Our preparations (except for the food – not quite time yet for that)) are progressing nicely. George used the skid loader to smooth the bottom farm road and spread gravel. He’s not done yet, and it’s already so much better! We still have to move the pile of mushroom blocks and we hope that it will stay dry enough to get that done before you visit this weekend. The wire/screw ties that hold the plastic sides open are in place on at least one side of the two houses built last fall, so ventilation is no longer a problem. With the temperatures rising weekly, it won’t be long before we unclamp the rods on the other side of all the houses.
Even though I can now officially bid you a “Happy Spring”, the temperatures are already pushing towards early summer. Ticks and mosquitoes have already been sited, and in some cases felt. I’m sure they are out in other parts of the state too, not just picking on us…
We want to say thank you for your diligence with the return of the share delivery bags. Each week, we seem to have enough returned with several extras.
From all of us at Green Edge,
Becky (Kip, Dan, John, Rob, Theo, Penny, Diedra, Bethany, Alicia, and Liz)
Mushrooms - A WHOPPING 12oz. this week! To Store the extra, just keep them in the paper bag (closed tightly) in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. They won’t mold then, they’ll just dry if you can’t use them all.
Sunflower/MicroMix Microgreens - We have been sending our MicroMix microgreens to different sites each week. We hope you have enjoyed this little change. Everyone will get them eventually. The mixed microgreens are spicier, more delicate, and probably won’t store quite as long. But they are certainly good!
Spinach –There’s a whole pound of spinach this week, so go crazy! This wonderful green is so versatile. Use it raw in a salad, or cooked in many different dishes.
Swiss Chard – We are very pleased to have this favorite return to the list for its mild flavor and versatility. It’s great steamed, stir-fried, braised, sautéed, or in soup.
Kale – One of the favorite greens we grow. We just never have enough of it for everyone. Like other greens, use it raw, sauté, in soups or stir-fry.
Green Onions - Our second week to include green onions (scallions to some.) These were planted many weeks ago, and have just recently ‘sized up ‘ for us to include with your share. They are a true harbinger of spring – just like crocus and daffodils. Check last week’s newsletter for lots of recipes for different uses of green onions.
* 10 oz mushrooms, de- stemmed & sliced * 2/3 cup olive oil + extra for preserving
* ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
* 1½ tsp salt
* ½ tsp ground black pepper
* 1 tbs fresh tarragon leaves
2. Add ¼ cup oil and mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring often, over high heat for 5 minutes or until golden around the edges and tender. Remove and add to mushrooms in processor bowl. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper, tarragon and remaining oil to mushrooms. Process until mixture is finely chopped (do not puree).
3. Spoon into a medium sterilized jar. Drizzle with a thin layer of extra oil to completely cover tapenade. Place lid onto jar, cover jar with a tea-towel and set aside to cool completely before sealing.
Note: Store in the fridge, and use within 1 month. Serve tapenade with grilled sliced bagels, crispbreads or sliced baguette.~from www.moretomushrooms.com
2. Tear bite size pieces of kale from the stalk.
3. Wash and dry THROUGHLY.
4. Spray a cookie sheet with canola oil.
5. Add pieces of kale to the cookie sheet and spray kale with canola (or olive oil).
6. Sprinkle with sea salt.
7. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove quickly, or they will burn!
For spraying with oil here, it’s important to be using actual oil, not something like Pam spray. I use canola oil in a Misto sprayer. These days they’re relatively inexpensive, and they work really well.
Baked Kale Chips
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*Sea salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 300°F. Rinse and dry the kale, then remove the stems and tough center ribs. Cut into large pieces, toss with olive oil in a bowl then sprinkle with salt. Arrange leaves in a single layer on a large baking sheet (I needed two because mine are tiny; I also lined mine with parchment for easy clean-up but there’s no reason that you must). Bake for 20 minutes, or until crisp. Place baking sheet on a rack to cool. ED.'s Note: I’ve read about zillion recipes to find to one to make kale chips. Many refer back to a Martha Stewart one published last Halloween. Here’s what I know…too much oil makes them chewy and soggy. Nutritional yeast gives them that ‘cheese’ flavor. Some folks use a dehydrator at lower temps than the oven, making the chips still a ‘raw’ food. I think this is a food that requires some experimentation. They taste pretty good no matter the seasonings. Have fun trying!