Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 Share 13

2014 CSA Share 13


This week on The Shire fall is truly here.  The air has taken a chill and in the course of a week Farmer Figgins has gone from shorts and tee shirts, to jackets and Carhartts.  To match this we have more fall crops coming your direction this week.  Many which with a little effort can be preserved for months to come.  New we will have the first wave of winter squash, some sunflowers ready to be hung and dried.  We also are including a bulk of garden huckleberries, which are an easily preserved crop, so take advantage this week.  









Acorn Squash


NEW THIS WEEK! These beautiful squashes are as good to eat as they are to use as a fall decoration.  The acorn is a rich squash that is ideal as a side dish along a nice roast chicken as part of a fantastic family dinner.  It can also be used to make a delicious soup.  Or by roasting with maple syrup can be a dessert like dish, which in Farmer Don's book means you get 2 desserts because a vegetable can't count as a dessert.

Acorn Squash Soup


 

Delicata Squash


NEW THIS WEEK! The Delicata Squash is a variety of butternut squash.  It is an easily prepared vegetable, no need to peel this squash, with a rich taste that is ideal for Roasting or being caramelized.

Roasted Squash Recipe

 

Sunflowers


NEW THIS WEEK! These once beautiful giants, are ripe with seeds.  Save yourself from the expensive and less healthy snack and make your own roasted sunflower seeds.  The First step is hanging your sunflower upside down and tieing a plastic bag over the head allowing the dried seeds to collect.  At which point you boil the seeds with salt and then roast in the oven for a favorite snack.  

Sunflower Seed Recipe

 



Garden Huckleberries


This is the other unique fruit we are growing this year.  Like the Ground Cherry it is related to the tomato plant.  This fruit is not very tasty raw and requires a little work to make this the delicious specialty it is meant to be.  It is great to use for Jams, on Ice Cream or can be added to the Ground Cherries to make a unique mixed berry pie.  Again from our favorite source of information 

Mother Earth News Pie

Garden Huckleberry Jam



Ground Cherries


This has been a surprisingly popular crop.  This interesting garden specialty is from the tomato family, and luckily has so far been unaffected by the blight.  These small paper covered fruits have a super sweetened tomato flavor, which is closer to a strawberry and has the smell of cantaloupe.  They are fantastic added to vanilla ice cream.  They also can be the basis for a great pie or jam which can be found on Mother Earth News.




Turnips


These Small white turnips are great for use raw in salads, or can be roasted, boiled and mashed, or diced and added to a soup.  This vegetable is a staple food that can be used in every meal and many ways let us know what your favorite way to eat them are!  



Okra


Okra was a new vegetable to us last year that we brought back again this year.  We like to use our Okra by dicing it with a jalapeno and add it to a cornbread mix.  Okra can also be grilled, sauteed, fried, stir-fried, or added to soup.  

Grilled Okra

Spicy Sauteed Okra

Chicken and Okra Gumbo
  

   



Peppers- Jalapeno, Ancho, or Anaheim


We have a mix of peppers this week either a Jalapeno, Ancho, or a Anaheim pepper.  Each has a little different use.  Jalapenos, are typically added for spice to a dish, especially salsas, sauces, and stir-fry. Ancho peppers are pretty diverse and can be used diced, or stuffed and roasted.  



 

Eggplant


 We have a dark purple variety and a white variety, perfect for ratatouille or eggplant Parmesan. Raw eggplant can have a somewhat bitter taste, but becomes tender when cooked and develops a rich, complex flavor. The flesh is smooth and meaty, capable of absorbing large amounts of cooking fats and sauces, making for very rich dishes and making it a great meat substitute for vegan and vegetarian dishes!





Tomatillos


We have changed up the salsa verde recipe this week, it is a fresh recipe that requires no cooking.  This salsa is great on pork chops!  This interesting vegetable is related to the tomato and must be removed from it's papery husk before use.  It can be used in many of the same ways as a tomato either in sauces or green salsas.  

Salsa Verde




Kale


This green became a favorite for us at the farm Farmer Don certainly came to love it.  There are many great ways to enjoy this super food, which is loaded with vitamins.  You can of course eat it raw, or throw it in a juicer.  We really enjoy throwing it in the cast iron with  butter, salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes and sauteing for a few minutes for a great side to any meal.  It is also a great healthy snack when you bake them into Kale Chips.  

Kale Chips




Swiss Chard



Enjoy these multicolored Swiss Chard leaves this week! Swiss Chard is high in minerals and fiber, and looks a bit like a giant beet leaf.  Swiss chard with red ribs is often a little sweeter, with less bitter undertone than Swiss chard with white ribs. All the varieties of chard can be prepared the same way, but they can have a different flavor. Some people prefer the ribs, some prefer the leaves, so experiment and enjoy this summer! Try some of these easy recipes to start out.

