what’s in the box this week?(Listed from shortest shelf life to longest shelf life)

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Spinach: The spinach variety is now polar bear. The stems are not long so we have to go back into a plastic bag as we cannot bunch it. 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 fresh beds, last weeks has already flowered. I hope to sow several varieties of Arugula to do a taste test to find the preferred variety. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Dill: A delicious mediterranean herb that is well suited to our climate. It will flower soon so enjoy it now. Store in the fridge. Radish: Last Friday these were to small then came the rain over the weekend. Jose is keen to include them or they will be too big for next weeks share. Eaten fresh out of the box with some salt or mayo is the best. 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. Red Kale: This is from a sowing in February. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Scallions: A yellow onion variety this bunch has three or four onions in it. Please use the greens in soups or stir fry. Store in the fridge. Green Cabbage: Cabbage reminds us often of over cooked mush on the plate. Try Lorraine’s slaw recipe and learn to love this vegetable. Store in the crisper. 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. Carrots: These come from Los Pablos at Terra Firma Farm in Winters. We grow amazing tasting carrots here on our farm but the germination is sporadic because our soil is a little too heavy. I covert the field next to us as it has a nice sandy area. Forgive me. Store in the crisper 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. Counting down the weeks until relentless strawberries in your box. How we make you suffer. Have a great week/end ...Nigel

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