Thursday, May 31, 2018

Good Eats Weekly Newsletter - May 30, 2018

Next week is the LAST SPRING pick-up!! Sign up today to keep your weekly veggie deliveries coming!

This week in your share:

Everyday Large

 Mesclun, Cilantro, Radish, Green Garlic, Cucumber, Yellow Onions, Adirondack Red Potatoes, and
OUT OF THE BAG
Frozen Sweet Peppers, Rhubarb

Everyday Standard

Mesclun, Green Garlic, Radishes, Beet Greens, Rhubarb, Pac Choi, and Rutabaga

OUT OF THE BAG
Rhubarb

Fancy

 Mesclun, Cilantro, Green Garlic, Radishes, Beet Greens, Upland Cress, Rhubarb, Pac Choi, and Adirondack Red Potatoes
OUT OF THE BAG
Rhubarb

Lean & Green

Mesclun, Scallion, Beet Greens, Radishes, Rhubarb, and European Cucumber

OUT OF THE BAG
Rhubarb

Bread Share

Slowfire Bakery
Spelt Table Bread

Pete's Pantry

Slowfire Bakery Bread
Ploughgate Creamery Butter
Fresh Eggs

Cheese Share

Bonnieview Farm
Bonnie Bleu

Around the Farm

Just this week and one more week left before our Summer Share season begin! Have you signed up yet?! Late next week I'll be sending out a survey - we want to hear from you! Other than planning for our new share season, we're busy planting, harvesting, trellising, weeding, washing, packing, cleaning, fixing, and selling! Late last week I came across Pete planting the living roof of our Craftsbury Farmstand.
You can sign up for your Summer Share today. And if you can help us out by recommending our CSA through Front Porch Forum, we'd appreciate it greatly! Let me know if you'd be willing to post - I'm happy to send you some inspirational text.
~Taylar
Going out of town?
Need to skip a delivery? We can donate your share to the food shelf, send it the next week, or credit your account for a future share. Please notify us by Monday, 8 am, at the latest for any changes to that week's delivery.
USING AND STORING YOUR VEGGIES
Rhubarb!
Every week we'll send you snapshots of veggies in your share. You can always find more recipes and storage info on our blog and website.
Mesclun: This week's mix includes two types of lettuce, baby kale and mustards, spinach, arugula, and cress. Keep the greens cold once you get home; if they warm up, they'll start to deteriorate.
Radishes: Here for all! All shares are receiving a bunch of fresh spring radishes. The Easter egg variety is the round, solid colored bunch and the French breakfast are the elongated, white and red ones. You can eat the crispy, fresh bulb, which ranges from mildly peppery to slightly sweet and the greens, which are a little bitter. It took me a long time to love radishes and now I adore them; I've been craving them for the last few weeks to be honest. They are delightful when sliced on toasted bread, particularly if you saute them in butter ever so slightly first (and with your ramp butter... oh my!) and sprinkle on a little pinch of sea salt and scallion. A simple, yet classy breakfast! You can also enjoy them raw on a salad or cooked in a stir fry or ramen bowl . For longevity, store the greens separate from the bulb.
Rhubarb: A sure sign of spring and summer is rhubarb! Many years we have to buy this item from other farmers, but after a few years of bulking up our rhubarb plants, we have enough to include rhubarb for all CSA members! Rhubarb is a very old plant, and has been harvested by people for over 4000 years. Only the stalks of rhubarb are eaten, the leaves of the rhubarb plant are not edible. This are not huge bunches yet, but we'll be harvesting more in the next few weeks. Rhubarb is perfect for pie or a crisp! Store in your fridge in the crisper drawer until ready to use. The rhubarb is delivered OUT OF THE BAG. Please take ONE bunch!
Beet Greens: The tender young beet greens in your share today are best eaten cooked. They are related to Swiss chard and may be used exactly the same way. Many people love them sautéed with a bit of oil and vinegar (balsamic or apple cider) and salt & pepper. You can also toss them into most recipes that call for other greens (mustard greens, spinach). They are milder in flavor than mustard greens, but a bit stronger than spinach. They are delicious. When I crinkled my nose at beet greens, our greenhouse manager Matt said, "You've never had my beet greens!" His cooking suggestion for tasty beet greens: start by sautéing the bottom third of your bunch first, in butter, then add the stems, then when those cook down a little, toss in the greens. Saute, then add apple cider vinegar towards the end. Then enjoy as a side dish to your main course.
Flowering Upland Cress: I found some sites with good info on cress: "Upland Cress is both delicate and petite geometrically shaped lime green leaves and razor thin stems' featherweight composition is married with flavors full of pepper and spice. Upland Cress becomes more pungent, often acrid and less succulent with maturity. Maturing plants will produce fragrant yellow flowers with the same delicate texture and overt flavors. The entire plant is edible. For the simplest preparation, use upland cress the same way you would watercress. Left raw, the leaves can be chopped and mixed into a sald, tucked into a sandwich, or strewn over broiled fish as a garnish. Use a food processor to blend a handful of upland cress with a cup of Greek yogurt and a garlic clove or two for a lively accompaniment to grilled meats (or try as a spread on turkey sandwiches). Take note that the green's spicy bite may be too much for those with a more delicate palate." Store as you would other bunched greens - in plastic, in your crisper drawer.
Green Garlic Scallions: Green garlic is garlic that is still fresh, and not cured. It is actually the result of thinning out our garlic rows! Keep this in your fridge and use as you regularly would use garlic.
Scallions: often referred to as green onions, are a young onion with a small, white tip and a bright green, tall stem. You can use the whole thing in a recipe but I usually chop off the very bottom of the bulb, and then keep chopping up the stem until the chopped parts become less moist/crisp and more fibrous/leafy. The remaining parts make an excellent addition to soups or salads bringing a mild onion flavor and nice hint of color.