Fresh Herb Bundle


We've got  bunches of Terragon, Dill, Italian Basil and Lemon Basil this week, enjoy!  

Can't use it all? Here's a simple How-To on drying your own herbs

Friday, September 5, 2014

2014 CSA Share 12

2014 CSA Share 12


This week on The Shire has been a busy one.  We put up our second cutting of hay and the barn is full and we're ready to feed two cows for the winter.  Again we have something new for everyone,  this week we have our late summer specialty Melons!  We also have the last of the Summer Squash.  Many of the fall planting vegetables are beginning to be ready so we also have many of our spring crops cycling back into production like Lettuces and Arugula.   Unfortunately our Tomatoes in the Greenhouse have succumb to the blight, and this will be the last week we have tomatoes, which has been a heartbreak for Sara as I am sure it has been for all of you.



Arugula, eggplant, garden huckleberry, kale, melon, onions, peppers, summer squash, tomatillos, and tomatoes.






WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF EXTRA PRODUCE FOR SALE AT DROP OFF, THE FARM STAND AND CARSON CITY FARMERS MARKET!

 

 

  Melon


NEW THIS WEEK! These are a mix of Cantaloupe, and the small melon with big flavor, the Charentais Melon!  We will have watermelons in the next few weeks so keep looking forward to that! 

 

Arugula


Arugula is a pungent, peppery flavored green originating from the Mediterranean. Spice up any salad, sandwich, or pizza with some Arugula! For a pizza topping you can add it just before baking or immediately after. Also eaten raw, coarsely chopped in pasta in Italy. With salad--try it with some mozzarella cheese, pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes!


 

Garden Huckleberries


This is the other unique fruit we are growing this year.  Like the Ground Cherry it is related to the tomato plant.  This fruit is not very tasty raw and requires a little work to make this the delicious specialty it is meant to be.  It is great to use for Jams, on Ice Cream or can be added to the Ground Cherries to make a unique mixed berry pie.  Again from our favorite source of information Mother Earth News:

To prepare the fruits for use in most recipes, it's necessary to subject them to heat (to soften them) and to add about 1 1/4 cups of sugar for every four cups of raw berries. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Sweetness is, of course, a matter of personal taste. We also suspect it would be quite easy to substitute a less processed product for the white sugar called for in Ms. Farris's recipes.] If I'm making a pie, for instance, I first simmer four cups of berries, with just enough water to prevent scorching, for 20 minutes. Then I add the sugar and four tablespoons of cornstarch or tapioca, stir the filling till it thickens, remove it from the heat to cool, pour it into a shell, and cover it with a top crust. I put the pie in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F and continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes or until the top is browned. The cooked and sweetened fruit is also delicious in pancakes, muffins, and such.



Okra


Okra was a new vegetable to us last year that we brought back again this year.  We like to use our Okra by dicing it with a jalapeno and add it to a cornbread mix.  Okra can also be grilled, sauteed, fried, stir-fried, or added to soup.  

Grilled Okra

Spicy Sauteed Okra

Chicken and Okra Gumbo
 

 


Tomatoes 


This will be the last of the tomatoes to have survived the Late Blight, so enjoy these quickly!   Below is a link to Farmer Figgins' post about all the varieties you will be seeing this season.   Fortunately we do still have slicers and romas growing in the greenhouse which can be used very universally. 

2014 Tomato Varieties



 

Onions


We are growing a mix of White, Yellow, and Red onions, and everyone should see a mix throughout the season.  Use the onions as you would any onion, we find the Red onions are best for strong flavors, and we like them especially for raw sandwich onions, yellows are very universal useable in any way, and whites are good for cooking with.   



Peppers- Jalapeno, Ancho, or Bell


These spicy summer favorites are coming free choice this week.  We have a mix of peppers this week either a Jalapeno, Ancho, or a Bell pepper.  Each has a little different use.  Jalapenos, are typically added for spice to a dish, especially salsas, sauces, and stir-fry. Ancho peppers are pretty diverse and can be used diced, or stuffed and roasted.  Bell peppers are probably the most universally liked pepper.  These peppers are not typically spicy and even can be sweet.  There is no wrong way to eat bell peppers in our opinion, diced it can be added to a salsa raw, or sauteed and added to eggs!  


 

Eggplant


 We have a dark purple variety and a white variety, perfect for ratatouille or eggplant Parmesan. Raw eggplant can have a somewhat bitter taste, but becomes tender when cooked and develops a rich, complex flavor. The flesh is smooth and meaty, capable of absorbing large amounts of cooking fats and sauces, making for very rich dishes and making it a great meat substitute for vegan and vegetarian dishes!





