what’s in the box this week?(Listed from shortest shelf life to longest shelf life)
Strawberries: These will be in your box relentlessly now. Eat right away as we pick them ripe and they will not last long. The store bought stuff has been picked way under ripe so that it can survive the journey to the distribution depot then to the store and wait in back stock until shelf space is available. Head of Lettuce: Normally we sow lettuce seed directly into the beds. These were sown in a greenhouse then transplanted this spring. I hope you like a large lettuce for a change. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge. Eureka Lemons: This versatile fruit adds a great touch to winter greens and salads. These are from Bill Crepps at Everything Under The Sun. They have not been washed, brushed or waxed. Bill is not certified organic. He is not good with paperwork or the bureaucracy of organic certification. He farms just the same as before when he was certified organic. Chard: These plants are new this spring, grown in a greenhouse and transplanted just like the lettuce. We have more collards and dino kale grown the same way coming soon. Store in a plastic bag in the crisper. Sugar Snap Peas: Peas do not like the wind, I am not sure how many we are going to be able to pick for your box today. Eaten fresh out of the box with some salt or mayo is the best. Florence Fennel: The fennel was planted in August last year. It produced a beautiful large head in the fall. The roots have sent up four or more young fennels this spring for us to enjoy. They are smaller but just as delicious. 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 Spring Planted Cabbage: Fast growing and delicious Store in the crisper. Green Garlic: It is such a delight to have this 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. Beets: I know some of you are a little squeamish about aphids. Our ladybug population is expanding rapidly but a little behind the aphids. Anna will do her very best to wash away any of these amazingly fast reproducing bugs. Carrots: These come from Los Pablos at Terra Firma Farm in Winters. We have more of our own bunches of carrots for next week or the week after. Store in the crisper Rosemary: A wonderful culinary herbs and one in demand from the cosmetic companies too. We can never seem to have enough.