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Waverly Farms CSA Share Today! April 26, 2018

Posted 4/26/2018 10:20am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC
April 26, 2018

Hi there!  My name is Liz Grinsell and I will be sending you weekly emails in collaboration with Waverly Farms, LC on how you can make the most of your farm harvest.  I have been married to my husband P.J. for 12 years and we have 3 awesome boys - Patrick 9, Connor 7, and Liam 2.  A little over 6 years ago, I watched the movie "Food Inc." and was absolutely flabbergasted by the way a lot of our food was being made.  I decided to start making better choices by purchasing more organic produce, milk, and meat, and making more of our meals from scratch.  Soon after that, I received a postcard mailer about the Waverly Farms CSA and we have been members ever since. 

I cater our menu for the week to compliment what we receive in our box and I really enjoy finding different ways to use the food!  I have always enjoyed cooking and baking but working with such fresh ingredients really improves the whole experience tenfold.  I will also post pictures of what I make throughout the week on the Waverly Farms Facebook page. As the season unfolds, please feel free to e-mail me with questions, feedback or requests and I will do my best to help! You can reach me at Liz@TheGrinsells.net 

Despite cooler weather and loads of rain, this week's share is just lovely, and includes:

Tip of the week: If your greens arrive somewhat dehydrated, put them in water to perk them up again. Be sure to lay them on the counter to dry a bit before storing them in the refrigerator is a sealed plastic bag.  Otherwise, just wrap everything in the liner bag that comes with your share and throw it in the fridge.  The extra bag helps keep everything fresher. Too much moisture causes greens to spoil, too little cause them to dehydrate, so watch and manage the moisture levels, or eat your greens early in the week.

Lettuce – Obviously this tender lettuce lends itself to making a salad. I often use the lettuce I receive in my box to compliment pizza night, which is every Friday at my house.  After a long week of working and child raising, Mama likes to have a night off, so we order pizza from our favorite local pizzeria, make a salad, and pour a glass of wine.  If you’re not in the mood for a salad, you could also fill the lettuce with chicken salad or even try lettuce wraps (Here’s a Pioneer Woman recipe because although I enjoy them at PF Chang’s, for some reason I don’t tend to buy ground chicken on a regular basis but maybe that’s just me). http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/lettuce-wraps/ 

Spinach - This spinach is coming right as the strawberries are starting to look and smell delicious.  My mom has made a spinach and strawberry salad that I really enjoy for years - you add chopped almonds and then use either a poppy seed dressing if you want to go all the way sweet or balsamic vinaigrette if you want a bit of tang.  I have served this at many a brunch with ham and hash brown casserole, but it’s also good as a lunch with some simple chicken or feta on top. Here is a video of a similar salad so you can see how simple it is. 

Spring Greens Mix – I prepare this the same way as I do the young collard greens usually, but I have tried them lots of different ways.  These tender leaves and baby broccoli will be amazing in a salad.  I think I’ll try this recipe this week because lemons are making me especially happy lately.  Anybody want to try this one with me and tell me what you think?!  https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/148889/sauteed-swiss-chard-with-parmesan-cheese/ 

Young Collard Greens – I am not from the South, but my husband is and one of my boys loves greens almost as much as his Daddy does. I tend to prepare them very simply, by chopping an onion, sometimes a little garlic too, then adding the greens, then some vinegar and cooking them down. If you have better ideas, please feel free to pass them along because I know that I am not an expert on this one!! 

Patrick has been enjoying Waverly Farms eggs, vegetables and meats since he was 3 and he loves vegetables to this day!

Eggs for Everyone!  – There are so many ways to use an egg! Free-ranged, Certified Organically-fed amazing eggs are the perfect food, chocked full of essential vitamins and minerals. My boys really enjoy them scrambled but my husband adores them hard boiled. I really like the idea that they are heading off to school with some wholesome protein in their tummies. Waverly Farms' hens have been laying like crazy. Since this first share of the season is a little light weight, we are sending an extra dozen eggs to everyone this week. Enjoy or share! Paula Deen has a great recipe for Spinach and Bacon Quiche

Protein Share Members receive top sirloin steak, hamburger, and bacon – Please remember to thaw steaks in the refrigerator for 5 days before cooking them.  Also, grass-fed beef cooks faster and needs a slightly lower temperature to be really fantastic. Here is the perfect easy slow cooker recipe for B-B-Q Beef. This is for a brisket, but will work beautifully with your sirloin, too.  

My dad is a grill master and taught me to keep things simple when it comes to grilling steak, so I top it with kosher salt and a bit of pepper.  I am the griller in my household, because although I love my dear husband, he prefers to cook steak to the point where there are no juices left and the poor thing is left gray and sad.  However, I prefer my steak pink and succulent, and so do my children.  So, I take ours off several minutes before his, and everybody is happy!  Another thought is that if you can’t use all the steak in one night, you can grill it all and save some for steak salads the next night.  You will find that I am a HUGE fan of cooking once and eating at least twice – so more tips like that to come!!

Having hamburger (I have never tasted hamburger as delicious as Waverly’s) and bacon in the same box feels like serendipity doesn’t it?  Burgers topped with cheddar and bacon sounds like an excellent meal one night and it looks like nice temperatures this weekend for grilling!!  Burgers are also very good leftover and we do this quite often at my house.  You may want to cook them a little less than you usually would so that when you reheat them the next day, they don’t become too well-done.

Well that’s all for now –I hope my ideas are helpful to you and I welcome any feedback or questions that you may have. 

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Happy Cooking!!

Liz Grinsell
(on behalf of all of your friends at Waverly Farms, LC)

Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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