Spring CSA: Week 4

Yikes. I didn’t take any pictures last week. What’s with that?
I’m pretty sure its because we were going 110 mph trying to get in all the work we couldn’t get done all month. On Thursday and Friday the team planted 2500 bed feet of sweet corn, broccoli, beets, lettuce, kale, bok choy, sunflowers, zinnias and snap dragons. We spent the beginning of the week cultivating all of our earlier plantings and preparing the beds for the end of week planting. This morning we got started on preparing all the beds for our peppers, eggplants and field tomatoes, and Kevin was out until 7pm, mowing and plowing the winter rye to be prepared for sweet potato slips (which arrive next week!!! yikes!) and winter squash, which we will start in the greenhouse this week. Plus more corn, kale, chard, lettuce, beets, carrots, etc, etc.

This just in – a plowing picture from Kevin!

On Saturday I snuck away from the plant sale to finish the direct seeding that needed to be done before the rain on Sunday night. I planted a 150′, 3 row bed of arugula, another bed with mustards and radishes, another bed with lettuce mix, and two beds of parsnips (I do truly believe they will work out this year).

The arugula, mustards and radishes need to be covered with proteknet (a row cover that keeps out pests, but doesn’t trap heat) to keep out the flea beetles. You make have noticed small holes in some of your radish greens or arugula leaves in the last share. It’s because the flea beetle was out in force and the wind that comes across the top of the hill at this time of year just does not allow for a perfect seal. If we didn’t cover at all the beetles would leave us with nothing to harvest, and early on the extra heat is a benefit, so we accept days like last Friday when we just have to check the row cover on the whole farm 6 times to make sure it’s not coming loose in the wind.

This is all leading up to my point, which is that, I end up doing a lot of walking to plant just one, 3 row, 150′ bed of arugula and then put hoops and cover on it. In fact, I did the math and it’s a quarter mile!! You all should quit paying your gym memberships and learn how to farm. It’s a great way to stay fit. Plus think about all the time you’d save not having to go work out . . .

I struggle with the scale of Upswing Farm. I find our farm uncomfortably in-between an actually small scale farm (like only a walk-behind tractor, no big tractors) and a larger scale like 20-30 acres, with more opportunity for fallow periods, larger equipment with wider wheel bases (our beds are 5 feet from center-center and 6′ would allow for a higher planting space to tire track ratio) and implements like a tractor mounted seeder (which maybe I should already have, but when I’m planting one bed of this, then a bed split between cilantro, dill and basil, then 3 beds of carrots every 3 weeks . . . the time to adjust the seeder is the same (maybe more because now there are more hoppers and seed plates . . . the walking part doesn’t actually take that long.

So, I’ll just continue to get my workout while at work.

What’s in the Share:
Lettuce: Lots!
Radishes: 2 bunches. Sorry, we try not to overwhelm you but two plantings ended up maturing at the same time. Jess has some great recipes to help you enjoy the bounty
Kale!
Scallions
Carrots (mention last week, actually in the share this week)
Baby broccoli raab (think of it as a green)
Some other greens . . . TBD! Maybe Spinach, Collards, Dandilion, More Kale . . .

Jess’s Recipe Ideas

BIG BATCH ROASTED KALE This recipe calls for 4 bunches of curly kale but you can easily scale it down or up and use whatever type of kale you have. Cook a little longer for the sturdier varieties (like curly kale) and reduce the cooking time for more delicate varieties or baby kale.  https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/big-batch-roasted-kale
lettuce
CHICKEN, ENDIVE AND BLUEBERRY SALAD WITH TOASTED PECANS This is one of my favorite spring or summer salads and works wonderfully with lots of varieties of lettuce. I’ve also skipped the chicken and had it as a side salad, crispy endive, creamy goat cheese, toasty pecans and a sweet tangy honey dressing. Yum! https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-endive-blueberry-salad-with-toasted-pecans
scallions
SCALLION PANCAKES These are great as an accompaniment to any Asian dish or just as a snack. I usually use half white whole wheat flour. (Don’t tell my kids!) https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-scallion-pancakes-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-107405
spinach about the same as this week
SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE MELTS These are a delicious weeknight meal AND a great way to trick your kids into eating spinach. Mine will eat almost anything if it’s covered in cheese.

