News from the farm: May 6, 2009

What's going on at the farm?

May 6th, 2009 Week 1

Produce and Cooking Info:
GREENS: This is the time of year for yummy and healthy greens!! Grab your cast iron skillet and get your vitamins! :) The spinach and Boc choi can be eaten raw (salad with some dressing) or cooked (sautee lightly with some olive oil and garlic). I usually cook the kale, as I feel it brings out more of its natural sweetness. You can steam it and sautee it, simply flavoring only as the taste of it alone is so earthy and yummy. Salt, pepper, oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar?

RADISHES: We have some fun varieties this year of radishes, the colors are shapes make eating them even better. A couple suggestions: Cut the radish from the leaves, submerse them all in a jar of water and put in the fridge. Grab on the go for a snack, they are cold and crisp and store for a while this way. OR, you can cook them. Cut them up and throw them in with your greens for the start of a stir fry. You can pretend you are french and eat them raw with butter, biscuit and salt for breakfast :)

TURNIPS: These yummy white baby turnips are perfect for adding to your raw salad or stir fry. They are crisp and sweet. Don't forget to eat the greens too, if you really like greens, turnip greens are a true southern treat.

STRAWBERRIES: Tis the season! We have a good crop this year, they are red and yummy. We did have a lot of rain Monday night and morning before picking them on Tuesday afternoon. This means two things: One, they drank a lot of water right before we picked them, with any crop, lots of water dilutes the flavor. Berries like HOT and Sunny and DRY weather. You may want to throw a little sugar on them. Two, we picked them when they were still damp. We laid them out to dry them overnight, but they may not last as long as normal since berries don't have a protective skin water can take away from their shelf life. So, eat up! Your first lesson on how the weather directly affects your food :) ALSO, if you are looking for a local organic pick your own strawberry farm, I have a place for ya. Check out whittedbowersfarm.com, they are in Cedar Grove!

Farming Fun:
This year I have two great employees again, Beth who has returned from last year, and Ryan who is a first timer to farming. Both would like to eventually farm or incorporate growing into their lives. The three of us have been busy planting, weeding......and now harvesting! Some recent activities include transplanting our big first planting of tomatoes, hoeing/weeding our first and second plantings of broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc. and discing in cover crops to prepare the ground for later successional plantings of summer crops.

I hope you all enjoy this weeks share. Please let me know via email if you have any feedback or questions of any sort! I love to hear from you. Coming soon: The carrots and beets are looking MARVOLOUS this year! We will have our rainbow carrots again with purple, orange and yellow colors. We should see these in two weeks along with broccoli. Swiss Chard, Scallions, leeks, spring onions and more are all on the way! You can count on more lettuce and strawberries next week for sure. Strawberries are usually around for four weeks through the month of May.

Thanks all! Hope your week of eating is enjoyable :) Elise.

What's in the box?

Full Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $30
Strawberries - 3 pints - $9.00
Red Russian Kale - 1 lr bunch - $4.00
Boston Lettuce - 2 heads - $5.00
French Breakfast Radishes - 1 lg bunch - $3.50
Baby Turnips - 1 bunch - $3.00
Baby Boc Choi - 1 bunch - $2.50
Scallions 1 bunch - $3.00
Half Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $20
Strawberries - 2 pints - $6.00
Winterbor Kale - 1 bunch - $3.00
Boston Lettuce - 1 head - $2.50
Pink Beauty Radishes - 1 bunch - $2.50
Baby Turnips - 1 bunch - $3.00
Spinach - 1/3-1/2 lb. - $3.00