Low thirties and major sun equals perfect vegetable making weather (and happy Vancouverites until we start complaining that it’s too hot).
What was in this week’s box: potatoes (fingerlings), kale, fava beans, parsley, cherry tomatoes (a first for the farm!), carrots & peas.
Last week I promised a cost comparison of our harvest box to the same local, organic produce in a grocery store, so here it is - one harvest box from Crisp Organics costs: $26. The same local, organic produce from a local grocery store came to: $29.50 But again, the harvest box program is more than just a number. The prepaid arrangement makes it a source of financial security for the farmer. Helping them invest in seeds and plant crops at a time when there are many expenses and few sources of revenue for a farmer.
With the produce from this week I was able to make one of my favourite pasta dishes! Let’s get creative and call it - Jess’ Favourite Pasta Dish:
- ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp chopped garlic
- Pinch of chili flakes
- ½ cup white wine
- Pint of cherry tomato halves
- Pasta (I like penne)
- 2 cups of chopped kale &
- Salt to taste
- In a cold pan, add the oil, garlic, chili flakes and salt. Heat over medium heat until the garlic sizzles.
- Add the cherry tomato halves and heat until they start to soften
- Add white wine and continue to cook until it reduces by half
- Add the cooked pasta, top with the fine chopped kale and toss until the kale is soft and the pasta is coated with the oil sauce
- Serve immediately on its own or with your protein of choice
Potatoes and peas were eaten along side a baked salmon on Saturday night while the parsley was stored in a jar with water and covered with a holey plastic produce bag in the fridge. This will actually hold the parsley for a few weeks.
This just leaves the infamous fava beans…Reid took the initiative one night and threw them all in a pasta dish but apparently it was quite the process. First, the fava beans needed to be de-hulled then parboiled and then cooked…I’m so glad I went out that night!
Missed fruit this week in the harvest box, so had to buy some local BC raspberries, blueberries & cherries
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