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Waverly Farms CSA 7/6/17 Weekly and Bi-Weekly Members

Posted 7/6/2017 9:11am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Members, 

Welcome back from holiday for many of you.  This week's share is a good one with loads of color!  We're hoping that giving you farm fresh food and ideas will be more rewarding than other options. Let us know what you think and how we can improve!

Recipe of the Week: Warm Potato and Dragon Tongue Bean Salad If you do not have arugula or basil, steam your chard or kale until tender, instead. 

CSA Share - Weekly and Bi-Weekly Members

 

Elephant Garlic - This is a large and delicious garlic that is perfect for seasoning or roasting. Roasting Garlic is quick and fun and turns the garlic into a sweet treat. From there you can make Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, a creamy Roasted Garlic Sauce for your roast or other meats. P.S. We leave the stems and dirty outer coating in case you want to dry garlic for longterm storage. Mostly, we use our garlic pretty quickly, but if you'd like to store it, here are other options for you in How to Keep Garlic from Going Bad.

Red Potatoes - these are my favorite in Warm Potato Salad, or just roasted with garlic or mashed as described in Elephant Garlic, above. Ina Garten offers a great video for Garlic Roasted Potatoes (hint: add a pinch of chopped rosemary if you have any!). 

Sweet Peppers - These are Banana and Green Bell peppers. Both are terrific stuffed, roasted, chopped, or just eaten raw. Here are 10 Ways to Use Sweet Mini Peppers and all would work with your peppers. 

Zucchini - No need for mushy, watery zucchini. There are so many other ways to cook it that are fabulous!  If you have not tried making zucchini into ribbons of pasta, you must. It's easy and delicious. Try Zucchini "Pasta". or Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Pecorino (or feta, or goat cheese). This zucchini is also fabulous on the grill with our without the balsamic as in Balsamic Grilled Zucchini. Or pan fried as in Pan Fried Zucchini with Lemon and Parmesan

Tiny Tomatoes - These little cherries are just the first of many tomatoes to come. Since there are only a few, perhaps you might just cut them in half or quarters, drizzle with balsamic and olive oil, add chopped basil if you have it, salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for a few minutes and enjoy this refreshing tomato salad. A sprinkle of feta on top would be even better! See Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad

Kale and Chard Mix - Brace yourself for fewer greens during the hot summer months. We try to have them all summer, but the heat is hard on them. You might enjoy this recipe that I've been cooking for months: Chop sweet peppers, the stems of chard, and onions. Cook them in olive oil in a large sauté pot or pan until tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 cup water and thin slices of potato (skins on). Cook potatoes until almost tender. The water will reduce into a nice sauce. Add roughly chopped kale and chard and another 1/2 - 3/4 cup of water and cook until greens are tender, stirring the sauce and potatoes into the greens. Serve hot and top with fresh, cold feta cheese or not. 

Kohlrabi - An odd duck, for sure, Kohlrabi is delicious cooked or raw. You might just peel and cut Kohlrabi into chunks or strips and add to Marinated Cherry Salad (see tomatoes above). or, Try Quinoa, Kohlrabi and Cherry Tomato Salad. You could also peel, chop and add Kohlrabi to the greens dish above, cooking it when you cook the peppers and onions. Or try Roasted Kohlrabi (or just throw it into Garlic Roasted Potatoes above).

Dragon Tongue Beans - Always a favorite when company is here, these creamy, tender beans seem to go well with potatoes or greens or by themselves. Simply boil water (or use the water of boiled potatoes), season to taste and cook until the purple disappears, which means they are tender. Warm Potato and Dragon Tongue Bean Salad also uses your cherry tomatoes!


Protein Shares - Weekly and Bi-Weekly Members

Hamburger - We've been adding sausage to our grass-fed burgers and love the result. The sausage adds seasoning and fat to the burger. Or, just grill them. They are so much better than grocery hamburger just the way they are! You might play around with this recipe for Veggie-packed Beef Burgers if you have kids. Almost any veggies will work. 

Stew Beef - Try Best Crockpot Beef Stew and, again, use any of your CSA veggies or add others. 

Roast - I believe mostly Brisket, Sirloin Tip and Top Sirloin Steak went into shares this week. This Texas-style Smoked Brisket might appeal to someone and you can use any of the roasts in this recipe. For others, Simply the Easiest Beef Brisket is better. And, how about Crockpot Brisket Tacos? This one looks terrific!


On a sad note, one of our dear employees, Lucky Jefferson, was in a highway accident last Thursday evening and remains in critical condition. We are seeking God's grace for him and his family, including two young children. Your prayers for Lucky are much appreciated. As everyone says, "He's a great guy!" and we are praying hard for his full and complete recovery. 

All the best to you and your loved ones from everyone at Waverly Farms!

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg, owners
Wade Bagley, gardener
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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