Thursday, June 21, 2012

It's a warm day at the farm--nobody minds washing vegetables today.  Summer is officially here, and almost like clockwork, the spring crops are coming to an end and the hot weather crops are queuing up.  The cucumbers and summer squash are coming on strong, teeny tiny baby melons are forming on the vine, and yes, there are green tomatoes starting as well.  The farm crew is doing excellent work and kicked off the garlic harvest yesterday. Six laughing farm crew members got a ride on the back of the harvest cart yesterday on its maiden voyage.  You could say they enjoyed it!

Weekly Pickup:  whichever day suits you best from week to week.  

Thurs: 3-7pm
Fri:     11-7pm
Sat:    9-1pm 

Farmer Profiles: Spotlight on Brad T.

Position at the farm: Farm Crew
Number of years working for Goodwill: 6 plus
Favorite thing to grow at the farm: carrots
The animal he most connects with is: the deer
Favorite kind of music: country
What he wanted to be when he grew up: a farmer
Favorite thing about the farm: planting on the transplanter
Someday he would like to visit: the Bahamas
Favorite sport to watch: football
Brad’s family includes: his mom and dad
He has a pet dog: Gordie, a Chihuahua
Something Brad can’t live without is: chocolate
Brad’s hobbies are: basketball, walking, biking, skiing, bowling and bocce
Brad’s trademarks at the farm: are his masterful hoeing and being a man of few words

Blueberry Update:  Open to Shareholders who did not pick last week
The blueberries had a week to ripen more fruit.  There will be blueberries across the next several weeks. There are few things as good as a ripe blueberry from here. Most blueberries are machine picked and shipped, so these are something special!

  The season limit for blueberries is 1 pint for half shares and 2 pints for full shares.
If we are able to raise the limit later on, we will.  Please re-use your berry boxes to cut down on waste.  

Farm Forum on Facebook: 
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Serving Suggestions for the Harvest:

Scallions: use these onions in any raw or cooked recipe. Mild and tasty.
Cabbage: sweet and tasty cabbage great to salad and slaw.  See recipe below:
Lettuce heads: great for salad, sandwiches, enough said :-) 

Garlic Scapes:  these green garlic necks are tender and can be used in lieu of bulb garlic in any recipe. 
 Chard: this green is a cousin of the beet and is good for salad and as a spinach substitute in lasnagna or elsewhere. Spanakopita anyone?
 Kale and Collards--a little butter or bacon fat or oil and sautee these well--very tasty side dish. My wife serves with eggs and sauteed onions and mushrooms--fabulous.
Bok Choy:  think of this as a crispy cabbage of Asian origin.  Also think of peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and onions as great companions with this vegetable. 
Napa cabbage: not familiar with this one?  It's like lettucey cabbage. It is used in kimchee, the fiery hot pickled cabbage of Korea, and can be used in recipes calling for cabbage.  Great to stir fry and use with garlic scapes, onions, ginger, soy sauce and sesame. 
Lorena’s Spicy Cabbage Salad(adapted from the Extending the Table cookbook)
Half of a cabbage, sliced fine
Half of a medium onion, sliced
½ cup cider vinegar
1 T. oil
1 1/2t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ½ t. sugar
1/8 t. cayenne pepper or more as desired—(I used 1 ½ t. last time and it was hot!—Scott)
½ c. of chopped peanuts
Combine everything except peanuts and marinate at room temp for 30 minutes or more. Top with peanuts, chill and serve.  --from Lorena Breneman, farmer's wife

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