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/spinach-and-artichoke-melts

QUICK-PICKLED RADISHES Pickled radishes are great on tacos, in salads or on sandwiches – especially a Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich. Don’t worry if you don’t have a mandoline, just slice thinly. You can also throw in other veggies too, like turnips, carrots and scallions. https://gratefulgrazer.com/home/quick-pickled-radishes/
ROASTED RADISHES WITH BROWN BUTTER, LEMON AND RADISH TOPS Last week I gave you a honey glazed roasted radish recipe so I thought we’d try a savory one this week. I love that this uses the greens as well.  https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/roasted-radishes-with-brown-butter-lemon-and-radish-tops-364609
CARROT, DATE AND FETA SALAD This Middle Eastern style salad is always a crowd pleaser with dates and feta cheese. If I’m in a hurry I don’t bother making the ribbons of carrots and soaking them, I just coarsely grate them.  https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/carrot-date-and-feta-salad-recipe-2109574
SPAGHETTI WITH GREENS, TOASTED GARLIC & BREAD CRUMBS This recipe calls for broccoli rabe but you can easily substitute whatever bitter greens you have on hand. It’s a great flexible, one pot meal that can be on the table in less than 30 minutes! https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012419-spaghetti-with-broccoli-rabe-toasted-garlic-and-bread-crumbs
maybe micros
AVOCADO EGG TOAST WITH RADISH & MICROGREENS I like to do a meal that includes eggs at least once a week. They’re always quick and budget friendly and when you have chickens you have stay on top of your egg consumption! We love egg salad and this one is unique with avocado and diced radish for a little crunch.  http://www.californiagrown.org/recipes/avocado-egg-toast-with-radish-and-micro-arugula/

Spring CSA – Week 3

Beautiful, but still wet. Our neighbors have some lovely trees.

Ok, everyone. Lets stop with the rain dances. I know some of you wish it would rain every day, but I’m telling you, just hold off for a few weeks. Yes, please, two weeks – or at least this one. I’ve got plants to plant and the soil is still so wet in our field that I can’t turn over the winter rye. I’m switching and scrambling and squishing and making it work, but boy would it be nice to just get a week of dry weather.

The soils we work with are rainbow, silt loam. They are lovely, fertile and leave a silky feeling on your hands at the end of a long day of transplanting or hand weeding. They hold water really well, which is an asset in summer. But in spring, when we need the soils to be dry enough to get our equipment in and prepare beds, its very tough, especially when it rains constantly. Water also naturally drains from the top of the hill we farm, and the water table is particularly high, making it even harder for the land to dry.

Not only does water make it hard to work the soil, but it also leaches nitrogen and other essential plant nutrients from the soil. Both through the water and, when the water is stagnant the nitrogen can actually convert to a gas and escape into the air. Learned that one today when researching nutrient leaching to make sure I didn’t just forget how to farm over the winter . . .

We are making it work, and I just thank my lucky stars that it didn’t do this in 2017 (our first full year, and the year Harvey was born) because I might have thrown in the towel from the get-go! No, probably not. But when I think back to what a lovely growing season it was that year I can’t help but feel like I was given a gift to help me make it through.

So, I’m tough, I’ve got a great crew, you are lovely, understanding customers and it is about to be summer. No, really spring, you’ve done enough, I insist, let’s let summer take a turn.

You know in about 3 weeks I’ll be complaining because its not raining.

The share this week has some smaller vegetables in it. They just didn’t not size up the way I had hoped, and the farm we are partnering with (White Barn Farm) is having similar problems with the slow, wet start. But, the cool thing is that it’s only May 20th and we’ve got a lot of veggies coming at you from our wet fields!

Here’s a quick, fun fact to brighten up this dreary blog post: did you know you can eat violets, aka Johnny Jump-Ups? Even the ones that grow in the yard. They are lovely on cupcakes for decoration, or in a salad. I never follow through, but every spring I want to make cupcakes with heaping mounds of buttercream frosting and decorate with violets . . . because eating flowers definitely balances all that butter and sugar . . .

What’s in the share:

Spinach: bagged or bunched, not sure which, most likely 1/2 pound
Mini Head Lettuce: 3 heads
French Breakfast Radish: (these are not my best radish greens, but the radishes themselves are primo!) 1 bunch
Mini Bok Choy: You can just chop this stuff up to toss in a salad/stir fry. I find it easier to wash after I chop it up. It will be hard for us to get all the soil out because it has rained so much.
Arugula: 1-2 bunches
Random bunches choice: mustard greens (really good ones, Erin’s first solo-direct seeding and they are maybe the best ever) small hakurei turnips with large greens you can and should eat, cilantro, maybe dandilion, collards, more tokyo bekana and/or kale
Green Garlic
Pea Tendrils
Over-wintered carrots from our friends at the Neighborhood Farm.

