June 6 - What's In The Box
Updated: Jun 15
Artisan Lettuce, Hon Tsai Tai, Turnips, Fresh Carrots, Arugula, Spinach, Radish, Cilantro, Potatoes, Onions, Shallots, HERBS. Local Hudson Valley Farms (IPM/Not organic) Apples and Greenhouse Tomatoes
Greetings from the Hudson Valley! We are excited to be in June where more varieties of produce will be harvested. This week we started our picking our fresh carrots, artisan lettuce and a lovely Asian Greens called Hon Tsai Tai. If you find that any of your greens have wilted, don’t worry, they can be revived by after washing them in cold water, put them in the fridge. Having fresh herbs will turn most veggie dish into a tasty treat. Of course, pairing and understanding how much to use is a life-long culinary exploration.
Hon Tsai Tai is a Chinese specialty also known as Kailaan. The long red-purple pencil-thin stem and tasty yellow sweet and spicy flowers are a treat. The pleasing, mild mustard tasting greens can be use raw in salads or lightly cooked in stir-fries or soups. Pairs well with Asian seasoning (soy sauce, ginger, etc.) If the shoots do not easily snap,
they are overmatured but the flower tastes delicious.
Fresh Bunched Carrots – This is the first week of carrot season! The carrots should be sweet treat. The carrot greens are edible, and they are super delicious and loaded with nutrients! Carrot greens have a sweet earthy flavor that is reminiscent carrots, with a fresh parsley finish. They make excellent pesto. Sprinkle them in your salad, soup or smoothie.
Japanese Turnips: we love Hakurei Turnips. This Japanese variety is referred to as a salad turnip. It has a crisp delicious raw flavor and will brighten your salad. It also has a great sweet nutty flavor when sautéed with the greens.
RADISHES: Fresh radish eaten raw simply seasoned with cilantro and a dash of salt. While eating radishes raw is our traditional way, grilling or oven roasting will bring out the subtly sweet and nutty flavor. Also, sautéing with their greens (I like butter with this preparation, but EVO is fine) with the chopped radish root is a delightful side dish.
SPINACH: Most people have their favorite way to enjoy spinach. Good with eggs in the morning, great in the salad for lunch and sautéed with garlic and EVO (or butter) for dinner. After cleaning, put in a bowl and microwave for 1 ½ minutes with a little EVO or butter and pinch of salt. Fast and Yummy.
Artisan Lettuce: We grow 28 varieties of lettuce and they have been selected over many years looking for both tasty and colorful varieties. You should be getting one green and one red variety. There are lots of items in your share that will make a tasty dish. You can make seasoned olive oil dressing by letting your fresh herbs soak in EVO. I love the
taste and the look of flowering sage, in the bottle (and the oregano and thyme, too!) You can use this seasoned olive oil in your Italian vinaigrettes, or marinades for meat dishes.
ARUGULA will add some peppery spice flavor to your salad. Arugula also makes a nice pesto. Seasoned EVO and crumbly blue cheese (or feta) with walnuts or other nuts and dried or fresh fruit makes a simple tasty side salad.
HUDSON VALLEY GROWN: Our local selection that is from nearby farms (they are NOT organic, they are grown with IPM practices with trusted farmers) are: Pink Lady Apples are from our cousin Mark’s farm (from the 2019season); and we are providing tomatoes from Chris’s Greenhouse, a young farmer who Amy works with.
Seasonings: Today you will find several fresh picked herbs. Cilantro, mint or peppermint, thyme, oregano, maybe some flowering sage Chinese Leeks/Garlic chives. Peppermint or mint (not sure what you are going to get) can be used to make hot or cold tea and can be used to brighten your salad or of course in a refreshing mojito cocktail. Thyme is my go-to herb. In Jamaican cuisine it is used often with other items called “seasoning”
which includes onions, scallions, hot pepper, sweet and pepper, garlic and tomato. Oregano is the Italian herb of choice and pairs well with tomato-centric recipes, as well as olive oil-based dishes. Flowering Sage will provide a pleasant earthy taste to many dishes, and is both beautiful and delicious when used to season your EVO. The Garlic Chives aka Chinese Leeks really is the ingredient in a good stir fry. It also can be subbed
instead of onions in dishes. Have fun with your herbs. What you don’t use, you can always freeze.
Sometimes we will have to make last minute substitutions so the list may not be 100% correct – but close. We look forward to growing for you and thank you for supporting local Hudson Valley farms!