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Turnips (Brassica rapa)
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We got turnips the last two weeks in our CSA.  Christy doesn’t like them, so I looked up a recipe to take to church.  A friend recommended How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and it has really helped use some of the more random veggies.

So onto the recipe:

2 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil

1 pound turnip (radish or rutabaga) cut into chunks

1/2 cup or more of vegetable stock (wine or water) I actually used free range organic chicken broth

salt & pepper

lemon juice (optional)

parsley for garnish

“feel free to jazz it up with thyme or curry powder, or other spice mix” I used curry powder.

1) Combine the butter,vegetable, and stock in a saucepan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cover and adjust heat so the mixture simmers; cook until the veggies are tender, 15 or 20 minutes, checking once or twice adding liquid as needed.

2) Uncover and raise the heat to boil off almost all the liquid, so that the vegetable becomes glazed in the combination of butter and pan juices; this will take 5 to 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning, add a little lemon juice if you like, garnish, and serve.

Fairly quick and easy.  Lots of root vegetables can be thrown in or substituted.  It got mixed reviews at church, but it seemed people who already knew they didn’t like turnips didn’t like it!  Christy said, “the curry tasted really good and then there was the turnip!”

Let me know what you think.  We haven’t been disappointed by the cookbook yet!

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CSA #4

We ended up taking part of last week’s box with us camping!! It made for some delicious and healthy camp meals!

This week’s box included:

  • Asparagus
  • Green Garlic
  • Parsnips
  • Red Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Salad Mix
  • Spinach
  • Pea Vines
  • Yukina Savoy
  • Baby white or crimson turnips
  • Potato Onions
  • Baby Bok Choi
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Our third week of vegetables has arrived!

CSA #3

  • Baby White Turnips
  • Salad Greens
  • Radishes
  • Salad Burnet
  • Chives
  • Green Garlic
  • Hon Tsai Tai
  • Parsnips
  • Spinach
  • Rhubarb
  • Arugula
CSA #2

Box 2 of Harmony Valley Farm contained:

  • Spinach
  • Salad Mix
  • Parsnips
  • Sunchokes
  • Sorrel
  • Nettles
  • Rhubarb
  • Chives
  • Red Radish
  • Hon Tsai Tai
  • Green Garlic
  • Garden Herb Pack
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It is hard to believe it is CSA time again. We kept the same arrangements as last year, splitting a Harmony Valley Farms CSA with our friends – the Deckers. In case you forgot, a CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. Harmony Valley describes it as:

It is sometimes described as a vegetable co-op, a weekly box delivery, a vegetable of the week club, or a produce subscription program, but we refer to it as Community Supported Agriculture, CSA.Families or individuals join our farm to receive weekly or bi-weekly deliveries of the fantastic organic produce we grow here at Harmony Valley Farm. Whatever is ripe and delicious for the week, goes into the box: washed, chilled and carefully packed. Then we deliver it to a neighborhood near you, if you live in or near Madison, Mazomanie,Viroqua and Onalaska or La Crosse, Wisconsin or The Twin Cities .The variety and quality – ask our members – is unmatched! We support the community with great, organic food and the community supports us!

Wikipedia:

Community-supported agriculture (in Canada Community Shared Agriculture) (CSA) is a socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. CSAs usually consist of a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit in a vegetable box scheme, sometimes including dairy products and meat.

CSA #1

Box 1 contained:

  • Ramps
  • Chives
  • Parsnips
  • Rhubarb
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Sunchokes
  • Sauté Mix
  • French Breakfast Radish
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Willow or Dogwood
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We’ve seen lots of surprises at our new home this spring. One such is this budding bush I snapped a picture of on March 31.

Buds of Spring

That now looks like this on May 4.

Lilac Bush

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