Our Daily Tasks: Covering and Uncovering

Our Daily Tasks: Covering and Uncovering

The winter wonderland where we grow your veggies.

The winter wonderland where we grow your veggies.
Photo credit: Emily Hammon
Want to join and receive your own share of delicious veggies each week? If you are interested in signing up, please email us at greededgegardens@gmail.com. For more information or to download our Enrollment brochure, visit our website at www.greenedgegardens.com/CSA.

We love sharing our wonderful produce with you! We started this blog so that we can keep you up to date with all that is happening on the farm. It is also an opportunity for all of us to get to know one another better. One of the strengths of a CSA is the direct relationship between the farmer's experience and your experience receiving fresh vegetables weekly.

We want to hear from you, so please feel free to share recipes, thoughts and ideas-just click on the COMMENT below each post to add to our CSA community.

April 23, 2009

A Correction

Despite my wishful thinking while writing this week's newsletter, you will NOT find a bunch of kale in your shares this week. So sorry for any inconvenience! I hope that you enjoy the other delicious veggies we did include. Thanks and have a great (warm) weekend!


April 22, 2009

CSA Newsletter: Week Nineteen



Hello Everyone!

This week we must bid adieu to our Columbus Half Share members. This is the last delivery for you folks and we have been oh so happy to have you with us over the last several months! It is our hope that you have enjoyed your experience with our Winter 2009 CSA program as much as we have. For everyone else, there is one more week of fresh veggies on its way, and then we mush say goodbye to you as well, at least for a little while since many of you will be joining us again.

Thank you to all of you who have taken our survey. We've received great responses so far that have been very helpful, and if you haven't had a chance to respond yet, please do. We value your opinions and use your feedback to make improvements for our future CSA seasons.

Speaking of future CSA seasons, hopefully we will see most of you again this summer. Enrollment for the next season is open and we've had great response to our new share options. Our brochures are up on our website, so do check them out. If you have any questions about the upcoming summer season please feel free to contact me and I will be glad to help.

This week I've included recipes for both arugula and cilantro. Both of these delicious herbs create such a fresh, crisp, spring-like experience for your palate that it was hard to resist including even more recipes celebrating their distinct flavors. I hope that you find them as enjoyable as I have. As always we here at Green Edge send out a big "ThankYou!" to all of you for your support this season! We couldn't do this without you. Have a wonderful week and a great spring to those who are leaving us for the season.

Best Wishes,



(If you have questions about any of these veggies, email me and I will do my best to get back to you right away with storage ideas, serving suggestions, etc.)

Micromix Microgreens (Did you know our micros are chock full of nutrients from the multitude of enzymes and vitamins they gather from the soil they're grown in? Now you do.)

Salad Mix (This mix of lettuces and Asian greens is sure to satisfy your yearning for something fresh, crisp, and delicious.)

Mushrooms (Our shiitakes will work great in the recipe I've included this week. They have just the right flavor to complement the arugula and radishes.)

Kale (Surprise! Our kale has lasted another week thanks to cooler temperatures so you can enjoy it one more time before the end of the season.)

Swiss Chard (Its hard to imagine that this hearty nutritious green will be done soon as well, but you can enjoy it this week with no worries.)

Spinach (The leaves are smaller this week and less stemmy, so they would work perfectly as a springtime salad.)

Arugula OR Cilantro (Whichever wonderful spring herb you get this week I've got a couple of recipes here that will be sure to please.)

Salad Radishes (These fresh beauties are easily complemented by either of the herbs included this week.)

Recipe: Arugula, Radish, and Sautéed Mushroom Salad (Serves 2-3)

1 bunch of arugula,

coarse stems

discarded and

the leaves

washed well

and spun dry

2 C. thinly sliced


lightly sautéed

in a bit of oil or

butter and


1 C. grated salad


3 Tbs. extra virgin

olive oil

fresh lemon juice from

one large or two

small lemons

Parmesan curls made

with a vegetable


salt & pepper to taste

Combine the arugula, mushrooms, and the radishes, drizzle the oil over the salad, and toss the salad gently. Toss with the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste, and serve it topped with the Parmesan.

