week, and welcome back to those of you who are on your second week. Thanks for your flexibility as you are picking up a day early to avoid the 4th of July holiday.
This has been a really busy week on the farm! We’re thankful for the rain, but we are really hoping things dry out a little bit soon. We’ve been able to work most of the harvesting around the rain, but rain gear really came in handy for some of it. Thankfully, there was no lightening or high winds during harvest time. We are also really behind on weeding. The rain is helping the weeds to grow while keeping us from getting to them.
Last week Wednesday, we started our morning with a visit from about 40 Taher chefs. Taher Food Service purchases CSA shares from us for their chefs who work around the Twin Cities area. However, they have chefs all around the country. About 40 of these chefs came to the farm as part of a seminar to learn about vegetable farming, our relationship with Taher and most importantly, how they can go home and find a farmer in their area to work with. It was a fun day and a lot of learning happened. (And with that many chefs around, there was some really good food too!) It’s so exciting to think of the impact that these chefs can have on their local food system if they reach out to farmers around them.
We left the chefs around 1 and headed to Madison. Clauida, our oldest, has been begging to host a 4-H youth from another country for years. This is the year we finally said yes. Mina, is a 17 year old from Norway. She is here to spend 3 weeks with us and experience a little bit of America. So far she’s seen the Mall of America, several ice cream shops, Willow River, our farm, a neighbor’s farm, a bit of Stillwater and more. They don’t have much down time, but when they are here, we are enjoying learning about Norway. At 17, Mina is in a high school where she is learning to be an electrician. Our community just keeps getting bigger!
Things in the field are growing quickly! New this week is the broccoli and chives. Next week, the boxes will look even more different. I think this is the end of the spinach and rhubarb, and possibly the strawberries- but we’ll see what next week brings. We will be seeing kohlrabi, swiss chard and summer squash coming soon, just to name a few.
Demulling’s strawberry patch was compromised by the polar vortex of February. (I’m sure you all still remember that weather!) So there won’t be extra berries to sell this year. We’re thrilled we are able to enjoy the ones in the boxes.
Broccoli and Rhubarb: Crisper drawer, in a plastic bag for longer storage.
Greens: Rinse well in salad spinner and store in a covered container in the fridge.
Strawberries: In fridge
Scapes and chives: Crisper drawer
Kale and garlic scape pesto
- 1 bunch kale, stems removed, roughly chopped
- 3 or 4 garlic scapes, roughly chopped
- 1 and 1/2 cups toasted walnuts
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (optional)
- Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Stir in the chopped kale and cook for approximately 4 minutes, or until the kale has softened and turned bright green. Immediately transfer the kale to a colander and thoroughly rinse it with cold water, then let drain.
- Add the garlic scapes to a food processor, and pulse until finely chopped. Add the walnuts and pulse again.
- Add the lemon juice, blanched kale, optional nutritional yeast, and sea salt, and continue to pulse until the kale is finely chopped, stopping to scrape down the sides and gently stir the mixture as needed.
- If using the olive oil, slowly stream it in while blending. Adjust seasoning to taste.
- Leftover pesto will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week, and also freezes well.
Rhubarb Salad dressing
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups sliced rhubarb
- 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
- 2 Tblsp. chopped chives
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 3/4 cup olive oil
In a medium sauce pan, stir together honey and water. Bring to a boil and add rhubarb, strawberries and chives. Continue to boil for another 5 minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat and stir in vinegar and lemon zest. Simmer for 10 minutes or until reduced by half and rhubarb is tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Place mixture in the bowl of a food processor along with the Dijon mustard and process until smooth. With processor running, add the oil in a steady stream. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or cold on your favorite salad greens.
Have a great Independence Day and Happy eating!
Jody, Mike, Claudia, Malcolm and Jonas