Friends of the Farm-
Happy Friday and welcome back to another week of Live Oak Farm CSA...
Our first week in a new season! The weather outside today sure doesn't feel it, but as far as we're concerned it's the unofficial start of summer with the roll out of week one of our Summer Season of CSA.
It's a loose science. Much like that glorified groundhog in Punxsutawney. Our outdoor tomatoes are planted, so we're calling it!
As farmers, we love the creative side of vegetables and introducing new discoveries, or lesser known varieties to our community. We also love the education for both us and you! (Join us this weekend for our Sonoma County Farm Trails open house & tours if you'd like more, info below). All this to say, you're probably asking yourself tonight, "what are these weird stalks in my box"?
CELTUCE! Also called Celery lettuce, stem lettuce, Chinese lettuce, or Asparagus lettuce its found across China & the Mediterranean. Similar in taste and functionality to Jimicia, water chestnuts, or a cross between turnip / celery, they must be peeled before enjoying and are great pickled, seared or stir-fried.
For our recipe this week we feature Celtuse in a simple sauté combining leeks, green garlic, and a fresh piece of seared Halibut in butter to bring all the flavors together.
Lastly, we welcome you to enjoy our weekly music playlist...
Many a mood in this week's mix. Much like Celtuse, there are new discoveries here too. Take Fanny for example and their track Place in the Country. Based in LA in the early 1970's Fanny was an all-female rock group that broke barriers for women in the genre. David Bowie is on record saying this was his favorite band. Albums Charity Ball (1971) & Fanny Hill (1972) are favorites of mine, and great places to dig for more. With yesterday being May the Fourth, you'll find a 15-minute long Star Wars disco mix in the middle. (For those listening via a desktop Spotify web-player you'll discover a bonus easter egg in your playback bar turning into a lightsaber). Feelings of Sonoma County spring bring us home with a reminder to "roll away the dew" by way of a Franklin's Tower finale. Do enjoy!
All our best from the farm,
Tom & William and Live Oak Farm team