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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 …


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.


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?


Wash Your Veggies

So, this seems obvious, but it is important to rinse and wash all of the produce that you are going to eat. No matter where it came from when you bought it.

When you have a CSA subscription, the first accessory you should get is a salad spinner.

What’s that? It is this:

This one handy, dandy (usually reasonably priced) item will save you so much time and energy. It will also help you keep those greens fresh longer!

How does it work? I had some fun with a slo-mo video from my phone to show you.

It is basically a colander that spins in a bigger container to fling the extra water off your lettuce after you rinse it thoroughly in the sink.

My son also thinks it’s great silliness to help with this job so don’t be afraid to recruit helpers!

I usually wrap greens in a paper towel and don’t fully close them up in plastic when I put them in the fridge to make them last a day or two more. This is important in the first few weeks of a CSA when there are a lot of greens. You don’t want then to go to waste in the first two days!

Especially when they are this pretty:

Have fun and eat your greens!


Great Basin Basket Farm Share, Week One

Woo hoo! It’s here! It’s here!

Can you tell how excited I am about this?

It has been a while but I have really been looking forward to getting some Nevada veggies in my system.

Here’s the box:

The way it works is that you go to a pick up spot and there’s actually a cardboard box … but … it helps a lot to bring your own crate so they can reuse the cardboard one.

What’s in the box?

This will vary every week based on what’s in season so, since it is spring, lots of greens this week.

Items:

Salanova Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm in collaboration with Lattin Farms

Hakurei Turnips – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm in collaboration with Lattin Farms

Green Garlic – Lattin Farms

Spring Asparagus – Lattin Farms

Garlic Chives – Mewaldt Organics

Siberian Kale – Pioneer Farms

Spinach – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm in collaboration with Lattin Farms

Arugula – Pioneer Farms

Tango Lettuce – Pick’n & Grin’n Farm in collaboration with Lattin Farms

I also opted to get bread (stone ground whole wheat from The Bread Lady) and eggs (from the happy chickens at Lahontan Farms.)

Nom!

I’ll share more with some recipes and lots of photos later so stay tuned. Let me know of you have any questions. I’m all ears!


A Bad Week in the Garden

It has been a devastating week here at Fresh Veggies.    I’m feeling a little more than discouraged.

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The lettuce and tomato plants are covered in bugs, white flies, I believe.   The lettuce was ready to harvest and I was totally grossed out by the bugs so WE DID NOT EAT IT.   Bleck.   No amount of washing was going to take that visual away from me.   Gag.

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I promptly busted out the insecticidal soap and sprayed like a maniac.   As a matter of fact, I should probably go spray again to be sure.   Bleck.

Then, there’s the matter of the sunflowers.    Total loss.   I blame the chipmunks.   I blame the squirrels.   I blame the bunnies.   I blame them all.   And, I am sad.imageTo make matters worse, there is someone down the street from me who has no less than 100 sunflower plants happily growing in her front yard.   I am beyond jealous.

And, I will just have vicariously enjoy her sunflowers because mine are dead.

Ugh.