Week 5 – Fennel Salad, Fresh Kohlrabi, Heat, Rain – what more could one ask for?

Here’s a fresh recipe for Arugula & Fennel Salad…

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/4 cupfresh lemon juice

6 cups arugula

2 small fennel bulbs, cored and thinly sliced

1/2 cup toasted pine nuts *could substitute almonds, cashews or something else – be adventurous!

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Make the dressing by whisking the olive oil, salt, lemon zest, and lemon juice together in a small bowl; set aside. Place the arugula leaves into a large salad bowl. Sprinkle the fennel, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese over top. Toss with the lemon dressing immediately before serving.  Don’t forget to invite your neighbours, extended family or friends to help savour the awesome flavours!

Its true, CSA members have had a taste of not only baby fennel this past week, but also Kohlrabi…

kohlrabiThese wonderful treats are best eaten raw in my opinion, although they are very versatile and I’m sure could be either roasted in the oven, sauteed in butter or even steamed with great success.  I usually peel the skin with a pairing knife, cut into bite-sized chunks, and eat as is – great with dip or as a topping on a salad.

We’ve had quite a bit of rain lately, which was slightly disastrous for some eggplants which got washed away.  The way I see it, of all of the vegetables to suffer, eggplant would have to be the least heart-breaking – at least for me.  If you are a real eggplant keener, let me know so I can try to set aside some fruit from the remaining plants for you.  Other than that, the intense heat we’ve had has made it important to maximize the morning & evening hours for working.  The hens and horses seem to be fine with the heat, although they certainly seemed relieved with the rain & cooler temperatures that came Friday evening.

Zucchini is in full force and broccoli has even made its way into the CSA baskets lately.  Cucumbers will soon be producing heavily and it won’t be too long before beets, carrots, green onions and more start making their seasonal debuts.

I’ve been blessed with some amazing helpers in the garden lately, which means we are getting a handle on the weeds, in preparation for more succession plantings of salad greens and fall storage crops.

Thanks to everyone who’s come to find fresh food from Kolapore Gardens at the various farmers’ markets I attend – your support is much appreciated.  I won’t be set up at the Collingwood Farmers’ Market next Saturday (July 27th) as the market is cancelled due to Elvis Festival -I know, its bunk, but if you really need some farm fresh food, contact me as I’ll still be making a drop-off in town that morning.

Stay cool,

Mike

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