“Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.”
-George Bernard Shaw
- Kohlrabi (All Shares)
- Chives (Half Shares)
- Red Kale (Full and Single Shares)
- Broccoli (All Shares)
- Basil (All Shares)
- Cilantro (Full and Single Shares)
- Radishes (Full and Half Shares)
- Asparagus (Single Shares)
- Napa (Single and Half Shares)
- Lettuce (All Shares)
- Scapes (All Shares)
- Chard (All Shares)
- Rhubarb (Full Share)
- Raspberries (Local Rochester Shares)
*Wash all of your produce and please return our boxes and ice packs each week
My mother died last Thursday at the age of 100 years 8 months. On Tuesday we buried her in the Westphalia, IA. cemetery. We had a wonderful ceremony, and it was a comfort to celebrate with so many of my siblings and their families.
Mom was the eighth of 12 siblings, finished eighth grade, and married Emil Gross when she was 17. They spent their honeymoon picking ear corn by hand. They raised 13 children on a 160 acre farm that all us kids called home. She spent her days, her years, her life, raising children, washing clothes, cooking meals, tending the large garden and the orchard, canning and freezing produce, helping as needed in the fields, and then cooking some more meals. She enjoyed this life, she was very good at it, she was a great mother. She used to bake 4 loaves of bread every other day – that smell, the melting butter, that first bite! She also said the rosary a lot, and would sing songs to the Virgin Mary while she worked.
Crop of the Week: Garlic Scapes!
The crop of the week for summer share #3 here at EDF is garlic scapes. If you are familiar with growing garlic, you will know that you actually get TWO crops from garlic. We planted the garlic for this year last fall and the plants are growing vigorously. At this stage of maturity
they have began to grow their flowers. These “scapes” must be cut off at some point so that the bulb continues to grow and retain its flavor. The plant must have its’ energy output curved towards the prioritization of the bulb so that a harvestable crop is available. Luckily, they have many uses in the kitchen.
Garlic scapes will readily replace garlic and scallions in almost any recipe. Garlic scapes have a texture comparable to asparagus when harvested fresh. They can be sautéed, pureed, roasted, pickled or just eaten raw (although the stems can be tough at parts). They will usually last up to two weeks in your crisper drawer. They can also be cut or diced up and frozen to greatly extend their shelf life. Feel free to slice these up similar to the way you would garlic or scallions and throw them into a dish. They have a flavor that could be described as a cross between sweet onions and garlic. One could also use garlic scapes to replace basil in a pesto recipe, although it is recommended to use a neutral oil so that it doesn’t compete with the stronger flavor of your garlic scapes.
Some recipes to try: