The Farm (Shares) Report, 6/13/06

June 14, 2006 psipsina

Couldn’t go again, drat!  Had an appointment on Tuesday night.  So the Red-Haired Boy went without me again.  Too bad – I understand that Farmer Steve has a different system now – instead of handing you the stuff from the back of the truck, he puts out baskets and has you pick up the stuff yourself, on the honor system.  I guess it’s OK, but it sounds like there are fewer opportunities for chatting with Steve.

This week we got:

1 head broccoli
1 head of some Chinese cabbage type stuff that Steve called “Chinese Spinach”
1 bunch of mizuna
1 head of red lettuce
1 head of green leaf lettuce
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bunch collard greens

Last year being our first, we wondered all winter if Steve grew different crops each year, or if we would get the same stuff this year we got last year.   Well, of course, some things are old standbys – lettuce is a reliable spring vegetable – but last year we didn’t get broccoli, or pea greens.

I am delighted by the broccoli, by the way – since we buy very little produce at the supermarket in Steve season, just garlic, onions, avocados, and lemons, I went 5 months without eating broccoli last year.  It’s nice to see it in our bag this spring.

RHB made a salad last night with the red lettuce, garbanzo beans, bacon, Parmesan cheese, and some leftover homemade Italian dressing I’d made last week.  He also threw in a head of Boston lettuce from last week that he had forgotten about and I hadn’t even noticed.  Thing is, Steve’s week-old lettuce is still fresher than that California crap in the grocery store, which is at least a week old when it arrives on the East Coast.

I couldn’t have asked for a yummier salad – even if you don’t have any “just picked today” lettuce or homemade dressing, do try this at home some time.

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