DIGGING DEEPER

This week in our CSA

Sugarloaf Chicory from 47th Avenue FarmHappy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful holiday. It was fun to have the snow, but I’m glad things thawed out a bit this week so we could harvest. Often after all the festivities it’s nice to fill up your fridge with some delicious local veggies so we’re happy to help you do that this week.
Here are some highlights from today’s CSA box…

  • The Sugarloaf Chicory is related to radicchio, but the flavor is more sweet & mild. I often use it for salad, or sauté it with then combine with beans or greens. Want to learn more about all things chicory? Check out this Radicchio Zine (PDF) from our friends at the Culinary Breeding Network. It includes much history, trivia and my favorite radicchio salad recipe Insalata Nostrana (pg 20). You can also buy an original adorable paper copy here.
  • So excited to try the Jachob’s Cattle heirloom dry beans in some of the new recipes that – for our shareholder members – are in their special pack of recipes from CWWYH. They’ll make a delicious Chile or Ribollita or combine nicely with any of the greens.
  • The Marina di Chioggia winter squash is a lumpy looking Italian heirloom with dense delicious sweet flavor. It is traditionally served in roasted wedges as street food in the Chioggia region near Venice. Since it is slightly dry, it also makes amazing gnocchi or can be put into ravioli. I often just roast it and it is tasty that way too.
SOME OF THE FRESH IN THIS WEEK’S SHARE:
BEETS
RED SHALLOTS
YELLOW ONIONS
SUGARLOAF CHICORY
WINTER SWEET CABBAGE
MARINA DI CHIOGGIA SQUASH
JACHOBS CATTLE BEANS
AJI DRIED PEPPERS
CELERY ROOT
COLLARDS

Does this sound delicious, but you’re not a shareholder? That’s an easy problem to solve! Come on board for our amazing Winter/Spring CSA on a prorated basis at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every other week!