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From the Garden this Week

From the Garden this Week…

Lettuce Heads, White Salad Turnips, Mixed Red and Green Lettuces, Spinach, Carrots, Celery, Parsnips, Spring Onions, Dill, Cilantro and Thyme

Coming Soon…Asian Greens, Salanova Lettuce, Sweet Peas, Garlic, Onions, Potatoes

Using your Produce… by Julie Moreno

Spring is in full swing and that means greens. We will have lots of lettuce and other greens coming your way this week. These fresh and tender leaves don’t need a lot to make them sing. But first things first, if you don’t already own a salad spinner, this is the time to buy one. The best way to wash the greens is to dunk and swish them gently in a bowl of water. Then lift the greens out of the water and spin to dry. When you use a salad spinner you can do this in one step by, washing the greens in the spinner bowl with the strainer bowl inside, swish the leaves gently in the water, then lift the strainer bowl out of the water and use the water for a nearby plant. Spin the leaves in the spinner and store them dry. These greens don’t need a lot to taste great, but they do need salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil and your choice of lemon juice or a nice vinegar. This is what all those fancy vinegars are for: white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar all will work well here. Believe it or not, the fewer the ingredients, the better they will taste! If you enjoy having more dressing on hand, make a big batch of one of the dressing below in a canning jar and store in the fridge for several meals.

Vinaigrette Dressing

1 clove garlic, minced

½ teaspoon Dijon or whole grain mustard

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

2 tablespoons good vinegar

4-5 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

In a jar, combine the minced garlic, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper and vinegar, shake well. Add the oil and shake again.

Ranch Dressing

½ cup sour cream or plain yogurt or buttermilk

½ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar

½ teaspoon dry powdered/granulated garlic or 1 garlic clove minced

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Combine all the ingredients and let sit for 30 minutes, if possible.