2019 CSA – Week14: Drizzly Days & Cozy Collards

CSA Newsletter Week 14


Drizzly Days & Cozy Collards

Hey y’all, we’ve got a delicious box for you this week! Full with a foreshadowing of fall, you have such summer gems as fresh table grapes and sweet peppers, as well as fall gems like the one and only hakurei salad turnips, leeks, and collards.

The intersection of these two seasons lends for an intersection of flavors and textures on the plate. And as always, what ends up on our plates correlates directly to the work that went into bringing it there, and an intersection of summer and fall flavors translates directly from a shift in our daily work.

Right off the bat, when the sun isn’t beating down on us and the crops all day long, when the clouds roll in and cover the world up in a big fluffy blanket, there is an immediate physiological shift of relief. There’s still a lot to do, but the forever-pressing stress of summer, of everything wilting before we harvest it, is no more. The way that it is draining to simply be in the sun is no longer weighing on you at every moment. The world seems to just chill out, and it feels like all of us and all of the crops take a big collective breath, as if to say, ahhhh, we did it.

No more wearing the thinnest fabrics we can find to stay as cool as possible. Now come the days of rain and mud, where we pull on our cozy waterproof overalls over our pants, matching jackets, and rubber boots, and we go right back out into our shifting patchwork fields and keep on harvesting. Only, perhaps a little slower as we waddle around with mud-brick boots and rubber pants.

Now comes the time for the joy of working at an inherently slower pace, of gripping chilled fingers around a cup of hot tea at 10 am break, of farm-cooked soup around the table at lunch, and cozy rainy afternoons spent clipping dried onions together in a toasty greenhouse. Every seasonal shift has its own flavor, its own excitement, its own shift in daily tasks. But for the tired farmers who made it through August, the cozy transition to fall is always sweetest.

Best,
LB

Table of Box Contents

  • Hakurei Salad Turnips!—They’re back!!!! We had our first big harvest of the season this week. For those of you who’ve yet to experience these turnips and don’t yet understand why a turnip would ever be something to be excited about—prepare yourselves. These sweet, supple, white orbs are the tastiest spring/fall treat ever. Dip raw in hummus, eat raw like an apple, lightly sauté with tamari with all their stems and greens! This variety is specifically bred to have smooth, hairless leaves and stems (unlike radishes) and the stems are particularly juicy like bok choy.
  • Leeks—I can’t lie, our leek game is on point. We dig up all of our leeks throughout the summer when they’re still in their adolescence, and we transplant each one back in the ground by hand so that they can grow super deep and produce the long stalk of white, buttery, allium magic that we all want. Although the white part is the best, I always use all my greens as well. I either chop them up the same and just let them cook a little longer, or I use them to make stock.
  • Collard Greens—See cozy collard roll recipe!
  • Fresh Grapes
  • Bunched Carrots
  • Sweet Peppers—1 Italian & 1 Bell
  • Red Onion
  • Red Norland Potatoes
  • Green Leaf or Romaine Lettuce

Recipes

Chickpea Avocado Wrap with Red Onion & Lettuce

Ingredients

  • 1 can Chickpeas
  • 1 medium Avocado
  • 1 tsp Seeded Mustard
  • pinch Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Red Onion, sliced
  • 1/2-1 Sweet Pepper, diced
  • 2 Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • 1 cup Lettuce, chopped

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas under running cold water.

  2. In a bowl, mash them with a fork. I like to have a bit of texture, so I generally crush them slightly.

  3. Add avocado, salt, pepper, and mustard and do the same with the fork - crush/mash it together.

  4. Mix in the onions.

  5. Divide the mixture, and wrap it into two wraps with a handful of lettuce.

  6. Toast the wraps in a panini grill or on a dry pan and enjoy.

Cozy Collard Veggie Rolls with Spicy Tahini Miso Dip

Ingredients

For the wraps:

  • 1 head Collard Greens
  • Assorted sliced vegetables (carrots, hakurei salad turnips, sweet peppers, sprouts, asparagus, etc.)
  • Protein of choice (optional: crispy tofu, egg, etc.)

Spicy Tahini Miso Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup good Tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 heaping Tbs White Miso
  • 1 Tbs Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tbs Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp gf Tamari
  • Squirts of Sriracha to taste
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Parboil the leaves first using the stem as a handle.

  2. Pat dry, remove stem netting two wraps per large leaf. This makes them tastier, more pliable and very easy to work with!

  3. Fill with all of your favorite veggies and roll into a wrap. Serve with tahini miso dipping sauce (recipe below).

  4. Tahini Miso: Whisk all sauce ingredients together
    in a bowl well and serve liberally. Simple. Crazy delicious.

Lunch Menu: Week of September 10, 2019

Salads & Small Plates

Simple salad and champagne vinaigrette  7-

Mixed green salad with summer vegetables, pepitas, and basil vinaigrette  9-

Plate of farm pickled vegetables  6-

GTF chicken liver mousse with a frisee and pear salad, dijon mustard and toast  10-

Tomato and melon salad with goat’s milk feta, radicchio, and maple-sherry vinegar  9-

Spicy salmon pate with cucumbers and dill on sourdough bread  10-

Sourdough bread with butter and Newport sea salt  6-

Melon gazpacho with smoky spiced yogurt, basil and cilantro  6-

Entrees      

Plate of grilled summer vegetables with mole verde and toasted papitas  15- 

Fettuccine pasta with basil pesto, fresh tomatoes, zucchini, shishito peppers, and alsea acres chevre  17- 

Seared albacore tuna with romesco, poached potatoes, sweet peppers, onions, grilled corn and fresh herbs  23-

