Summer Share #3
My Fine Homestead Newsletter
6/13/2018
Bill found a young bull snake in the fields.



In This Issue:



  • Announcements

  • Your Box - Full

  • Your Box - Half

  • Recipes- Creamy Asparagus & Mint Pasta

  • Farm Videos
Announcements
  • It's the 3rd week of Summer Vegetable Shares

  • Reminder to bring last week's boxes with you when you pick up this week's box. (And if you forgot - no sweat - try again next week!)

  • This week EOW members at LEUCC & SGFM pick up boxes this week.

  • The MES boxes (with ground beef, eggs & maple syrup) this week = Waban Hill & The Office Market. *** You will have 2 boxes if you have both Vegetables & MES!

  • Upcoming MES boxes: 6/20 = LEUCC, 6/27 = Dianne Dr & Richland Center


Full Share Box  
Asparagus - 1 lb (last of the season)
Radishes - 1 bunch
Salad Turnips w/Greens - 1 bunch
Baby Leaf Lettuce Mix - 1/2 lb
Greens Mix - 1/3 lb (mainly baby Swiss Chard with Spinach & Arugula) eat raw, blanch, or saute
Green Onions - 1 bunch
Garlic Scapes - 1 bunch, The curly edible stalk & flower bud of garlic plants. Cut-off the small pointed bulb before preparing. Here are some  recipe ideas for scapes. Our favorite way to prepare them is to steam for 6-8 minutes and serve with butter - Mmmm! Store in fridge in a damp cloth or loosely closed plastic bag.
Cilantro - 1 bunch
Mint - 1 bunch
*** if your herbs wilt in your box, cut the bottoms off and place in a small glass of cold water for 5 or 10 minutes to perk them up. Then wrap in a wet towel or put in a plastic bag and store in the fridge. Best used within a few days.

Vegetables coming in the next week or two = head lettuce, kale, baby pac choi, snow peas, carrots, beets
Half Share Box  
Asparagus - 1 lb (last of the season)
Salad Turnips w/Greens - 1 bunch
Baby Leaf Lettuce Mix - 1/4 lb
Greens Mix - 1/4 lb (mainly baby Swiss Chard with Spinach & Arugula) eat raw, blanch, or saute
Green Onions - 1 bunch
Garlic Scapes - 1 bunch, The curly edible stalk & flower bud of garlic plants. Cut-off the small pointed bulb before preparing. Here are some  recipe ideas for scapes. Our favorite way to prepare them is to steam for 6-8 minutes and serve with butter - Mmmm! Store in fridge in a damp cloth or loosely closed plastic bag.
Mint - 1 bunch

*** if your herbs wilt in your box, cut the bottoms off and place in a small glass of cold water for 5 or 10 minutes to perk them up. Then wrap in a wet towel or put in a plastic bag and store in the fridge. Best used within a few days.

Vegetables coming in the next week or two = head lettuce, kale, baby pac choi, snow peas, carrots, beets
Creamy Asparagus & Mint Pasta
from Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
 
Set a large skillet over medium heat and add enough olive oil to coat the pan. When the oil shimmers, add 1 finely dice yellow onion (or 2 spring onions - I'm going to use the green onions from this week) and a generous pinch of salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 12 minutes.

Add 3 minced garlic cloves ( I'm going to use the green garlic I have left from last week or maybe my garlic scapes. ) Cook gently until the garlic starts to give off an aroma, about 20 seconds. Before the garlic begins to take on any color, add 2 cups heavy cream and simmer until reduced by half, about 25 minutes.

In the meantime, snap the woody ends off 1 to 1 1/2 lbs of asparagus and discard. Cut the asparagus into 1/4 inch slices on the bias and set aside. When the cream is almost done reducing, cook 1 pound fettuccine or penne pasta until nearly al dente. A minute before the the pasta is done cooking, add the sliced asparagus into the pasta water and cook.

When pasta is al dente and asparagus is barely cooked, drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Add the noodles and asparagus into pan and toss with cream, 3 ounces (about 1 cup) finely grated Parmesan, 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves, and freshly ground black pepper. Add a little pasta cooking water if needed to loosen the sauce and achieve a creamy consistency Taste and adjust for salt. Serve immediately.

Farm Videos
The puppies are awake more and are becoming more social and mobile!
Aidan's video of the first days of Belle's heifer calf.
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