CSA Week 11

Hello CSA Members!

The tomatoes are here! The zucchini is plentiful and the flowers are blooming! Must be summer. Keep an eye out for chances to purchase flowers or boxes of seconds tomatoes at your pick up, we take cash and Venmo.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 11 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
CHOICE: Beets OR Carrots
CHOICE: Onions OR Leeks OR Fennel
CHOICE: Shishito Peppers OR Cucumbers
CHOICE: Potatoes OR Eggplant
Zucchini
CHOICE: Basil OR Parsley OR Squash Blossoms OR Garlic OR Other Herbs
CHOICE: Lettuce OR Kale OR Collard Greens OR Chard
Tomatoes

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS
Beets AND Carrots
Potatoes AND Eggplant
CHOOSE TWO: Lettuce OR Kale OR Collard Greens OR Chard
Bell Peppers

FRUIT SHARE
None (Fruit share is scheduled to start in a few weeks!)

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Shaved Zucchini and Kale with Miso Ginger Dressing

This is a versatile easy dressing to keep in your meal rotation repertoire. As it is this makes a hearty tasty kale zucchini salad like this or it can dress up some roasted vegetables, sliced cucumber and onions or steamed broccoli or beets. If you add a little tahini or peanut or almond butter to the dressing and add some noodles and some protein you have a meal.

This makes enough for two big salads.

You will need;

  • 6 tablespoons neutral oil -not olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 5-6 teaspoons white miso
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener like agave or honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Ginger, peanut butter, almond butter, chili flakes-all optional I used ginger and chili flakes today.

Use the lesser amounts of vinegar and miso and mix everything up in a bowl and taste it. Today I used the lesser amount of vinegar and the larger amount of miso. See if you want more miso or vinegar or maybe more sweetener.

Now make your salad. I used half the dressing for a bunch of kale and one shaved zucchini.

Mix that up and add some seeds and nuts.

Man I love shaved zucchini in salads. I hope you try this and have fun with some variations of the basic recipe I have written.

Have a great week. See you at pickup.

Mo

 

 

 

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CSA Week 10

Hello CSA Members!

Did you see we’ve set up a new Working CSA Member share? We’re still hiring for full-time, paid positions, but if working a few hours a week for your food is more your style, please apply to be a working member!

The summer crops keep rolling in this week. A few new items to look forward to!

recipes_cucumbers

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 10 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
CHOICE: Potatoes OR Garlic
Beets
CHOICE: Onions OR Leeks OR Fennel
CHOICE: Zucchini OR Cucumber
CHOICE: Eggplant OR Tomato OR Shishito Peppers
CHOICE: Basil OR Parsley OR Squash Blossoms OR Other Herbs
CHOICE: Kale OR Chard OR Bok Choi

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

Carrots
Lettuce
CHOOSE TWO: Eggplant OR Tomato OR Shishito Peppers
DOUBLE Herb Choice

FRUIT SHARE
None (Fruit share is scheduled to start in a few weeks!)

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Squash Blossom Quesadilla

We love squash blossoms here at Red Wagon and lots of you do too. But, it seems like at every pickup someone asks me, ‘what do you do with squash blossoms?”. I always say, just tear them up and throw them on anything, salads, eggs, quesadillas, pizza! They are so pretty and add such a delicate floral vegetal flavor to anything, I love them.

Fun, right?

Kai says she stuffs them with cheese and dips them in pancake batter and pan fries them. I did a blog post a long time ago on how I make stuffed squash blossoms.

Today I thought I would show you how I make quesadillas. You can use any kind of tortilla or cheese you have. I like corn tortillas but I have made my share of quesadillas from flour tortillas too. Here is what I had today.

Corn tortillas, squash blossoms, some onions and Manchego cheese, any cheese that melts will do. This made 6 corn quesadillas.

I like to sauté a little onion in oil until they are soft, then I add the squash blossoms to just wilt them. Lots of recipes say to cut off them stem, I love the texture and light zucchini flavor of the stem. I chop up both the blossom and stem up.

When that is just wilted heat up your quesadillas on both sides so the cheese starts to melt a little more evenly. Add the cheese and onion and blossom mixture.

I like to fold them in half, you can leave them whole and top them with another tortilla if you like. I did this.

When you see the cheese melting flip them over and cook them for an other minute or two until the tortilla is soft and the cheese is melty.

I like these with salads and salsa or a bowl of soup, maybe gazpacho or chili.

You can add beans or eggs to make it a more substantial dish too.

I hope you  take some squash blossoms home and whatever you do with them, have fun.

See you at pickup.

Mo

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CSA Week 9

Hello CSA Members!

Here comes summer! We have a good chunk of the garlic harvest in and beginning to cure in the greenhouse. We’re planning a huge potato harvest next week, the tomato field rows, tunnels, and greenhouse are LOADED with green tomatoes, and the eggplant is abundant. We can’t wait to see what ripens up over the weekend!

