Basil Plant & Recipes

Happy Noontime:

Steve and Wesley arrived early in the morning this morning from Jamaica. The whole farm team is now here. Calvin from Newfoundland arrive this week too. So all local, Newfoundlanders and Jamaicans are back to their farm home for the season. I did the airport run at 1 AM, home at 4:15 AM so Brogan kindly offered to do the deliveries for me. Thanks Brogan!

This week there is a basil transplant in your box, (or near your box for you to take, please double check that you have one). It is in a little cup. It can stay in this cup for a few days, but ideally, get a slightly larger plant pot and a handful of soil and re pot the basil so it can grow in your window sill for you to use in the coming days and weeks. Give it a little bit of water each day or whenever you notice it is dry. 

Have a great day!



Dandelions - rinse, chop and us in salad, stir fry, soup, or any dish that calls for greens like kale or spinach. 

Nettles, rinse, chop, and either steam or blend (nettles in smoothies are a thing and there is no sting - yummy!) 

Both of these greens can be eaten cooked or raw. The nettles need to be blended if used raw - ie. in a bit of oil to make a pesto like sauce. 

Kim has posted a few more recipes for us to enjoy.  Here is one for turnip.

And for those who are over loaded with apples here is her post on apples:

Pulled from the blog history:

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2012-05-21  by Patricia Bishop

Note from a CSA member:

My sister made me a nettle strawberry smoothie and it was delicious! Nettles blend up really well and they loose thier sting in smoothie form. She blended nettles, fresh and/or frozen strawberries and apple cider. It was great and inspired me to try a tropical version by combining half a bag of nettles, 3 kiwis, 1 banana, and some orange juice. My two year old loved it! Throw in some ice cubes and it's a wonderfully refreshing drink on a hot day!

lovin' the nettles!


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2012-05-21  by Patricia Bishop

Another great member sharing idea for nettles:
Hi Patricia,
I've always dried out stinging nettle and use it as a base for herbal tea. It's full of nutrients such as calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium... vitamins a, b, and c, and high in chlorophyl.
It's recommended as a good herbal tea for pregnant women (high nutrition without risk). That, combined with raspberry leaf and a bit of mint is very tasty!
Take care,

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2012-05-18  by Patricia Bishop

Thanks for this Nicole!

more cabbage ideas, I can't eat pasta:  So  I use cooked sliced cabbage as a pasta substitute in an alfredo sauce, super yummy!

And I really like this nettle recipe as well if you want to share it:
I made this several times last year, and so good! And yes, does not need to be cooked, the food procesor breaks up all the stingers, so as long as thoroughly processed, can eat raw!