Tomatillos


We have changed up the salsa verde recipe this week, it is a fresh recipe that requires no cooking.  This salsa is great on pork chops!  This interesting vegetable is related to the tomato and must be removed from it's papery husk before use.  It can be used in many of the same ways as a tomato either in sauces or green salsas.  

 Salsa Verde



Summer Squash


This will likely be the last share with summer squash, and we have a few monster size zucchini for everyone. These are large enough for making zucchini bread one of Farmer Figgins' favorite way to use squash!  We shred and drain these large zucchini and freeze in 4cup batches so we can enjoy it all winter long.

 

Spaghetti Carbonera with Summer Squash

 



Kale


This green became a favorite for us at the farm Farmer Don certainly came to love it.  There are many great ways to enjoy this super food, which is loaded with vitamins.  You can of course eat it raw, or throw it in a juicer.  We really enjoy throwing it in the cast iron with  butter, salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes and sauteing for a few minutes for a great side to any meal.  It is also a great healthy snack when you bake them into Kale Chips.  

Kale Chips


Fresh Herb Bundle


We've got  bunches of Catnip, Sage, Italian Basil and Lemon Basil this week, enjoy!  

Can't use it all? Here's a simple How-To on drying your own herbs

Friday, August 29, 2014

CSA Share 11

2014 CSA Share 11


This week on the Shire Farm we continue the trend of a new item every week of the season.   This week we have a new, very unique item, the Garden Huckleberry.  This item is a fruit that grows on a very quick growing bush and is an annual unlike most fruits.  It is very important not to eat this fruit raw, it will not be very tasty!  Sweeten them up by cooking them at a simmer for 20 minutes with 1-1/4 cups of sugar.  In other news the cucumbers and summer squash are coming to a close for the season.  Melons are getting close but are not quite ready yet.   We also have some fall favorites like pumpkins and spaghetti squash in the weeks to come!


Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Eggplant, Okra, Peppers, Ground Cherry, Garden Huckleberry, Kale, Onions, Lemon Basil, Dill, Terragone, Italian Basil, Parsley





WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF EXTRA PRODUCE FOR SALE AT DROP OFF, THE FARM STAND AND CARSON CITY FARMERS MARKET!

 

 

Garden Huckleberries


NEW THIS WEEK!  This is the other unique fruit we are growing this year.  Like the Ground Cherry it is related to the tomato plant.  This fruit is not very tasty raw and requires a little work to make this the delicious specialty it is meant to be.  It is great to use for Jams, on Ice Cream or can be added to the Ground Cherries to make a unique mixed berry pie.  Again from our favorite source of information Mother Earth News:

To prepare the fruits for use in most recipes, it's necessary to subject them to heat (to soften them) and to add about 1 1/4 cups of sugar for every four cups of raw berries. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Sweetness is, of course, a matter of personal taste. We also suspect it would be quite easy to substitute a less processed product for the white sugar called for in Ms. Farris's recipes.] If I'm making a pie, for instance, I first simmer four cups of berries, with just enough water to prevent scorching, for 20 minutes. Then I add the sugar and four tablespoons of cornstarch or tapioca, stir the filling till it thickens, remove it from the heat to cool, pour it into a shell, and cover it with a top crust. I put the pie in a 425°F oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F and continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes or until the top is browned. The cooked and sweetened fruit is also delicious in pancakes, muffins, and such.




Ground Cherries


We've been waiting for this one all year.  This interesting garden specialty is from the tomato family, and luckily has so far been unaffected by the blight.  These small paper covered fruits have a super sweetened tomato flavor, which is closer to a berry.  They are fantastic added to vanilla ice cream.  They also can be the basis for a great pie.   From Mother Earth News

But my favorite way, by far, to eat ground-cherries is in a pie. To make this festive dish, combine 2 cups of sugar with 2 tablespoons of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Then, add 4 cups of husked, ripe cherries, 2 tablespoons of melted butter or margarine, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Pour the filling into a 9" unbaked pie crust, cover it with another sheet of dough, cut a few slits in the top for venting, and bake it at 350°F for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the crust is golden.


Okra


Okra was a new vegetable to us last year that we brought back again this year.  We like to use our Okra by dicing it with a jalapeno and add it to a cornbread mix.  Okra can also be grilled, sauteed, fried, stir-fried, or added to soup.  

