Stumbling, not Falling

Every once in a while, we encounter the unknown as CSA members. It could be a strange fruit or an unusual vegetable, and we ponder its alien nature. We hesitate, but move forward asking ourselves:

“How do I prepare this?”

“Will it taste good?”

“Will my family still love me after eating it?”

These are the times to crack open a bottle of red and begin a recipe research well before dinnertime. Don't forget to check your food pantry to make sure it is stocked with essential ingredients.

For members who are new this season, welcome aboard! You may have noticed that garlic scapes were a part of our bounty this past week, and you may have wondered what to do with them.

(Photo by Gloria Weg)

The green stalks are what grow from the bulbs of garlic plants. If left unharvested, the scapes will bloom flowers when the garlic plant reaches maturity. Farmers harvest the scapes before the flowering occurs so the garlic plant can focus its energy on the tasty bulb.

Scapes have an interesting flavor that is similar to chives or scallions, but with a mild hint of garlic to them.

You can eat them raw (do not be offended if your significant other refrains from kissing you) or sauté the scapes in extra virgin olive oil or butter and toss them into a “gotta eat quickly stir fry.” Add scapes to salads, grill them like scallions or chop them up and include them in omelets and quiches. The possibilities are endless.

(Photo by Gloria Weg)

One of our members, Mare, decided to make a pesto, which is another great idea. The ingredients are simple, usually on hand and healthy. Try this scapes pesto:

(Photo by Mare)

1 cup of about 12 chopped scapes, sliced crosswise

¼ cup of raw sunflower seeds

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

½ cup fresh basil leaves

Juice of one fresh lemon

Toss all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Watch how vibrant the green becomes.

(Photo by Mare)

Enjoy your pesto on cooked pasta or slather it on crostini, veggies or chips and remember what Virginia Woolf said:

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."

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