With this week’s CSA delivery comes great excitement about its bounty.  Although the rain has drastically slowed the growth of many vegetables we have been cultivating, it has provided us with a great abundance of delicious and healthy greens.

A few of our members have been asking us questions about exactly what has been included in their boxes (thanks for the questions!), and after some research, we have found a great online food encyclopedia to share with you all.  The BBC Food Ingredients page provides detailed descriptions of each item, a picture of what it looks like, nutritional information, and some great recipes (that we will be testing very soon).  We hope this provides you all with some good information about the treats that are in your boxes each week.

And without further ado, this week’s bounty:

Nero Di Toscana Kale

Bright Lights and Magenta Sunset Swiss Chard

Outredgeous Red Romaine

Esmeralda Butterleaf Lettuce

Slyvetta Wild Arugula (and nesting on top are a couple of edible and delicious Nasturtium flowers)

Joi Choi (a relative of Bok Choi)

Red Raspberries from Rich at Smith Berry Barn

a little bag of coffee from our dear friend Dave Beach, owner of Back Porch Coffee Roasters in Bend

and a beautiful bounty of fresh herbs, including:

Mammoth Basil, Italian Parsley, Cilantro, Sage, Chives, and four types of mint (Spearmint and Chocolate, Orange, and French Peppermint)

With the highly anticipated arrival of summer, the mint is a fun addition to any backyard BBQ drink.  If anybody wants extra next week for making Mojitos, feel free to write and we will provide all you can handle!

Cheers,

Brian and James

PS… One of my favorite summer salads is one that includes two of this week’s ingredients: arugula and raspberries.  It is a simple salad of goat cheese, arugula, raspberries, and balsamic vinaigrette, and is a hit at dinner parties.  Enjoy!