Featured Recipes

Easy Basil Garlic Aioli
1 cup extra virgin sunflower oil
2 eggs
4 cloves garlic, peeled
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup fresh basil leaves
Salt & pepper to taste
Pour oil and eggs into wide mouth Mason jar. Add peeled garlic cloves, lemon juice, & basil. Put the immersion blender all the way to the bottom of the jar and turn it on and draw blender up and down at least 2 or 3 times to draw air into sauce. Add salt & pepper to taste.
Refrigerate and enjoy with meats, sandwiches, chips, fries, etc.

Sesame Ginger Beet Greens
Here's a fun recipe for your beet greens or kale.
1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
4 cups loosely packed beet greens
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp grated gingerroot
1 pinch salt
1/2 tsp sesame oil
In small skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds until golden, about 3 minutes; set aside.
Trim stems from small young beet greens or remove centre rib from larger mature beet greens.
In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beet greens, garlic, ginger and salt. Cover and steam until greens are wilted, about 3 minutes. Drizzle with sesame oil; sprinkle with reserved sesame seeds.
Rhubarb Dream Bars 
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup cold butter or margarine
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups finely chopped rhubarb
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup flaked coconut
In a bowl, combine 1 cup flour and confectioners' sugar. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Pat into a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 13-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
In a bowl, combine the sugar and remaining flour. Add eggs; mix well. Stir in rhubarb, walnuts and coconut; pour over crust. Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Glazed Radishes
1 bunch radishes
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp white vinegar
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Cut radishes in half. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan heated over medium-high heat. Cook until the liquid evaporates and radishes are tender.

