Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016 CSA Share 3

2016 CSA Share 3


This week we have more greens and fresh cut herbs for everyone, as well as a bundle of different root crops to add to your salad or cook as your prefer. A special treat for our shareholders this week, we got a large enough harvest from the strawberry patch we put in last year to share with our shareholders! We've included enough strawberries for everyone to be able to make a strawberry rhubarb pie with.  Our strawberries are a bit small, it's been a dry and hot summer so far and that is looking to be changing any time soon. Our favorite place to go for local strawberries is an amish country farm store just off M-57 on your way east to Carson City. 

We didn't have enough arugula and spinach to share this week, but we will have some available on-farm during pick-up time  to purchase, along extra bags of greens and lettuce mix and our pasture raised eggs. 

We will be at the Truefont market this week, Thursday from 7 am until 1 pm as well as the Portland Farmers Market Saturday from 8-12 pm. We will have lettuce mix, greens mix, arugula, pasture raised eggs, fresh cut herbs, and various plant starts and homemade crafts/goods available. 

We had a difficult day on the farm besides just harvesting today. Last week we had the sheep get out, which in itself is neither unusual or a big problem. Normally Ender, our house guard dog who has pretty good shepherd instincts, keeps them from running off and keeps them all together. Unfortunately he got a little rough with Hannah,  one of the mother ewes, and bit her ear severely, tearing it where it joins her head until it was hardly connected. Farmer Figgins called upon a friend who has experience stitching people, and attempted to help her stitch her up. In the end though the damage was too severe, and became infested and infected. Taking care of our animals is always our biggest concern, and despite multiple times a day cleaning and caring for her, with the damage that had not closed up at all after nearly a week, it was time to make the humane choice, and prevent the infection from going to the brain, leading to a slow agonizing death for the animal. 

RIP Hannah, you were a great sheep and a great momma.



Large Share pictured: 4 cups strawberries, 8 stalks of rhubarb, 2 bags of lettuce mix, 2 bags of greens mix, 2 bunches of mixed roots, 2 bunches of herbs. 


Small Share Pictured: 2 cups strawberries, 4 stalks rhubarb, 1 bag of lettuce mix, 1 bag of greens mix, 1 bunch of mixed roots, 1 bunch of herbs. 

Strawberries


New this week are strawberries from the patch we planted last year. These are great to eat by themselves of course, but we've included enough strawberries for Small and Large shares to make our Strawberry Rhubarb Turnover Pie. 

Rhubarb


This spring favorite can be eaten many different ways.  Our favorite is with lots of sugar and baked into a strawberry rhubarb pie!  There are also many great muffin and scone recipes which you can use rhubarb in. Others will eat the stocks with some salt raw.  If you are feeling real ambitious you can even pickle rhubarb.  

Pickled Rhubarb
Strawberry Rhubarb Turnover Pie
Cinnamon-Rhubarb Muffins

Mixed Greens-Tatsoi, Mizzuna, Mustard



We have a mix of some of our more unusual greens this year. Young beet greens, and spicy mustard, mizzuna and tatsoi greens. This is great by itself or mixed with the lettuce mix. If you find the greens too hot, try cooking them down to cook down the heat a bit, by braising, sautéing, or steaming. 

Root bundle

This week we have more radishes, baby beets, and a purple top turnip to add to your salad. We like the beets shredded on salad and the turnip thinly sliced. 

Lettuce Mix


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

Herbs


This week we have four herbs for everyone, tarragon, garlic chives, oregano, and catnip. For an idea on what produce, meat and dishes these work best in, and how best to store them, consult the below Herb Cooksmart Guide. 

To preserve your herbs you can hang them to dry out of the sun and rain where there is good air flow until dry, then crumble into a paper bag and transfer to a storage container. Tarragon leaves can be frozen or dried. If left to dry for too long though, the leaves lose their flavor, so make sure to store them in airtight containers as soon as the leaves are dry. 

Catnip, also known as catmint, is popular for its effects on cats, which will react to the leaves dried or fresh. Its lesser known uses are for medicinal purposes for humans. It has a calming effect on the mind, body, and even stomach and has been used to treat anxiety and insomnia. It also has digestive uses for treating upset stomach, diarrhea and gas. Tea is one of the more common ways catmint is taken. Bring the water to a boil and remove from heat for a minute before beginning the steeping process with the dried leaves of the plant. Fresh leaves and the flowering top can be made into a tincture or essential oil. 






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