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In our Summer CSA share this week

By Laura

Exciting to have delicious Sugar Snap Peas in the share today! There will me lots more next week as long as they make it through the upcoming heat wave. In general, peas like cooler weather so our traditionally gloomy June weather – aka Junuary – is perfect for them. Since that is definitely not the weather pattern we are experiencing this year, we can only weed, water and keep our fingers crossed that they continue producing through the triple digit weekend that is in the forecast.

The weather so far this summer makes me feel like we’re farming in California?! Extended high temps can damage cool season crops like the peas and some greens. It can also interfere with tomato pollination and cause blossoms to drop resulting in lower yields later in the season. So hopefully this heatwave won’t last too long. In the meantime, we’ll be watering all the crops a little extra this week, since transpiration rates can increase almost exponentially as the temperature increases. And we’ll be throwing some mud on the greenhouses to provide a bit of shade to crops in there.

Highlights from the CSA box this week…

  • Sugar Snap Peas hardly need a recipe. They make a great snack on the way home, you can add them to salad, or our shareholders can try one of these recipes at Cook With What You Have with the free access included with membership in our CSA.
  • Make sure and use the greens with your Spring Onions! They are delicious and can be used just like scallions.
  • The Purple Kohlrabi is sweet & crunchy so cut into carrot size sticks it goes great with dip or hummus. Or try this German Style Kohlrabi with Dill recipe
  • Here’s my favorite way to make the Amish Butter Popcorn. If you have a grinder, it also makes really good polenta.
INCLUDED IN THIS WEEK’S SHARE:
BROCCOLI
SPRING GARLIC
SUGAR SNAP PEAS
AMISH BUTTER POPCORN
BUTTERHEAD LETTUCE
HAKUREI TURNIPS
SPRING ONION
KOHLRABI

Not a shareholder? Come on board for a prorated Summer CSA season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every week!

Join our Flower CSA this summer!

By Laura

47th Avenue Farm Flower Bouquet CSAWith our friends at Petals of Lake Oswego, we’re pleased to offer limited CSA subscriptions for a weekly, farm fresh, local Flower Bouquet CSA! This is your chance to take home a beautiful sustainably-farmed flowers at CSA pickups thru the summer!

Fresh-picked, sustainably grown and harvested flowers

Professionally arranged in a beautiful bouquet

Simply choose your pickup location, pick a bouquet option, and beauty, nature and a brightened mood will grace your home every week. Learn more and place your order here!

In our Summer CSA this week

By Laura

There are lots of delicious salad fixins in the share this week. Butter lettuce matures well in the cooler weather and has made nice little heads. The Hakurei salad turnips & kohlrabi are tender, crunchy & sweet. They are delicious julienned or grated onto salad or made into matchsticks with dip. The Napa cabbage also makes a great salad. You can dress it same as you would with a traditional cabbage slaw or go in a different direction with miso, lime & sesame.

We still have FLOWER BOUQUET CSA shares available! It starts in 2 weeks!

Highlights from the CSA box this week…

  • Almost two dozen recipes for Napa Cabbage including Warm Sesame Slaw & Slaw with Herbs & Lime Dressing
  • If you don’t use all the Butter Lettuce is salad, try these Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
  • I’ve always loved Cimi di Rapa! It is a traditional Italian speciality cooked green, but it is also flexible enough to go with everything from pasta to frittata. If you want to geek out about all the different kinds of sprouting broccoli, check out this You Tube from the Culinary Breeding Network.
  • Hakurei Turnips actually have “salad” in their name, but they are also delicious roasted in this Miso Braised recipe

So without further, ado…

INCLUDED IN THIS WEEK’S SHARE:
BROCCOLI
CIMI DI RAAB
AJI HOT PEPPER
HAKUREI SALAD TURNIPS
DRAGON’S TONGUE MUSTARD
BUTTER LETTUCE
NAPA CABBAGE
KOHLRABI

Not a shareholder? Come on board for a prorated Summer CSA season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every week!

In our Summer CSA share this week

By Laura

We’re getting some HOT weather this week! Hope you are finding some good ways to keep cool. Most of the veggies are fine since we harvest in the early morning. We did have to put the cauliflower in storage, so it may have a few wilty leaves, but should otherwise be delicious. New this week, we are offering a FLOWER BOUQUET CSA that you can pick up at the same time as your veggies. It starts in 3 weeks and all the details are below.

Highlights from the CSA box this week…

  • This Fritata is the perfect way to use onions, garlic, cauliflower & greens that are in your share this week.
  • Fresh crunchy Red Cheriette Radish are perfect this time of year. Try this decadent Radish Butter recipe. It makes a delicious spread, and I often include the greens too.
  • Garlic Scapes are perfect coated with olive oil and a little sea salt then roasted in the oven until lightly cartelized. Then we just eat them as finger food! Or you can chop, sautéed and use in any dish that calls for a mild garlic flavor
  • The Walla Sweet Onions we harvested this week are what we call “spring onions.” This means they are fresh from the field and have not started to dry down for storage. The bulb is often smaller and the delicious greens are included. Use the tops like you would a scallion.
INCLUDED IN THIS WEEK’S SHARE:
CAULIFLOWER
GARLIC SCAPES
HAKUREI SALAD TURJIPS
WALLA SWEET SPRING ONIONS
RED CHERIETTE RADISH
BUTTER LETTUCE
GREEN GARLIC

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In our first (25th-Anniversary!) Summer CSA share this week

By Laura

Hard to believe it was a quarter century ago when I planted the first seeds for the CSA. Many things have changed since then, but important the things remain the same – I’m still so grateful to be growing great food for my friends & neighbors.

