This time of year is a transition from all the fresh greens of spring into the vibrant flavors of summer…
At Ray of Joy we grow only heirloom varieties of fruit and veggies, which means that what we have isn’t the same as what you would get in a grocery store. Our colors are brighter and more vibrant and the flavors are more pronounced. We get most of our seeds from Baker Creek and they source heirlooms from all over the world, which gives us the opportunity to find some really great things that we would not normally be exposed to.
Tuesday’s basket had all of these great items:
Sage (the sage flowers are edible as well)
Large Chinese cabbage
Purple bok choy
Mixed radishes- daikon and chinese
Pea shoot microgreens
Lettuce mix with butter crunch, red butter, arugula, and 4 seasons
Our sample for the week is:
A jar of strawberry blueberry orange marmalade
A few Ideas for your basket items:
This basket is really geared to stir-fry; the radishes, boy choy stems, kale and green onions mixed with your favorite protein and sautéed would pair great with either rice or quinoa.
I love the different cabbages in a fresh coleslaw and paired with pork or on a taco. The leaves of the large chinese cabbage are great for a fresh cabbage roll with crisp veggies inside or a traditional baked one.
The lettuce mix with the peppery arugula and tender butter lettuces are great for a spring salad with a light balsamic.
The pea shoot microgreens are excellent on a sandwich or burger instead of lettuce, they also are really good tossed with oil and lemon to top a baked fish filet.
The real hidden gem in this basket is the radishes, these are not your typical red globes you get at the market these have a lot of versatility; my favorite ways to serve them are:
- •mashers (a mix of root veggies cooked and made like mashed potatoes or even just added to mashed potatoes, the butter and sour cream pair well with the radish)
- •Roasted with some of the fresh herbs and melted butter
- •Sliced super thin on bread with cream cheese salt and pepper for tea sandwiches
- •Julienned on a traditional taco
- •Or, my easy old-fashioned southern go-to; sautéed with plenty of butter and salt and pepper