CSA 2017 – Week 5: The Next Village Square

CSA Newsletter – Week 5


The Next Village Square

For the first time at market this weekend we had tomatillos, eggplant, jalapeños, and tomatoes overflowing from our stands, and I was filled with a warmth that only a bustling summer farmers’ market can provide. Across our five weekend markets our crews woke up before the sun and rushed to set up tents and tables, followed by beautiful veggie displays. Throughout the day the community absorbed our produce and all you lovely people picked up your CSA boxes.

Looking up from my register out at the whole market scene on Saturday, I couldn’t help but feel like there was something so beautifully human happening, something that before I started working at this farm I personally had missing in my modern, suburban, millennial life.

In this world we no longer know our neighbors and we no longer gather in village squares. But it’s plain to see that through farmers’ markets we are successfully rebuilding our communities. Vendors and customers alike know each other by name and genuinely care about each other. The farmers’ market is our village square, a place where we can all gather together, share in food, and watch the seasons roll by. It could seem like the marketplace is first and foremost a place of commerce, where we come to buy food to sustain our bodies, but it is providing so much more than that. Families come and spend the day at market. There’s live music, often fountains to play in, grassy knolls on which to picnic, and an endless stream of fresh, local goods that you get to take home and enjoy with your friends and family. So thanks for being a part of our community, for taking joy in the food we have to offer, and for making the time to read these letters.

-Laura Bennett, markets@gatheringtogetherfarm.com

Table of Box Contents

  • Green Bell Pepper—You know it’s summer when peppers start rolling in. Enjoy these sliced raw as a snack
  • Napa Cabbage—Napa is known for its crisp bok choy-like stems and especially sweet flavor. This is the main ingredient in Kimchi.
  • Basil—Cut the bottom of the stems off and place in a glass of water on the counter as a functional bouquet.
  • Kohlrabi—Great raw in slaws.
  • Carrots—“When you think “carrot,” you may think orange, but I also think green. Early in the year, carrots come with lacy tops that are delicious,”—Joshua McFadden
  • 2 Sweet OnionsHigh sugar content that makes them perfect for caramelizing, and they’re great roughly chopped in Pico de Gallo.
  • Spinach—succulent leaves perfect raw in salads or lightly braised to become melt-in-your-mouth tender.
  • 4 Cucumbers—Eat fresh like an apple or slice into salads for a nice, sweet crunch.
  • 2-3 Zucchini—Great for grilling, just slice lengthwise into spears. Or spiralize into zoodles. Or stir-fry with onion and egg to make a frittata. Zucchini does it all.
  • 5 lbs New PotatoesThis week we have Nicola potatoes.
  • Lettuce—Various varieties
  • Siletz Tomato!!!!

Recipes

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Kohlrabi Home Fries w/ Thyme Aioli

—The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly

Author Linda Ly

Ingredients

For the Fries

  • 2 lbs kohlrabi, peeled & cut into 3" spears
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

For the Aioli

  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sunflower oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the kohlrabi with the oil, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Scatter the kohlrabi across the baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 35-40 minutes until lightly browned, shaking them up halfway through to evenly brown all sides.

  3. Meanwhile, make the aioli by adding the egg, garlic, thyme, lemon juice, and salt to a blender. Blend on medium speed for a few seconds until well combined. 

  4. While the blender is running, add the oil in a very slow, steady, and thin (think needle-size) stream until the mixture emulsifies. Don’t try to rush the stream of oil; the emulsification starts slowly, but you’ll hear the sound of the motor change as the aioli thickens and starts slapping the sides of the blender. When the aioli turns opaque and smooth transfer to a small bowl.

 

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Spinach Basil Salad w/ Balsamic Dressing

A simple salad I make all the time

Author Laura Bennett

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1/2-1 bunch basil
  • 1/4 sweet onion, minced
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt

Instructions

  1. First mince up your onion and place in a large bowl. Pour a good amount of balsamic vinegar into the bowl and smash the onion into the liquid with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle some salt into your mixture.

