Oven Roasted Root Veggies

4 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
2 turnips, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3 TBS Rosemary, finely chopped
1/2 TLS grapefruit zest
1/2 TBS lemon zest
1/2 TBS orange zest
California olive oil to coat
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Toss carrots and turnips with rosemary, olive oil and salt until vegetables are well covered.

Place on baking sheet and roast in oven until tender, about 25-30 minutes.

Place in mixing bowl and toss with zest.

Season to taste with salt and pepper


Barbequed Turnips with Garlic

Now that grilling season is upon us, I’m throwing all kinds of things on the grill to see what works. Actually, for me, anything  grilled with garlic can’t be bad, but since I already had the grill hot for the main dish, I thought I try this out.

Your turnips sliced no thicker than 1/4 thick
California olive oil to cover
Salt and pepper to gaste
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
grated zest of 1 Eureka lemon

Cook garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over high heat until garlic sizzles, then reduce heat and cook garlic until it’s golden, 2 minutes. Transfer to mixing bowl, combine parsley and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

Combine California olive oil with salt and pepper and then cover your cut turnips with your seasoned oil, grill until tender; probably 2 minutes per side.

Stir in parsley/garlic and top with lemon zest.


Fava Beans and Rosemary with Chives

Thanks to Chef Adriana Flemming for this recipe:
Fava beans blanched and peeled
1/2 tsp. finely chopped rosemary
1/4 cupe olive oil
salt to taste
3 sliced kumquats, seeded
1 TBS finely chopped chives
1 TBS lemon zest (use the Eureka, not the Pakistani)
1 TBS lemon juice (use the Eureka, not the Pakistani)
Warm pita chips

Put blanced and peeled favas into blender with olive oil, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

Transfer to a mixing bowl and mix in chopped rosemary and lemon zest.
Put in central serving bowl, garnish with chives and kumquats, and arrange warm or toasted pita bread around the outside.

Adriana mentions that this simple puree is also a great compliment to fish,m scallops, and squid.


Herb Saving Idea

We love growing and cooking with herbs, and know that herbs are expensive in the grocery store, so we try to grow plenty for our subscribers. Herbs are natural flavor enhancers, and it’s been shown that strong flavors tend to satiate us faster…meaning that using herbs in the kitchen can be part of a healthy weight control plan. The more commercially common flavor enhancers: outright chemicals like MSG, sodium, and all sorts of fats are extensively used in factory produced foods because they’re the cheapest way to encourage you to overeat. Why sell you 6 ounces of something when cheap additives can encourage you to eat and buy, 14?  Herbs are expensive, but yours are in your box each week, so we’re eager to have you use them!

At left is a fun way to dry your excess herbs right in your kitchen. We bought the base wreath at Michael’s for a couple bucks with floral wire that they sell in a nearby aisle. Just wire your herb bunches right to the wreath and hang until dry. You can use your dried herb right off the wreath, or seal in air tight containers once dry and replace with new, fresh herb as they arrive in your kitchen.


Harvest Ticket June 5-6 2012

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This has been a fun week, and our boxes reflect the excitement. Our Spring mix salad bags are getting more diverse as we add more spicy baby leaves to our mix; along with Sara’s selection of the farm’s edible flowers.

Fava Beans this week! The photo at the left is a shot of favas just off the barbeque, which is one great way to prepare them. Others enjoy favas mashed, pureed and spread on crackers as high fiber, healthy appetizer. You can also shell and cook them like peas or lima beans as well.
Here’s a link to Fava Bean nutritional facts:

Favas are not beans, actually at all; but a member of the pea family, which explains why they’re grown in the cooler season, rather than in the summer with real beans. Here in Southern California, Favas are planted in late September. The fava is a staple of Mediterranean cuisine, but is only showing up in chef’s recipes in the last decade or so here. they’re high in fiber (a single serving provides 85% of the RDV) and they’re high in iron (30% of a day’s requirement).

You’ll also find turnips in the large shares; my favorite way to enjoy them is like mashed potatoes; a spicier, more complex potato that’s for sure!

And our sprout mix is quite diversified with three distinct kinds of sprouts; an Italitan mix, radishes and the grain, amaranth.

We’re at the end of 2012’s avocado harvest; we’re still including the last of the fruit out in the grove, but they sure are small and unimpressive.