Dave's munching Crimson Topaz AND applesauce!
Crimson Topaz is a new apple variety that we are growing and Dave thinks highly of it. Dave's usual go-to-apple is Braeburn, which is a sweet-tart apple with a really hard flesh. And that's why he likes the Crimson Topaz. It has a firm flesh and with a not too sweet-not too tart flavor.
Dave LOVES applesauce. He will eat it with every meal, and a big bowl of it too. He especially likes it with ham. Mary Margaret has said a couple of times "I'm finished making applesauce this year." And then a week later, she'll say "Will you save a bushel of culls for me? I need to make some applesauce." What happened to the applesauce you already made?! Apparently, Dave will eat most of the applesauce, practically before it goes in the freezer!
There are so many employees that love Kuhn Orchards peaches that it would be impossible to fit them all in the picture. But we'll highlight what a few folks say about our peaches.
Sandy likes to make peach pie. She has a recipe that makes 4 pot-pie sized pies. She'll bake one and then freeze the other three to enjoy during the winter. Sandy also just made us a fresh batch of Peach Jam, so keep an eye out for it at market!
Chris likes to eat her peaches on cereal and baked in a cobbler.
Morgan says that our peaches are extremely juicy and flavorful. She enjoys eating them fresh or in a cobbler or pie.
Nathan and Dave are two peas in a pod because they like to eat sliced peaches on vanilla ice cream.
Caleb has the privilege to be out in the field and will eat them fresh off the tree.
Diane enjoys eating the peaches fresh out-of-hand.
Sarah says Kuhn Orchards peaches are "duh...the Best!" She'll peel, chop and freeze them for smoothies.
And here's a personal side story. If you haven't gathered from the newsletters yet, I'm not a member of the family. But my mom is a gardener and enjoys patronizing the local orchards around my parents' home in Maryland. She bought peaches from an orchard and said "They were okay. But they weren't great." She purchased peaches from another farm market and said "They just weren't what I was expecting." I get tired of hearing her comment when fruit doesn't meet her expectations. So, I went home for a visit last Sunday and took her a crate of Bounty Peaches. She called me the next day and raved about them. My father even commented how juicy and flavorful they are. Lucky for you, you can eat Kuhn Orchards peaches each and every week.
And guess what...we're bringing the Bounty Peaches to market. They are large, juicy and beyond flavorful and sweet!
Until recently, I hated radishes. My mom has a picture in her office of me in pre-school trying a radish. I have a puckered mouth and grotesque look on my face. Since then radishes have never been appealing.
I never understood the appeal of radishes when folks bought them at market. And they would rave about them as I tallied up their produce.
When I was preparing the radishes for market one day, there was one lone radish in the bottom of the bucket that had popped off their greens. "Welp, that one can't go," I thought, "What the heck?" With a shrug, I took a bite. It was airy and light yet with a fantastic crunchy texture. And the peppery flavor was bold and dynamic, but not too intense.
Now, whenever there is a lone radish in the bottom of the bucket, a smile crosses my face.
I have yet to take any home and add them to our dinner meal. I'm not quite sure if Mark will be too enthused. So for now I will keep munching on lone radishes at work. But I bet we could have a fun time letting our 7 month old son suck on one and take funny pictures...
Sandy enjoys eating gooseberries fresh because she likes their tart flavor. Gooseberries are also excellent made into jam. Or try making a sauce, adding some honey and topping it on vanilla bean ice cream.
Here are some more Gooseberry Recipes.
Our production of gooseberries has really increased this year, and they are sweeter this year (but still have a kicky tartness). Are they sweeter because of the cooler summer temperatures? The cold winter we had? Are we fertilizing them more? Maybe.
We think the reason the gooseberries are sweeter this year because Elizabeth, one of our crew supervisors, is very picky about what gets picked and what stays on the bush! Since they hang a few days longer, their skin has gotten much darker and the sugars have developed well.
If you haven't tried gooseberries you should definitely take advantage of our gooseberry and currant special this weekend!
Blueberries! We are in the peak of our blueberry season and from the sounds of it, we're only half way through! Yippee!
Blueberries are probably one of the easiest fruits to eat and incorporate into your daily meals.
Kat enjoys eating blueberries fresh out of hand, and also blended in smoothies.
Diane says that she tosses them in with her oatmeal in the morning, and on top of yogurt.
Nathan and Caleb both love blueberry pancakes. And Caleb even takes it to the next level with blueberry syrup on top!
Steve enjoys fresh baked blueberry muffins too.
Blueberries are simple to freeze so you can enjoy them in the off-season. Simply wash and let air dry (gently rolling them around on a tea towel speeds up the process). Then place them on a rimmed cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze. The next morning put them in freezer containers. You can pour out exactly what you need with out thawing a large batch.
Sarah's munchin' on currants and gooseberries!
She says about them "Too pretty to eat, too perishable to turn into jewelry. One of life's cruel wonders. Perfect for Instagram!"
If you don't understand the comment about jewelry: hold up a cluster of the currants. They would make lovely earrings.
Sarah enjoys making jams out of currants and gooseberries for a interestingly tart flavor.
It's finally strawberry season at Kuhn Orchards! We're harvesting daily and the berries look, smell, and taste great! Its time to whip up all of your favorite strawberry desserts, hull & freeze some berries to throw in smoothies later in the season, and make up some strawberry jam (or you can just purchase some of ours at market).
Sandra likes to slice strawberries and mix them into a bowl of sour cream and sugar.
Lindsey enjoys eating them fresh and making jam so she can enjoy them all year long. I wonder if Lindsey will be making strawberry jam this year?? She's getting married in two weeks and I'm sure she has her plate full!
Christine likes to cut up fresh strawberries and eat them on her Cheerios in the morning.
And Kat enjoys eating strawberries FRESH!
Check out some Strawberry recipes on our website:
Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce (excellent on ice cream or pound cake)
Its also pretty trendy to make fruit and herb ice cubes. Strawberry and mint are delicious together. Or you can always slice up some strawberries, add them to your water bottle. Shake the bottle to macerate the berries a little and add a some sweetness to your drink. Plus you get a little treat at the end!
Sandy, Diane, Adam and Sarah are all munchin' on Asparagus!
Sarah says, "Have you tried Mary Margaret's recipe for marinated asparagus? It's almost as good as when she makes it herself."
Adam likes to add asparagus to the mix in his stir-fry. He also prepares it on a broiler pan tossed in olive oil, Italian dressing, sea salt, black pepper and Parmesan cheese.
Diane enjoys asparagus oven roasted simply dressed in olive oil and sea salt.
Sandy says, "I eat it all ways. But on a day when I am in a hurry I break the tender spears into bite sizes, put it on a plate with a tablespoon or so of water, cover with plastic wrap and mircowave it for 4 or 5 minutes. The result is wonderful, crisp, tender asparagus."
This week CSA members will enjoy:
Appearance: Red with a yellow background color, slightly lopsided (because of its York parentage) with small russets (textured spots).
Flavor Profile: Extremely sweet and firm.
Uses: Our best storage apple of our sweet varieties. A favorite apple for eating fresh.
Who’s Favorite: Mary Margaret
Appearance: Yellow apple with orange blush. Russets (textured spots) decorate the skin.
Flavor Profile: Firm, juicy, and tart, some say it has a winey flavor.
Uses: Excellent storage apple. Best eaten fresh, but cooks nicely too.
Who’s Favorite: Sidney
Sweet and incredibly juicy.
Perfect snack. Divvy up in little containers at the beginning of the week so you have easy grab-n-go portions for lunch.
Excellent all-purpose potatoes.
The yolks tend to be a bit brighter than yolks that you purchase at the grocery store. That's a good indication of freshness!
Spring greens to brighten up your dinner table.
Creamy and sweet. Braise in stock, roast, or boil and then mash. Pairs well with herbs like sage or thyme.
This week CSA members will enjoy:
Appearance: Red skinned with lopsided/ “parallelogram” shape
Flavor Profile: Sweet-tart and firm, with a good old fashioned flavor.
Uses: Excellent for baking as it will keep its shape. Stores well.
Pink Lady Apples
Appearance: Vibrant pink skin with white flesh.
Flavor Profile: Tart and sweet flavor with a champagne fizz. Very crisp.
Uses: An excellent storage apple. Enjoy eating Pink Lady fresh out of hand. When baked, Pink Lady will soften, but will keep its shape.
Who’s Favorite: Anthony
Sweet and juicy. Very aromatic flavor.
Crisp, refreshing flavor. Having a chilly spring morning? Warm some up in the microwave with an orange rind.
Sweet and chewy. 100% dried apples - nothing else added!
Perfect all around onions for sauteing, grilling, and all-purpose cooking
Enjoy fresh or raw. Slice thin on a salad or braise as a side dish.
We are outsourcing from the co-op and they aren't sure of quantities, so you will have a surprise veggie in your CSA box on Saturday!