Jess’s Recipe Recommendation

Baby Lettuce Salad with Raspberries, Cranberries & Feta

May is National Salad Month so it only seems appropriate that we start out with this gorgeous spring salad with raspberries, dried cranberries and feta cheese. This would be equally delicious with strawberries or blackberries and you can easily swap the feta for goat cheese and use pecans or almonds in place of the walnuts.
https://amindfullmom.com/stir-fried-chicken-bok-choy/

Lemony Pasta with Cauliflower, Chickpeas and Arugula

Packed with arugula, cauliflower and chickpeas this hearty vegetarian dish is quick and easy. Vibrant lemon and salty capers pair perfectly with the peppery arugula. Use whole-wheat pasta for even more staying power.
https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/lemony-pasta-with-cauliflower-chickpeas-and-arugula

Honey-Glazed Radishes with Crunchy Seeds

I love crispy radishes and the French-Breakfast Radish Toasts from week one have become my new go-to breakfast but I know there are a lot of people that are opposed to the “bite” of a radish. If you’re one of them, this recipe is for you. Cooking radishes makes them milder and these quick 15 minute Honey-Glazed Radishes with Crunchy Seeds are sure to make a radish-lover out of you and your whole family.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/263894/honey-glazed-radishes-with-crunchy-seeds/

Baby bok choy:

Barley Salad Bowl with Sugar Snap Peas, Baby Bok Choy and Green Romesco Dressing

Bowls are all the rage now and they’re great for a busy weeknight since you don’t need to think about side dishes – everything’s in there already. This one combines barley with Sugar Snaps and roasted Bok Choy. You’re going to want to put this Green Romesco Dressing on EVERYTHING.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/263924/barley-salad-with-sugar-snap-peas-baby-bok-choy-green-romesco-dressing/

Spinach: Ham & Cheese Pizza with Spinach and Apples|

Spinach’s distinction for making Popeye strong isn’t just a story designed to get kids to eat spinach, it’s based in fact. Spinach contains C0-Q10 which is a muscle-strengthening compound and it’s especially beneficial for heart muscles. The trick is getting your kids to eat it. I challenged my 8 year old to find a recipe containing spinach that he would eat and this pizza is what he came up with. As an added bonus  it was so easy he was able to make it himself!

https://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/ham-cheese-pizza

Green garlic: Grilled Green Garlic

Green garlic is young garlic plants that are harvested before the garlic bulbs mature. It has a delicate, mild garlic flavor. This spring-time delicacy is only around for a short time so enjoy it while you can! This recipe calls for grilling the bulbs until they’re butter-soft and can be spread on toast or added to mashed potatoes. The green parts are delicious too – like a garlicky scallion and can be substituted in any recipe that calls for scallions. You could also sauté them in a little butter or olive oil and sprinkle them on top of mashed potatoes or eggs.

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/254485/grilled-green-garlic/

Choice: dandelion greens/collards/mustards:

Maple-Bacon Greens

This recipe calls for dandelion greens but it’s really a very versatile go-to recipe for any type of greens: collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, beet greens, radish greens. etc. This is a great way to make the absolute most out of your CSA share and use up every part of those super fresh vegetables. You can use garlic (or green garlic) in place of the onions and, if you wanted a more savory dish, skip the maple syrup. If you’re vegetarian (or out of bacon) just drizzle some olive oil in the pan and move on to cooking the onions.

https://abraskitchen.com/maple-bacon-dandelion-greens/

Baby salad turnips: Quick-Pickled Baby Turnips

Don’t be afraid to try baby turnips even if you’re not usually a turnip fan. Baby turnips or salad turnips are mild and tender and don’t have the bite that some people are opposed to. You can chop them up and sauté them with their greens, dice them and throw them into a fried rice dish, roast them, grill them or slice them up in your salad. You can also pickle them! This recipe makes slightly sweet, slightly spicy pickled turnips but you could use any quick-pickle recipe if this one doesn’t sound like your thing.

https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/quick-pickled-baby-turnips

Pea tendrils: Garden-Fresh Mint Julep

My kids inhaled the creamy pea shoot soup from week one and I love eating my pea shoots straight out of the bag but I couldn’t resist sharing this unique way to serve them. This drink is a spin on a mint julep and while we missed Derby Day by a few weeks, this cocktail will be good anytime you can find fresh pea shoots.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/272747/garden-fresh-mint-julep/


Spring CSA: Week 2

Snap peas just grabbing on to the first line of trellis last week.

