Welcome to Week 1 of the All The Good Stuff 12-Week CSA Program to all of our members! I am so excited to share All The Good Stuff with you this summer!
Here are some of the things you may find in your box this week. Due to the seasonality of all of our farm-fresh products, the weather plays a major role in what & when the farmers can harvest. Please understand that this is not a guaranteed list, but rather a general outline of some of the things you may find in your Week 1 CSA Box. Each week will be something new and exciting! Let’s get started!
What’s Fresh from the farm this week? (June 15th-June21st) -Bing Cherries -Green Garlic (with tops) -English Peas -Sugar Snap Peas -Snow Peas -Green Onions -Baby Leeks -Zucchini Squash -Kohlrabi -Kale
Did you know that... -Bing Cherries are powerful natural anti-inflammatory agents? Adding bing cherries to your daily diet can reduce inflammation from chronic conditions like Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The antioxidants in cherries can help lower the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.
-Kale is said to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet! It’s extremely high in vitamins A, C, and K and it’s loaded with antioxidants!
-Kohlrabi -(This is one that is new to me and I’m so excited to see what it’s all about!) After doing a little research, here is what I learned…. Kohlrabi is slightly crunchy and mildly spicy, similar to a radish mixed with a turnip. It’s part of the cabbage family and has a sweet and slightly peppery taste. The texture is similar to broccoli. It’s very versatile and can be enjoyed raw or cooked. You can bake, steam, sautee, or eat it fresh in a salad, coleslaw, or simply tossed with some good olive oil. Wondering how to use Kohlrabi? Scroll to the end of this page for some Kohlrabi recipe inspiration! Benefits- Kohlrabi is a great source of Vitamin C and potassium. It also has a wide array of antioxidants and is great for digestive health.
-Zucchini Squash- is high in many nutrients and antioxidants. Zucchini is high in Vitamin C, low in calories, and is said to be good for reducing blood sugar, aiding in healthy digestion, and may improve heart health. It’s also super easy to add to your diet!
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If you have signed up for the All The Good Stuff CSA Box (standard or family size) you will also receive 1 loaf of artisan bread courtesy of Hovey & Harrison, 1 dozen pasture-raised eggs, and 1 specialty item. This week’s specialty item is an 8 oz. jar of local, unpasturized, raw honey from Austin Family Farms.
About the Farm…
I’ve been working with the Austin family for years, and I chose them because of their transparent, honest, organic, sustainable growing practices. I first met them when I worked just a few stands down from them at the Minturn Market in 2017. They invited me to their family farm and I instantly knew that they were exactly the kind of people I wanted to be getting my food from, and the people I wanted to partner with because they are the kind of people you can really trust. Want to learn more about Austin Family Farms? Click here!
Kohlrabi Recipe Inspiration
To be totally honest with you, I'm not too familiar with kohlrabi either... So I did some research and I learned a ton! 1) Kohlrabi tastes like a mix between a radish and a turnip. 2) It's crunchy and the texture is similar to broccoli stems. 3) It's a member of the cabbage family. 4) The whole plant is edible. Leafy greens are best when they are young. 5) There are MANY ways to enjoy it!
I asked my peers what their favorite ways to eat kohlrabi are... And here is what I found!
(Easiest) Raw. Simply slice or grate your kohlrabi with a cheese grater, food processor, or mandoline to use in a salad, shred to make coleslaw, or slice and enjoy tossed with some good olive oil. Though it is not necessary, sometimes the outer layer can be thick and tough, peel the outer layer and slice thinly and enjoy kohlrabi raw with a little salt and pepper.