This Weeks Share: Head Lettuce, Big Green (Lacinato kale), A Brassica (cauliflower/broccoli), Onions, Summer Squash, Cilantro bouquet, Carrots, a half-pint of Marionberries and a Farmer’s Choice Item.
- Lettuce: This week we have more lettuce for you. It’s still going….. 🙂
- A Big Green: Lacinato kale is a dark green heirloom variety of kale from Tuscany. Sometimes called “dinosaur kale,” Italians call it cavolo lacinato, or curly kale. I love this kind of kale as it’s flavor is distinct. Tear the leaves away from the slender stem when preparing it. It is often found at markets in the winter. It is sweet and delicious and so hardy it can be harvested under a foot of snow. Speaking of snow, here is a link to a nice recipe of kale with pecans from back in February. This woman has a neat site…. http://summertomato.com/tag/dinosaur-kale/ Kale is included again and again on lists of super foods, and for good reason: It’s a nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamin C, vitamin E (an antioxidant), calcium, and even a few cancer-fighting compounds. http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/seasonalcooking/fall/cooknow_kale#ixzz0uAB0UCPC
- Brassica: It has been a good season for our broccoli and cauliflower. This week will be either broccoli, cauliflower or you may get a mixed bag of broccoli and cauliflower florets. We have grown heirloom varieties this year which have more open heads than conventional broccoli or cauliflower, and some have different colors in them. They have yielded quite well. They look unique and different but still taste really great!
- Onions: A few more sweet onions find their way into your share again this week. So many of you have commented on how much you like these sweet little onions….we are so glad. Enjoy ’em while they last!
- Summer Squash: Oh the wonderful summer squash river may you faithfully floweth. A few baby squash are still being harvested, but some are coming on of respectable size. We have several types of zucchini – yellow ones, traditional elongated greens, elongated light and striped, and round Italian ones. They all taste great and relatively similar. All the squash work well in sweet savory recipes such as cakes and breads. Here is a recipe that is practically identical to my grandmothers zucchini cake. I thought she made chocolate zucchini bread, but no….. it was cake! Try this because you will love it if you like chocolate. And who doesn’t? http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/chocolate-zucchini-cake-recipe My grandmother used buttermilk and walnuts, and as far as I know she did not add the coffee. The coffee is just added for color and to enhance the chocolate….and I see nothing wrong with that.
- Cilantro: Cilantro greens and maybe some flowers find there way into everyone’s share this week. What a lovely and fragrant bouquet perfect for the dinner table~ You can eat it with your dinner! The greens, also called Chinese parsley, are very popular in chutneys and salsa’s and let’s not forget pesto! http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=524120 . The aroma is strong and fresh and reminds us of a summer-kitchen-picnic.
- Carrots: More carrot bunches for you. Leave the green tops on until you’re ready to eat them as they stay more ‘alive’ and fresh that way. We feed the greens to our bunny Flicker, who absolutely loves them! Some of you have asked if we leave the carrots in the ground, will they get bigger? Not exactly, and there are a couple reasons. The first reason is the seed strain “nantes” that we grow is a 6-8″ carrot, so that’s pretty small. We grow these carrots because they do well in our clay soils. Carrots are one of the more difficult crops to weed and thin, so when we harvest for you, your bunches also include some baby carrots. They are crisp and sweet and we hope you are enjoying them as much as we are.
- Marionberries: Everyone get’s to try Marionberries this week. They are a delicious blackberry and an Oregon native. Here is a nice little fact-sheet about Marionberries http://www.oregon-berries.com/marionberry.cfm
- Farmer’s Choice: The surprise item in your share this week might be some kholrabi or some snow peas.
BERRY SHARE: This is week 6 for the berry-share. This week berry-share holder’s have delicious Marionberries for the extra two pints. Everyone gets a half pint of Marionberries with the half-share, so you will have three containers when you pick-up your share. Please try a Marionberry milkshake or smoothie. They are our favorite! Of course you cannot go wrong with a Marionberry pie. I am making a couple this week. I like this woman’s pictures of pie…just the perfect thing to get your mouth watering… http://kathdedon.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/marionberry-or-blackberry-pie/ I don’t know about her oil pie crust. Has anyone tried this? I insist on only using butter. At least for now.
FARM NEWS: It seems I comment on this each week, but I cannot believe how different the weather forecast can be from one day to the next…..I can’t keep up! Not this busy season anyway. Just a few days ago I swear I saw rain and high 60’s in the picture for tomorrow….now it will be mid-80’s and no rain. In fact as of this evening the week ahead looks just about perfect for mid summer weather with no rain and high 70’s and low 80’s.
We had a very busy weekend full of folks visiting the farm to do some u-picking. The berries are doing well. If any of you member’s want to come and u-pick we will offer you a discount, or if you simply want to buy in bulk a picked flat, let us know and we will bring it to your pick-up. Now is the time for flat’s of Marionberries so if you are interested, just send us an email.
With the extra busy weekend of farm work, I feel like everything else at home was neglected and now I am playing catch up. I’ll be over that by tomorrow. Hope you all have a great week ahead.
We’ll see you soon and Thank-You for your support!