Week one is under our belts. We hope you are enjoying all the fresh greens! There is a lot more where that came from. I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the pea tendrils we put in the shares. The picture above is of a snap pea plant growing in the field. The tendrils are reaching out to grab on to the trellis to hold the plant vertical. With the right fertility these plants can get 6 feet tall before July!

Harvey inspecting the pea tendrils for week 3/4 of the spring share.

The pea tendrils we put in bags and eat as greens are produced in trays in the greenhouse. It allows us to use our greenhouse space even more productively (although at this time of year we are basically just filling up the spaces where we might otherwise walk the place is so packed!). Tendrils really isn’t the right name for what we bag for the CSA. Pea greens, or pea shoots might be more accurate. My cousin, Greg, re-named them ‘pea ticklers’ when we brought some to Thanksgiving last year.

We soak pea seed for a few days then spread them in trays and cover them for another few days to wait for uniform germination. We use organic 4010 field pea seeds from Lakeview Organic Grain in upstate NY. – they are super cool, and send a great newsletter.

After we have germination and the seeds have set into the soil we take the covers off and they look like the photo above. It takes about 5-7 days for them to really green up, but once they do they start to grow fast! It takes about 3 weeks from when we start to soak pea seed until we harvest. Which is actually amazingly fast!

We hope you enjoy them. We like to just eat them in salad or toss them in with a cooked pasta and Alfredo sauce. Or stir them in at the end of a stir-fry.

So, now that you know a little more about peas you probably want to know, what’s in the share?

Spinach: 1 bunch
Lettuce Mix: 1 bag
Kale/Swiss Chard: 1 bunch choice
Tokyo Bekana: 1 Small bunch
Bok Choy: quantity TBD
Scallions: 1 bunch
Bagged greens: TBD
Storage potatoes: 1 pound


Here’s what Jess Suggests for recipes:

Scallions & Bok Choy:

Mild, crispy and tender – Baby Bok Choy is delicious eaten raw and I will frequently slice it into thin strips and toss it with a salad dressing or just munch on the leaves whole. My kids? Not so much. This stir-fry is quick and easy and the ginger-honey dressing is so delicious even the kids will love it.

Stir fried chicken and Bok Choy https://amindfullmom.com/stir-fried-chicken-bok-choy/

Lettuce (probably 2 heads, or bagged loose):While my family isn’t vegetarian we try and eat vegetarian at least a few nights a week. This Southwestern Salad with Avocado Dressing is always a big hit, even with my meat loving husband, and I almost always have the ingredients on hand. 
http://pinchofyum.com/spicy-southwestern-salad-avocado-dressing

Choice: Kale or Swiss Chard:

Swiss Chard is packed with nutrients and antioxidants and pairs perfectly with Italian sausage and pasta in this quick weeknight dish. This recipe is very forgiving and will accept more or less chard depending on what you have on hand. Swap out sweet Italian sausage if you’re not into spicy.

https://www.williams-sonoma.com/m/recipe/penne-with-chard-and-sausage.html

Spinach, 1 bunch:

This Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Pecans is a sure sign of spring and we need that with all the cold, rainy days we’ve been having. I love to add poppyseeds to the dressing and I substitute whatever kind of nuts I have on hand – it’s great with almonds, walnuts or pistachios if you’re out of pecans. Sometimes I take out the chicken and toss in some mushrooms and have it as a side salad.

https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-chicken-salad-pecans

Micro greens and storage potatoes:

We love breakfast for dinner at my house. Eggs are something most people have on hand all the time and if you’re like us and have your own chickens, eggs for dinner becomes mandatory so we’re not overrun with eggs. This Crispy Bacon-Hash Browns and Egg dish can be served in individual ramekins or just toss it all into an 8×8” pan. Top it with your vitamin packed micro greens and dinner is done!

https://cookingontheweekends.com/bacon-hash-browns-and-egg-casserole/

1 bunch Tokyo Bekana:

Tokyo Bekana is a mild lettuce-like cabbage with tender ruffly leaves. I’m planning on tucking mine into these spring rolls with coconut milk poached chicken, basil, mint and grated carrots and a sesame-ginger sauce. My kids will eat almost anything if it’s wrapped up into a roll whether it’s a burrito or these spring rolls. In a hurry? Skip the poaching and use rotisserie chicken (or shrimp or tofu). Don’t want to deal with rolling the rice paper wraps? Just serve it all as a salad. Got leftover cilantro from last week’s share? Toss it in!