Rhubarb-Lemon Squares
An amazing recipe. Recipe from spring 2015 Edible Green Mountains.
Shortbread
¾ cup butter, diced
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornmeal
⅓ cup sugar
Rhubarb-Lemon Filling
¾ pound rhubarb, washed and diced
¼ cup maple syrup
4 egg yolks
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter, diced
For the shortbread: Preheat oven to 350° and butter a small gratin dish (any variation on the 8- by 8-inch size will do). Place all of the ingredients for the shortbread in a bowl and knead the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers. When it has the consistency of moist breadcrumbs and all the butter is incorporated, pour into the gratin dish and press down into the bottom. Put in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until it just begins to brown. Remove from the oven.
For the filling: Put the rhubarb in a saucepan with the maple syrup and place over medium heat. Let the mixture simmer and break down until the rhubarb has “melted” into a purée and most of the liquid is boiled off. Set aside.
In a medium-sized pot put the yolks, sugar, zest, juice and butter. Stir with a whisk over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved and it starts to thicken (about 5 minutes). Add the rhubarb purée and cook an additional 3 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly, being careful not to let it scorch. Pour the mixture over the shortbread and return to the oven for 8 minutes. Remove when the rhubarb purée has just begun to set.
Let cool, cut into squares and dust with some confectioner’s sugar if you wish.
Rhubarb Basil Smash
Because I'm partial to vodka and it's a great time to enjoy a fresh cocktail on the patio, here's one more cocktail to make with your rhubarb...
6 basil leaves
1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce rhubarb syrup
1-1/2 ounce vodka
3 dashes Fee Brothers rhubarb bitters
For rhubarb syrup:
4 cups chopped rhubarb
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
In a cocktail shaker add basil leaves, lemon juice and rhubarb syrup. Gently muddle to bruise basil. You do not want to rip the basil apart in the shaker. Just gently release the delicious basil flavor.
Add in ice and vodka. Add shaker lid and shake until cold.
Pour into short cocktail glass and add more ice if needed. Add rhubarb bitters and give a quick stir.
For rhubarb syrup:
Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil.
Lower to a simmer and cook till thick, about 20 minutes.
Pour through a fine strainer, gently pushing the fruit to extract all the juice. I like to press a little firmer on my fruit so my syrup is more cloudy because more solids make it into my syrup. If you want a clearer syrup make sure to not press any of the solids through the strainer. Store refrigerated in a jar.

Pantry Lore

Pantry/ Localvore members are receiving bread from Slowfire Bakery out of Jeffersonville. Today's bread is Spelt Table Bread: whole spelt from Maine Grains gives just enough nutty depth to this light, rustic loaf. 
Ploughgate Creamery in Fayston made us this delectable ramp butter again this year. It got rave reviews at the end-of-season survey last spring (subtle reminder... we value your opinion on our end-of-season surveys), made with locally foraged ramps from the Mad River Valley. Tis the season to enjoy what is both planted and found naturally in the wild. Ramps are a wild leek so this butter will have a nice oniony/ garlicky flavor to it. It's not available outside of our CSA and is only available for a limited time (due to ramp seasonality), so I hope you enjoy!
We have eggs again! It's been tricky to round up enough eggs for our share at this time of year. Tangletown Farm has scaled back its egg production significantly, many of our chicken farmers are just bringing on more chicks, retailers everywhere are stocking up on eggs, and many hens are still adjusting to new seasons. This week I have eggs from Besteyfield Farm in Hinesburg and pullet and hen eggs from Maple Wind Farm in Richmond/ Hinesburg. Pullets are sort of like teenaged chickens. They're not quite chicks but not fully grown hens. The eggs are a little smaller but no less delicious, with dark yellow yolks from their organic, free ranging diet. Maple Wind Farm is certified organic and we owe a great big thanks to Beth Whiting for saving us some eggs this week!
Cheese share members are receiving a piece of Bonnie Bleu from Bonnieview Farm. Neil and Kristen Urie run this sheep and cow farm and churn out award-winning cheeses (as well as wool and other sheep products!). Bonnieview has been a farm since 1890, with Neil at the helm since 1995. Animals are on pasture spring through fall. Bonnie Bleu is an unpasteurized cow's milk cheese - creamy in texture and totally snackable! I tried some last night and had a hard time putting it away! It's not as pungent a bleu as others, so if you're not typically a bleu cheese eater, give this one a go. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Good Eats Weekly Newsletter - May 23, 2018

ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT OF YOUR SPRING CSA SHARE!
Sign up for your Summer CSA today, June 13 - October 4, 2018!
Time flies, and the Spring Share is almost over!
Sign up today and read more about our summer options. Our credit card system is online and we have a new website! Check it out.

