Tuesday, August 4, 2015

2015 CSA Share 10

CSA Share 10

New this week are tomatoes and cabbage. It's been dry here on the farm, we went nearly two weeks without rainfall until the most recent storm finally gave us about 3/4 in of rainfall. We'll take it! Send us more! The plants are hungry for water to grow, the melons and watermelons are swelling, corn tasseling, tomatoes turning, okra flowering. The bugs have been making more of an impact on the garden, with squash beetles on the summer squash, cucumber beetles on the cucumbers, and tomato horn worms on the tomatoes. For most of these we use Neem oil,  a naturally occurring pesticide (biopesticide) found in seeds from the neem tree. With the tomato hornworm however, it's all manual, if you can find them. 

We'll have extra produce available at pick up this week, Tuesday 6-6:30 at the Ionia Farmer's Market Pavillon. 

Free Range Eggs-$3/dozen
Green Beans-$1.25/1 lb
Tomatillos-$1.50/1 lb
Summer Squash-2/$1
Lemon Cucumbers-4/$1


Large Share Pictured: 2 Kohlrabi, 6 onions, 2 bunches herbs, 2 bunches green onions, 2 cabbage heads, 4 cucumbers, 5 summer squash, 6 lemon cucumbers, 2 lbs green beans, 2 bags of snacking tomatoes, 2 slicing tomatoes, 2 peppers




Tomatoes

New this week are the first tomatoes of the year! Everyone gets a nice big Black Krim slicer tomato and a bag of mixed snacking tomatoes (pear, cherry, salad roma). We've seen the first of the tomato horn worms out in the field and in the greenhouse, but we're keeping a vigilant eye out for them. 

The Mothership Tomato Salad

Peppers

New this week is a sweet pepper for everyone, we have either Hungarian Wax pepper (great in sandwiches) or a purple beauty bell pepper. 

Cabbage

New this week is cabbage! Try some Sauerkraut or Coleslaw or Corned Beef and Cabbage this week. We always enjoy making egg rolls with our home grown cabbage, which is another way to use some onion, kohlrabi, and cucumber! Below is a good template for making egg rolls, but feel free to change up some of the ingredients. 

Egg Rolls

Kohlrabi

The word Kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip, and it can be eaten raw or cooked. We usually eat them raw, just peel off the skin and slice them like an apple and sprinkle with a little salt or dip in your favorite dressing and enjoy! They're also great raw on a salad, or roasted, or baked. They are also popular in Indian food, in dishes like Kohlrabi Curry.


Kohlrabi Curry

Roasted Kohlrabi

Butter-Braised Kohlrabi 

Green Beans

Our green bean mix includes purple, yellow and green beans, which will all turn green when cooked. 

Green Onions

We prefer these in salad or fried rice, for a dash of onion taste you can't go wrong! 

Onions

Everyone gets a white, yellow and red onion this week. 


Cucumber-Slicer and Lemon

Cucumbers have been doing well, this week large shares get 4 slicing cucumbers, 6 lemon; small shares get 2 slicing and 3 lemon. We like to just eat the lemon cucumbers raw, like an apple, but they can be pickled or used in salad or cucumber salad just like any regular cucumber. 


Summer Squash


More Summer squash this week, 2 for small shares and 4 for large shares. We will have extra available as well. 

Bacon and Summer Squash Spaghetti Carbonara

Herbs

This week for herbs we have Italian Basil, lemon basil and catnip. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015 CSA Share 9


CSA Share 9


The farm is a bit quieter this week, about 80 chickens quieter. We had our chicken processing day on Saturday and it went off without a hitch, we had great helpers, great equipment lent from a friend. We got set up, took care of 78 chickens and cleaned up in 5 hours. For anyone who raises birds in the area looking for help with processing contact Bill Wolfshcuild, the man knows what he's doing and he has the best chicken plucker around. For serious. The birds came out really clean, with very little fat, though on the small side. If we do this breed of chickens again we will either have to keep them longer or try alternative feed methods. 


For shares this week we have the first tomatillos this week. We also have the return of Kale, hope you all enjoyed the break. The deer mowed it down one evening a month or so ago, but now its grown back! Unfortunately, the deer did get quite a lot of the broccoli and cauliflower during that nighttime raid. 


On the bright side, the first tomatoes are starting to turn ripe, we should see a few in next weeks shares. The first eggplant are fruiting and some of the peppers are looking quite good. The corn is tasseling but we're still aways from sweet corn, but summer is here!

