Baskets

An ongoing series of information

Friday / Tuesday Baskets

May 22 & 26, 2020

Still More rain…. But hey everything is amazingly green …. (We apologize as to the late basket update and are including info for both Friday the 22nd and Tuesday the 26th)


These baskets had all of these great items:

  • Collards
  • Bok choy
  • Kale
  • Mixed radishes
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Parris Island Romaine
  • Purple Kohlrabi
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Carrots
  • Pea shoots
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Broccolini

Herbs:

  • Peppermint
  • Chocolate mint
  • Sage
  • Russian tarragon
  • Rosemary
  • Purple and Green Basil
  • Garlic Scape Bulb

Our sample for the week is:

  • Farm Dried Hot Pepper Seasoning. We took our abundance of hot peppers at the end of last year; including everything from habaneros to scotch bonnets, jalapenos, and other mild and spicy peppers, dried them by hanging and then used the food processor to make them into a dry seasoning. Nothing but peppers – but it is the ingredient to take your chili and other spicy dishes to the next level…. Please smell it first and use caution as it can get hot ….

A few Ideas for your basket items:

  • • Those baby carrots are not like the ones you get at the store – no ranch necessary…
  • • All of the roots (radishes, turnips) and kohlrabi make a great pot of mashers
  • • The napa cabbage makes the best coleslaw you have had…
  • • Kale is awesome cut up mixed with a little oil or butter and salt and pepper and then baked till it crisps in the oven – best chip like snack food and taste so much better
  • • The garlic scape will go well thrown in the blender with the basil a little olive oil and salt and pepper and then thrown with some fresh pasta as a quick pesto
  • • I add rosemary to my potatoes, roasted veggies or even in the oven with roasted meat _ and of course Sage with chicken is a natural pairing.

Tuesday Basket

May 19, 2020

I love how the soft rain really makes the fields beautiful....however can't say I'm a huge fan of the downpours in between....This week has been spent working in the lulls to take care of all the little things that makes the plants really grow, bug treatments (our frogs so far have kept most of the bugs off our tomatoes - and they love this rain...) Deer deterrents...(aluminum pie trays are the best)


Tuesday’s basket had all of these great items:

  • Collards
  • Purple/ green bok choy
  • Blue Curled Scotch kale
  • Mixed radishes- Mini Purple Daikon, Bald Head Mustard, Wasabi Radish
  • Lettuce mix with butter crunch, red butter, arugula, and 4 seasons
  • Broccolini
  • Beets; Golden and Chiogga
  • Parris Island Romaine
  • Purple Kohlrabi
  • Spinach

Our sample for the week is:

Luffa Treat bag, Grown and made with all natural ingredients at the Farm:

  • Farm grown antimicrobial Luffa (great for facial cleansing or dish cleaning)
  • Luffa soap, 2 great products in one
  • Mocha Sugar scrub
  • Mojito sea salt scrub.

A few Ideas for your basket items:

  • Still have to go with the butter sauteed radishes with fresh herbs and salt and pepper...not only delicious but beautiful
  • take advantage of the delicious bok choy in your stir fries this week as it will be giving way for other cabbages and some loose leaf tatsoi bok choy soon
  • The Mystery ingredient this week is the kohlrabi, it's super versatile but not a lot of people are familiar with it, the leaves can be cooked with other greens (so can the beet greens - so delicious...) or used in a salad, the bulb itself is great shredded into a coleslaw, roasted with oil and salt and pepper or used in a quick pickle or relish, it is very similar to a jicama with its crunchy sweetness, I really enjoy just cutting them up with salt and dipping in ranch….

Friday Basket

May 15, 2020

We are moving into summer and are getting new things ready every week. 


The fields are looking beautiful with all of the variety and with this week's rain should be doing great....


Friday’s basket had all of these great items:


Herbs:

Peppermint

Rosemary

Sage (the sage flowers are edible as well)

Garlic ramps


Collards

Purple bok choy

Scarlet Kale

Dinosaur kale

Mixed radishes- Frech Breakfast and purple chinese

Lettuce mix with butter crunch, red butter, arugula, and 4 seasons

green onions

Broccoli Rabe

Our sample for the week is:

A jar of strawberry blueberry orange marmalade


A few Ideas for your basket items:

 This basket is really geared to stir-fry; the radishes, boy choy stems, Broccoli Rabe, kale and green onions mixed with your favorite protein and sautéed would pair great with either rice or quinoa.

 The lettuce mix with the peppery arugula and tender butter lettuces are great for a spring salad with a light balsamic.

 The real hidden gem in this basket is the radishes, these are not your typical red globes you get at the market these have a lot of versatility; my favorite ways to serve them are:

  • • Roasted with some of the fresh herbs and melted butter
  • • Sliced super thin on bread with cream cheese salt and pepper for tea sandwiches
  • • Julienned on a traditional taco
  • • Or, my easy old-fashioned southern go-to; sautéed with plenty of butter and salt and pepper

Tuesday Basket

May 12, 2020

This time of year is a transition from all the fresh greens of spring into the vibrant flavors of summer…


At Ray of Joy we grow only heirloom varieties of fruit and veggies, which means that what we have isn’t the same as what you would get in a grocery store. Our colors are brighter and more vibrant and the flavors are more pronounced. We get most of our seeds from Baker Creek and they source heirlooms from all over the world, which gives us the opportunity to find some really great things that we would not normally be exposed to.


Tuesday’s basket had all of these great items:


Herbs:

Spearmint

Peppermint

Rosemary

Russian tarragon

Sage (the sage flowers are edible as well)


Large Chinese cabbage

Purple bok choy

Scarlet Kale

Dinosaur kale

Mixed radishes- daikon and chinese

Pea shoot microgreens

Lettuce mix with butter crunch, red butter, arugula, and 4 seasons

green onions

Our sample for the week is:

A jar of strawberry blueberry orange marmalade


A few Ideas for your basket items:

 This basket is really geared to stir-fry; the radishes, boy choy stems, kale and green onions mixed with your favorite protein and sautéed would pair great with either rice or quinoa.

 I love the different cabbages in a fresh coleslaw and paired with pork or on a taco. The leaves of the large chinese cabbage are great for a fresh cabbage roll with crisp veggies inside or a traditional baked one.

 The lettuce mix with the peppery arugula and tender butter lettuces are great for a spring salad with a light balsamic.

 The pea shoot microgreens are excellent on a sandwich or burger instead of lettuce, they also are really good tossed with oil and lemon to top a baked fish filet.

 The real hidden gem in this basket is the radishes, these are not your typical red globes you get at the market these have a lot of versatility; my favorite ways to serve them are:

  • • mashers (a mix of root veggies cooked and made like mashed potatoes or even just added to mashed potatoes, the butter and sour cream pair well with the radish)
  • • Roasted with some of the fresh herbs and melted butter
  • • Sliced super thin on bread with cream cheese salt and pepper for tea sandwiches
  • • Julienned on a traditional taco
  • • Or, my easy old-fashioned southern go-to; sautéed with plenty of butter and salt and pepper