This week in your share:

Everyday Large

 Mesclun, Ramps, Green Garlic, Dill, Broccoli Raab, Zucchini, Asparagus, Red Beets, Celeriac
OUT OF THE BAG
Frozen Veggie - your choice!

Everyday Standard

Mesclun, Fiddleheads, Broccoli Raab, Savoy Cabbage, Onions, Orange Carrots, and
OUT OF THE BAG
Frozen Veggie - your choice!

Fancy

 Mesclun, Ramps, Green Garlic, Cilantro, Asparagus, Red Beets, Savoy Cabbage, Celeriac
OUT OF THE BAG
Frozen Veggie - your choice!

Lean & Green

Mesclun, Asparagus, Ramps, Mustard Greens, and Radishes




Bread Share

Mansfield Breadworks

Batard

Pete's Pantry

Bonnieview Farm Patmos
Butterworks Farm Yogurt
VT Cranberry Company Dried Cranberries

Cheese Share

Sweet Rowen Farmstead
Cheddar

Around the Farm

It's almost that time of year! Which time of year, you ask? Well, it's almost tomato season (my favorite season of the year) and it's almost the end of our Spring Share! We're transitioning full on to our summer schedules, with greens being harvested directly from the field, our Farmstand in full gear, and new crops coming back each week. This week we have our first zucchini and radishes and our greenhouse crew informed me we'll have wax beans and fresh pearl onion bunches coming in over the next couple of weeks. Pete's outlook for rhubarb is about one or two weeks off and the cherry tomato pints are starting to roll in. And of course it's the season for everything else summer - campers are starting to come to town, black flies made their appearance Sunday night, soccer has returned to Craftsbury Common, and Kingdom Farm and Food planning is underway.
I invite you to experience the changing of the seasons with us and continue your Pete's Greens Good Eats CSA throughout the summer! We've got a lot of good stuff planned! Sign up for your Summer Share today. And if you can help us out by recommending our CSA through Front Porch Forum, we'd appreciate it greatly! Let me know if you'd be willing to post - I'm happy to send you some inspirational text.
~Taylar
Last week, I gather
ed up as many of our wash house/ office/ greenhouse crew as I could find, and here we are among the cucumbers and tomatoes! This week, I plan to catch up with all the rest of the field crew. These days it's hard to pin down Pete, Isaac, Steve Perkins, and Melissa. Collectively, we have about 60 years of experience at Pete's Greens!
Below, our farmers' market crew on Saturday. Steve the driver made the picture on the back of our well-traveled truck!
Going out of town?
Need to skip a delivery? We can donate your share to the food shelf, send it the next week, or credit your account for a future share. Please notify us by Monday, 8 am, at the latest for any changes to that week's delivery.
USING AND STORING YOUR VEGGIES
Every week we'll send you snapshots of veggies in your share. You can always find more recipes and storage info on our blog and website.
Mesclun: This week's mix includes baby kale, lettuce, mustard, arugula, and mizuna. Keep the greens cold once you get home; if it warms up, they'll start to deteriorate.
Mustard Greens: Related to kale, cabbage, and collard greens, mustard greens are the peppery leafy greens of the mustard plant. Ruby Streaks Mustard has a delicate texture and mild, sweet yet mildly pungent mustard flavor. Greens are tender enough to liven up salads, and stout enough to stand on their own in steamed or stir-fried dishes.
Ramps are wild onions that grow in the moist woods of Vermont. These ramps come from a local forager who has sustainably gathered these wild treats for you to enjoy this week from his family's land in Hardwick. Ramps can be chopped like scallions and taste great sautéed and used in place of onions or leeks, added to scrambled eggs, or even sprinkled raw over salads. You can use both the white bulb and the leaves. The leaves are much milder in flavor but make a nice green addition to lots of meals.
Asparagus: A special veggie this week! We have freshly picked asparagus from 4 Corners Farm in Newbury, VT. Kim and Bob Gray grow a wide variety of fruits and veggies. Kim called us up late last week and asked if we could use some asparagus. I said of course, as it is something we do not gow here at Pete's Greens and it is a delicious short-season spring crop. Try asparagus in a frittata, as a side dish, or grilled with a drizzle of olive oil and some herbs (great use of your ramps or green garlic). Here's a tip to store your asparagus bunch: Stand the asparagus up in a glass or jar with about an inch or two of water, making sure all the ends are sitting in the water. Loosely cover the asparagus with a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. If the water looks cloudy, just change it as needed.
Green Garlic Scallions: Green garlic is garlic that is still fresh, and not cured. Keep this in your fridge and use as you regularly would use garlic.
Scallions: often referred to as green onions, are a young onion with a small, white tip and a bright green, tall stem. You can use the whole thing in a recipe but I usually chop off the very bottom of the bulb, and then keep chopping up the stem until the chopped parts become less moist/crisp and more fibrous/leafy. The remaining parts make an excellent addition to soups or salads bringing a mild onion flavor and nice hint of color.
Dill: It may be a less common herb, but dill is a flavorful addition to fish, vegetables, and eggs, and goes well with cheese. Store it in a damp paper towel inside a plastic bag or to preserve it, you can dry it or wash it, chop it, dry it, then freeze it. Dill goes great with beets, in Greek-style dishes, or with beets.
Savoy Cabbage: With savoy cabbage, most of the colorful outer leaves are removed after storage, leaving a mostly green head with savoyed, crumpled leaves. Savoy cabbage holds up well when fermented in kraut or cooked in soups and sautees.  Saute with a little butter and a splash of milk or cream to quickly soften the leaves and bring out its sweet flavors on the stove top. You could also try a refreshing slaw tih grated beets and celeriac and a sesame oil, cider dressing with green garlic and cilantro. Store cabbage in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer for a few weeks.
Frozen veggies: This week it's a grab bag of frozen veggies! We've loaded up the coolers with an assortment of veggies, one each for the Everyday Large, Everyday Standard, and Fancy / Localvore share members. Please take one package. You may find corn, cauliflower, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, or broccoli in your cooler.

