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We are delivering purslane this week. Huh? Purslane is an 'edible wild plant' a.k.a. weed in the U.S. In the Eastern Mediterranean countries and at Rexcroft Farm in Athens, NY, they grow it on purpose. You have been stepping on it all your life. Little did you know that it is one of the healthiest things on the planet that you can stick in your mouth.

Purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant. For example, it contains 5 times more Omega-3 than spinach. Omega-3, a polyunsaturated fatty acid, is one of those really important things you are supposed to have in your diet. Fish is the richest source. Purslane is also naturally high in magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, and iron.

If you are interested in reading more about the wonders of purslane, check out this research study:
Purslane Weed (Portulaca oleracea): A Prospective Plant Source of Nutrition, Omega-3 Fatty Acid, and Antioxidant Attributes

And if that isn’t enough, Pliny the Elder (a Roman naturalist who wrote Natural History, considered to be one of the greatest books of its time) advised wearing the plant as an amulet to expel all evil. So, if you really don’t want to eat it, wear it. Babies do that all the time.

Rhubarb: a sure sign of the coming summer! But what can you do with this tangy beauty? Eat it raw! Way back in the old days before Twizzlers and Sweet Tarts, people used to dunk the ends of rhubarb stalks in sugar or honey and munch away. Imagine chopping up bits of rhubarb, sprinkling it with sugar and sending your kid off to school with that as a snack.

We asked Jacob Hooper of Barber's Farm to grow fennel for us this year, so here's a plant-level shot of the fennel coming along nicely.

Want to make Ric Orlando's Famous Pan-Blackened Stringbeans?
Here's a video tutorial and also the full recipe!

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Rexcroft Farm (IPM)

Purslane tastes similar to watercress; the stems, leaves and buds are edible. It can be used fresh in salads, stir-fried, or cooked like spinach. It is also used in soups and stews as a thickening agent. We'd suggest eating it as a salad or crunchy green accompaniment. It works well with a lemon vinaigrette but is often pared with mint or feta cheese.

Chopped Arabic Salad
Purslane and Parsley Salad
Greek Style Purslane Pesto
Samascott Orchards (FAM)

Incredibly versatile, rhubarb can be used for desserts, pastries, jams, pickles, conserves, sauces, and more. Make rhubarb Twizzlers by sugaring and roasting. Cut it up into bits and roast -- make a nice substitute for dried cranberries. Storage: A week in the fridge. Refrigerate wrapped in plastic for longer life. 
Roasted Rhubarb Salad
Rhubarb Vanilla Compote
For more recipes and to learn more about rhubarb than you ever dreamed possible, visit The Rhubarb Compendium, an entire website dedicated to rhubarb.
Braising Mix
Markristo Farm (CO)

A mix of colorful, assorted greens such as kale, chard, bok choy, mustard greens, spinach, turnip greens and beet greens. Very easy to prepare—just toss the greens in a pan with hot oil and garlic and add a liquid. Finish off with soy sauce or Parmesan cheese.

Simple Braised Greens
Savory Greens Stir-Fry
Smoked Braised Mixed Greens
Sugar Snap Peas
Migliorelli Farm (IPM)

Sugar snap peas are all about texture, sweetness, and crunch. They don’t take long to cook—1 to 2 minutes max. Resist overcooking—you’ll end up with sad, limp peas. Cut your snaps in thirds crosswise, or halve lengthwise on a long diagonal. Cut them before or after steaming. If boiling, cut them afterwards or else the tumbling action of boiling water will free the peas from their pods. For a super quick fix, loosely cover, put in microwave for +/-30 seconds, and add a bit of butter. Enjoy raw for a snack.

Snap Peas with Fresh Mint and Whipped Ricotta
Snap Pea Salad with Radish & Lime
Snap Peas with Lemon and Mint
Whistledown Farm (CO) or Migliorelli Farm (IPM)

Lettuce is a great way to put fresh salads on your table, and as often as you can. Try your hand at making a salad dressing with this week's sunflower oil! In addition to other prepped vegetables, for a more filling and flavorful boost add roasted nuts, dried cranberries, roasted sunflower seeds, shaved parmesan, chick peas, etc. We REALLY like adding roasty toasty sunflower seeds!

5 Ways to Use Lettuce Besides Salads and Sandwiches
50 Salad Dressing Recipes
Katona Farms (IPM)

Asparagus is one of those crops that seems like it's gone before you have time to fully appreciate it. Take advantage of this wonderful spring flavor and its tremendous nutritional benefits, simply by tossing in garlic butter and stovetop-cooking on low with your pan's/pot's lid on. 

Asparagus Tapenade
Basic Roasted Asparagus
Slow Butter-Braised Asparagus
Asparagus Pesto

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: Anise Hyssop and Lemon Balm from Sparrowbush Farm (OG)
  • Fruit: Strawberries from Fifer Orchards (IPM) and Story Farms (FAM)
  • Cheese: Mozzarella from R&G Cheesemakers
  • Bread: Baguette from Cafe Le Perche
  • Pasta: Emmer Radiatore for Thursday and Whole Wheat Radiatore for Friday from Flour City Pasta (CO)
  • Yogurt: Whole Milk 32 Ounces from North Country Creamery (OG)

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Key for Growing Methods
  • CO - Certified Organic
    Farm uses organic methods and is certified.
  • OG - Organically Grown
    Farm uses organic methods but does not have certification.
  • IPM - Integrated Pest Management
    Methods used to reduce the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
  • FAM - Family Farm
    Farm often uses organic and IPM methods but may also use chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Small farms use far fewer chemicals than large industrialized operations.
  • All of our products are non-GMO!
    GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism.

Veggie Guarantee and Tips!
  • Our Veggie Guarantee: If you have an issue, let customer service know! This is one way to reduce waste. Items are subject to change depending on weather and farm availability. 
  • Tip 1: Any item you would cook, you can also freeze.
  • Tip 2: A dull knife conspires against you and slows you down. A sharp knife makes your food taste better, and look better too! NY Times
  • Tip 3: Any greens need to be as dry as possible, wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic bag, and kept in the fridge crisper.
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