Tips & Tricks from years of growing & eating
Arugula - Salad green with a bit of spice. The spicy flavor is less notable with salad dressing. Also great lightly sauteed in a pasta dish or atop a pizza.
Beets - Both the roots and greens are edible. Beets can be roasted or boiled. They are also delicious grated in a salad. You can peel them or just trim, chop, and cook. The skin can be slipped off after cooking. We usually don't peel at all when roasting. The greens can be sauteed like spinach. Store the beets separate from the greens, in a mostly sealed bag in the container and they'll keep for weeks.
Broccolini - A branching type of broccoli that is much more tender. Delicious raw or in a salad. Can also be lightly steamed or sauteed. The stems and leaves are super tasty.
Caraflex Cabbage - A farmer favorite. Sweet and tender, this is delicious raw in a slaw or salad. It's an easy go to in a stir fry as well.
Carrots - Don't need much explanation. Raw in a salad or on their own is great. We'll also saute them in stir fries or roast with other veggies.
Cauliflower - Great raw in a salad or steamed. The best is roasting, though. Chop and roast with olive oil- delicious nutty flavor.
Chervil - Delicate herb with an anise flavor. Nicknamed French parsley. It's very tasty just torn into pieces and eaten on a salad. Also great atop eggs.
Cilantro - Delicious herb that pairs well with Mexican and Asian dishes. Add it to a salad or dip or towards the end of a cooked dish.
Dill - Fresh herb that is nice just chopped in a salad. Pairs well with fish especially salmon. It's also great chopped and added to sour cream or plain yogurt for a veggie dip.
Dandelion Greens - A more bitter green that is a nice addition to other lettuces in a salad. It can also be lightly sauteed like spinach but be careful not to overcook as it can add to the bitterness.
Fennel - Everything is edible including the fronds. Chop the bulb and eat fresh in a salad or slaw. You can also saute, roast, or grill. The fronds can be used like an herb in a salad or when cooking fish or chicken.
Fresh Onions - We grow candy onions that you might call a little sweet. Use these however you would normally use onions. Just store them in the fridge as they are not cured, but freshly harvested.
Garlic Scapes - Scapes are shoots from the garlic plan when it goes to seed. The scapes need to be cut so the energy can focus on the bulb. Use all of the scape up to the seed pod. Chop small and saute anytime you want a garlic flavor. It is a bit nutty in flavor, too. Garlic scape pesto is another yummy idea. Store covered in the crisper and it'll last weeks.
Kale - We grow curly and lacinato kale but you can use them the same way. Chop for a salad and marinate or massage with oil to soften. It's also nice to make a kale salad and dress it, store in the fridge to eat thru the week. Saute with oil and garlic and add to pasta or stir fry. Kale chips is another idea - tear in small pieces, coat in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, bake on a banking sheet at 350 for 5-10 minutes- keep an eye on it, should be crispy but not burned.
Lettuce - Easy one! Chop and eat fresh in a salad. Add to sandwiches. Lettuce wraps - stir fry meat, fish, or veggies and wrap up in the leaves.
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Napa Cabbage - A Chinese cabbage. It's great in a slaw, stir fry, or make kimchi!
Parsley - Has a nice bite to it - best to add it at the end of a hot dish or in a salad. Its especially tasty in a tabbouleh or quinoa salad. Here's a few ways to use parsley.
Spring Onions - Sort of like a bulbed scallion. All parts are edible including the green parts. I'll often chop and cook the white and some light green parts and add the tops when the dish is nearly done.
Snow Peas - Pull the string out. These are typically cooked in a stir fry but can be enjoyed raw in a salad too.
Sugar Snap Peas - A true spring delight. Fantastic raw, you can eat the whole pod. They are also delicious in a stir fry/saute.
Summer Squash - Grouping zucchini in here too. Great chopped and sauteed in a pasta or rice dish. Super good on the grill too. Zucchini fritters are a yummy idea. And we always go for zucchini in baked goods too.
Swiss Chard - A delicious cooking green. Chop the stems first and saute them with your onion/garlic. Then cook down the greens. We love it with eggs, pasta, stir fry, just about anything.