Some new things are popping up! Here’s this week’s CSA share:

Brassica Blend OR Black Seed Simpson Leaf Lettuce & Arugula
Rainbow Swiss Chard
Peas (Snow or Bush Pea)
Summer Squash assortment (3 varieties of pattypans, 8ball zucchini)
Head Lettuce OR a 3 mini Tom Thumb lettuce head
Young Onions (3 varieties)
Garlic Scapes
New Potatoes
Red Currants

Despite the very dry weather, we still have a good assortment coming out of the garden!

Mathias and I have come up with a great Swiss Chard Ceasar Salad recipe and we eat it with everything.

Swiss Chard Ceasar Salad
1 bunch of swiss chard

1 Tbsp. mayonnaise (bought or homemade)
1 tsp. strong mustard
Couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Dash of hot sauce
Finely chopped clove of garlic
Salt & Pepper

Mix the dressing and toss the swiss chard greens in. We tend to remove the stems and use them in other dishes because raw they have a lot of oxalic acid and make our teeth feel funny. You can try it with or without stems!

Check out our salad from this week:

Swiss Chard Ceasar Salad (you can also make it with kale)

A great summer dinner is BBQ pizza – it’s quick, keeps the kitchen cool, and you can use all kinds of seasonal veggies.

BBQ Pizza with Scapes, Zucchini, Arugula and Proscuitto
We like to use whole wheat pita bread for the base.
Make the sauce using the young onions, garlic scapes and a can of tomatoes.
On top of the sauce put your cheese.
On the cheese add your summer squash slices. We also put mushrooms on it and some extra garlic scapes.
Heat the BBQ and bake it on the top rack for about 10-15 minutes.
Remove from the BBQ and add a clump of fresh arugula and lay some proscuitto over top.

Pizza with arugula and early summer veggies

Cucumber Dill Salad

This is a great salad that my omi likes to make. It’s a great way to use up your dill and it’s a perfect fresh salad for summer eats.

1 cucumber or a couple lebanese cucumbers
2 Tbsp Balkan style yogourt/kefir/sour cream
Salt & Pepper

Mix all the ingredients together. Yes, it is that easy.

Ideas for pattypans? If they are small you can sautee them whole with butter, salt and pepper. If you have the medium size pattypans, try steaming them and then scooping them out… take the insides and mix in cheese, fried bacon, bread crumbs and any other veggies that suit (onions, scapes, etc.). Stuff the pattypans and put them on the BBQ briefly.

8Ball Squashes? If you picked up a spherical zucchini, you can use it anyway you would use a zucchini.. and the pattypans for that matter. You can slice them into “veggie steaks” and glaze them with a bit of olive oil and throw them on the BBQ. You can also make a foil bake – just slice the pattypans and put them on some foil.. then add a blob of butter, salt, pepper, onions, onion greens, garlic scapes, etc. and fold up the foil and BBQ or put on a fire.

I would love to write more recipes for everyone but it’s 11pm and after a 15 hour day with CSA and weeding and watering plants, I’m ready for a slice of pie with our WWOOFers and then bed! Tomorrow is picking for the market 😀

Good night all, and if you are stumped on anything in your CSA, send me a note!!