Featured Recipes

Grilled Beets
Just in time for grilling season! You can use this same method with carrots and potatoes, adapting the seasoning to your tastes for the day or with whatever herbs you have on hand.
1 bunch beets, greens trimmed off
1 onion, chopped
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
fresh thyme or dill (optional)
Heat up the grill.
Peel the beets and chop into small pieces. Add these to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs (if using). Pour onto 2-3 large foil pieces and seal (this steams the veggies which gets them nice and tender). Put on grill for about 15-20 minutes, or until soft.
Ginger Garlic Savoy Cabbage
Savoy cabbage is nice as a side dish; try serving alongside pork chops. You could add some red pepper flakes and onions, or even some hot pepper relish to spice it up! This week's herbs offer a lot of opportunity for flavor to cabbage.
1 head savoy cabbage
2 tbs light olive oil or sesame oil
1 tbs minced garlic
salt and pepper
1 1/4 tbs ginger, minced
Juice of 1 lime
Heat wok or large skilled to medium high heat, wait until the oil is hot. Add cabbage and stir fry until cabbage just starts to wilt. Add garlic, salt and pepper and cook 1 minute. Add ginger and cook 1 minute. Drizzle with lime juice and serve.
Scallion Pancakes
This same formula can be used to make pancakes with other members of the onion family, especially shallots and spring onions. Try using peanut oil for this recipe.. If you omit the soy -– making these pancakes a perfect accompaniment to braised foods that use European seasonings -- you can use any vegetable oil or even a good olive oil. Recipe from The New York Times.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Big bunch of scallions or spring onions, about 1 pound (you could even try replacing these with ramps and/or green garlic)
1 egg
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 cup flour
Peanut, canola or olive oil as needed
Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil while you trim the scallions. Roughly chop three bunches, and mince the fourth. Add the larger portion of scallions to the water, and cook about 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Puree the cooked scallions in a blender, adding just enough of the cooking liquid to allow the machine to do its work.
Mix the puree with the egg and soy, then gently stir in the flour until blended. Add pepper to taste, then the reserved minced scallions. Film a nonstick or well-seasoned skillet with oil, and turn the heat to medium-high. Drop the batter into the pan by the tablespoon or quarter cup, and cook about 2 minutes to a side, or until lightly browned. If necessary, the pancakes can be kept warm in a 200-degree oven for about 30 minutes.
Potato, Scallion and Goat Cheese Frittata
Frittatas are one of the easiest things you can make. They make a filling and healthy dinner and you can use any veggies you've got on hand. You can also throw some meat in there to bulk it up a bit- ham, bacon and turkey are all great additions, and cheese of all sorts is welcome as well.
10 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 scallions, thinly sliced crosswise on the bias
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup crumbled soft goat cheese (4 ounces)
Garnish: green garlic or scallions, thinly sliced lengthwise and cut crosswise into 3-inch ribbons
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together eggs, cream, scallions, and thyme in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 10-inch nonstick, ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and softened, about 6 minutes.
Pour egg mixture into skillet, and distribute evenly using a rubber spatula. Stir to combine with potatoes. Bake until set but still loose in the center, about 10 minutes.
Remove from oven. Sprinkle goat cheese over top. Bake until cheese melts and eggs are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Slide frittata onto a serving plate. Garnish with scallion ribbons, and cut into wedges.