  2. With a sharp knife slice your spinach into very thin strips, and do the same with your basil. Add them both into the bowl with the dressing and toss. The longer the leaves sit, the more the vinegar will break them down making them become melt-in-your mouth soft. Add fresh berries and toasted nuts of any kind to make the salad even brighter.

 

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Simple Cole Slaw (serve with tacos!)

—Make it up!

Author Laura Bennett

Ingredients

  • Napa cabbage
  • green bell pepper
  • kohlrabi
  • carrots
  • cucumbers
  • basil (and parsley and any other herbs!)

Instructions

  1. Mix up the veggies, sliced or shredded into fine strips, and dress up the slaw with whatever you’d like. I make a mixture of mayo, vinegar, hot sauce, salt, and random spices. If you’re into putting this on a taco, make some chicken mole or tempeh.

 

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Zucchini Scramble with Garlic Chévre, Tomato and Basil

My personal breakfast of the week.

Author Laura Bennett

Ingredients

  • onion
  • garlic
  • oil
  • zucchini
  • 4-6 eggs
  • tomato, sliced
  • basil
  • garlic Chevre cheese
  • bread, sliced and toasted optional

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop an onion and a head of garlic and heat up a pan with oil in it. 

  2. Let sauté for a few minutes while you slice 3-4 zucchini into discs. Add the zucchini into the pan and toss to coat with oil. Cover and let cook a couple minutes, remove the lid, stir, and then let continue to sauté until the zucchini is nicely done. 

  3. Wait to add salt until the very end of the cooking process! That’s the magic zucchini secret! If you add salt early on it will make the zucchini all mushified, and you don’t want that, no no.

  4. Then whisk up 4-6 eggs, add some salt to the eggs, and dump them over the veggies in the pan and scramble around until done. 

  5. Divvy out onto plates and top with raw slices of tomato and basil, and a plentiful heap of garlic Chévre if you can find some at your local farmers market. 

  6. I also top that with a dollop of spicy chilis and oil. Even better, get some of our Altamura loaves or bread from a local bakery and serve some toast on the side. Enjoy!

 

Dinner Menu: July 6-8, 2017

Antipasti

chad fell’s bread & marinated olives  5

chilled beet & roasted pepper soup with caraway cream, smoked trout   6

curried carrot soup with chermoula   5

country pork terrine & extras 8

baked local chevre with caramelized onions, roasted garlic, apple and crostini  9

GTF salad with  roasted zucchini , tomato, parmigiano cheese & dill buttermilk ranch   9

farmstand kale salad with nuts, seeds, sprouts, onion, fennel & omega vinaigrette  12

Pizze Rosse

garlic & basil  10.5

zukes & red pepper  11.5

bacon and baby onion 12.5

 

Pizze Bianche

ham, egg, & scallions 11.5

fresh tomato & kale 115

–add an egg or anchovies

to any pie for  $1

Secondi

Potato  Gnocchi with slow roasted tomato, eggplant, fava, fennel, arugula and basil pesto  19

Seared Halibut with beluga lentil, fava puree, spinach and grilled lemon buerre blanc  22

Painted Hills Flat Iron Steak with buttermilk mashed potatoes, roasted carrot, broccolini and red wine reduction  23

GTF Chicken al Mattone with white beans, caponata, spinach and rosemary jus 21

Grilled Pork Loin with buttermilk polenta, rainbow chard, carrot, grain mustard jus  20

To Finish

Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream Sandwich   7

Lime and Mint Mouse   7.5

Marionberry Shortcake with Cream   7.5

CSA 2017 – Week 4: Words to Cook By

CSA Newsletter – Week 4


Words to Cook By

Hello everyone! So, I may have gone overboard and splurged on a bunch of new cookbooks in preparation for writing these newsletters. No regrets! But one of my new favorites is Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden, the head chef at Ava Gene’s up in Portland (they serve our veggies on their menu). You’ll see many recipes and other knowledge nuggets from this book throughout the season, including the following guidelines entitled Words to Cook By:

