Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
The season has officially begun. Columbus members are on week two, and Omaha members are on week one. Thank you for being patient during our rain delay! If only we could pluck a few needed raindrops from the sky this week, that would be wonderful! Since the spring weather was so rainy, our fields and roads around the farm took a beating, and we couldn't access some gardens until a few weeks ago. It is safe to say things are much improved and dryer around the farm now! This year, our gardens are producing more varieties of vegetables than ever before. We are so excited to be harvesting unique crops and will be telling you more about them as the season goes forth. This week our CSA members will be receiving a share that looks like this one.
Here is a look back at week one for the Columbus members.
What's a Garlic Scape?
Hardneck garlic plants produce flower stalks known as garlic scapes. They are surprisingly tasty and versatile to use in the kitchen!
Garlic scapes start off growing somewhat straight and then start to curl into circles. We harvest the scapes so that the garlic bulb can become plump and strong, in order to use this interesting growth of the plant! Garlic scapes are both edible and delicious.
Do All Garlic Varieties Form Scapes?
All garlic varieties produce a stem, but it's the Hardneck Rocombole Garlic that send out the curling scapes tips on the stem. There are many types of Rocombole and the flavor of the scapes can vary considerably from variety to variety, just as with garlic bulbs.
When do we Harvest Garlic Scapes?
When the scapes are just starting to poke up above the leaves, they are tender enough to eat fresh. Garlic scapes get tougher the longer they grow. Although they twist and turn and look wonderfully exotic as they grow, they become hotter and more fibrous, requiring some gentle cooking before eating. We cut smaller thinner scapes for the CSA shares last week, their flavor was similar to a green onion. This week they have grown larger so they will pack a bigger bite!
How to Use Garlic Scapes
Young scapes are tender and can be used fresh. Trying chopping them for a salad or as a topping, as you would scallions! Mature scapes should be sautéed or cooked lightly, try adding them to stir-fry, eggs, and pasta!
Thank you for visiting Country Lane Gardens online, please stop by our Greenhouse as we are running our end of the Spring Sale!! All annuals and perennials are 50% off and flying out of the greenhouse fast! You won't want to miss out on a great deal, fresh from the country! The Greenhouse is open Monday-Friday from 1-8pm and Saturday 9am-5pm. Located at 5132 East 8th St. Columbus, NE 68601.
CLG Team News
Weekly news posts about our CSA and Greenhouse! Stay tuned for tips, deals, and upcoming events! Sign-up for our 2018 CSA will begin in January. We will have new information and contract forms available then, To view our current CSA information please see the documents below! Thank You -CLG Team