May is shaping up to be quite nice, after the cold start to the spring. All of our veggies have gotten a late start this year, but the warmer weather now is giving them a boost. Apple trees and lilacs are blooming, as well as fields of dandelions. While many people see dandelions as a weed, farmers love to see them because they are an early food for the bees that pollinate our crops.
It is also the season for harvesting ramps. If you're not familiar with them, ramps are a delicious mix of garlic/onion/leek. They can be found in some wooded areas, and they seem to prefer moist soil. In our woods, they flourish along the banks of the creek. We harvest them sustainably, making sure to leave plenty for future years. When you prepare them, you can use the entire plant. I usually slice and saute the bulbs and stems first, and add the chopped greens at the end of cooking. Or you can use the raw chopped greens as a garnish for a unique flavor. Last night, I served the chopped greens to put on our tacos instead of onions. Our favorite way to eat ramps is sauteed with mushrooms and asparagus, served with fried eggs or on an omelette.
As a result of our recent Facebook giveaway, we are launching a new program called Basket of Hope. We know that sometimes unforeseen circumstances cause a hardship on families. Costs of medical bills can make a family choose between healthy food and paying for care that is often not covered by insurance. NWPAGC wants to help those families by offering discounted CSA Shares that are subsidized by farmers and community members. Healthy food is an important aspect of healing. Recipients will be chosen after evaluating their need and situation. If you would like to share healthy food with someone in need, you can either donate by check or through PayPal. We already have $325.00 in pledges toward our first share.
How are you using the microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm? Scallion sprouts are the flavor this week. I love them on a sandwich, in a salad, or on my eggs. Microgreens pack a big nutritional punch in a tiny package.
- 12 oz. honey from Hazy Hollow Farm
- 1 lb. rhubarb from NuWay Farm
- 1 dozen eggs from Mickley Farm
- 5 oz. pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm
- 1/3 lb. ramps from Bushel and a Peck Farm
- 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
- 1 scallion microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
Ramp and Mushroom Quiche (This would be delicious to serve for Mother's Day breakfast or brunch!)
Cheesy Ramp Pull-Apart Bread (Start with a store-bought loaf, or use your favorite bread recipe.)
Rhubarb Tart (Another lovely dish to serve for Mother's Day. This one is a little more involved than most recipes that I share. But look at the photos!)
Simple Honey Mustard Vinaigrette for your salads
Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad (To round out your Mother's Day morning)
Very Veggie Fried Rice (Change up the veggies with whatever you have on hand. I would sub asparagus for the broccoli right now. You can throw in leftover meat, too.)
Crostini with Pea Shoots and Strawberries (Our strawberries are just blooming, so you will have to wait a few weeks. You will have to settle for store-bought if you want to make this, but please choose organic since strawberries are one of the Dirty Dozen.)
We have one more delivery for our Spring CSA. Summer CSA begins in just four weeks! Make sure you sign up before we are full! If you have any comments or suggestions to make the CSA better, please share them with me.