  • Visit farmers’ markets often and always ask questions.
  • Things that grow together in a season go very well together in a dish.
  • Start with raw vegetables. Take a bite so that you understand their flavors before you begin making your dish. Do this as each season progresses to learn how vegetables change.
  • Don’t be a slave to a recipe. Add different herbs, use a new spice, omit something you don’t like—you’re in charge.
  • Be organized. Read the whole recipe first, gather all the ingredients, do the messy prep first. Clean as you go. Your food will really taste better, I promise.
  • Eyeball it. Get comfortable cooking without measuring cups and spoons. Your mouth, nose, eyes, and hands will tell you the right amounts.
  • Cooking times are simply guidelines. Use your senses, including common sense.
  • Build layers into your dish, like you’re making nachos. Hide things on the bottom. Sprinkle things on top.
  • Leave fresh herb leaves whole most of the time.
  • Texture is king. Use dried breadcrumbs, nuts, and seed liberally.
  • Make mistakes. Oversalt, use too much vinegar, make something too spicy, burn something—and then don’t do it again. That’s how you learn.
  • Don’t be scared. Find the freedom and fun in cooking.

          -Laura Bennett, markets@gatheringtogetherfarm.com

Table of Box Contents

  • Green Cabbage—Fresh spring cabbage is sweet and succulent, perfect for salads and slaws.
  • 5 lbs New PotatoesThis week we have Colorado Rose potatoes in the box for you; they have a lovely rose red skin with a white flesh.
  • Italian Parsley—Add parsley into a pesto or into a salad.
  • Sugarloaf Chicory—Chicory greens are lettuce’s bitter cousins. Sugarloaf is one of the few that is quite sweet. Their shape makes them perfect for cutting in half lengthwise and grilling for a hot salad. Try balancing out the bitterness with other ingredients, like vinegar, garlic, or cheese.
  • Garlic—Enjoy the fresh garlic while it lasts! In just a week it’ll all be dried.
  • Lettuce—Various varieties
  • 2 Sweet OnionsHigh sugar content that makes them perfect for caramelizing.
  • Pearl Onions—Perfect for grilling, high in sugar content, overall extremely delicious.
  • Cucumbers—Eat fresh like an apple or slice into salads for a nice, sweet crunch.
  • Zucchini—Great for grilling, just slice lengthwise into spears. Or spiralize into zoodles. Or stir-fry with onion and egg to make a frittata. Zucchini does it all.

Recipes

A Note on Grilling Vegetables

Since so many of the veggies in this week’s box are great on the grill, and because we are officially in the grilling season, I thought it would be nice to include a very important lesson on grilling from Six Seasons.

“when grilling or charring, skip the oil. Cook your vegetables naked, which will allow the sugars to nicely caramelize and avoid the awful taste of burnt oil.”

Then add oil and salt to your grilled veggies before serving.

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Gruyere Grilled Cheese with Sugarloaf Chicory & Caramelized Onion

Whenever I make grilled cheese, I always add caramelized onions, mushrooms, and whatever greens I have on hand. This recipe is also great in that all your sammies are done at the same time, without the first getting cold by the time the last ones are done. I wish you could see the mouthwatering picture of these morsels. Adapted from The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly.

Author Lindy Ly

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 crimini mushrooms, finely chopped (or shitakes, or whatever ya got!)
  • 1 head sugarloaf chicory, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp softened butter
  • 8 slices grainy bread -if you're in Corvallis, pick up freshly baked loaf from our Farmstand or market booth!
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese (or whatever ya got!)

Instructions

  1. Place two large rimmed baking sheets inside the oven and preheat to 425F. If your baking sheets cannot fit side by side, place on sheet on the center rack and another sheet on whichever rack remains.

  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 1 Tbsp of oil and get up to heat.

  3. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. 

  4. Add the other Tbsp of oil, the mushrooms, sugarloaf, and salt. Cook until the vegetables are tender and wilted, about five minutes. Keep stirring them around to let any excess liquid cook off.

  5. To assemble the sandwiches, thoroughly butter all the bread on one side. Turn half the slices over, buttered side down, and spread mustard over them. Layer equal amounts of the cheese and veggie sauté on each slice, then top with the remaining slices of bread, buttered sides up.

