August rain brings more flowers

23 Aug

The week has flown by and this newsletter will include pictures, we promise. There is always something new demanding our attention around here so if we don’t get to finishing a job it is that much harder to get back to it.

The rain has turned our pastures green and the warmer week brought many new blooms in the flower garden. We are hoping for a nice long summer to make up for our slow start. The average date for the first frost is the 15th of September. We hope to have our tender crops around a bit longer. We will see.

The Weathervane family got together to harvest chickens last Sunday morning. We’ve been raising broiler birds on pasture over the summer and our first batch grew to a nice size of 4 1/2 to 6 pounds. We will market these birds directly from the farm through the CSA and by word of mouth. Stay tuned for pricing and availability details we will publish in a separate post. We have 150 more broiler birds yet to harvest this fall and would like to pre-sell most of those so we don’t over tax our freezer space.

Garden Share

Salad Mix (from Erin’s Organics Geothermal Greenhouse in Nathrop)

Cauliflower

Carrots

Garlic

Onions (from Mattic’s Orchard in Olathe)

Snap Peas

Uno Tomato (from Erin’s Greenhouse)

Zucchini

Fruit Share

1 bag Austin Gold Apples

1 bag peaches

Cauliflower

The first of the cauliflower is coming out of the garden. Here is a simple recipe to enjoy.

http://steamykitchen.com/blog/2007/04/04/roasted-cauliflower/

Delicious Homemade Dressing

The salad mix in the share this week is delicious with a simple dressing and some nuts and cheese of your choice to top. This is a dressing we like in our house.

¼ cup Olive oil

¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar

2 tsp Stone Ground Mustard

1 T Maple Syrup

½ tsp Dried Thyme

A few pinches of salt and a pepper

Shake up in a bottle and serve. Flavors improve with time.

Apples

These are Austin Gold apples grown at Austin Family Farms. It is a special variety developed by

the Austin Family. They are a nice crisp and tart eating variety.

Peach Turnovers

If you are ready to involve your peaches in a dessert, check out this one for Peach Turnovers.

http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipes.recipeListing/filter/dianas/recipeID/1743/Recipe.cfm

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