Gettin' fresh … in Northern Nevada

My adventures in food and blogging about community supported agriculture in Northern Nevada

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Great Basin Basket Share, Week Eight

What’s in the box?

The shift into summer has happened and the veggies are changing as more crops mature. I was happy to see more onions. The flavor in last week’s onions was strong but really tasty. This week’s treasure is tomatoes!

The full box included:
Green Garlic – Lattin Farms

Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Red Cabbage – Pioneer Farms

Salanova Lettuce Mix – Dayton Valley Aquaponics

Chocolate Tomatoes – Dayton Valley Aquaponics

Beets with Greens – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Zucchini – First Fruits Sustainable Farms

Spring Onions – Pioneer Farms

Garlic Chives – Mewaldt’s Organics

Stone Ground Wheat Bread – The Bread Lady

We are home this weekend so I’ll get to try some new recipes and post those. We have finally gotten into the meat from a couple weeks ago and it is very good. No fancy recipes there, just putting them on the grill!

Also, I’m thinking about trying a red cabbage slaw tomorrow. Yum!

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Great Basin Basket Share, Week Seven

What’s in the box this week?
Green Garlic – Lattin Farms

Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Green or Red Cabbage – Pioneer Farms

Darkibor Kale – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Sunflower Shoots – Dayton Valley Aquaponics

Gourmet Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Beets with Greens – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Celery – Pioneer Farms

Zucchini – First Fruits Sustainable Farms

Spinach – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Spring Onions – Pioneer Farms

Now that summer is in full effect, my family has been pretty busy so it’s a little hard to be creative with the weekly ingredients. Plus, it’s hot and I don’t feel like cooking fancy. We tried a couple of the meats last week and they were very good quality but the rest of everything has been big salads or a quick stir fry. We stopped the bread share because, while it was very good, we weren’t finishing it. Dog days hit us early, I suppose.

I was happy to see the onions this week. They are beautiful and smell wonderful!

We are heading out to go camping. See ya next week!

Great Basin Basket Share, Week Six

What’s in the box?
Green Garlic – Lattin Farms

Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Broccoli – Pioneer Farms or Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Green or Red Cabbage – Pioneer Farms

Darkibor Kale – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Sunflower Shoots – Dayton Valley Aquaponics

Gourmet Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Beets with Greens – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Celery – Pioneer Farms

Siberian Kale – Pioneer Farms

Fennel – Pioneer Farms

Wheat Bread – The Bread Lady

Eggs – Lahontan Farms

Last week flew by so I didn’t post all my recipes. I used up some of the turnips and garlic but roasting them in the crock pot. My house smelled of garlic for days!

I also made a quick stir fry with chicken and kale. My son wasn’t crazy about it but it was pretty decent for the rest of us.

Who knows what I will come up with for this week …

Great Basin Basket Share, Week Five

What’s in the box?

Green Garlic – Lattin Farms
Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms
Broccoli – Pioneer Farms
Green Cabbage or Napa Cabbage – Pioneer Farms
Darkibor Kale – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms
Sunflower Shoots – Dayton Valley Aquaponics
Gourmet Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms
Jericho Romaine – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms
Assorted Herbs – Lattin Farms

I have my add on items … bread, teriyaki beef jerky and a salted caramel-pretzel crust brownie.   OH!  And, eggs from Lahontan Farms that are somehow not in the photo.   This is a new thing on the basket share for me.  The weekly add-on items change and you order them in advance.   Fun, local, yummy stuff!

This week includes the beef share.   It was a full cooler load from York’s Meats in Fallon.

The packages range in portion size but included top sirloin (x2), rib steaks, chuck steak, carne asada (x2), ground beef (x5), and chuck roast.

We are pretty excited to try some Nevada beef — especially after a few weeks of heavy greens.

 

 

Cabbage Roll Casserole

I couldn’t decide what to do with the enormous cabbage we received last week and it was starting to get wilted so I turned to Google. I did have a brief thought of making sauerkraut but I just didn’t have time, energy, or jars.

In the spirit of the 30 minute meal and using resources available, I made a quick cabbage roll casserole. Even quicker, considering I just did it in a skillet and went with it.

The basic recipe I used is here: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/14690/cabbage-roll-casserole/

I’m the worst recipe follower so please know that I fully modified it along the way. I usually do. Can’t help it, I suppose.

This cabbage was a little curlier than a regular head and had a really peppery flavor. It sure is pretty, though. You know, for a cabbage.

The meal itself wasn’t all that gorgeous but it tasted good and was simple. Mid week success!

Anyone have creative suggestions for cabbage if I get another one next week?

Great Basin Basket Farm Share, Week Four

What’s in the box this week?

Green Garlic – Lattin Farms
Gourmet Lettuce Mix – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms
Assorted Radishes – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms
Baby Spinach – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms
Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms
Jericho Romaine Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms
Green Cabbage – Pioneer Farms
Kohlrabi – Pioneer Farms
Garlic Chives – Mewaldt’s Organic Farm
Sunflower Shoots – Dayton Valley Aquaponics

And, wheat bread from The Bread Lady and happy eggs from Lahontan Farms

Check out this beautiful cabbage! I haven’t decided what to do with it yet but it is amazing just to look at the patterns in the leaves.

