Welcome to week 4, and the arrival of the garlic scapes! Which also means the “real” garlic is just a few weeks behind! Garlic scapes are the springy, twirly item in your share this week. Every season I make a point to write something about the amazing garlic plant, as its life cycle on the farm is unique. The scape is the flower of the garlic plant, which it sends out very near the end of its life. We remove this flowering (and deciously edible) part of the plant in order to redirect the plant’s energy into creating a larger bulb underground. Over the next few weeks, the single cloves we planted last October that have begun swelling underground this spring will actually clone themselves into a head containing four to eight cloves in order to become the garlic heads we’re all familiar with. We dig up the whole heads around July 4th – but in the meantime we’re thrilled to enjoy the scapes! You can store them in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for weeks, and they also freeze well. They also make a beautiful “flower” arrangement (and last forever) in a vase on your table.
Here are our favorite ways to use scapes:
- Chopped up and sautéed like you’d use garlic
- Garlic scape pesto
- Whole on the grill
- Here are more suggestions, including scape gazpacho and scapes wrapped in bacon
This week’s box:
- Italian kale
- Baby arugula
- Bok choy
- Garlic scapes
- Swiss chard
- Napa cabbage
To pick in the field:
- NEW THIS WEEK - Sugar Snap Peas
- The herb garden is open!
This week’s rotating cheese share:
- Villa Italian Specialties Fresh Mozzarella
This week’s rotating bread share:
Dark Beer Bread: Carissa’s dark beer bread is baked using a rich, flavorful, and milky beer called Guardsman Stout, which is crafted by our local Montauk Brewing Company. The creamy stout lends its distinct flavor to the one-and-one-half pound loaves, which sell out weekly at the Montauk Farmers Market. Other ingredients include bread flour, molasses, salt, and yeast.
This week's recipes:
- Shrimp and Egg Fried Rice with Peas and Napa Cabbage - use your scallions and peas from the field! Substitute in chopped sugar snap peas for shelling peas