Spring CSA:Week 1

Well, I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but its been raining a lot this spring. Believe it or not I try to hold back when it comes to my complaints about the weather. Weather has a major impact on my life, though, so its hard not to talk about it, especially when we are setting records for number of rainy days in April since 1872!!

Rain helps plants grow, to be sure, and the old adage “April Showers bring May Flowers” definitely rings true. But there is a point when the soil is never allowed to dry at all when things get problematic. Air is actually just as important as water in the soil when it comes to plant health, especially annual vegetables. Oxygen is essential for many of the microorganisms that are actively working on the nutrients in the soil, making them available to plants. In fact, a lack of oxygen can kill off beneficial bacteria and allow anaerobic (thriving without oxygen) bacteria to flourish. You’ll know when your soil, or compost pile is anaerobic because it will start to smell like rotten eggs.

What do we do? At this point, we can’t do much. Our worms are active and the tunnels they leave do allow air to penetrate the soil, but right now we are just waiting for warmth, and wind, and sun. (Which we finally got a healthy dose of today. I swear I could see the tomato seedlings growing . . . )

Despite all this our first spring share is going to be great! We grew it entirely in greenhouses, where we control the moisture so we are starting off on a good foot. It’s the 2nd week that I worry about – but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve yet, but nothing as magical as producing food out of thin air.

We are sure you are as excited about fresh greens as we are. First I want to introduce our awesome CSA member, Jess, who is going to be helping me with the recipe portion of the blog this year. Some recipes will still come from me, but Jess has been with us since the beginning, and is always sending me great recipes, so we decided to level up and get her more involved. Here at Upswing Farm we want to empower our customers to feel confident eating the delicious produce we grow, even if it is something you don’t usually eat, or if it feels like more fresh produce than you usually consume (EVERYONE knows you should be eating boatloads of fresh produce – now is your change!). Feel free to ask questions at pick up, or send an email if you are unsure about anything. Don’t worry – there was a time when I didn’t know what arugula and bok choy were too.

Jess and her family!

A little about Jess: Hi! I’m Jessica Girotti and I live in Holliston with my husband, 2 children, 2 cats and 6 chickens. I work full-time from home as a Freelance Bookkeeper and I love to go camping, read as many books as I can get my hands on and to cook delicious things. We started getting a CSA share through Upswing Farm two years ago because we wanted to eat more locally grown food and were concerned about the pesticides and chemicals used in conventionally grown produce. We have been loving our shares! There is nothing like eating produce fresh from the field and our shares have challenged us to try so many new things and have kept us excited about eating more vegetables. When I first started getting my shares though, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get my family on board with all of the vegetables. This season I’d love to share some of my tips and recipes with you to help you make the most of your share. Even if a recipe doesn’t sound like something your family will go for, it will hopefully give you some ideas on new ways to prepare the items in your share. Happy cooking!

So, what’s in the share:

Spinach: 2 bunches
Arugula: 1/3-1/2 pound
Head Lettuce: 1-2 butter heads
Pea Tendrils: 1/4 pound
Micro Greens: 1 container (container is compostable, but in a commercial facility, so it should probably go in the trash, after you re-use it a few times)
Radishes: 1 Bunch french breakfast

Here’s Jess’s ideas for what to do with it all!

“I can’t believe it’s FINALLY here! The first spring CSA share is something I look forward to all winter. Worried you won’t be able to use it all up? I’m going to share some tips and tricks for making the most of your CSA share and I’ll give you recipes that will help you make the most of every last bite. I’m a busy working mom and don’t have a ton of extra time on my hands and I’m guessing you don’t either so I’ll do my best to pick recipes that are relatively quick and easy and don’t call for dozens of exotic ingredients that you’ll never use again. Here’s my plan for this week.”

