Most things are obvious but here’s a few pointers on what to do with the oddities. Please note that all box contents vary so you might have some or just one or 2 of the following:
This week we got our seed potato order delivered & also got a load of tatties for eating (ware) from the same place, Skea Organics near Dundee. So this week we have a change of variety, called Colleen which is normally an early but left to grow on it gets good flavour and goes a bit drier / floury. They roast really well, and good for boiling or mash too.
On Tuesday we drove over to a massive field of organic carrots near the airport and dug some up for the coming weeks orders. Now ours are finished, these are the next best thing.
The frost was getting quite hard so we lifted most of the remaining beetroot before they froze solid. Some of the leafy tops might be worth washing & chopping up to put into soup or stew as a bit of greenery.
Artichokes are happy to be left in the ground whatever the weather, but there might be some in your box this week. They make delicious soup. Celeriac or potato can be used to make up the weight of artichokes, or you could half the recipe: http://www.hairybikers.com/recipes/view/jerusalem-artichoke-soup-with-bacon-and-bacon-croutons
This one would use some of the carrots too:
Generally, a good scrub is enough for the carrots and artichokes – peeling artichokes must be a complete fiddle (have never done it!).
There was a bit of kale for some boxes, but unfortunately the salad was all frozen this week.
Celeriac – knobbly root that needs the outer skin sliced off and makes tasty soup or stew with the other roots. Grown in E Lothian, as we’re too far north for these southern sun lovers.
Cabbage – if you haven’t tried making saurkraut then this weeks white cabbage is the perfect variety for it, but any cabbage works. Just slice it up finely so plenty water comes out in the jar and don’t add too much salt as that inhibits the fermentation.
Kale Boil, steam, add to soups & stews or even make kale crisps which are very popular! The bag might have one or a mix of these varieties: Cavalo nero – long dark green slender leaves. Red Russian – frilly pink veined leaves. Curly Kale has curly leaves, obviously… Sutherland – large smooth rounded leaves. Red Kale, another obvious one to spot…
As the days lengthen, it seems to be getting colder, but we sowed a lot of onions yesterday and the polytunnel was pleasantly warm. The propagator is now on – the start of several months intensive plant raising has begun!
Remember that you can always exclude items if there’s a build up in the cupboard before your next delivery, or if you simply aren’t too keen on something – we’ll do our best to substitute it or give you extra of something else. Just amend preferences in your account or send us an email.
Think that’s all, thanks for your order this week. Deliveries are weekly to Rosemarkie, Fortrose, Avoch, Munlochy, Tore, Killen areas so if you’d like a top up then please place an order by Tuesday 7pm. Delivery is fortnightly to all other areas.