(Recipe courtesy of www.mariquita.com/recipes/arugula.html, 2009.)

Recipe: Smoked Turkey Tea Sandwiches With Arugula Mayonnaise (Serves 6 to 8)

½ C. mayonnaise
1/3 C. coarsely chopped arugula

leaves plus several whole


1 Tbs. minced leek or shallot
1 Tbs. minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
12 thin slices firm white

sandwich bread
10 ounces thinly sliced smoked


Mix mayo, chopped arugula, shallot, parsley and lemon peel in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Assemble sandwiches with remaining ingredients, using the arugula mayo. Cut into quarters.

(Recipe courtesy of Bon Apetit, June 1999.)

Recipe: Cilantro Pesto With Pasta (Serves 8 to 10)

3/4 C. plain nonfat yogurt
1/2 C. fresh cilantro
1/2 C. fresh parsley
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbs. pine nuts, lightly toasted
3 cloves garlic
2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
12 oz. tomato basil pasta

Combine all ingredients except pasta in container of an electric blender or food processor top with cover and process 1 minute or until smooth, scraping sides of container occasionally.

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat, drain. Place pasta in a large bowl, adding cilantro mixture, tossing gently. Serve immediately.

(Recipe courtesy of www.cooks.com, 2009.)

Recipe: Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe (Makes 4 servings)

1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 Tbs. Dijon style mustard
1/4 C chopped fresh cilantro
juice of one lime
4 Tbs. white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. crushed black pepper


Combine ingredients mixing well. Cover & refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Mix again before serving.

(Recipe courtesy of www.epicurean.com, 2009.)

I hope you enjoy your share. Have a wonderful week and don’t for get you can contact us at:



April 17, 2009

What to Expect...



April 15, 2009

CSA Newsletter: Week Eighteen



Hello Everyone!

Here we are nearing the end of our Winter '09 CSA season and I don't know about you, but I feel like it has flown by. While I am excited to see new life spring forth with the change in seasons, I am also sad that we will be saying goodbye in two weeks! Hopefully we will see most of you again next season, but if not thanks so much for joining us over the past five months--it has been a pleasure for us to share the veggies of our labor throughout the winter.

Since we love to get input from our members, we have put together a survey to get some feedback from you about this season's CSA program. Your participation in this short questionnaire will help us improve with our future CSA programs, and will help us know what we are doing well so that we can continue to bring our members great produce and service. I will email the survey later in the week so that you may respond at your leisure over the last few weeks of the Winter season. Thanks so much for your help with this!

This week I've included a recipe for each of the three meals we all eat throughout the day. Since the springtime brings us a wealth of greens, the recipes focus on our spinach, salad, and chard. Don't forget that this is the last week for our fabulous kale, so savor its flavor and sweetness in whatever you decide to make with it. Thanks so much for your support and have a great week this week!

Best Wishes,



(If you have questions about any of these veggies, email me and I will do my best to get back to you right away with storage ideas, serving suggestions, etc.)

Micromix Microgreens (Our micros derive their nutrients from the multitude of enzymes and vitamins produced during the sprouting process as well as the nutrients and minerals from the soil they are grown in.)

Salad Mix (This mix of lettuces and Asian greens is sure to satisfy your yearning for something fresh, crisp, and delicious.)

Mushrooms (Our oyster mushrooms epitomize springtime and the bounty the natural world supplies this time of year.)

Kale (Sadly enough this is the last week for this green, so be sure to enjoy its sweetness and versatility. If you join us for summer you will see it again.)

Swiss Chard (Check out the recipe I've included this week for a new way to enjoy this hearty green.)

Spinach (Our spinach is large and in charge this time of year and the culinary possibilities are endless with this fabulous green. Don't forget how nutritious it can be raw and lightly steamed.)

