Week 4: the peas have arrived!

Sugar Snap Peas...yum!
Sugar Snap Peas…yum!

 

Hi all!  Alli here.

Week 4?!  I know I said this earlier in the season, but time just seems to keep flying by.  Farming is definitely one of those jobs where you’re never done, no matter how many hours a week you put in.  Alison and I have been working like crazy catching up on weeding, getting the fall crops started in the greenhouse, trellising all of the tomatoes, and more!  While we still feel like there is so much more to do, the great news is that a few new crops are ready for harvest….like the peas!  Peas were one of the first things we planted in the field, so it’s very exciting to finally be harvesting them for you.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we have been!
Sawing through some conduit to make extra posts for the tomato trellis
Sawing through some conduit to make posts for the tomato trellis
Had a visitor on my shoulder while doing some planting
A visitor on my shoulder while doing some planting

In this week’s share you will find:

*Sugar Snap Peas

*Lettuce Mix

*Beets (we grate these raw and put them on top of almost everything we eat, or boil them whole until tender, peel them, and…well, put them on everything!)

*Radishes

*Scallions

*Hakurei Turnips

*Garlic Scapes

*Arugula

*Chard

*Kohlrabi

*Napa Cabbage (great in stir-fry, salads, or for kimchi!)

*Cilantro
Just a small but colorful harvest for dinner one night this week
Just a small but colorful harvest for dinner one night this week
We made a giant batch of curry to eat throughout the week using a lot of these veggies, so here’s the recipe!  Please note that the measurements are probably not exact (we tend to just toss things in without measuring) and that you should feel free to adjust everything to your liking.  This should make a pretty big pot, so cut everything in half if you just want to try it out.

3 garlic scapes, chopped into small pieces
2 Tbsp olive oil, butter, or substitute
1 kohlrabi, peeled and chopped
Half a bunch of turnips, quartered
Several chard leaves and/or half a napa cabbage, thinly sliced
2 cups red lentils
5 cups water
2 handfuls of sugar snap peas
Curry powder, red pepper, ginger, salt & pepper
1 beet, 1-2 scallions, and a few cilantro leaves, for garnish

 

Sauté the garlic scapes in the oil or butter for about 5 minutes.  Add the spices (to your liking) and the chopped turnip and kohlrabi.  If you are using chard, this would also be a good time to add the chopped stems, but not the leaves.  Allow this to cook for about 5 more minutes (your house will smell awesome, I promise).  Add the red lentils and water, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer and add the chard leaves and/or napa cabbage.  Allow to simmer for at least 15-20 minutes.  Add the sugar snap peas and continue simmering until the peas are tender (I prefer mine to stay a bit crisp and bright green, but keep sampling as they cook until they are to your liking).  Also, add more water (or coconut milk!) at any point if it gets too thick.

 

Serve your curry in a bowl, and top with grated beet and chopped scallion and cilantro.
Curry for dinner.  And lunch.  Oh, and dinner again.  And maybe breakfast?
Curry for dinner. And lunch. Oh, and dinner again. And maybe breakfast?
Enjoy!

 

Please feel free to use the comment section to post any delicious recipes you’ve been making as well.

 

See you all soon!
Scapes, scapes, scapes
Scapes, scapes, scapes
These tiny cucumbers will be ready to harvest so soon!
These tiny cucumbers will be ready to harvest so soon!
Happy onions growing in a bunch
Happy onions growing in a bunch
Remember that picture of a small cart full of trays of onions seedlings?  That turned into this sea of onions!
Remember that picture of a small cart full of trays of onions seedlings? That turned into this sea of onions!
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4 thoughts on “Week 4: the peas have arrived!

  1. Your vegetables look so delicious. I can’t wait til I can eat from my small garden. All your plants look so amazing! I wish I was a CSA member.

    1. Aww thanks Debbie! I’m sure all your plants and your farm look amazing, too! If you want, I can give you more info about membership when I see you tomorrow. 🙂

  2. hey if you guys or jay has a chop saw with a metal cutting blade
    you can get through that EMT so much faster and be cutting through several pieces at one time-

    1. Thanks for the info Kira! We actually didn’t have too much to cut, so it worked out fine for us, but we’ll remember that if we have to cut more in the future. 🙂

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