Parts of Southern Michigan are seeing dry weather conditions that classify as “abnormally dry” which is just one step away from drought status.  For the Detroit farmer, this means some of our plans are derailed.  Cool weather crops like peas and lettuce are having a hard time in the heat.  Many herbs are going to flower before expected and seeds aren’t germinating as well as one would hope.  Still, we at City Commons persevere to bring you another box load of vegetables.This week:

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Kohlrabi from Fields of Plenty


Salad Mix from Dolce Diamante


Hakuri Turnips from Iroquois Ave (or Beets from Villakula)


Thyme from Occupy Yourself and Singing Tree Garden


Scallions from Iroquois Ave


Radishes from Dulce Diamante and Iroquois Ave


Kale From Villakula and Food Field

lettuce head

Lettuce from Iroquois Ave

As far as the lettuce goes, you may notice that it is a bit tough and bitter.  This is because of the dry and hot conditions.  Instead of using it in a salad try it cooked.  Here is a simple recipe:

Wash and dry the lettuce thoroughly. Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, sugar and pepper in a small bowl. Heat a wok or 14-inch skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add vegetable oil and garlic, then add lettuce and seasonings.  Stir-fry 10 seconds and voila!

Did you know that bitter lettuce has a soporific effect?

Here is a link to a recipe for lettuce soup.  Try it and tell us how you like it.

Have fun cooking!


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