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Notes From Green Thumb Farm 7/3/15

Happy July - Our crops are coming in now!  Beets - Red, Gold and Chiogga; Carrots - baby orange, red, and rainbow; fennel, two types of Radichio, red and white onions all have started to come in this week.

Still picking peas, (mostly snaps) summer squash has begun and now picking 15 types of lettuce and all sorts of herbs. - So plenty to choose from to bring in the next several weeks.

Cilantro-Mint Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a great, easy sauce to add bright and complex flavors to many meals, meat or chicken, fish or grilled vegetables. If your Fourth of July feast needs a little extra flavor, consider this sauce, using this week's cilantro and any mint and scallions you might have left over from last week's share. You could probably also thin it out a little with extra lemon juice and olive oil to use it as a salad dressing (use up this week's lettuce too!)

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic

1/2 c packed fresh cilantro

1/2 c packed fresh mint

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Strawberry Chia Muffins

Are you drowning in strawberries yet? Or, better question, do you really mind? If you're looking for something to do with some of those strawberries aside from just eating them, here's a nice and filling muffin recipe to start your day off with their sweet and sunny flavor.

Strawberry Chia Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 egg

¾ to 1 scant cup of sugar (depends on your strawberry ripeness)

1 teaspoon vanilla

⅓ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled

1½ cups diced strawberries

Mustard Greens Chips

This is a great recipe for anyone who doesn't want to sautee another vegetable, who wants to set a vegetable to cook and walk away from it for a little while, or if you're trying to kick a potato chip habit. Add any favorite combination of extra spices for more complex flavors.

Ingredients:

1 bunch Mustard Greens
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 F degrees.

Thoroughly rinse mustard greens and then dry (in a salad spinner if you have it).  Cut the leaves off their center ribs.

Notes from Green Thumb Farm 6/11/15

Summer is almost here and our crops are growing well.  Strawberries are here but only for a couple more weeks, so enjoy them while they’re here.  Peas have begun—sugar snaps, followed by snow peas and then shelling peas.  We’ve been picking spring onions and scallions and will have them for several more weeks.  Swiss chard and beets will be the next to arrive.  Lettuces are doing well and we now have many varieties that we are picking.  Herbs of all sorts are still coming in as well—oregano, chives, savory, dill, cilantro, mint, curly cress, lavender flowers and maybe some others.

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