Marinated Veggies with Mustard Dill Dressing
All the veggies can be prepared a day in advance and thrown together easily. The dill adds a whole new element to the dish!

For marinade
2/3 cup white-wine vinegar
2/3 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons dill seed
2 garlic cloves, forced through a garlic press
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds beets, scrubbed and trimmed, leaving about 1 inch of stems attached
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 1/2-inch cubes
5 sticks celery, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1 onion, peeled and cut into cubes
For dressing
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill

Make marinade:
In a small saucepan bring marinade ingredients to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved and cool.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Wrap beets tightly in foil and roast in middle of oven 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until tender. Combine potatoes, celery, and onion on a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven until tender.
Unwrap beets carefully and cool. Slip off beet skins and slice beets, transferring to another bowl. Add potatoes, celery and onions and marinate, covered and chilled, at least 4 hours. Vegetables may be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.
Make dressing:
In a bowl whisk together mustard, vinegar, water, sugar, and salt and add oil in a stream, whisking until dressing is emulsified. Whisk in dill.
Just before serving, drain beets, potatoes, celery, and onions. Arrange vegetables decoratively on a platter and drizzle with dressing.

salt and pepper, to taste
Asparagus with Almond and Yogurt Dressing
From Smitten Kitchen
2 large eggs
1/3 cup whole blanched almonds, Marconas if you can get them
Yogurt dressing
1 cup plain yogurt (strained or Greek-style if you can find it)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon table salt
Asparagus
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pounds asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed or peeled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
To serve
Squeeze of lemon juice
Drizzle of olive oil
Coarse sea salt
Hard-boil your eggs according to your favorite method. I like to put my eggs cold in a pot of water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Once it comes to a boil, I set the timer for 10 minutes and reduce the heat to a moderate simmer. When the timer goes off, I drain them and plunge them in ice water for a quick cooling. While they cool, toast your almonds. [If you have time, cook the eggs 24 hours or more in advance. Older hard-boiled eggs peel more cleanly.]
In a 12-inch heavy skillet, toast your almonds over medium heat, tossing them frequently until they’re lightly bronzed. [Marcona almonds often come already toasted and in a bit of olive oil. If you’re happy with their color, use them as is. If not, you can put the almonds and oil in the skillet to toast them more deeply, as I did.] Let cool.
Once eggs and almonds are cool, coarsely chop both and set aside.
Make your yogurt dressing, whisking all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Adjust seasonings to taste. Spread 1/2 cup dressing in a thin layer over serving dish and set aside.
Reheat heavy 12-inch skillet over medium high heat. Add oil, and once the oil is fully heated, add your trimmed asparagus spears — placing half in one direction and half in the other allows them to fit better. They won’t fit flat in a single layer, but you should try to spread them as evenly as possible. Cover the skillet with a lid (foil if you don’t have one that fits) and let skinny spears cook for 3 minutes and fatter ones for 5. Remove the lid, increase the heat to high, season the asparagus with salt and black pepper, and use tongs to cook the spears until they’re crisp-tender and well-browned along a side or two, about 5 minutes more for skinny spears or 7 minutes for thicker ones.
Transfer asparagus to dressing-coated serving dish. Sprinkle spears with an additional squeeze of lemon juice, if desired, a tiny drizzle of olive oil, chopped almonds, eggs and a bit of coarse sea salt. Dollop with additional yogurt dressing. Then dig in.

