What’s in your box for week 11


Red Beets   3 lb
Arugula  1 bu
Collards  1 bu
Garlic  2 bulbs
Spinach  1 bu
Cauliflower  1 hd
Potatoes   3 lbs
Cherry Tomatoes  1 pt
Zucchini  1



Chioggia Beets  2 lb
Green Cabbage  1 hd
Arugula  1 bu
Green Kale  1 bu
Garlic  2 bulbs
Cauliflower  1 hd



Ways to use your garlic

Raw, or almost raw

  • Puree raw garlic, a can of garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice to make hummus. Serve with raw veggies for a delicious and healthy appetizer.
  • Saute leafy greens in olive oil, while your minced garlic stands for 10 minutes. Toss it in for the last 2-3 minutes with some red pepper flakes and serve.
  • Top your favorite pizza with thin slices of raw garlic 1 or 2 minutes before taking it out of the oven.
  • Add minced raw garlic to pesto, marinade, salad dressing or salsa.
  • Add to your favorite pickle recipes.
  • Toast sliced French bread, spread with butter and sprinkle with minced raw garlic. The butter softens the garlic pungency.
  • Add pureed raw garlic to guacamole.

Just going for the flavor?

  • Roast garlic in a fragrant nut oil, then add to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It might sound horrid, but it gives the cookies a savor that is noticeable but not garlicky. Shhh. . .Let people guess the secret ingredient!
  • Add garlic to sauces, soups, stews and casseroles.
  • Add to ground beef for out-of-this world hamburgers, meat loaf and meatballs.
  • Roast whole garlic bulbs, then squeeze the cloves and spread the resulting paste onto slices of thick-cut French or sourdough bread instead of butter.


Collard Greens

Collards are a member of the cabbage family, but with a lighter taste. Romans and Greeks attributed great therapeutic powers to collards to the point where Julius Caesar ate a plateful after a heavy banquet to ward off indigestion.

Low in calories, collard leaves contain lots of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber that help control LDL cholesterol levels and protect against hemorrhoids, constipation, and colon cancer. They are rich in phytonutrients with potent anti-cancer properties and are an excellent source of folates, vitamins C, A, K and the vital B-complex group, plus anti-oxidants that boost the body’s autoimmune system. The leaves and stems are also high in minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc.


Collards are hardy growers and can withstand hot summers and will grow well into the winter.

Green Timbale

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 large onion, finely shopped
1 lb. collard greens, stems and leaves shopped separately
¼ cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
½ cup grated Jarlsberg cheese
5 eggs, lightly beaten

Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook until transparent. Stir in the collards and cook, covered, until tender, about 3 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high and remove the cover. Cook tossing constantly, until all the liquid has evaporated. Cool in a large bowl.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Melt the remaining butter and add it, plus all the remaining ingredients to the greens mixture. Mix well and pour into a buttered soufflé dish. Place the dish in a roasting pan and pour boiling water in the pan to half the depth of the dish. Bake until a knife comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Remove the dish from the pan and let stand 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges and carefully invert onto a shallow serving platter.


Ahhh. . .Garlic!








Above, garlic drying/curing in a covered shed on Delta Farm.

We love garlic for flavor and aroma, but ancient civilizations viewed garlic primarily as a medicine. They used it as a remedy for arthritis, toothache, chronic cough, constipation, parasites, snake and insect bites, and gynecologic diseases, as well as an antibiotic against infection. Modern science has proven that some of these concepts are actually true.

Garlic has organosulfur compounds, which are responsible for its pungent aromas and flavor and also for its health benefits. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, organosulfur compounds help prevent cardiovascular disease, lower cholesterol, and regulate blood pressure because of their anti-clotting effects. Some research indicates they may protect against cancer, and that they purify the blood. People use raw garlic topically to prevent infections, or fight fungus. Some consume garlic when they feel a cold coming on, or for beautiful hair and skin.

What about that pungent odor and sharp taste? Even though they indicate the presence of the enzyme alliinase, which breaks down into the organisulfur compounds, most people prefer cooking garlic before they consume it. Does cooking reduce all those health benefits?