Grilled Okra

Spicy Sauteed Okra

Chicken and Okra Gumbo

 

 

 


Tomatoes 


We have tomatoes to go home with everyone from our greenhouse. Below is a link to Farmer Figgins' post about all the varieties you will be seeing this season.   Fortunately we do still have slicers and romas growing in the greenhouse which can be used very universally. 

2014 Tomato Varieties


 

 

Onions


We are growing a mix of White, Yellow, and Red onions, and everyone should see a mix throughout the season.  Use the onions as you would any onion, we find the Red onions are best for strong flavors, and we like them especially for raw sandwich onions, yellows are very universal useable in any way, and whites are good for cooking with.   




Peppers- Jalapeno, Ancho, or Bell


These spicy summer favorites are coming free choice this week.  We have a mix of peppers this week either a Jalapeno, Ancho, or a Bell pepper.  Each has a little different use.  Jalapenos, are typically added for spice to a dish, especially salsas, sauces, and stir-fry. Ancho peppers are pretty diverse and can be used diced, or stuffed and roasted.  Bell peppers are probably the most universally liked pepper.  These peppers are not typically spicy and even can be sweet.  There is no wrong way to eat bell peppers in our opinion, diced it can be added to a salsa raw, or sauteed and added to eggs!  

 

 

Eggplant


 We have a dark purple variety and a white variety, perfect for ratatouille or eggplant Parmesan. Raw eggplant can have a somewhat bitter taste, but becomes tender when cooked and develops a rich, complex flavor. The flesh is smooth and meaty, capable of absorbing large amounts of cooking fats and sauces, making for very rich dishes and making it a great meat substitute for vegan and vegetarian dishes!






Tomatillos


We have changed up the salsa verde recipe this week, it is a fresh recipe that requires no cooking.  This salsa is great on pork chops!  This interesting vegetable is related to the tomato and must be removed from it's papery husk before use.  It can be used in many of the same ways as a tomato either in sauces or green salsas.  

 Salsa Verde





Summer Squash


Another summer favorite that is easy to use in a lot of different recipes.  We will have a mix of Zucchini,an heirloom variety,  costata romanesco zucchini and Yellow Crook Neck squash for everyone this week. These are starting to get large enough for making zucchini bread one of Farmer Figgins' favorite way to use squash!

Spaghetti Carbonera with Summer Squash

 

 



Kale


This green became a favorite for us at the farm Farmer Don certainly came to love it.  There are many great ways to enjoy this super food, which is loaded with vitamins.  You can of course eat it raw, or throw it in a juicer.  We really enjoy throwing it in the cast iron with  butter, salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes and sauteing for a few minutes for a great side to any meal.  It is also a great healthy snack when you bake them into Kale Chips.  

Kale Chips


Fresh Herb Bundle


We've got  bunches of Parsley, Terragone, Dill, Italian Basil and Lemon Basil this week, enjoy!  

Can't use it all? Here's a simple How-To on drying your own herbs

Friday, August 22, 2014

2014 CSA Share 10

2014 CSA Share 10


This week on the Shire was of course a sad one as we had to pull out all of our outdoor tomato plants, a huge blow to the farm.  Luckily, we do still have our greenhouse tomatoes uninfected leaving some tomatoes for everyone.  This does likely mean we will not have quantities for storage this year.  None the less the share still looks great this week, featuring two more new vegetables for the season.  This week sara dug out some carrots for everyone, and also one of our most exciting new ventures on the farm, Ground Cherries!       







WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF EXTRA PRODUCE FOR SALE AT DROP OFF, THE FARM STAND AND CARSON CITY FARMERS MARKET!

 

 

Carrots


NEW THIS WEEK!  These orange delights are a very popular vegetable.  They are wonderful, and sweet, when eaten raw.  For a real treat try glazing the carrots with stock and butter, yum.



Ground Cherries


NEW THIS WEEK!  We've been waiting for this one all year.  This interesting garden specialty is from the tomato family, and luckily has so far been unaffected by the blight.  These small paper covered fruits have a super sweetened tomato flavor, which is closer to a berry.  They are fantastic added to vanilla ice cream.  They also can be the basis for a great pie.   From Mother Earth News

But my favorite way, by far, to eat ground-cherries is in a pie. To make this festive dish, combine 2 cups of sugar with 2 tablespoons of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Then, add 4 cups of husked, ripe cherries, 2 tablespoons of melted butter or margarine, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Pour the filling into a 9" unbaked pie crust, cover it with another sheet of dough, cut a few slits in the top for venting, and bake it at 350°F for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the crust is golden.

Lettuce Mix


This week we have a return of the lettuce mixes!  A combination of  green oakleaf, red oakleaf, green romaine, and red romaine. Enjoy!



