Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016 CSA Share 5

2016 CSA Share 5


It's been another hot and dry week at the farm. We were hoping for rain on Sunday, but got only a tease of a storm and nothing else. The unusual heat and dry conditions of this summer thus far have slowed down many of our crops, most especially our next planting of greens and roots, upcoming crops like green beans and summer squash, and weak, recently transplanted young plants like pumpkins and winter squash. For shares this week, we have two new crops to add to the mix, kohlrabi and snap peas! 

We've buckled and done some hand watering in the garden, and likely will again this week. It has been perfect conditions for cutting and drying hay though, and this year we got a record cutting (for our farm) of 329 bales from 5 acres. We put up 240 in our barn for the winter, and struck a great deal with some friends of the farm to trade some of the hay for our cow Rosie's breeding costs when she stayed at their farm and was bred to their Scottish Highland bull. 

We will be at the Portland Farmer's Market this week  Saturday 8-12 pm and will have our lettuce mix, mixed greens mix, pasture raised eggs, snap peas, plant starts and more available!

Large Share Pictured: 2 bundles herbs, 2 bags lettuce mix, 2 bags greens mix, 2 bags snap peas, 2 root bundles, 2 kohlrabi, 2 bundles green onions


Small Share Pictured: 1 herb bundle, 1 root bundle, 1 kohlrabi, 1 bag snap peas, 1 bag lettuce mix, 1 bag greens mix



Snap Peas

New this week is the first of our snap peas! Enjoy these on your salad this week, or add to a stir fry or just snack on them by themselves! 

Kohlrabi

Also new this week are 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 Onions

New this week we have bunches of green onions, add these diced to your salad greens for a great salad! 

Mixed Greens-Mizzuna, Mustard, Arugula, French Sorrel, baby Swiss Chard



We have a mix of some of our more unusual greens again this week. This is great by itself or mixed with the lettuce mix. If you find the greens too hot, try cooking them down a bit by braising, sautéing, or steaming. 

Root bundle

This week we a purple top turnip and some beets to add to your salad. Unfortunately with the weather being so dry it has really set back our next planting of root crops. We like the beets shredded on salad and the turnip thinly sliced. Remember, these greens are also edible! Cut off the greens an inch above the roots and store those in a closed container. The greens are most often eaten cooked down, added to soup or egg dishes. 



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 three herbs for everyone, oregano, tarragon, and catnip. Soon we hope to have more of the summer favorites like basil and cilantro and parsley. 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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