Wednesday, June 6, 2012

First Farm Share!

I picked up my first farm share last night, and I am so pumped!  Here's the list of things that were available for pickup:
garlic scapes
swiss chard
french breakfast radishes
spicy, sweet, and sour salad or cooking mix
lettuce mix
large leaf spinach
joi choi
white turnips
oregano or parsley 
Thankfully, none of those things are terribly scary (though the joi choi is a mystery to me), I've never had turnips before, and I really like radishes but I never buy them because I'm not quite sure what to do with them.  I didn't take and salad because I didn't have any small bags, but I did buy a carton of farm-fresh eggs!

The plan right now is to pickle the radishes--I found this recipe and I like the sound of it, plus, I've been wanting to pickle something for a while now.

I'm going to make turnip soup with the turnips and the greens--very excited about this.  I may also add some of the garlic scapes to the soup.  The internet tells me that garlic scapes are quite versatile and can be eaten alone or added to things, so I'll try a little of both.
They're almost too pretty to eat!
One mystery right now is that I'm not sure of I grabbed a sour salad mix, or a bunch of flowers I wasn't entitled to:
Anyone know what this is?  It's certainly pretty, but I haven't tasted it yet...

One thing that continually cracks me up with I bring new leafy greens into the house, is the reaction Wee Watson (kitty) has to them.  Watson is a picky cat--does not care for wet food, won't eat treats, but he goes nuts for kale.
He comes running when I bring home kale.
Apparently, he's also pretty excited about turnip greens and swiss chard.  I had to put everything leafy out of cat reach, which seriously cracks me up.  Should be an exciting summer for both of us.

If anyone has any recommendations for the kale or swiss chard, let me know. I usually just pan fry the kale with olive oil and garlic (so good!), but I feel like I should mix it up a bit.


  1. You've never eaten turnips before?! What did they serve at Thanksgiving when you were growing up? I love mashed turnip :D And parsnips. Oh, parsnips, I wish you weren't so expensive.

  2. The Midwest is not turnip heavy, strangely :) Though now that you mention it, I think I think I might have had them at a Thanksgiving out here...

  3. Wow, this looks great! Alan and I are thinking of maybe doing a farm share with a friend once we get some more information about it. :)