  6. Transfer the sandwiches to the hot baking sheet in the center of the oven and place the other hot baking sheet on top, pressing down lightly. Bake for 6-8 minutes until the bread is toasted on the outside and the cheese is melted on the inside.

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Braised Cabbage w/ Fried Potatoes, Feta, & Parsley

Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

You could steam the potatoes and skip the frying, but the chewiness that comes from a turn in olive oil or ghee makes this simple dish a much more interesting one. When I make these potatoes, they barely make it to the dish—they’re that good.

Author Deborah Madison

Ingredients

  • olive oil or ghee, for frying
  • 4+ red potatoes, scrubbed and sliced ~1/4 inch thick
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • Braised Summer Cabbage (slice cabbage into ribbons and stir-fry until wilted with butter and salt)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley or dill, or a mixture
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat enough oil to cover a 10 inch cast-iton pan with a light film over medium heat. 

  2. Add the potatoes and cook, turning them occasionally, until golden and just tender, about 20 minutes. They won’t necessarily be cooked evenly, but that’s fine. You’ll have crisp pieces next to meatier ones and all should be a little chewy. 

  3. Season them with salt and pepper and remove from heat.

  4. Meanwhile, cook the cabbage until just tender, 10 min or less. Put the cabbage in a bowl and add butter or not, as you wish. Add the potatoes and parsley and toss well. Finish w/ feta & serve.

Lunch Menu: Week of July 5th, 2017

Semolina gnocchi with Shea’s mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and grilled baby onions  

Antipasti

chad fell’s bread & olives   5

emily’s farm fresh pickle plate    3

roasted pepper and tomato soup, topped with roasted garlic and served with bread    5

mixed greens with balsamic    6.5

local herb goat cheese and tomato crostini    5

GTF salad –  fresh-picked boysenberries, cucumbers, and roasted almonds with

a boysenberry-ginger vinaigrette     9.5

pork pate with pickled vegetables, mustard and bread     8

 

Pizze Rosse

garlic & basil    11

bacon & kale    12

caramel onion  & tomato  12

 

Pizze Bianche

zuke, kalamata, mushroom    12

bell peppers & eggplant    12

duck confit & scallions    12

 

– add an egg or anchovies   1

 

Rockfish curry with jasmine rice, lemongrass and toasted sesame and toasted sesame 

Secondi

mushroom ravioli with leeks and a rosemary brown butter 12

semolina gnocchi with shea’s mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and grilled baby onions    12

maple grilled pork shoulder on lentils with roasted peppers and a house mustard sauce   13

rockfish curry with jasmine rice, lemongrass and toasted sesame 13

Dinner Menu: June 29th-July 1st, 2017

Antipasti

chad fell’s bread & marinated olives  5

cream of escarole  6

mixed greens, balsamic vinaigrette  6.5

cold gazpacho  6.

country pork terrine & extras 8

baked local chevre with caramelized onions, roasted garlic, pears and crostini 9

GTF salad with  roasted zucchini, parmigiano cheese, with a dill buttermilk ranch   9

 

Pizze Rosse

garlic & basil  10.5

garlic scapes & goat cheese 11.5

bacon, baby onion & kale  12.5

 

Pizze Bianche

egg & scallions 11.5

zucchini & roasted peppers 115

–add an egg or anchovies to any pie for  $1

Secondi

Potato  Gnocchi with slow tomato, fennel, fava, arugula, mushroom & mascarpone cream, parmesan  17

King Salmon with verde rice, bergamot minted snap peas, shellfish broth and buerre blanc   20

Teres major steak fritas, handcut fries, carrots, fennel and herb butter  22

Duck Breast with  white beans, spinach, poached garlic puree and marionberry gastrique 22

Bacon-wrapped pork loin with potato gratin, braised cabbage, carrot and grain mustard jus

To Finish

Lemon Cream Roll, fresh berries, cream   8.5

Chocolate Cardamom Cake, roasted navel orange, vanilla ice cream 8.5

Poached Pear, sabayon custard, rhubarb gellie   8

Strawberry-Watermelon Sorbet   7