I really enjoy the harvest this week. The sweet and savory fragrances of the produce was pure delight. My fingers smell sweet and even the walk-in cooler has the aroma of fresh herbs and garlic. Now I’m craving some Italian cuisine for supper tonight.
So here is what you’ll find in your box this week:
Garlic scapes – These are the long, curly flowers that the garlic plants sprout as they are close to being ripe. The scapes can be just sliced up and used in dishes in place of garlic, and it has just a slightly sweeter, milder flavor than a garlic cloves.
Radishes with greens – The most popular way to eat radishes is to slice and eat. But don’t toss out the greens. They are equally tasty, can be used as a substitute for arugula, can be added to salads, used as a pizza topping, or sautéed as a side dish. You can try out some of these recipes on our website.
Romaine – This is definitely the last of the lettuce until late summer, August or September.
Basil – You will find a combination of four different kinds of basil: Genovese or Italian basil; Thai basil which has an anise fragrance; lime basil, and purple basil which has the same flavor profile as Italian basil only it’s purple. The best way to serve basil is to makepesto, and here are a few recipes on our website. Or you can always just put it in a vase and enjoy the aroma.
Broccoli – The full-size heads of broccoli are now ripe. Once I cut their heads off (uffda, that sounds harsh…) the broccoli plants will still produce an abundance of florets throughout the rest of the season, so you’ll be seeing more of this as well.
Cucumbers and/or Zucchini (some boxes) – The cucumbers and zucchini are just starting to emerge. It won’t be long until every box each week includes both of these cucurbits. However, for the first harvest of the season there are not enough for all boxes, But there are more than I can eat myself so I opted to just dole them out randomly and have a little surprise for whoever gets those boxes. One thing I can guarantee is that you will be seeing a lot of both of these cucurbits throughout the summer, so you might want to start studying the zucchini recipes and the cucumber recipes on our website because these veggies are by far the most productive plants in the garden.
If you are interested in any of these items this week, please let me know ASAP so I can include them with your delivery, and I can coordinate payment with you as well.
Hometown Hummus – $5 per tub.
It’s no surprise that this has received rave reviews. It is truly a one-of-a-kind delicious hummus, and we are so proud that it is made right here in Mora.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen. You will notice a price increase. Due to the many Minnesota farms that have been impacted by the avian flu, eggs are now less available and in high demand. Therefore the price for a dozen eggs has been increased to meet this demand. However, for those of you who have pre-paid, you are all set.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon
Don’t forget to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week. Also, I could use egg cartons so if you have any laying around, I’ll be happy to take them off your hands. Here is the delivery schedule this week:
St. Cloud Offices – Tuesday morning around 10:30 am
St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Tuesday mornings between 10:30 am and 11:00 aam
Spring Meadows – Tuesday, between noon and 12:30.
MB25 – Tuesday, around 1:00
Vital Images – Tuesday, around 1:30
Made of Mora – Thursday by 11:00 a.m.
Sapsucker Farms – Thursday or Friday anytime after noon.
City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge – Friday mornings by 10:00 a.m.
You can find our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.