1 head Butterhead Lettuce

The spring share is always chock full of leafy greens and I’ve definitely been looking forward to highlighting the flavors of the season in a salad. I’ve adapted a salad from Joshua McFadden’s amazing new cookbook “Six Seasons: A Way With Vegetables” and you can easily keep adapting to include your favorite ingredients. It has the most amazing Lemon Cream Dressing, mint and sunflower seeds. Plus we’re going to use some of the French Breakfast Radishes on there as well. This salad is packed with the spring flavors you’ve been craving. (Recipes are at the end). Don’t have time to make the Lemon Cream? No problem – this salad will still be amazing with a super simple lemon vinaigrette. Just squeeze a lemon over the top and drizzle with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Arugula

If you’re new to Arugula, it is a vibrant leafy green that pairs well with tangy goat cheese or blue cheese, citrus fruits like lemon, orange or grapefruit and sweet things like dates or caramelized onions. I’m planning on making mine into a pesto that I can toss with pasta for a super quick weeknight meal. If there’s any leftover pesto you can stir it into hummus, schmear it on sandwiches, toss it into soups or freeze it to use later.

Spinach

I don’t know about you but there’s only SO much salad that I can expect my kids to consume without a fight. That can get tricky with the spring share but never fear! There are always plenty of creative non-salad options. I’m going to use my spinach in a frittata. This recipe should use up what you get in your share this week perfectly. Got a little more or less? No problem. If it’s close just toss it in, a little less will still work out fine especially if you increase the amount of the other veggies. If you have a lot more than you need just shred the extra up and mix it in with your salad or add it to a sandwich or wrap.

Pea Tendrils

These are my favorite! They have a mild, slightly sweet, earthy flavor and I could eat them right out of the bag (and frequently do). This week though I’m going to switch it up and try delicious creamy Pea Shoot Soup with Spring Onions. Can’t find Spring Onions? Scallions will work too.

1 container Microgreens – 2 cups/2 oz.

Packed with flavor and loaded with nutrients Microgreens are such a treat to have! They’re delicious in sandwiches or added to a salad but they also make a great pizza topping. I love making my own pizza and it’s surprisingly easy to throw the dough in the bread machine or Cuisinart but there are many nights when I don’t have time for that. If you’re short on time skip the from-scratch dough and pick up a bag of dough from the supermarket or your favorite pizza shop or, faster still, just use pre-baked crusts or Naan bread. Wegman’s sells them in perfect sizes for individual pizzas and in the summer we through them right on the grill instead of heating up the oven. This pizza sounds amazing with ricotta cheese, pistachios and bacon. I might add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or honey over the top too.

French Breakfast Radishes – 1 bunch

These beautiful oblong radishes are deliciously crispy and milder than a traditional radish. I’ll use some in my salad but I’m definitely saving the rest for these scrumptious little breakfast toasts. I love savory breakfasts and this one screams spring with the radishes, fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon.

Recipes

Butterhead Lettuce with Lemon Cream, Radish & Mint

1 head heads Butterhead Lettuce

½ bunch of radishes, scrubbed, trimmed and thinly sliced

1 small handful fresh mint leaves

1/3 cup Lemon Cream (recipe below)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp salted sunflower seeds

Lemon Cream – makes ¾ cup

4 garlic cloves, smashed & peeled

½ cup heavy cream

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ tsp grated lemon zest

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Combine garlic and cream in a bowl and let sit for one hour. Strain out the garlic, season with salad and pepper and add the lemon zest. Whip by hand or with a mixer until it starts to thicken and then add the lemon juice and olive oil. Keep whipping until light and airy. It won’t be thick like whipped cream but it will have a nice creamy texture. Taste and adjust seasonings. Best if used in one day so scale the recipe down if you don’t think you’ll finish it.

Arugula Pesto: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/arugula-pesto-51116200

Spinach and Feta Fritatta: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/spinach-and-feta-frittata-recipe-2108113

Pea Shoot Soup: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/pea-shoot-soup/

Parmesan and Ricotta Cheese Pizza with Pistachios Bacon and Micro Greens

https://whatwelovemost.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/parmesan-and-ricotta-cheese-pizza-with-pistachios-bacon-and-micro-greens/

French Breakfast Radishes on Toast https://www.killingthyme.net/2016/05/09/french-breakfast-radishes-toast/