Salad Radishes (What lovely little beacons of spring! Eaten raw or cooked, they will surely help you get into the springtime mood despite the fickle weather.)

Recipe: Strata (Serves 8-10)

7 to 9 pieces of bread,

crust removed

8 to 10 oz. sharp

shredded cheese

6 to 8 oz. Swiss cheese

½ (plus) lb. chopped or

cubed ham

10 oz. spinach (steamed

& moisture re-


3 C. milk

6 eggs

½ tsp. dry mustard

½ tsp. butter (optional)

¾ tsp. salt

¼ C. butter, melted

2 to 3 C. crumbled corn


Preheat the oven to 350F. Remove crust from bread for each of 2 layers in a 9 X 13 pan. Fit bread closely. Grate and mix together the sharp shredded cheese and Swiss cheese, spreading ½ over each layer of bread. Spread ham liberally over first layer of bread, mixed cheeses, then ham. Repeat bread and cheese layers. Spread spinach over top layer of bread and cheese.

Mix in blender and pour over strata the milk, eggs, dry mustard, ½ teaspoon butter and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least eight hours or overnight. Before baking, melt ¼ C. butter and mix with crumbled corn flakes. Spread on top of strata. Bake for about an hour or until puffy. Let stand at least 10 minutes before serving. Cut into squares for serving.

(Recipe courtesy of Cook Homestead Bed & Breakfast Cookbook, 2007.)

Recipe: Spinach, Strawberry, and Dill Salad (Serves 6)

8 C. fresh spinach, washed

3 scallions, sliced thinly

½ C. hazelnuts, toasted

1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled

and sliced

¼ C. chopped fresh dill

For the dressing...

3 Tbs. red wine vinegar

1 Tbs. honey

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. dry mustard

½ C. extra-virgin olive oil

salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large bowl, toss the spinach, scallions, hazelnuts, strawberries, and dill.

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, garlic, and mustard. In a slow, thin stream, whisk in the olive oil until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Just before serving, pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

(Recipe courtesy of Farms & Foods of Ohio: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate, 2007.)

Recipe: Swiss Chard-Stuffed Onions (Serves 4)

4 large onions (about 10 oz. each)

2 Tbs. extra olive oil

½ lb. Swiss chard, cut into 1-inch

pieces, washed, and drained

well (4 C.)

2 cloves garlic, peeled, crushed, and

chopped (2 tsp.)

¾ tsp. salt

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

½ lb. sweet Italian sausage meat

2 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese

½ C. water

Preheat the oven to 425F. Peel the onions, and remove the stem as well as the root end of each. Arrange the onions in one layer on a large piece of aluminum foil, then fold the foil around the onions to enclose them. Place the foil package on a cookie sheet, and bake on the center rack of the 425-degree oven for 45 minutes. The onions should be somewhat soft and partially cooked at this point.

Cut a ½-inch slice from the top (stem-end) of each onion, and scoop out and reserve the inside to create a receptacle with walls about ½-inch thick. Chop the onion tops and insides coarsely. (You should have about 3 ½ cups of chopped onion.)

Heat the oil until hot but not smoking in a large skillet. Add the chopped onion, and cook for 3 minutes over medium to high heat. Add the Swiss chard, garlic, salt and pepper, and mix well. Cover and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. The mixture should be slightly moist and lightly browned. Let cool to lukewarm, then mix in the sausage meat. Stuff the onions with the chard and sausage mixture, dividing it evenly among them and mounding it so that all the stuffing is used.

Arrange the stuffed onions in a gratin dish, and sprinkle them with the Parmesan. Pour water around the onions in the gratin dish, and bake at 400 degrees for 60 minutes, until brown on top and very soft throughout.

(Recipe courtesy of Jacques Pepin's Kitchen: Cooking with Claudine, 1996.)

I hope you enjoy your share. Have a wonderful week and don’t for get you can contact us at: