Let’s think about the joy in life.
NPR is not currently broadcasting about the member drive and I find myself still not able to turn the news on. Between the debates and the eminent war updates I quickly fall under a rain cloud. So this week I went searching for some joy.
Periodically throughout the week I asked folks where they found some joy. These are their thoughts:
Sandy told me he enjoyed going to the Huskies game with Annie, Truman and Ellis. Sandy also caught a skunk in a live trap and re-homed it away from their property. I assume that brought him some bittersweet joy.
Dave himmed and hawwhed then finally said he was very grateful for the water that fell from the sky this week.
Teri eagerly listed off turnips, radishes, and lettuce as things that brought her joy. But ultimately finally getting to wear shorts and a cold glass of lemonade brought her the most joy.
Jane initially said going to the beach after work with her kids one night was wonderful. Later in the week she got out of going to the mall with her parents and decided that was more joyful.
Garrett expresses some frustration in the carrot field about being under a rain cloud. But the carrot field is a magical place where worries wash away after you talk about them. And through much reflection and venting Garrett said he was reminded to be at peace with the world.
Karin said Joel has started talking to their baby (in utero) more! Maybe by the time you read this she will have had her baby! [editor’s note: nope]
Patricia thought for a moment and gleefully said she saw some work being done to her house. This is very exciting!
Sam told me carrots. I did not wish him a Happy Friday, he does not enjoy that.
As for me the heartwarming feels I got from all the farm crew leading up to my race have been wonderful. Dave making lunch on Friday brought me so much joy. Sam made me granola bars!
I left the farm Friday with a happy heart knowing our farm crew is a joyful bunch.
In your CSA box:
Carrots – Green Top Beets – Green Onions – Radishes – Lettuce – Turnips – Pac Choi
*This is likely the last week your carrots will have green tops on them. You can wash and use those greens! We recommend a carrot top pesto.
Roasted Beet and Carrot salad with Burrata Cheese
For the salad
- 5 or 6 Red Beets with tops
- 6 carrots halved lengthwise
- Olive oil
- Sea salt to taste
For the dressing
- 3 Tbs Olive Oil
- 2 Tbs White Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tbs Honey
- 1 Garlic clove, crushed
- 1 tsp minced rosemary
- Sea salt to taste
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the tops of the beets, reserving the beet greens. Scrub the beets clean, half and slice. Clean ribs off the beet greens and tear the greens into pieces.
- Set aside. Keep the red beets separate from the rest of the vegetables if you don’t want the colors to bleed. Toss beets and carrots in olive oil with salt. Spread in one layer on sheet pan. Again keeping red beets separate from the rest of the vegetables if you don’t want the colors to bleed.
- Roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until tender and browned.
- Combine dressing ingredients and whisk until well combined.
- Right before the vegetable are read from the oven heat a skillet over medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil.
- Quickly sauté the beet greens, about 2 minutes or until lightly wilted. Transfer to platter.
- Top with roasted vegetable, burrata cheese and drizzle with dressing. Garnish with fresh rosemary.
Crispy Turnip Fries
- 4 Turnips, peeled and cut into fries (our turnips are smaller and don’t need to be peeled, so add in the ones from last week if you have them still)
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray.
- Toss the turnips with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
- Place in one layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes until nice and crispy. If needed you can broil them at the end to help crisp them up.