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From the Garden this Week…

From the Garden this Week…

Snap Peas, Beets, Fava Beans, Lettuce Heads, Broccoli or Artichoke, Garlic Scapes, Chives, Swiss Chard, Fennel, Baby Carrots, Lemon Balm

Coming Soon… Summer Squash and Cucumbers

Using your Produce… by Julie Moreno

There are many new items for us this week, which makes for lots to talk about so let’s get started. We have the last of our winter fennel planting that needs to be harvested, so we will have one small head per basket.  I included it in the recipe below.  Allow is to mellow its flavor, by slowly sautéing at the beginning with the carrots and garlic scapes.  Yes, garlic scapes are the flowering part of the garlic.  By cutting the flower, the garlic will start finishing the bulb underground.  The scapes should be cooked, or you can use them raw, in pesto, pickles or try making a garlic scape vinegar. I sometimes find them to be fibrous, so I recommend slicing them thinly if you are using them in a recipe.  I saw a beautiful picture of a pizza recipe that had garlic scapes cooked whole on the pizza. It looked cool, but hard to eat.  The young carrots don’t need to be peeled, just wash well before using.


Spring Fava Bean and Pasta Soup


1 tablespoon olive oil

4-5 garlic scapes sliced

2 carrots, diced

1 small fennel bulb, chopped

Salt and pepper

1-2 pounds fava beans shelled and skins removed

1 cup small cut pasta, like macaroni

3 cups water

1 teaspoon salt

Chives, sliced

Fresh mint, chopped

Shaved Parmesan cheese

In a large soup pot heat the oil over medium heat, add the oil, garlic scapes, carrots and fennel, season with salt and pepper.  Cook and stir occasionally until the vegetables are soft, about 3-5 minutes.  Add the fava beans, pasta, water and salt. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until the pasta is cooked.  Add salt and pepper if needed.  Serve with fresh herbs and shaved Parmesan cheese.

Artichokes…

This week we have a few artichokes coming and will have a few more for the next week or two.  The easiest way to cook them is to boil them for 15-20 minutes. Until when you pull one of the outer leaves it comes off easily.

Serve the artichoke whole and let everyone pull off the leaves at the table. Then dip the bottom end of the leaf into your favorite dressing.  Ranch or a vinaigrette are both good for dipping, but a little salt and pepper will work too.