Pantry Lore

Pantry/ Localvore members are receiving a wedge of Patmos Peak cheese from Bonnieview Farm. This is an Alpine style, semi-hard cheese made last fall with a mix of unpasteurized cow's and sheep's milks, with a lemony curd. Bonnieview raises sheep and cows in South Albany on an historic family farm.
Note: I had planned on putting in eggs for this week's Pantry/ Localvore members; you've probably noticed that it's been a few weeks since you've received eggs. We're having some challenges getting enough eggs for the share as many of our producers' hens are still adapting to the changing season and the pullets (not-quite-chicks but not-quite-hens) aren't producing eggs in great enough quantity or size. Eggs will be back next week but the lack of enough eggs for this week led to a last-minute request of the Uries to move the Patmos up a week.
Butterworks Farm Yogurt was made last week using their organic Jersey cow milk, certified organic. These are happy grass-fed, pastured cows who produce some pretty stellar milk, making a delicious, rich, and creamy yogurt. Yogurt can be used for so many different purposes; my favorite is with granola and fresh fruit but it makes a nice smoothie base, waffle topping, substitute in sweet breads, or as the base for sauces in Mediterranean cooking.
It's been a couple share seasons since we've put out these dried cranberries! Dried cranberries are coming to you from the VT Cranberry Company. Even though it's a native fruit of Vermont, it's actually not that easy to find local VT cranberries. Bob Lesnikoski aka "Cranberry Bob" provides us with this week's Vermont grown dried cranberries. Bob takes his cranberries, lightly sweetens them and dries them out for you to enjoy. The cranberries are wonderful added to baked goods, salads (see a recipe below), in oatmeal, in granola, or just eaten plain. He recommends keeping them in the refrigerator, where they will last for several months.
Cheese share members are receiving a piece of cheddar from Sweet Rowen Farmstead.You're receiving either a piece of herbed cheddar or hot cheddar. Either one is quite tasty on its own or try making a grilled cheese for a little more pizzazz. I like the hot cheddar grated over nachos and the herb cheddar is really nice in cheesy pasta dishes.
Bread share members are receiving a loaf of bread from Mansfield Breadworks in Stowe, located in Harvest Market. I love this hearty loaf made by baker Bill Hoag. It's made using organic Meunerie Milanaise flour.
Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberries, Green Onion, Toasted Pecans, and Feta
Dressed with a simple balsamic vinaigrette, this no-fuss salad is a breeze to whip up. The cranberries added a touch of sweetness to the mix, and all the savory, tangy, crunchy, nutty components played nicely together.
The wheat berries take about an hour to cook through, so you want to get these going first. Rinse the wheat berries, then, in a saucepan, combine them with the water and salt. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for one hour or until tender. All the liquid should be absorbed.
Meanwhile prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, and honey. Set aside.
Combine the cooked wheat berries, green onion, cranberries, pecans, and feta. Dress with as much vinaigrette as you’d like. I use about ½ the amount this recipe makes