Green Recipes Galore

I have been scrambling for different ways to eat greens and/or sneak greens into meals outside of the regular salad.  Don’t get me wrong — I love a good salad.  I get lots of compliments on the big pretty salads that I pack in my work lunchbox.   Those pretty little radishes this week were quite tasty.

However, I had no idea what to do with the kohlrabi greens.   But, I knew just based on the fact that the veggie box had a HUGE stalk of greens on the kohlrabi last week that those dazzling emerald leafs were meant to eaten.

Turns out you can do lots of things with greens!  Check this:  Recipes for Greens.  The possibilities are endless!

I chose to add the kohlrabi to a chicken teriyaki stir fry.   The hubby and the boy didn’t fully complain.   I also stuck in some turnips and green garlic on this one.   The turnips were a little mushy but not bad.

I chopped up a whole bag of kale into the spring greens mix and just disguised it as salad.   My husband didn’t mention noticing it so that’s a win.

Another bag of kale went into my version of the Olive Garden’s zuppa tuscano.  Yum.  My son actually loved this.   LOVED IT.   Can’t go wrong with Olive Garden soup and bread sticks.   Nom nom.

What new foods did you try this week?

 

 

Great Basin Basket Share, Week Three

What’s in the box this week?   All sorts of goodies!

Jericho Romaine Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms
Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms
Green Garlic – Lattin Farms
French Tarragon  – The Green Man
French Breakfast Radishes – Pioneer Farms
Kohlrabi – Pioneer Farms
Gourmet Lettuce Mix – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms
Sunflower Shoots – Dayton Valley Aquaponics
Darkibor Kale – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Stone Ground Wheat Bread by The Bread Lady and fresh eggs from Lahontan Farms

Talk about a fun week of tasty things you don’t see everyday!   I love that there were more sunflower shoots — I can just eat them straight out of the box.   BUT, I was really looking forward to the kohlrabi this week.   Mmmmmm.   This is a truly unique thing.   I remember having it a few years ago during the last CSA round but I don’t see it at the store very often.  (And, who knows how far it traveled to get there??)

Aren’t the little French breakfast radishes pretty??

Now, on to this kohlrabi matter … last time, I just ate the root, sort of as shown below.  Trim it up and it’s like a radish-apple-green flavor.   You can cook them if you want but I literally just ate it straight up like nothing.   Yum-O-fresh-O.

I did notice that there were a TON of greens on the top and discovered (after quick Google) that you can eat those too.   Sooooo, I saved them for recipe experiment later.

Extra! Extra!   How about a better look at this luscious bread we have been getting every week?   It is wonderful.   Stone ground wheat by The Bread Lady.

And, in case I have not said it enough … these sunflower shoots are the bomb-diggity.

The Purple Green Smoothie

In an effort to try something different, and use up a bag of kale, we made smoothies.

Full disclosure, I’m not the biggest fan of green smoothies so … that’s the starting point for this adventure.

I used this recipe as it was suggested in the veggie box weekly email. http://www.homesteadmania.com/kale-blueberry-vanilla-smoothie/

I made enough for two large smoothies so it seemed like a lot of greens. I also tried to pull out any thicker stalks just to avoid any bitter flavors.

I also added banana for a thicker mix.

Fresh blueberries are not in season yet so I used frozen ones. Partially for cost and partially because I knew they would be nice for a cold drink. They quickly blended up and almost disguised the kale. Almost.

There’s no fooling a 9 year old boy. Plus, while it wasn’t terrible, it is no substitute for a real milkshake.

He tolerated it but I doubt he will be making any special requests to try that again.

All in all, it wasn’t that bad. Cold, refreshing, fairly guilt free. I can handle that. Next time, I might up the banana factor or add other fruits.

I definitely got my kale intake for the day so that’s good!

Great Basin Basket Farm Share, Week Two

Last week was a busy flurry for the first round of the veggie box. Gotta love spring greens! I didn’t post a photo of the grilled asparagus but, wowza, those were tasty mmm mmm good!

Sooooo … what’s in the box this week?

A lot of the same, as expected, but with some bonus goodies!
Salanova Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms

Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms

Green Garlic – Lattin Farms

Garlic Chives – Mewaldt Organics

Siberian Kale – Pioneer Farms

Spinach – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms

Arugula – Pioneer Farms

Gourmet Lettuce Mix – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm @ Lattin Farms

Sunflower Shoots – Dayton Valley Aquaponics

Darkibor Kale – Pick’n & Grin’n @ Lattin Farms

Bread Lady stone ground wheat

Lahontan Farms eggs

I am super ready for those sunflower shoots! Yum! They are first on my list for tomorrow.

Check out these pretty eggs, though.

They are all different, natural colors and stamped with love. Someone is all crafty with their die cut freshness date rooster!

My son loved these eggs last week. He’s not normally a full plate of scrambled eggs kind of kid but he cleaned up on them last weekend. That makes me happy!

The taste of fresh food is so much better than anything else. So far, my family is loving the veggie box.

What’s your favorite fresh food that just isn’t the same any other way?