Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Bounty

Certified, turtle tested veggies this week include:

Purple Beauty Peppers
Butternut Squash
Green Beans
Swiss Chard
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

We also included a CSA invite card in the box. It gives information for the CSA next year if you're interested in signing up. There are a couple of changes-the CSA will be full price and there will be a drop point somewhere in Winona for the boxes. There will be extra share options such as eggs, herbs and mushrooms. You'll still have the option for half or full shares. We hope you guys want to join again next year and we'd welcome any suggestions!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What am I supposed to do with this?!!!

What up Turtle CSA Crew!? Many folks have never cooked with fennel before so here is an excellent quick-and-easy recipe:

BBQ Steamed Fennel

Cut the bulb of the fennel in half and then slices and arrange them in a tin foil wrap (for the grill)
Add the juice of half a lemon and toss the squeezed lemon right in as well
Add half (or whole depending on your tastes) of a red Chili
Give the whole thing a good drizzle of olive oil and season with salt, pepper, rosemary, etc.
Close the tin foil wrap and cook on the grill over medium heat for about 25 min and ENJOY!

In your box this week you will also find:

Empress/Dragon's Tongue bean mix
Purple Beauty Peppers (sweet)
Green Peppers (sweet)
Carrots! (these are the early ones, we'll have many more in the next few weeks)
Basil Bouquet (Thai, Lemon, Genovese, Purple)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Week 8


The boxes this week have:

Purple Beauty Peppers



Chiogga Beets

Five Color Silverbeet Chard

Green Beans


Pea Shoots


Eggs (except for the Justin Hanson family)

The Chiogga beets are beautiful when they are raw! They have pink and white circles when you cut into them. Since there is such a small amount this week it might be best to eat them raw on a salad, but they are also wonderful roasted in the oven on a salad with goat cheese. To roast: preheat oven to 375 and place the beets in a roasting pan or on aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Drizzle oil over the top and then wrap in aluminum foil then bake for 30 min-1 hour depending on the size of the beets. The skin will easily peel off once the beets are done.

The pea shoots are the young tendrils and leaves of pea plants. They are a great raw snack or they go well on salads or in a stir fry. They cook like greens so make sure to throw them in last and cook for a very short time.

Edamame is fresh soybeans. They can be boiled for 2-3 minutes and salted with a coarse salt. Only the beans are edible, not the pod. They make an excellent snack!

This weekend we'll be cooking up shiitake at the hog roast at Chickentown!!!! Also, the LSP hog roast is out at the Crigler Family Farm next Sunday, Aug. 15. Come check it out!

Herbal Turtle Article in PFC newsletter!

Thanks to the People's Food Coop in Lacrosse for this awesome article! Check it out here: