As with anything prep is important. I wanted to give you all a few tips I have learned over the years to prepare for all these vegetables that will be coming during the farmbox season.
If you haven’t already check out “The Top 6 Tool Guide” please do so.. This will help with making sure you have some of the tools you need in navigating through your CSA. Spring time is greens season and there is lots of salad and cooking greens in your Farmbox. I am working on the Greens Guide for y’all in hopes that it will help you learn more about each of them. You always get a list of contents in your FarmBox when you pickup but sometimes identifying them from each other can be the trick.
Spring: Salads are in season with lots of different types and varieties of lettuce greens. Butter lettuces are my favorite and are some of the first lettuces you will see in your share. These lettuces are super sweet and tender. You will find them in both full head forms and loose leaf. The main tip with butter lettuce is to be gentle with them during the wash stage. Just give them a good rinse and spin in the salad spinner and allow them to dry a bit before you put them in whatever storage container you want to store your lettuce in. They should be good for 5-7 days in your refrigerator. The same can be said with Spinach and loose baby salad mix lettuce.
The beginning of the CSA FarmBox season will be the most labor intensive because of all the salad & cooking greens. Here are my 4 best tips to prep for those.
1. Decide how best you want to store these greens when they come in. Green Bags, Containers, or ziplock bags. Have plenty of these on-hand and ready to go.
2. These greens need to washed and stored imminently. They will wilt on you. A good soak in cold water will help but, getting them washed and stored is your best bet with keeping these greens at their peak. Also the salad spinner is a most tool to have. This will save you tons of time getting your greens nice and dry before you store them.
3. Knowing that spring is salad season plan around that and how to mix it up and make them interesting while you have so many of them. 3-4 times a week..try a different take on salads. Pintest is great to look for seasonal salad ideas.
4. Prep your fridge for your coming farmbox. Make room for it’s contents before your pickup. And besure to label the greens while you’re storing them. I use freezer tapeand a sharpy because it is easy to peel off.