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Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 9 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
Potatoes
CHOICE: Onion OR Garlic
CHOICE: Cucumber OR Eggplant
Zucchini
CHOICE: Turnips OR Lettuce OR Kohlrabi
CHOICE: Basil OR Parsley OR Squash Blossoms OR Other Herbs
CHOICE: Kale OR Chard OR Bok Choi OR Collards

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

DOUBLE Bunched Greens Choice
DOUBLE Herb Choice
Tomatoes
One Other Item

FRUIT SHARE
None (Fruit share is scheduled to start in a few weeks!)

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Zucchini Pancakes

I love vegetable pancakes and fritters. Whatever you want to call them I love them. I make them all the time from all sorts of different vegetables. They are good warm or cold and they make great leftovers.

I used zucchini here but you can substitute cabbage or carrots or potatoes, or kohlrabi for any or all of the zucchini in this recipe-oh, beets are good too! Use this recipe as a guide and use what you have and like.

This recipe doubles and triples easily too. Here’s what you need.

Yield: About six 3- or 4-inch fritters

  • 2 medium zucchini or the equivalent or any other vegetable
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 scallions or grilling onions chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup any flour you like
  • I like a pinch of sugar and a little sesame oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, these are all optional. Fresh herbs are delicious here too, bacon, shrimp, grilled tofu…pretty much anything is a nice addition to these.
  • Olive or another oil of your choice, for frying

Trim ends off zucchini and grate them on the large holes of a box grater into a mixing bowl.

Put everything else into the bowl and mix  thoroughly. My eggs were really yellow, kind of looks weird, but that is how it looked.

Heat a pan on the stove to medium and lightly film the pan with oil. When it is hot mound the batter on the hot pan and flatten them a bit so they cook through.

Cook them for about 3 or 4 minutes, flip them and cook 3 or 4 more minutes. Continue until all the batter is used.

I like these with a salad like in the first picture, or cut leftovers and dipping them in an Asian dipping sauce for a snack with drinks or a light lunch.

Have a great week. See you at pickup.

Mo

 

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CSA Week 8

Hello CSA Members!

Wow! The rain at the end of last week was wild! Some of our crops were damaged but we do need the moisture. Our spring crops are pretty much done, and the summer crops are just getting going for real. Shares this week might a little smaller than usual but it’s packed with lots of flavor.

Garlic close up

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 8 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
Grilling Onions
CHOICE: Zucchini OR Kohlrabi
Lettuce
CHOICE: Kale OR Collards OR Chard OR Bok Choi
CHOICE: Basil OR Parsley OR Other Herbs
Fresh Garlic

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

CHOOSE TWO Bunched Greens
CHOOSE TWO Herbs
New Potatoes
One Other Item (Possibly Eggplant OR Cucumber OR Tomato)

FRUIT SHARE
None (Fruit share is scheduled to start in a few weeks!)

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Conservationist of the Year!

We are excited to announce that the Longmont Conservation District has named Red Wagon Farm as the 2021 Conservationist of the Year (Click the link to read the article.) You can read about what we do at our farm, including Wyatt’s extensive efforts to improve the soil by using techniques like cover cropping.

Wyatt points to tall cover crop in the field.

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Farm Tour Photos

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Farm Tour Saturday. It was so great to see and talk to so many of you.  We had a great time showing you what is going on at the Farm.

Feeding the animals is always a highlight.

People were able to pick some peas, everyone seemed to really enjoy it!

Inside one of the tomato caterpillar tunnels.

Jenny with her husband. Jenny takes care of the tomatoes and all of the vegetable starts, thanks Jenny.

Kevin is our Harvest Manager. He’s explaining which fields we grow our vegan vegetables in. :-)

You all know our wonderful Kai right? She is wondering out loud what the heck she is going to do with all the vegetables piled up in her refrigerator at home.

A few more shots of a few of our CSA friends.

Hi Anna.

Thanks for coming out.

Mo

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CSA Week 7

Hello CSA Members!

Another week of warm weather is on the way which means zucchini season is officially here and other summer crops are just a few weeks away. Can you believe we’re already a quarter of the way through Summer CSA?

Zucchini

Zucchini

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 7 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
CHOICE: Hakurei Turnips OR Kohlrabi
CHOICE: Napa Cabbage OR Celtuce OR Spring Onion
Zucchini
Lettuce
CHOICE: Kale OR Collard Greens OR Chard
Arugula
CHOICE: Parsley OR Squash Blossoms OR Fresh Garlic OR Other Herbs

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

CHOOSE TWO: Napa Cabbage OR Celtuce OR Spring Onion
CHOOSE TWO: Kale OR Collard Greens OR Chard
CHOOSE TWO: Parsley OR Squash Blossoms OR Fresh Garlic OR Other Herbs
One Other Item

FRUIT SHARE
None (Fruit share is scheduled to start in a few weeks!)

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