Green Onions


We also have more Green Onions this week.  This is a great addition to many dishes.  Raw it can be added to a salad or salsa.  Also add it at the end of any stir fry for a great infusion of flavor.  You can also add it to any soup, baked pasta, or any other dish.  



Okra


Okra was a new vegetable to us last year that we brought back again this year.  We like to use our Okra by dicing it with a jalapeno and add it to a cornbread mix.  Okra can also be grilled, sauteed, fried, stir-fried, or added to soup.  

Grilled Okra

Spicy Sauteed Okra

Chicken and Okra Gumbo

 

 

Broccoli 

 

More Broccoli this week. This veggie can be used so many ways it almost seems silly to try and give suggestions for use.  You can eat it raw in a salad, put it in a quiche, cook it in a stir-fry, throw it in a soup, steam it and have it as a side to any meal.  Let us know your favorite way to eat this super nutritious green!

 

 


Tomatoes 


We have tomatoes to go home with everyone from our greenhouse. Below is a link to Farmer Figgins' post about all the varieties you will be seeing this season.   Fortunately we do still have slicers and romas growing in the greenhouse which can be used very universally. 

2014 Tomato Varieties



 

 

Onions


We are growing a mix of White, Yellow, and Red onions, and everyone should see a mix throughout the season.  Use the onions as you would any onion, we find the Red onions are best for strong flavors, and we like them especially for raw sandwich onions, yellows are very universal useable in any way, and whites are good for cooking with.   




Peppers- Jalapeno, Ancho, or Bell


These spicy summer favorites are coming free choice this week.  We have a mix of peppers this week either a Jalapeno, Ancho, or a Bell pepper.  Each has a little different use.  Jalapenos, are typically added for spice to a dish, especially salsas, sauces, and stir-fry. Ancho peppers are pretty diverse and can be used diced, or stuffed and roasted.  Bell peppers are probably the most universally liked pepper.  These peppers are not typically spicy and even can be sweet.  There is no wrong way to eat bell peppers in our opinion, diced it can be added to a salsa raw, or sauteed and added to eggs!  



 

 

Eggplant


 We have a purple variety, perfect for ratatouille or eggplant Parmesan. Raw eggplant can have a somewhat bitter taste, but becomes tender when cooked and develops a rich, complex flavor. The flesh is smooth and meaty, capable of absorbing large amounts of cooking fats and sauces, making for very rich dishes and making it a great meat substitute for vegan and vegetarian dishes!







Tomatillos


We have changed up the salsa verde recipe this week, it is a fresh recipe that requires no cooking.  This salsa is great on pork chops!  This interesting vegetable is related to the tomato and must be removed from it's papery husk before use.  It can be used in many of the same ways as a tomato either in sauces or green salsas.  

 Salsa Verde



Lemon Cucumbers


This is probably Farmer Figgins favorite specialty crop we grow.  This is an Heirloom variety of cucumber that doesn't grow large green fruits.  Instead these small apple sized cucumbers have a bright yellow skin.  They make a fantastic snack with no clean up because the entire thing is edible and delicious.  They can also be used to make your favorite cucumber salad recipe.  



Green Beans


The beans are finally beginning to slow down to Farmer Figgins' delight, but should still be available for a little longer.  We are growing a mix of varieties this year so you will be seeing a mix of Green, Purple, and Yellow Green Beans throughout the season.  This summertime favorite is loved by almost everyone. Raw they are very tasty but there are all sorts of ways to prepare this veggie.  Steam them, bake them, bread and fry them it's hard to go wrong here.   You can also pickle these along with a few cucumbers!    



Summer Squash


Another summer favorite that is easy to use in a lot of different recipes.  We will have a mix of Zucchini,an heirloom variety,  costata romanesco zucchini and Yellow Crook Neck squash for everyone this week. These are starting to get large enough for making zucchini bread one of Farmer Figgins' favorite way to use squash!


Spaghetti Carbonera with Summer Squash

 

 

Cucumbers

 

More Cucumbers this week.  There will be a mix of slicing and pickling varieties this week.  The Pickling cucumbers are smooth skinned and 


Kale


This green became a favorite for us at the farm Farmer Don certainly came to love it.  There are many great ways to enjoy this super food, which is loaded with vitamins.  You can of course eat it raw, or throw it in a juicer.  We really enjoy throwing it in the cast iron with  butter, salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes and sauteing for a few minutes for a great side to any meal.  It is also a great healthy snack when you bake them into Kale Chips.  

Kale Chips


Fresh Herb Bundle


We've got  bunches of Garlic Chives, Dill, Italian Basil and Lemon Basil this week, enjoy!  

Can't use it all? Here's a simple How-To on drying your own herbs