From the Garden this Week
From the Garden this Week…
Summer Squash, Lettuce Heads, Snap Peas, Carrots, Bok Choy, Tatsoi, Parsnips, Spring Onions, Beets, Cabbage, Red Radishes, Arugula, Turnips
Coming Soon…Garlic, Onions, Potatoes
Using your Produce… by Julie Moreno
This week the garden is flourishing with the rain and now the warmer weather. We have lots of fresh spring vegetables including the snap peas and summer squash. These vegetables are fine eaten raw and if cooked they just need the lightest of cooking methods to keep their fresh flavor. The Spring Vegetable Sauté recipe I included this week, takes advantage of this, with a simple flash in the pan. I included all of the vegetable items that are coming that take advantage of this quick cooking. For the carrots and turnips, you can grate them or chop them in small squares so that they cook quickly too. I will serve these sautéed vegetables over rice or pasta, with grilled meat or you can even serve them with this week’s lettuces and arugula to make a giant vegetable salad. Garnish with some sliced almonds maybe crumbled goat cheese.
Spring Vegetable Sauté
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup sliced spring onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups of vegetables, snap peas, chopped bok choy, grated carrots, turnips, summer squash
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
In a very large sauté pan, over medium high heat add the olive oil and cook the spring onion for about 2 minutes, add the vegetables and cook for about 4-5 minutes until everything is cooked through. Stir in the lemon juice add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately over pasta, rice, with grilled meat, or over lettuce greens for a vegetable treat.
Praying for Laborers!
As you know, our Charitable Garden is run primarily by our volunteers and they need regular time off without any feelings of guilt. So one of the things we have done from the beginning is to hire two to four part-time garden enthusiasts to help fill in the gaps when our volunteers are gone. As long as God provides the laborers, we will continue bringing you wonderful farm to table produce. This is God’s Garden!
We are currently recruiting more volunteers and also seeking to hire two part-time staff. The paid positions are Mondays from 8:30 am-12:30 pm and the other for Thursdays from 8:30-12:30 pm. These positions are for independent contractors who must sign a W-9 and have a business license to be paid by our non-profit organization. Call Cindi at 209-607-1887 if you know someone who might be interested!
Flavor Food with Food
This is a great recipe to use the vegetables to season the coleslaw. If you don’t like beets at all, leave it out, but I find the turnip mild enough to blend into the cabbage and even go unnoticed. You can also omit the chili flakes if you don’t like the heat. If you have a good food processor, it will make easy work of the shredding, but be careful if the blades aren’t sharp enough, they will turn everything to mush.