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  • Third in the Burg! We’ll be open until 8(? or 8:30?) on Friday evening, with wine and maybe more.
  • Asparagus remains the big news.
  • If you’re looking to try something new, make komatsuna your go-to!

This week at our house: Pizza with asparagus; grilled chicken with asparagus; smoked country-style spare ribs with asparagus; scrambled eggs with asparagus!

Scroll down for the full list of what we’ll have this week!

Guys, I’m doing a pretty good job of eating asparagus every meal, but I still haven’t gotten to the Asparagus, Garlic Chives, and Pea Shoots recipe I mentioned last week. It’s the plan for tonight, or at least a variation of it is, but even more important, I found it on the internet, so you can follow that link and try it yourself. We’ve got pea tendrils, not shoots, which are not quite as tender, so I’m planning to start them a little earlier in the process than the recipe calls for. I’m also using spring garlic, not garlic chives, and Royer Mountain instead of Pecorino Romano. I think that’s still close enough to say I’m making the recipe, though, right?

In other news, I felt really proud of myself this morning because by about 10 am I had already compiled all my weekly lists of what produce we’d have, the checklist of what prep work we needed to do, emailed the staff with notes for the week, and even printed the inventory sheets we won’t need until Saturday. It seemed like maybe, just maybe, I’d get everything else done early! Unfortunately, not only did that not quiiiiite happen, but just a couple of hours ago we got word from one of the farmers’ co-ops that the bok choy they were going to send us had been damaged in yesterday’s storm, and could we swap in komatsuna instead? Well…I was pretty bummed. How do you wait until so late to let me know that you’re not going to have something you’re supposed to deliver the next day?

But! That seems like complaining that the produce they were going to deliver would have been too fresh — like, I’m expecting these boxes of bok choy on Thursday morning, it should be awesome that they were still in the field on Tuesday afternoon, right? And, really, it’s a far bigger bummer for the farmer who now can’t sell his (or her) bok choy than it is for me to have to go a week without it.

Annnnd….I keep seeing komatsuna on the list from this particular co-op, and wondering if we should try it. I haven’t gone for it yet, because it tends to be available the same weeks known winners like bok choy are available, but I am curious. And so, I said yes, send us a couple cases of the komatsuna, and we’ll give it a try. (But also send us a couple extra cases of spinach, in case not everyone is feeling adventurous!) I will say, I didn’t ask for quite as much komatsuna as I had of the bok choy, since it’s not a known quantity, so I won’t be surprised if it’s gone fairly early in the weekend. If it’s good, though, we’ll get it again!

Beyond that, having only a couple of hours notice — on a day I’m already running behind! — I haven’t done much recipe research. If you’ve got ideas, I’d love to hear them!

Julia


Produce

Spring Treats

  • Asparagus!
  • Pea Tendrils
  • Rhubarb

Braising Greens

  • Komatsuna
  • Spinach
  • Tatsoi

Fruit

  • Fuji Apples (IPM)

Herbs

  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Parsley

Mushrooms

  • Cremini
  • White
  • Shiitake
  • Yellow Oyster

Onions & Garlic

  • Spring Garlic
  • Scallions

Potatoes

  • Red Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes

Roots

  • Ugly Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • French Breakfast Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Purple Top Turnips

Salad Greens

  • Various Small Head Lettuces
  • Baby Red Russian Kale (limited quantities)
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Mesclun Mix (limited quantities)

Bread

McGrath’s Brick Oven Bakehouse (fresh Friday & Saturday)

  • McGrath’s Original
  • Sesame Original
  • Irish Oatmeal Pan Bread
  • Prairie
  • Cheesy Bread
  • Cranberry Pecan
  • Baguettes (fresh Saturday only; available frozen every day)
Talking Breads (fresh Thursday)

  • Batard
  • Miche
  • Seeded