We'll have extra produce available:

Free Range Eggs-$3.00/dozen
Tomatillos-$.75/bag
Lettuce Mix-$1.25/bag
Slicing Cucumbers-2/$1
Lemon Cucumbers-4/$1
Summer Squash-2/$1
Green Beans-$1.25/bag 

Large Share Pictured: 2 bunches herbs, 2 bunches green onions, 2 bunches kale, 2 bags of cut lettuce, 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 slicing cucumbers, 4 summer squash, 2 kohlrabi, 1 lb tomatillos, 2 lbs green beans


Tomatillos


New this week are the first tomatillos of the year. We enjoy making a salsa verde out of these or for enchilada sauce with chicken or pork. They also go well in a pot of chili or soup! 


Kohlrabi

The word Kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip, and it can be eaten raw or cooked. We usually eat them raw, just peel off the skin and slice them like an apple and sprinkle with a little salt or dip in your favorite dressing and enjoy! They're also great raw on a salad, or roasted, or baked. They are also popular in Indian food, in dishes like Kohlrabi Curry.


Kohlrabi Curry

Roasted Kohlrabi

Butter-Braised Kohlrabi 

Green Beans

New this week are green beans! Our green bean mix includes purple, yellow and green beans, which will all turn green when cooked. 

Kale

Kale is back this week. For a simple side, try tearing the leaf from the mid-stem, sautéing it in garlic and olive oil until it is very shrunken, then seasoning it with salt, pepper, and a bit of cayenne pepper. You can also add to quiche or fritatta or soup or make chips or juice out of kale. It is one of the best greens you can eat, and there are so many different ways to eat it, so...eat your kale! 

Green Onions

We prefer these in salad or fried rice, for a dash of onion taste you can't go wrong! 

Cucumber-Slicer and Lemon

Cucumbers have been doing well, this week large shares get 4 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon; small shares get 2 slicing and 1 lemon. We like to just eat the lemon cucumbers raw, like an apple, but they can be pickled or used in salad or cucumber salad just like any regular cucumber. 


Summer Squash


More Summer squash this week, 2 for small shares and 4 for large shares. We will have extra available as well. 

Bacon and Summer Squash Spaghetti Carbonara

Lettuce Mix


This may be the last lettuce mix for some time, enjoy it now until we see it again in the fall!

Herbs

This week for herbs we have onion chives,tarragon and Italian basil.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2015 CSA Share 8

2015 CSA Share 8

It's been dry on the farm. But we finally received some significant rainfall this past week, along with sudden winds and gusts that snapped the trunk of one of our ornamental maple trees and tried, but failed, to knock our corn over. For all that, the rain was still very welcome. It had seemed like every storm either passed us by or gave us a tenth of an inch of rainfall. Enough to just wet and darken the top of the soil, and then evaporate later in the day. Finally our rain dances proved successful, and the crops and weeds are growing happily again. 

This week we have quite a few new crops for everyone. The first of the kohlrabi, jalapeños, and green beans, and the return of a spring favorite, spinach! Somehow these spinach heads escaped the deer and the heat, so enjoy!

We will have extras at the Tuesday Ionia Pickup (6-6:30 pm at the Farmers Market Pavillon), at the Carson City Farmers Market (Fridays 1-5 pm) and at the Farm Stand.

Lettuce Mix-.5 lb/$1.25
Green Beans-1 lb/$1.25
Slicing Cucumbers-2/$1
Lemon Cucumbers-3/$1
Radishes-$.75/bunch
Kohlrabi-$.75 each



Large Share Pictured: 2 bags of lettuce mix, 2 spinach heads, 2 lbs green beans, 4 onions, 4 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 bags snap peas, 2 kohlrabi, 2 jalapeños, 2 bunches green onions, 2 bunches herbs


Kohlrabi


Kohlrabi may be a new vegetable for some of you, but we promise it's one you'll be glad to try! The word Kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip, and it can be eaten raw or cooked. We usually eat them raw, just peel off the skin and slice them like an apple and sprinkle with a little salt or dip in your favorite dressing and enjoy! They're also great raw on a salad, or roasted, or baked. They are also popular in Indian food, in dishes like Kohlrabi Curry.


Kohlrabi Curry

Roasted Kohlrabi

Butter-Braised Kohlrabi 

Jalapeno

New this week is a taste of summer heat with the first jalapeños of the year! We like to add a jalapeño to our stir frys for some extra heat. 

Green Beans

New this week are green beans! Our green bean mix includes purple, yellow and green beans, which will all turn green when cooked. 

Spinach

New this week is some surprise spinach! The deer and the heat got our other summer plantings, but we managed to get a few plants past them. Add these to a sandwich, a sauté, or a salad! 

Onions 

This week we have white and yellow onions, small shares get two, large shares get four. We have plenty more of these for later shares, so enjoy them fresh! 

Green Onions

We prefer these in salad or fried rice, for a dash of onion taste you can't go wrong! 

Snap Peas

More snap peas this week, enjoy! It's been getting hot and the peas have been producing much less, so enjoy these peas while we still have them. We like to use them for stir fry, fried rice, or eat them raw. 

