Welcome to the 2012 CSA Season! We have a much earlier start than anticipated thanks to a warmer than average spring. We are very grateful for our customers who chose the Chicken Thistle Farm, LLC CSA this year and are looking to surprise everyone with some terrific flavors as the season rolls along. Not part of our CSA? Follow along each week with our seasonal recipe suggestions and pay attention for posts about offerings on our farm stand. We try very hard to present unique produce that you might not find ANYWHERE else. In fact, you’ll see some of that in this week’s share.
So, what’s in the box?
-Lettuce. In the upper left hand side of the picture, there are two varieties of lettuce. The red and green is called speckled and the light green is called tennis ball. Both are heirloom varieties of lettuce that are delicate in texture and taste. They are so delicate, in fact, that you’d probably never find them in the store.
-Swiss chard. In the upper right of the picture, you’ll see a small bunch of swiss chard. A swiss chard frittata is one of our favorites around the farm. Sauté the chard, and combine with eggs, milk, raab and whatever else you have on hand- cheese, sausage, chicken or even bacon (mmmmm).
-Kale. In the lower right, you will see two varieties of kale - the curly kale and the flat-leaf Tuscan kale. Have you ever tried Tuscan Kale chips? Many people mistakenly believe that kale is only a garnish. Check out these facts and recipe suggestions for kale.
-Broccoli Raab or sometimes called Spring Raab because of the little broccoli florets on it (pronounced rob). Some people like the taste of this spring green and some think it’s got a bit of a bitter aftertaste (which is rumored to go away after cooking). It’s in the middle of the picture and looks like turnip greens and with small broccoli like structures in it. What are your thoughts on raab? (Information about raab here)
-Herb mix. This week you’ll find two different herbs in the box - some fresh-picked parsley and some mint. We love to add our mint to iced tea or to yogurt to make a great sauce. There will be many more varieties of herbs in the coming weeks!