In this week’s box:
6 pints sugar snap peas
2 pints blueberries
2 bunches white turnips
2 heads Romaine lettuce
2 bunches onions
Total retail value of goods in this week’s box: $41
Total value of goods distributed this year: $304
Emmett Snead says the blueberries in this week’s box are almost perfectly ripened, and very sweet. They come to us from AgriBerry, a Hanover County farm whose CSA program also distributes Snead’s Farm produce.
Welcome to sugar snap pea season! We had to wait a few weeks longer than in years past to enjoy these beauties this year because of a cooler, wetter spring, but the wait was well worth it. Teach your kids to pull the string off the peas by pulling from the stem-like attachment at the top and down along the shorter length of the pea. Then pack these up in school lunches for a healthy, crunchy alternative to potato chips. To serve at the dinner table, saute for no longer than 3 minutes with butter, salt and pepper. Place in a serving bowl and toss with lemon juice and lemon zest for a tasty side dish.
White turnips are sweeter than other varieties, and Snead reports that farmer Miles Hastings says these turnips are so sweet the ants want to eat them right out of the ground. Last year, I found that my kids enjoyed these turnip pancakes (especially if served with raspberry jam or another sweet condiment). Boiled and mashed along with potatoes (white or sweet), turnips add complexity and nutrition to plain old mashed potatoes.
If you’re looking for a new way to serve Romaine lettuce, throw it on the grill! Try this recipe from Simply Recipes for Grilled Romaine Lettuce, and you’ll never look at salad the same!