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This weeks haul is kind of exciting because I got pea tendrils!!  Pea tendrils are basically the leaves and stalks of the pea plants.  I assume we will be getting peas in the spring but for now we get to eat the leaves and stalks that are trimmed off  to keep the peas from getting unruly and they are amazing!  They have the subtle taste of peas and are really yummy when sauteed.  This is also an example of making use of everything the farm has.  Instead of just throwing out the pea tendrils, they become food.  Instead of sending me radishes and beets with the green tops cut off, I get the whole thing because every part of it is edible.  I love this about my CSA.  In fact I’m so used to getting all of my root veggies like carrots and beets with the tops that when I don’t, I get kind of annoyed.  I feel like I got short changed because there is something missing.  There is so much food I can make from those leafy tops!  Carrot tops make great pesto, radish and beet greens can be used like any other green in soups, stews and sautes and the pea tendrils are a lovely premonition of spring that I put in my morning breakfast bowls.  If you haven’t ever tried eating “root to leaf”, give it a try.  Not only is it good for you, it’s also economical.  A beet with or without the tops usually costs about the same but you are getting WAY more food with those tops on there.

Delightful CSA BOX

February 22, 2017
CSA box from Sarvodaya Farms

The Contents

  • Pea Tendrils
  • Daikon Radish
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Parsley
  • Bok Choy
  • Potatoes
  • Oranges
  • Lemon
  • Chard
  • Napoles
  • Mint
  • Salad Mix

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