I never thought I’d say this, but I was glad to see the rain today! The newly seeded green manure (clover) in the field along the driveway needed a good sprinkling since the drip irrigation is only installed where there are actually plants. This week’s basket contains a few old friends and some new offerings.
Thanks to the efforts of a few determined weeders, the leek bed was freed from bondage and, lo and behold, there were some lovely tender young leeks ready for your table. I sautéed a couple to use in a stuffed roast chicken this week and used the entire leek to the tip of the greens.
The same excessive rain that flooded newly seeded beds and stunted struggling transplants produced a wonderful crop of chokecherries on the farm this year, so your basket will contain a jar of homemade chokecherry syrup. Pour it over pancakes or French toast, drizzle it on ice cream, swirl it into cream or yogurt as a dessert topping…the possibilities are endless. Half-share members will receive theirs at the next pick-up. If time permits, I’ll make up a second batch next week which will be offered at a member discount to anyone wanting a second jar or having difficulty giving up half (for the shared full baskets).
1 quart of potatoes (the truck is back in service thanks to CTC’s road hazard tire warrantee)
Sauté mix or salad greens
Chokecherry syrup (all-natural chokecherries, organic cane sugar)
Snack pak of tomatoes or bag of basil
Leeks make a delicious wrap for fish:
Ricotta-filled Crèpes with Chokecherry Syrup (substitute syrup for raspberry sauce in recipe)
Raw Kale Salad (The trick to preparing raw kale is to massage it to soften it and allow the salad to marinate in the dressing for a bit. Fold the leaves in half and cut out the ribs for a more tender leaf.)
See you at the farm!