Cucumber-Slicer and Lemon

Cucumbers have been doing well, this week large shares get 4 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon; small shares get 2 slicing and 1 lemon. We like to just eat the lemon cucumbers raw, like an apple, but they can be pickled or used in salad or cucumber salad just like any regular cucumber. 


Summer Squash


Our Summer Squash seemed to be the hardest hit by the lack of rain, so we don't have as many summer squash for everyone this week. One for small shares, 2 for large shares. 

Bacon and Summer Squash Spaghetti Carbonara

Lettuce Mix


This week we have a mix of green romaine, red romaine and butter crunch. 

Herbs

This week for herbs we have garlic chives, greek oregano, and Italian basil.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2015 CSA Share 7

2015 CSA Share 7

Large Share Pictured: 2 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon cucumbers, 4 summer squash, 2 lbs snap peas, 1 lb lettuce mix, 2 bunches radishes, 2 bunches green onions, 4 white onions, 2 bunches herbs, 1 bunch swiss chard (large shares only)


We've been having hot and dry weather, finally broken last night with a nice summer storm and an inch of rain. Out in the garden, we've had some struggles. Looks like root maggots have gotten most of our turnips, and blight has gotten our potatoes, turning their tubors to mush. Deer have made visits in the night and eaten down a planting of broccoli, kale and swiss chard. Hopefully, given some time off from harvesting and some time to regrow, we will still see these crops later this year. Every year has its own struggles and challenges, and we try to grow enough extra to provide some cushion to the vagaries of nature. 

This week we will have extras at the farm stand and at the Ionia pickup:

Lettuce Mix-.5 lb/$1.25
Cucumbers-2/$1
Summer Squash- 2/$1
Snap Peas-1 lb/$1.50
Green Beans-1 lb/$1.50

We had our first picking of green beans for the year, we didn't have quite enough for all our shares so we will have a few bags for sale this week, and should see green beans in the shares next week. 


In other news, we did lose two chickens to a predator attack last week, we think a possum. Since then we have been penning our new guardian livestock dog, Korra, with them at nights, and haven't had any issues since! 




Onions 

The first onions of the year! This week we have white onions, small shares get two, large shares get four. We have plenty more of these for later shares, so enjoy them fresh! 

Green Onions

We prefer these in salad or fried rice, for a dash of onion taste you can't go wrong! 

Snap Peas

More snap peas this week, enjoy!

Cucumber-Slicer and Lemon

Everyone will get to try the slicer cucumbers from the greenhouse and a lemon cucumber. We like to just eat the lemon cucumbers raw, like an apple, but they can be pickled or used in salad or cucumber salad just like any regular cucumber. 


Summer Squash


Lots more summer squash this week! We like to use the large zucchinis for zucchini bread, the large yellow squash for grilling, and the smaller sized squashes sautéed or in spaghetti carbonara. 

Bacon and Summer Squash Spaghetti Carbonara

Lettuce Mix


Our favorite lettuce mix variety from Johnny Seeds, this is a mix of green oak leaf, red oak leaf, green romaine, red romaine, lollo rossa, and red leaf lettuces that always gets rave reviews from our customers.  

Radishes

This week we have more radishes to add some flavor to your salad. For a change, try them thinly sliced on buttered sourdough toast, you won't regret it! 

Swiss Chard (Large Shares only)
 
Chard is a leafy green vegetable often used in Mediterranean cooking. The leaf stalks are large and are often prepared separately from the leaf blade. The leaf blade can be green or reddish in color, the stalk can be red, white, yellow, orange or pink. Chard has highly nutritious leaves.  Fresh young chard like today's are great used raw in salads. Mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked or sautéed, their bitterness fading with cooking. Try the swiss chard as a side dish, with this easy Savory Swiss Chard recipe. Our favorite way to enjoy these greens is by tearing the leaves into strips and sauteing them in olive oil and garlic with some salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. 



Herbs

This week for herbs we have onion chives, lemon basil and sage. 



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 CSA Share 6

2015 CSA Share 6

We have good news: Rosie is pregnant! She is at least 4 months along, with a Jersey-Swedish Red cross on the way! We will be expecting her to calve late fall or in winter, probably after Pippin leaves us. This means that next year we should be able to use to milk to help raise our next years piglets! 

Which brings us to another topic...we have have Pasture-Raised Beef available for this fall! Pippin has been raised almost exclusively on hay and fresh pasture and Jersey milk, (with some grain when we are moving pastures and he is being a Fool of a Took). He has had no antibiotics or medication, and is a Simmental-Jersey cross. They say Jersey is the best beef you will ever taste! Email us at ShireFarmMI@gmail.com if you are interested in a quarter or half cow.

