what’s in the box this week?(Listed from shortest shelf life to longest shelf life)
Spinach Bunch: The spinach is big enough now to bunch so we can dispense with the plastic bag. Use what you need and wash thoroughly. Yes it is dirty but is keeps much better that way. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Lemons: This versatile fruit adds a great touch to winter greens and salads. Store in the fridge as these have not been waxed like so many fruits in the store. The brushing and cleaning removes the protective bloom. Use within a week. From our long time friend Nacho at Twin Girls Farm in Fresno who also packs for purity hence the labels on the fruit. Arugula: From the beds right next to the lettuce in the picture on the front page of this newsletter. I hope to sow several varieties of Arugula to do a taste test to find out the preferred variety. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Baby Lettuce: Theses small baby lettuce are cut and bagged in the field. We thin the crop in the field to allow room for the remaining lettuce to mature to a larger size. Store in the fridge. Chard: It has been a while since we have been able to include this in the harvest share. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Dill: I am surprised this came through the cold snap around New Year. We sowed this in October. It will flower soon in the field as the days lengthen so enjoy it now while we have it. Store in the fridge. Purple Top Turnips: You may have heard me go on before about how nutritious turnips and their greens are, especially. Roasted in the oven with some olive oil and salt, yum. Store in a plastic bag the fridge. Green Garlic: It is such a delight to have this back in our harvest shares. My favorite way to enjoy is to stir fry the chopped garlic in a skillet with some olive oil. Then stir in eggs for a delicious green garlic scrambled eggs. Store in the crisper. Cauliflower: Transplanted in late October these grow a little and wait patiently for the sun to come out and warm up in the spring. They then suddenly grow and produce this wonderful crop. Lorraine makes a great cream cauliflower. Store in the crisper Leeks: These large alliums are rather mild in flavor and simply melt to perfection when sautéed. Use in soups, stir-fries, or in place of onions in other dishes for a delicious and more subtle flavor. Save the dark green tops for making vegetable stock! Store in fridge and wash well. Navel Oranges: Nacho at Twin Girls Farm has wonderful red headed twin girls, obviously with our twin boys we had a lot to talk about at the farmers market. Nacho specializes in fruit and has taken over many orchards from retiring farmers or those people with a farm and no experience of fruit tree care. They are all certified organic. It sounds like he spends most of his day in a truck looking at all the trees. Not quite my idea of fun, the driving that is. Nacho sells most of his fruit through Purity so that is why you see the labels on the fruit. Tangerines: These come from our own trees and are from the top most part which means we need a ladder to harvest. We also have some Mandarins from Twin Girls because we do not have enough Tangerines for everyone.