If you’re one of them, so glad you could join us this summer (and by the way, there’s still time to sign up)! It is shaping up to be a great season – we’ve spent the spring filling the greenhouse, finished several rounds of transplanting and now our farm fields are full of beautiful, bountiful veggies. Can’t wait to harvest all that deliciousness and share it with you!

A few highlights from the CSA box this week…

  • Fresh crunchy Red Cheriette Radish are perfect this time of year. Try this Radish, Bean & Seed Salad with your red radish, microgreens & green garlic.
  • Joi Choi would be delicious in Spicy Stir-fried Noodles.
  • Bouquet of Parsley includes the leaves, stems & chartreuse flower buds. Flavor is slightly stronger than regular parsley and really good in this Chimichurri with radish greens.
INCLUDED IN THIS WEEK’S SHARE:
CHOI
CAULIFLOWER
RAINBOW CHARD
BOUQUET OF PARSLEY
RED CHERIETTE RADISH
RADISH MICROGREENS
CHERRY TOMATO
GREEN GARLIC

Not a shareholder? There’s still time! Join us for our Summer CSA season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every two weeks!

In our CSA share this week (last winter/spring pickup!)

By Laura

In the pickup for our SE Portland and Lake Oswego/Luscher Farm shareholders this week:

This week we have more Baby Cauliflower – so delicious!! The very small head is wrapped in many tasty leaves. Make sure and use the leaves and stem as well as the head. Or cut the whole thing in half and grill or roast it.

Hope you have been enjoying all the Amish Butter Popcorn. We took the corn off the cob for you this week, but it still the same flavorful variety. Most folks already know how to cook popcorn, but I’ll share my favorite recipe anyway. This can also be ground into a wonderful polenta.

If you want to geek out on Raab, Rapini, Broccolini and learn the difference between all the different kinds of Cimi di Rapa then definitely check out this YouTube video from the Culinary Breeding Network. In your share you’ll enjoy the elongated stems and flower buds of kale & collards aka Brassica oleracea

Double the fun with two different kinds of microgreens:

  • Pea shoots are delicious raw or make a great substitute for sautéed snap peas in any dish where you want to have that nutty sweet pea flavor.
  • Radish microgreens are spicy, nutritious and delicious. Packed with even more vitamins & antioxidants than broccoli, these are terrific sprinkled on salad, sandwiches and anything else.
INCLUDED IN THIS WEEK’S SHARE:
RAAB!!
ITALIAN PARSLEY
BLACK SPANISH RADISH
AMISH BUTTER POPCORN
RADISH & PEA MICROGREENS
RED CHIEFTAN POTATOES
BABY CAULIFLOWER
RUTABAGA

Not a shareholder? We can help! Join us for our Summer CSA season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every two weeks!

In our CSA share this week

By Matt

In the pickup for our SE Portland and Lake Oswego/Luscher Farm shareholders this week:

This week we are especially excited about the Baby Cauliflower. The very small head is wrapped in many delicious leaves. Make sure and use the leaves and stem as well as the head. Or cut the whole thing in half and grill or roast it. We have a whole field of cauliflower so you’ll likely get a much larger head in 2 weeks at the Last Winter Share on April 13th.

The small knobby bright red roots in your share this week are Oca! This south american tuber can be eaten raw or cooked like a potato. When eaten raw, they have a fresh crunchy texture and lemony flavor. If you want to cook them they can be boiled, baked fried, or roasted. They are also good in soups & stews. The bright color will fade a bit, but they have a nice nutty slightly tangy flavor. These were grown by our friends at Mustard Seed Farm.

If you want to geek out on Raab, Rapini, Broccolini and learn the difference between all the different kinds of Cimi di Rapa then definitely check out this YouTube video from the Culinary Breeding Network. In your share you’ll enjoy the elongated stems and flower buds of kale & collards aka Brassica oleracea.

More dry beans in the share this week! Whipple is one of my favorite varieties. The beautiful red beans are plump and painted with tan splashes. It is well adapted to the PNW and has a great rich flavor. Many folks recommend it in chili. The Whipple Family, for which this bean is named, worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. before moving to Douglas County, Oregon, in the 1970s. Eventually Whipple dry bean was introduced to local growers and gardeners via seed swaps. Thank you White Oak Farm!

INCLUDED IN THIS WEEK’S SHARE:
OCA!!
MICROGREENS
BABY CAULIFLOWER
WHIPPLE DRY BEANS
BLACK SPANISH RADISH
PURPLE TOP TURNIP
YELLOW POTATOES
COLLARD RAAB
KALE TOPS

Not a shareholder? We can help! Join us for our Summer CSA season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every two weeks!

In our CSA share this week

By Laura

In the pickup for our SE Portland and Lake Oswego/Luscher Farm shareholders this week:

This week we are especially excited about the Pea Shoots! These can be eaten raw in salad, lightly sautéed or try them roasted on pizza.

If you want to geek out on Collard Greens, check out this full week of programming on the Culinary Breeding Network on YouTube. It is full of amazing stories and delicious recipes.

More dry beans in the share this week! In your box, you will either get Cannelini or Alubia Blanca which are two different varieties white beans. Both are creamy and delicious when cooked and they hold their shape well. They can be used interchangeably, pair well with the greens in your share, and were grown by our friends at White Oak Farm.

INCLUDED IN THIS WEEK’S SHARE:
CARROTS
WHITE BEANS
COLLARD RAAB
RAINBOW KALE TOPS
AMISH BUTTER POPCORN
KOHLRABI OR CELERIAC
RED CHIEFTAN POTATOES
PEA MICROGREENS
RED CABBAGE
LEEKS!

Not a shareholder? We can help! Join us for our Summer CSA season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every two weeks!