In other news, it is getting close to Chicken Processing Day. Certainly not our favorite day here on the farm, but it is part of the farm life. For those of you that have purchased a Chicken Share, Chicken Processing Day is going to be Saturday, July 25th, pick up will be on-farm that night at 7:00 pm. Mark it on your calendars! 

We will have extra lettuce mix ($1.50/.5 lb), summer squash (2/$1), and cucumbers (2/$1) available at pick-up in Ionia, Tuesday from 6-6:30. 

Large Share Pictured: Two bunches Mustard, 2 bags snap peas, 2 bunches radishes, 4 summer squash, 2 bags lettuce mix, 2 slicing cucumbers, 2 lemon cucumbers, 2 bunches green onions, 2 bunches herbs


Green Onions

New this week are green onions. We prefer these in salad or fried rice, for a dash of onion taste you can't go wrong! 

Snap Peas

Better late than never, we finally have some snap peas! 

Cucumber-Slicer and Lemon

New this week are the first of our lemon cucumbers! Everyone will get to try the slicer cucumbers from the greenhouse and a lemon cucumber. We like to just eat the lemon cucumbers raw, like an apple, but they can be pickled or used in salad or cucumber salad just like any regular cucumber. 


Summer Squash


Lots more summer squash this week! We like to use the large zucchinis for zucchini bread, the large yellow squash for grilling, and the smaller sized squashes sautéed or in spaghetti carbonara. 

Bacon and Summer Squash Spaghetti Carbonara

Lettuce Mix


Our favorite lettuce mix variety from Johnny Seeds, this is a mix of green oak leaf, red oak leaf, green romaine, red romaine, lollo rossa, and red leaf lettuces that always gets rave reviews from our customers.  

Radishes

This week we have more radishes to add some flavor to your salad. For a change, try them thinly sliced on buttered sourdough toast, you won't regret it! 


Mustard Leaves


Brassica juncea is more pungent than the closely related Brassica oleracea greens (kalecabbagecollard greens, et cetera), and is frequently mixed with these milder greens in a dish of "mixed greens", which may include wild greens such as dandelion. As with other greens in soul food cooking, mustard greens are generally flavored by being cooked for a long period with ham hocks or other smoked pork products. Mustard greens are high in vitamin A and vitamin K.


Herbs

For herbs this week we have the first Italian basil from the greenhouse, and some catnip for tea or your kittens.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 CSA Share 5

2015 CSA Share 5


Large Share pictured: 2 summer squash, 2 cucumbers, 2 bags of Mizzuna/spinach mix, 2 bags of lettuce mix, 2 heads of lettuce, 2 bunches kale, 2 bunches swiss chard, 2 bunches radishes, 2 bunches herbs.


Cucumber

New this week are the first of our cucumbers! Everyone will get to try the slicer cucumbers from the greenhouse, and by next week we should start seeing lemon cucumbers too! 


Summer Squash



New this week are the first of our summer squash! This year we are trying two varieties called zephyr and dunja. We like to use the large zucchinis for zucchini bread, the large yellow squash for grilling, and the smaller sized squashes sautéed or in spaghetti carbonara. 

Spaghetti Carbonera with Summer Squash


Mizzuna and Spinach Mix


It is getting too hot for our spinach and they are going to seed or failing to germinate, so this will be the last we see until fall. Enjoy this peppery mix by itself or mix with the lettuce mix. 

Lettuce Mix


Our favorite lettuce mix variety from Johnny Seeds, this is a mix of green oak leaf, red oak leaf, green romaine, red romaine, lollo rossa, and red leaf lettuces that always gets rave reviews from our customers.  This week we've also added some mizzuna to it. 

Lettuce Heads

This week we have more lettuce heads, we have butter crunch, black seeded simpson, or romaine to choose from. Small shares get one head, large shares get 2 heads. 


Swiss Chard



Chard is a leafy green vegetable often used in Mediterranean cooking. The leaf stalks are large and are often prepared separately from the leaf blade. The leaf blade can be green or reddish in color, the stalk can be red, white, yellow, orange or pink. Chard has highly nutritious leaves.  Fresh young chard like today's are great used raw in salads. Mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked or sautéed, their bitterness fading with cooking. Try the swiss chard as a side dish, with this easy Savory Swiss Chard recipe. Our favorite way to enjoy these greens is by tearing the leaves into strips and sauteing them in olive oil and garlic with some salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. 



Radishes

This week we have more radishes to add some heat to your salad. For a change, try them thinly sliced on buttered sourdough toast, you won't regret it! 


Kale

This week we have the first kale of the season, enjoy these young leaves as kale chips or sautéed in olive oil, garlic and a little cayenne, or add them to a soup, or a frittata, or a quiche, you can't go wrong with kale. 

Kale Chips


Herbs

This week we have greek oregano, italian oregano and catnip.