Two years ago, we were covered up in beets. CSA members complained–too many beets! This year, we planted and replanted and the beets are just now coming in. This is a great example of how crops can vary from year to year, depending on the climate and other factors. Never fear, though! Thursday boxes contain at least one (large) or a few (small) golden beets–the finest, most beettastic root veggie that I can think of.
This weeks box contains:
- Golden beets! The greens are delicious (the greens are, essentially, Swiss chard) and the root is great raw or–better yet–roasted. Wrap the whole root in foil and bake it like a potato. The skin will slide off and you will be left with sweet, beety, deliciousness.
- Turnips: we actually plant two varieties of turnips. “Purple top” makes a beautiful white and purple root, and “seven top” makes a somewhat homely roost but beautiful greens. This week you get both, in two bunches.
- Radishes: Check out this recipe for pan-seared radishes and radish greens (among others).
- Butter lettuce (the green one)
- Red leaf curly lettuce (the curly red one)
- Lemon balm: this is in the mint family and has a strong lemon scent. It is wonderful in a salad dressing, on a salad, or cooked (like in this lemon balm cheescake).
- Daylily flowers: yes! you can eat both the flowers and the buds. Try them fried, with eggs, or just on a salad.
If the picture above looks slightly dark and blurry: the power went out due to the storm as we were boxing veggies and this picture was taken indoors using a cell phone camera…