Labor Play

30 Aug

Labor Day is here this weekend and though we may labor at least part of the day the farm family will be going out to see Crooked Still at the Steam Plant on Monday night for a fun change of pace from the busy times of the season.

Even when we are busy we like to have fun around here and keep things light.  After a day of harvesting Karen and Eric celebrate with a yellow wagon ride.

The mornings are getting darker and cooler and we are starting to see the garden transition into fall.  Our harvest is big and bountiful and we will soon have a few new crops to include in the share offerings.  Leeks, onions, Brussels Sprouts(if the season permits), and everyone think happy warm thoughts for the beans which are loaded with itty bitty fruit at this time.

With the abundance all around us we are planning a Farmer’s Harvest Festival to celebrate the bounty.  The festival will be held on Sunday, September 21st starting at noon.  Save the date and we will send more details soon.  This will be a great opportunity to come out and tour the farm and meet all the farmers and for all of to get to know each other better.  It will also be a fun time for the kids.  We are planning music and lots of activities, too.

Thanks to those of you making comments on the blog.   It is great to have the contributions and feedback.  Thanks too for the messages regarding chicken ordering.  We will post ordering specifics regarding the chicken this week.

Garden Share

Winterbor Kale

Yukon Gold Potatoes




Snow Peas



Green Peppers (Mattic’s Orchard)

Fruit Share

1 BAG……

Weathervane Apples

Austin Gold Apples

Bartlett Pears

1 Bag Nectarines

Weathervane Apples

We have two old apple trees shading one side of our packing area and one that fruits reliably (for the last two years at least). These smallish tender skinned delicate fleshed tartish apples would be yummy in a sauce or mini cobbler or chopped and baked in muffins. These are more of a novelty than anything. We thought it would be nice to incorporate some homegrown fruit into the share. We would love to plant more fruit on the farm as we get more established. Apples, apricots, raspberries and strawberries seem to be good candidates for growing around here. We would love to hear if anyone has had success with a particular variety or type of fruit in this area.


These are from New Leaf Farm in Delta. Any food with nectar in its name has to be delicious and these nuggets of ambrosia will not disappoint. I wholeheartedly recommend eating these straight up to enjoy the magnificent flavor and texture without distraction.


A couple of pears from Austin Family Farms to kick off the transition to the fall fruit season.

Warm Kale Salad with Steak and Gorgonzola

Our talented friends John and Alison, who designed our website and brochure and have a knack for creativity in the kitchen, keep mentioning a salad that they make with Weathervane kale, steak and gorgonzola cheese. Though we have not seen their recipe the combination sounded delicious and we couldn’t wait to create our own dish from the same flavor combo. We will get their recipe up here, too.

1 bunch kale chopped with stem removed

1 medium size steak cubed

½ c gorgonzola crumbled

½ onion chopped


Salt to Taste after adding Gorgonzola

Seasoning of your choice for the steak (see below for what we came up with)

Saute cubed steak in a little olive oil. Be sure not to overcook. Add coriander, red pepper, lemon pepper and salt to taste. Set steak aside and use the same pan adding a little more oil. Saute onion and garlic until translucent. Add chopped kale and sauté until just wilted. Add the steak back to the mixture. Saute another 5 min and stir in the gorgonzola crumbles allowing them to melt slightly. We had this dish with a combination of other sautéed veggies from the garden including boiled, peeled and chopped beets with a vinaigrette dressing.

Yukon Gold Potatoes

These are from our fields and we are so excited by their cosmetic beauty and culinary delectability. These are the prettiest taters we’ve grown in a long time. They are still in the “new potato” stage so keep them refrigerated and use them in the next couple of weeks for best results.

A Limerick-Gram: Boxes

Every week of the garden share

The veggies get packed with care

Into a box coated in wax

A supply of which lacks

Bring back your box is our prayer

There once was a CSA shareholder

Who wanted to be a bit bolder

I would be a better member

If only I could remember

to return my box before I get older.

Our supply seems to be low

And we would like to see it grow

Please bring them back

So that we may pack

Those boxes full; don’t be slow.



2 Responses to “Labor Play”

  1. John September 6, 2008 at 7:40 AM #

    So, just had to post this about the kale. We’ve been making an amazing chopped kale salad. The kale is firm and very flavorful and makes a refreshing salad.

    Chop 1 bunch of kale, fairly finely
    Cut grass fed beef steak or roast into strips. Marinade with olive oil, salt, pepper and lots of garlic. Broil for 5 or 6 minutes on one side, then stir it up and broil for another 5 minutes.
    Add crumbled gorgonzola.
    Add chopped red onion.
    Dressing – olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and salt.
    Croutons – cube bread, toss with olive oil, sprinkle salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Bake at 450F for 7 minutes or until brown.

    Toss salad and enjoy.

  2. caitlin September 8, 2008 at 3:38 PM #

    Thanks for your comments. Sounds delicious!

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