Most studies indicate that yes, long cooking reduces the benefits. But according to a 2007 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, baking garlic at 390°F for 3 minutes (or boiling it for 3 minutes) does not greatly affect its anti-clotting abilities. However, heating it for 6 minutes reduces it significantly. At the same time, crushing or mincing raw garlic and leaving it for 10 minutes, then adding it towards the very end of cooking time maintains more of the alliinase. So watch the clock, and you can have your garlic and eat it, too!


What’s in your box for week 10

Purple Cauliflower   1 hd
Carrots  2 lb
Red Onion   1
Italian Parsley   1 bu
Rainbow Lacinato Kale   1 bu
Chioggia Beets   2 lb
Green Cabbage   1 hd
Cucumber   1
Nectarines   3 lb  from Sunnyslope Ranch


Romanesco   1 hd
Alaska Bloom Potatoes   2 lb
Carrots   2 lb
Red Onion   1
Italian Parsley   1 bu
Rainbow Lacinato Kale   1 bu
Nectarines   3 lb
From Sunnyslope Ranch



Alaska Bloom Potatoes

Alaska bloom potatoes have a creamy flesh and sweet taste. They are similar to the Yukon Gold, but their pinkish eyes give them extra flair.

The potato is a tuber, designed to provide nutrients to the leafy part of the plant. If allowed to bloom, the potato plant would bear an inedible fruit that looks similar to its cousin, the tomato.

Standard potatoes get a bad rap for being non-nutritious because of their white color. However, organic potatoes grown in healthy soil are a very good source of vitamins C and B6, potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, and pantothenic acid. These nutrients are vital to our bodies, supporting brain health, protecting our cardiovascular system, and helping maintain our cells.

Potatoes have long been considered a comfort food, and it can be oh, so comforting to know that potatoes are a nourishing whole food as well.

Herb Roasted Potato and Arugula Salad
1 lb. potatoes, quartered
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
3 cups arugula
Juice of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss potatoes with the olive oil, salt and fresh herbs. Spread on a baking sheet in one even layer and bake for 15 minutes.

Sprinkle the potatoes with the garlic and toss making sure to keep them in one even layer. Put back in the oven for another 10 minutes until the potatoes are brown and crispy on the edges.

When potatoes are done place them in a bowl with the arugula and toss to combine. Squeeze the lemon juice over everything, toss again and serve.

Recipe from www.veggieinspired.com.


Purple Cauliflower

This vibrant violet cauliflower is colorful on the outside, but the stem and core are still while. It’s flavor is milder, sweeter, nuttier and free of the bitterness sometimes found in regular white cauliflower.

The bright color is due to the presence of the antioxidant anthocyanin, which can also be found in red cabbage and red wine. Purple, orange and green cauliflowers were developed in the 1970s using classical breeding methods (selection by farmers or plant breeders, taking advantage of natural mutations).

Cauliflower of any color is rich in vitamin C with a half cup of florets providing nearly half of one’s daily requirement. It also provides fiber, vitamin A, folate, calcium and potassium as well as selenium, which works with Vitamin C to boost the immune system. Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower are known for their high levels of cancer-fighting phytochemicals, known as glucosinolates.

Ever grilled cauliflower steaks? Brush thick slices of your cauli with veggie oil and season with your favorite spice or herbs, such as paprika, turmeric, curry, cumin, lemon salt, or Italian seasoning. Grill 7-10 minutes per side. If you don’t feel like firing up the grill, sear the slices in oil in a skillet (2 minutes per side) and roast them in a 400°F oven for 15 minutes.


About Your Nectarines

Occasionally we have access to some amazing products from other organic farms that we know and trust. We are happy to pass some of these delicious deals on to our CSA members!

Located 140 miles southeast of Seattle in the fertile Yakima Valley of central Washington, Sunnyslope Ranch, an organic orchard and packing operation, has a frost-free location on the south slope of a small hill, an ideal area for growing premium, organic stone fruit.

In 2005, the orchard was purchased by Jimmie Wellman and Rebecca Hunt, a husband and wife team.  With the help of extended family, Jimmie and Rebecca grow some of the best quality, organic, tree-ripened stone fruit in Washington state. Enjoy!