Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 9, 2014

In Your Share
·         Green Beans (and yellow?)
·         Ailsa Craig Sweet Onion
·         Leeks 
·         Kale
·         Beets
·         Carrots
·         New Red Potatoes and white potatoes - new potatoes means you don't have to peel them, the skins rub off.  These are not storing potatoes.

          Kale and Beet Salad 
 1 c. torn fresh mint leaves                                                        1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 c. thinly sliced sweet onion                                              1/4 tsp. black pepper
6 oz. kale leaves - stalks removed                                           4 hard cooked eggs, quartered
1/4 c. Greek yogurt                                                                  8 0z. peeled and steamed, quartered beets
 2 tbsp. buttermilk (use yogurt with milk instead)              1/2 c. chopped walnuts
2 tsp. white wine vinegar                                                            1/2 c.  blue cheese crumbled
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
Combine mint, onion, and kale in a large bowl.  Combine yogurt, buttermilk, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.  Drizzle yogurt mixture over kale mixture; toss gently to coat.  Arrange eggs and beets over salad; sprinkle with nuts and cheese.

What’s Happening on the Farm
The cooling temperatures have allowed a lot of weeding to get done!  The garden is looking fairly good despite the large amounts of rain, cool temperatures and cows walking through it a few times.  Yes, we have been chasing cows.  The grass is greener on the other side of the fence, especially when there is yummy kale and carrot tops mixed in.  Luckily, they didn't do much damage.  This is the first week for beans, green, yellow and purple are all flowering and you will have a mixture soon.  The zucchini and squash are also flowering - the plants have tripled in size in the last few weeks!  The tomatoes, eggplant and peppers have all set fruits and now waiting begins for them to ripen!  The peas have finished and have been tilled under.  Time to plant lettuce, spinach and fall peas (at least try to get these planted and hope they grow).  I always believe the soil is too hot for the seeds to germinate.  I never have very good luck planting seeds in the summer.  Maybe this is the year.
Enjoy this beautiful summer weather!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

June 18, 2014

Just when you think you get ahead...the rain begins and the weeds start again. The cooler weather last week was great. The beans, beets, carrots and onions were all found and exposed to the sunlight.                                             

In Your Share
·         Kale
·         Green Onions
·         Spinach
·         Radishes
·         Snap Peas
Kale Chips - remove the thick stems and tear into bite sized pieces.  Drizzle kale with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 350 until the edges are light brown.
Or throw kale into any soup or stew.
Peas - 

Sauteed Snap Peas
1/2 pound fresh sugar snap peas
 Remove and discard the stem end and string from each sugar snap pod.
Heat 1tbs. olive oil in a saute pan over medium high heat.  Add sugar snap peas, 1 tsp. kosher salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper and saute, tossing occasionally for 3-5 minutes until the peas are crisp tender.

What’s Happening on the Farm
 Weeding, planting, more weeding.