This week’s orders include new veggies from A to Z. OK, there are actually only two new veggies: arugula and zucchini (plus broad beans for the Battlefords members), but they do span the alphabet! For those of you who are not accustomed to arugula, it is a spicy green that can be eaten in a variety of ways. (In your order, you will find it on the top of the bag with edible pod peas and herbs.) I particularly like to finely chop a few leaves and add them to a lettuce salad for extra bite. If you don’t care for the strong flavour, they can be lightly cooked and used as any other green. They lose their spiciness in the cooking. Last night I finely chopped a mixture of kale, arugula, basil, and coriander leaves, stir fried it, and used it as our pizza topping. Delicious!
This week’s zucchini is but a foretaste of things to come. The plants are entering into full production, and it looks like we’ll have a bountiful crop.
And for the pea-lovers among us (aren’t we all?!), please do not despair. There are not many peas this week, but the season is not over. The trouble is that the peas did not like the hot, dry weather we had earlier this month, which means that the first seedings did not produce for long, and the second and third seedings were slow to germinate. We are now at that transition point where the first seeding has almost stopped production, but the second seeding is not quite ready yet. But fear not, we have some Oregon Giant (edible pod) peas that should be ready for next week, and the shelling peas should not be far behind. The star of the week in the pea family was the Chinese Giant snow peas. They are in full production, and made up the bulk of your edible pod peas. While they are not as nice to eat raw as some of the other edible pod peas, they are fabulous in a stir fry or added to a soup just before serving.
Your orders also include beets (with their greens), summer turnips, green onions, a good-sized bag of perpetual spinach and kale, and the usual herbs: dill, basil, parsley, and summer savoury. The garden is looking fabulous after last week’s rain (and some intensive weeding this week!) and we are looking forward to sharing its bounty with you in the weeks to come.