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From the Garden this Week…

From the Garden this Week…

Snap and Snow Peas, Fava Beans, Artichoke, Mixed Baby Lettuce, Arugula or Tatsoi, Garlic Scapes, Green Onions, Swiss Chard, Kale, Carrots, Dill, Cilantro and Lavender

Coming Soon… Basil, Potatoes and Cucumbers

Using your Produce… by Julie Moreno

We will be harvesting the last of the garlic scapes this week. The garlic scape is the beginning of the plant making its flower to reproduce. By cutting the flower off, the plant will send energy back to the roots underground, resulting in a bulb that is 30% larger. I sort of thought that the scapes were a culinary novelty, but when I found out this out, I realized that we needed to make one more pass through the garlic rows, to pick as many as we can find. The other good news, is the garlic bulbs will be ready to harvest in about 3 weeks. Although we will dry as many as we can to send out in the summer and fall, at that time we can start to send out bulbs.

Kale-Garlic Scape Pesto

2 cups packed fresh kale leaves

5-6 garlic scapes

1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

¼ cup toasted pinenuts or walnuts

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup olive oil

Blend all together in a blender. Enjoy with beans, rice, over seafood or chicken.

Herbs of Spring

This week we harvested lavender, dill and cilantro. All of these need to get cut. The lavender is a perennial that will grow and send out flowers each year. The dill and cilantro are annual plants that we seed and harvest several times a year, but because they prefer the cool weather, they start to form their flowers and seeds in the spring. We will keep the plants in the ground and will send out dill seed with our cucumbers in a month or so. And, the cilantro produces coriander seed that we will let dry in the field and send out in the fall. The lavender is very relaxing, I like to just keep it in the house near where I sit. You can let it dry at room temperature and save it until the fragrance goes away.

Spring Flavors…

We will be harvesting the last of the fava beans this week. In addition to the peas, greens and lettuce, we should have produce that will get us through the last few weeks of spring. Many plants stop producing or slow down with the warm weather. Sometimes it is possible to grow them, but by taking advantage of what mother nature gives us, we are able to provide the best possible produce at its peak.