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- Kohlrabi – All Shares
- Romaine – All Shares
- Kale – All Shares
- Radishes – All Shares
- Summer Squash/Zucchini – All Shares
- Collard Greens – All Shares
- Parsley – All Shares
- Basil – All Shares (Not Pictured)
- Mixed Greens – Full Shares Only
- Rhubarb OR Raspberries – Full Shares Only
- Snow Peas or Shelling Peas – Full Shares Only
Peas are plentiful around the farm this week, and as a result all three we will offer this season will be the crops of the week. Snow peas, shelling peas, and sugar snap peas. Snow peas are the tasty, crunchy and sweet peas you have certainly seen in stir-fries or Chinese food served in western countries. Also known as the Chinese pea, this versatile crop is great whole in a salad, sauteed with some oil and your favorite spices, or the shelled peas can be pureed and become an excellent dipping sauce.
Shelling peas must be removed from their husk in order to be enjoyed. A perfect, low stakes kitchen task for eager youngsters wanting to help out. Peas can be traced back to the Mediterranean, but really gained ground as a dependable crop in Europe in the mid to late eighteenth century. You can be as simple or complex as you want with this ingredient. Boil them and toss with butter and salt for an easy yet delicious side dish. You can add them to a pasta for a neat texture, color and subtle flavor. You can make a split pea soup if you feel so inclined! These peas are also easy to freeze and store for the winter when greens on your plate can be sparse.
Sugar snap peas are quite similar to snow peas, and the ones we eat today are actually a genetic hybrid of the two peas previously mentioned in this article. Like the snow pea, the sugar snap can be eaten whole, pods and all. Hearing that crunch as you bite down on these tasty goodies is so satisfying. Like its two predecessors, the way to use these peas can only be limited by your imagination. Steam them for a light crispy snack, sautee them with soy sauce and eat them over rice, or line a baking sheet with peas, parmesan, bread crumbs and garlic for a crunchy savory bite.
Some Recipes To Try: