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The CSA Kitchen: Organic Cooking

Community Support Agriculture (CSA) produce adds another dimension of flavor when cooking. If you’re fortunate enough to get some CSA items, try these great organic cooking tips from Barberry Hill Farms’ Kelly Goddard:

Pea Shoots – Rinse them in cool water, draining them and letting them dry. “Remove any stems that look coarse,” says Goddard. “Pea shoots can be eaten raw or lightly cooked. To cook, place damp pea shoots in an empty saucepan over medium heat. The water clinging to the damp shoots is enough to steam them. Cover and heat just until wilted.” Other ways to incorporate pea shoots into your diet are to toss in salads, use as a garnish, serve up fresh with a squeeze of lemon juice, or add them to any stir-fry or soup near the end of cooking time.

Duck Eggs – Although they are a rare occurrence in CSA boxes, when (and if) they are included, people should know that these nutritious gems contain more protein, calories, fat, dietary cholesterol, vitamins and minerals than chicken eggs. They can be used in much the same way to cook with—especially for baking because they are much richer.

Sunflower Seeds – What could be better than fresh sunflower seeds? These little capsules of flavor can be used to add a bit of crunch to almost anything, especially homemade granola bars, salads, bread recipes and even pesto. So eat them by the handful, or add a few to your favorite food.

Garlic – Fresh garlic is like nothing else. It enhances the taste of any recipe that calls for robust seasoning. One of the best ways to make use of Barberry Hill Farm fresh garlic is to roast it in the oven, then mix it with butter for fresh garlic bread.

Edible Flowers – Almost too beautiful to eat, from time to time Barberry Farm CSA customers get the special treat of edible flowers in their CSA box. Some use them for garnish and decoration when cooking, while others incorporate them into fresh salads and summer sauces. How would you cook with flowers?

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