Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CSA Surprise Box


 Pushing aside those familiar carrot tops and kale leaves you might discover a mysterious, bulbous, root vegetable at the bottom. Maybe you spot an unidentifiable leafy green, and you'll have to make the decision- do I eat this raw or cooked? Like a See's candy box that comes with a map for the chocolate, you grasp the weekly newsletter hoping that your local farmer showed mercy and provided recipe suggestions.

CSA shares are responsible for introducing people to new vegetables nearly every week, it's one of the great pleasures of investing in a farm share.  

You might know Bok Choy but how about Gai Lan, Gai Choy, or Choy Sum?

NPR's food blog, The Salt, explores the new vegetable hybrids that could make their way into your CSA box in the coming seasons. "Kalettes" are a cross of Kale and Brussel Sprouts, a hybrid vegetable that didn't exist until 2010. But, you'll also see some of our old favorites, like rainbow carrots, which have been cultivated for more than 1,000 years. 

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