Your SHares

Sorry to keep popping up in your email box or on your smartphone screen, but this is the only day I can find time to communicate–so I’ll try to be brief!

This past week’s share–couple of new items worth commenting on:
CELERY– my apologies to the Mini’s–I took a bundle of your celery along on my road trip yesterday and it was impossible to chew. Smelled good and I could eat the leaves–BUT we are not cows or sheep…they could probably have eaten and digested the stalks with their multiple stomachs–Anyway throw it OUT! We’ll get you some new stuff this week. (What I learned is there is a reason you ‘peel’ off the outer leaves and throw them away!)
TURNIPS–these are Japanese salad turnips, best eaten raw–as a snack or in salads. Not to be confused with American turnips which we usually cook or can.
POTATOES–Yukons this week. TAKE THEM OUT OF THEIR BAG. Put them in a paper bag or a dark tub without a tight lid–They need to breath. We bagged them to get them to you; And we kept them in the cooler–both not best. Potatoes should always be kept in a dark place so they don’t turn green (some folks get sick if they eat the green). Potatoes are a member of the nightshade family which can cause intestinal distress–but so are tomatoes and peppers and eggplant nightshades…
PATTY PAN SQUASH–this is a summer squash like the zucchini and yellow. Yours were bigger and so are best cooked–Shouldn’t have to peel it or cut out the seed cavity–just slice it and throw it on the grille or bake it in the oven. Paint on a little olive oil and add seasonings–cook until tender.
GREEN BEANS/BROCCOLI HEADS–part of the week got green beans and part got broccoli heads. This may flip flop next week as the beans get ready…or not. The broccoli heads are out of this world–tender and mild flavor as is typical of the fall crop. Store in a bag or wrapped in the fridge. If you want to freeze some of it, cut into flowerets, blanch by boiling it for 3 minutes, cool quickly in ice water, drain, and then stuff into quart freezer bags. If done this way they will remain tender and you can enjoy them this winter!

Back to the washing–The Farmer’s Wifeabout as brief as I could be but still over 400 words!

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