Wobbly Cart 2010 CSA Box #1

6-22-10

Hello everyone!

Happy Solstice and Welcome the 2010 Wobbly Cart CSA program. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for joining our CSA. We realize you do have many farms to choose from and we want to make this the best experience in eating local that we possibly can! Currently, eating local means contending with a very slow start to the summer season. Although our first box is coming out the same week as last year we have found with the cool, rainy and cloudy weather, that things are just growing a little sloooowly… to put it nicely. I’m sure warmer weather is on its way and in the meantime, you still get week after week of ultra-fresh organic produce with all the vitamin and flavor benefits. This weeks box will contain:

2 heads of Lettuce                    Swiss Chard                             1 lb Snap Peas

Garlic Scapes                           ½ lb  Snow Peas                      1 bunch of Radishes

1 bunch of Scallions                1 lb Shell Peas

Some things might be new to you. Garlic scapes for example, look unusual but are actually amazing! The scape is the beginning of the flower stalk to the garlic plant. They can be snapped off before the garlic is ready to harvest and make a tasty mild garlic replacement. I like to finely chop them and use them just as I would a bulb of garlic. They are also delicious roasted whole or pickled. Be sure and check out the recipe page for more ideas.

The three kinds of peas can also be a little confusing. Snow peas are the large flat pods. They are best in stir-fries or fresh in salads. Just break off the stem end and pull the string down the side to prepare for cooking. Snap peas are the smaller fat pods, they are best eaten fresh as a snack, in salads, or lightly cooked (see recipe page). They are very sweet and delicious and kids can’t seem to get enough of them. Finally are the shell peas which are the larger rounded pods. You must break them open to reveal the sweet little peas inside. Pop them out of the shell and eat fresh, lightly steamed, or lightly sautéed. Farm fresh shell peas are one of the delicacies that CSA customers and farmers market shoppers are privy to. Try some and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I hope you all enjoy the first box! As the weather starts acting a little more like summer, we promise A LOT more delicious, fresh and exciting produce. We hope to see and get to know you all as the season goes on, either at market (Chehalis and Olympia Farmers markets) or at our annual Farm picnic later in the season.

Happy eating,

Asha, Joseph and the crew at Wobbly Cart

360-273-7597  wobbly cart

208-512-3186 Joe’s cell phone (for questions today).

wobblycart@riseup.net and wobblycart.com

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