Grilled GTF chicken with smoked summer vegetable succotash and chicken jus  20-

Sandwiches 

Community Cow beef pastrami on rye with farm sauerkraut, emmentaler cheese and thousand island*  13-

Community Cow beef burger on a brioche bun with aged white cheddar , sweet onions, tomato, butter lettuce and garlic aioli  13-

Grilled summer vegetables and herbs with whipped chevre on grilled flatbread  12-

Wood-Fired Pizzas

Pizza Bianca with fresh herbs  13-

Pizza Margherita  13-        

Sage sausage, roasted potatoes, onions, tomato sauce, and fontina  15-   

Basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, shishito pepper, and chevre  14-

Summer squash, roasted peppers, sweet onions, and Rogue River bleu cheese  14-

Dinner Menu: Week of September 4, 2019

Salads & Small Plates

Sourdough bread with basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar 6-

Simple salad and champagne vinaigrette 7-

Mixed green salad with summer vegetables, pepitas, and basil vinaigrette 9-

Plate of farm pickled vegetables 6-

Tomato and melon salad with goat’s milk feta, radicchio, and maple-balsamic vinegar 9-

GTF chicken liver mousse with a frisee and pear salad, dijon mustard and toast 10-

Spicy salmon pate with cucumbers and dill on sourdough bread 10-

Grilled corn with green chili and charred scallion butter 6-

Melon gazpacho with smoky spiced yogurt, basil and cilantro  6-

Entrees  

Plate of grilled summer vegetables with mole verde and toasted pepitas 15-

Fettuccine pasta with basil pesto, fresh tomatoes, zucchini, nardello peppers, olives, and alsea acres chevre 19-

Seared albacore tuna with romesco, roasted potatoes, sweet peppers, onions, grilled corn and fresh herbs 26-

Grilled GTF chicken with smoked summer vegetable succotash and chicken jus 25-

Grilled Comunity Cow beef ribeye with roasted pepper aioli, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, and potatoes 25- 

Wood-Fired Pizzas

Pizza Bianca with fresh herbs 13-

Pizza Margherita 13-        

Grilled chicken, maitake mushrooms, sweet onions, fontina and herbs 15-   

Basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, and chevre 14-

Summer squash, roasted peppers, sweet onions, and fontina 14-

Lunch Menu: Week of September 3, 2019

Salads & Small Plates

Simple salad and champagne vinaigrette 7-

Mixed green salad with summer vegetables, pepitas, and basil vinaigrette 9-

Plate of farm pickled vegetables  6-

GTF chicken liver mousse with a strawberry-tomatillo mostarda, dressed greens and toast 10-

Tomato and melon salad with goat’s milk feta, radicchio, and maple-balsamic vinegar 9-

Spicy salmon pate with cucumbers and dill on sourdough bread 10-

Sourdough bread with olive oil, balsamic, and basil 6-

Tomato gazpacho with olive oil and basil 6-

Entrees      

Plate of grilled summer vegetables with romesco and toasted hazelnuts 15- 

Fettuccine pasta with basil pesto, fresh tomatoes, zucchini, shishito peppers, and alsea acres chevre 17- 

Seared Oregon albacore with eggplant puree, couscous, green beans, sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes 23-

Grilled GTF chicken with smoked summer vegetable succotash and chicken jus 20-

Sandwiches 

Community Cow beef pastrami on rye with farm sauerkraut, emmentaler cheese and thousand island*  13-

Community Cow beef burger on a brioche bun with aged white cheddar , sweet onions, tomato, butter lettuce and garlic aioli 13-

Grilled summer vegetables and herbs with whipped chevre on grilled flatbread 12-

Wood-Fired Pizzas

Pizza Bianca with fresh herbs 13-

Pizza Margherita 13-        

Fennel sausage, shaved fennel, tomato sauce, mozzarella and anchovies 15-   

Basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, olives and chevre 14-

Summer squash, roasted peppers, sweet onions, and gruyere 14-

Dinner Menu: Aug. 28-31, 2019

Salads & Small Plates

Sourdough bread with basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar  6-

 Simple salad and champagne vinaigrette  7-

Mixed green salad with summer vegetables, pepitas, and basil vinaigrette  9-

 Plate of farm pickled vegetables  6-

Tomato and melon salad with goat’s milk feta, radicchio, and maple-balsamic vinegar  9-

GTF chicken liver mousse on toasted baguette with a strawberry-tomatillo mostarda and dressed greens  10-

Spicy salmon pate with cucumbers and dill on sourdough bread  10-

Grilled corn with green chili and charred scallion butter  6-

Tomato gazpacho with olive oil and basil  6-

 

Entrees  

Plate of grilled summer vegetables with romesco and toasted pepitas  15-

Fettuccine pasta with basil pesto, fresh tomatoes, zucchini, shisishito peppers, and alsea acres chevre  19-

Seared Chinook salmon with red pepper aioli, poached potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, grilled broccoli, scallions and fresh herbs  26-

Grilled GTF chicken with smoked summer vegetable succotash and chicken jus  25-

Braised Community Cow beef ragu with summer vegetables, new potato gnocchi, breadcrumbs and pecorino romano  24- 

Wood-Fired Pizzas

Pizza Bianca with fresh herbs  13-

Pizza Margherita  13-        

Fennel sausage, leeks, tomato sauce and fontina  15-   

Basil pesto, roasted garlic, cherry tomato, shishito peppers and pecorino  14-

Summer squash, roasted peppers, sweet onions and fontina  14-