Strawberries: The crew picked these just in time this week before the heavy downpour at the farm.  These gorgeous fruits should be eaten soon as we pick them ripe, but to store, leave in little green basket inside of paper bag in fridge and wash only before consuming.  Please return the baskets to your delivery site so they can be reused.  Enjoy! Lemon Verbena:  Super fragrant herb!  It may show up to you already mostly dried—it dries out within a few hours of being harvested.  No fear!  It’s still great to use!  It works amazingly as tea (pour hot water over the leaves and steep 10 minutes.  Sweeten as needed.)  It makes a wonderful summertime iced tea, too.  If fresh, store lightly wrapped in plastic bag or upright in a small amount of water in fridge.  If mostly dried, hang upside down to complete drying.  Store in a cool, dry, dark place.

Basil: We are sending you an extra big bunch of this succulent, and oh-so-aromatic herb! It adds depth to many dishes and can be made into a tasty pesto (which can be put into ice trays and frozen for later use).  Store in plastic bag in fridge and use soon.

Arugula:  This popular Italian green packs a slight bite with nutty undertones and pairs well in a salad topped with strawberries, balsamic vinegar, goat cheese, and toasted nuts.  It is also nice sautéed, in pesto, atop a pizza, or added to soups.  Store dry in plastic bag in fridge. Wash well before eating, & remove all yellowing leaves & stems before cooking. Spin or blot dry.

Mixed Lettuce:  Enjoy these fresh greens for salads & sandwiches!  It is a mix of tender curly, red leaf and romaine lettuces.  Store in plastic bag in fridge and wash well before consuming.

Tokyo Turnips:  This ancient veggie is one of the earliest to be cultivated and was a staple before the potato.  It is rich in fiber, calcium, and vitamins A and C.  If they arrive with their green tops, remove and store in separate plastic bags in fridge and wash before eating. Stir-Fry Mix:  Bright and beautiful!  This is a mix of kales, collards, and chard.  Chop and sauté in olive oil or butter for a lovely side-dish.  Also tasty raw.  Store in plastic bag in fridge and wash well before using.  If you find any unwanted visitors, try soaking in salted water and then rinse.

Green Cabbage OR Summer Squash:  You will either receive a small head of green cabbage or summer squash. Cabbage is wonderful because it cooks quickly, is versatile, and tastes so good.  Store in fridge and wash well before use.  Summer squash can add a special something to any sauté, soup, or bread.  Store in plastic bag in fridge and wash before consuming.  Enjoy! Garlic for Drying: This garlic is now maturing and some of the leaves may be drying out. It doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge and can be left to cure on the counter.

Onions:  These onions are great raw in salads or on sandwiches, in omelets, soups, curries, or stir-fries. They are now maturing and may have some leaves that can be trimmed off.  Wash well and remove bottom quarter-inch before consuming. Potatoes:  These spuds are the first of the season and are both creamy textured and are either the rosy red Desiree variety or Yukon Golds. Store in fridge for best keeping and eat the skin for most nutrients! Wash before eating.