Kale Yeah!

3 Jul

Introducing the Kale Yeah! Canvas Tote

We are excited to introduce our new canvas market tote.  Just delivered today, we hope these bags will be a hit with our CSA and market customers.  These are the brainchild of Seth and Karen with wonderful artistic rendering by Jared Jacob of Sunday Lounge,  http://sundaylounge.com/ .  It all started last season when our ears were tuned to find a good farm slogan.  On a market day that was particularly bountiful with all varieties of kale, as our market allstar, Maggie, was arranging all this kale, with great enthusiasm in her voice she uttered the beautiful phrase, “Kale Yeah!”  (Think H E double hockey sticks Yeah!)  Seth’s mind sprang into action.  That was it!  The farm slogan we were looking for.  This statement along with Karen’s urging that Weathervane should be promoting sustainable bag culture prompted a collective effort to get this slogan on a bag.   You may have already noticed a new look to our egg cartons, business cards, and blog.  Now we have these great market bags.  Soon you will also see changes on our website, as well as stylish Weathervane Farm shirts and hats.  Kudos to Jared Jacob for all his creative talents.  We are so pleased with our new look.

What do I love about “Kale Yeah!” ?  Here at 8,000 ft we are blessed with the ability to grow amazing kale and other cool weather crops all season long.  Now I know kale gets a bum rap sometimes, it is a bit of a garden underdog, but it is so nutritious and delicious.  It is real food that keeps your body working.  Kale is worth getting excited about, even enthusiastic over.  This bag is a celebration of kale, an ode to kale.

So how do you get one of these spiffy bags you may ask?  There are two main outlets.  The bags will be available at both the Salida and Buena Vista  farmers markets and at the farm on pick-up days.  They are $15 ea.

TOP 10 REASONS YOU SHOULD HAVE THIS BAG (in no particular order)

  1. When you pick-up your share from the farm or market put the contents of your box into the bag and leave that pesky box with us.
  2. Do you have a friend in a different place who also participates in a CSA and you commiserate about all the kale you get in your shares and what you have found to do with all this kale?  This is the perfect gift for a fellow kale aficionado.
  3. Wear this work of art and show your local farm spirit.
  4. They make great souvenirs.
  5. Help to start a conversation about your love of kale.  Come out of the kale lovers closet.  It’s here, it’s kale, get used to it!
  6. Tote things everywhere…the pool, babysitter, preschool, river, park, camping, etc.,etc.
  7. Eliminate plastic bags from your shopping experiences.
  8. Support local art and a cool company that uses recycled canvas and fair trade, fair wage labor.
  9. They are classic, legendary, a Weathervane Farm tradition.  Just kidding!  But think..they could be all that 20 years from now.
  10. Just look at these happy faces with their new Kale Yeah! totes.


Hail to the Chard

First off a thanks to the rain makers for sending us some great moisture this week.  Down by the creek with plenty of irrigation water I was starting to take for granted how dry our area was getting.  Hopefully the recent rain is helping to nourish our landscape and decrease the fire danger.

Monday’s storm was great for the moisture, but we could have done without the slushy hail.    The chard and the spinach were the hardest hit in the storm and so did not make their scheduled appearance in the shares, but after a therapeutic trimming they will be back on track soon.  Everything else was okay.  You may notice a few unexpected holes in things, especially the more tender leaved items.  Everything should grow out of the damage and be back to normal soon.

Hail damaged chard. Now on the road to recovery.

IN THE SHARES

Garden Shares

arugula

cilantro

garlic (fresh from the Western Slope)

kale yeah!- winterbor

red leaf lettuce

French breakfast radish

Easter egg radish

salad turnips

red mizuna

Fruit Shares

cherries and apricots

(For best results, allow your apricots to ripen slightly on the counter in a paper bag. )

Coming Soon to the Shares

Zucchini from the Western Slope next week. Ours from the garden not far behind.

Next Week

zucchini

2-3 Weeks

Peaches, corn, tomatoes and zucchini.

Farm Tour and Community Potluck

Please join us Next Sunday, July 11th at 4:30pm join us for a community potluck and farm tour.  Bring something to share and your own plate and silverware.  I will send out details for parking and specific location later this week via email.

Bring Back, Bring Back, Bring Back Your Boxes to Me, to Me

Just a quick reminder that we can reuse the wax share boxes. Please return them to us at the farm or farmers market.  Or as suggested above, you can transfer your box contents to a spiffy tote bag and leave the box with us.

Pasture Raised Chicken

Our first chicken harvest is slated for next Thursday, the 8th of July.  Our goal is to know where all of the chicken is going before our harvest date so we can get the chicken from the farm to the customer on harvest day.  If anyone is interested in getting fresh chicken ready for the roasting pan or freezer next Thursday, please contact us via email (info@weathervanefarmbv.com) or phone (207-2287) for more information.  This is the first of several harvests we will have on the farm this season.  If you are interested in fresh chicken throughout the season please send in or drop by the reservation form printable from this link   http://www.weathervanefarmbv.com/pdf/poultry_reservation_form.pdf and then we will keep you updated as harvest dates come up.

Recipe and Photo Inspiration

New to the share this week are white salad turnips, kale, french breakfast radishes, winterbor kale, red leaf lettuce and fresh garlic.

For a beautiful look at many of them check out Golden Earthworm Organic Farm website:

Salad Turnips

http://www.goldenearthworm.com/crops/2009/6/2/turnips-white-salad.html

French Breakfast Radish

http://www.goldenearthworm.com/crops/2009/6/2/radishes-french-breakfast.html

And then enjoy navigating their site for more amazing photographs.  They sure do make all that produce look as delicious as it is.  And they provide great storage tips too.

Butter Braised Turnips Recipe

My favorite way to eat the white salad turnips is to just eat them like an apple.  They are so sweet and succulent.  They are also a nice addition to fresh salads.  Just chop any way you like and throw them in.  They are also nice sliced thinly and salted slightly especially if you are enjoying them with a nice cold beer after a long day working in the yard.  Cooking changes the flavor just a little but this recipe also looks delicious. 

http://gardenofeatingblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/eatwell-recipe-2-butter-braised-new.html

Enjoy your fruits and vegetables and have a great holiday weekend.

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3 Responses to “Kale Yeah!”

  1. Sherrie Y July 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM #

    Hi Caitlin and Seth! I love my new “Kale Yeah” bag! Thanks for the farm news, it’s a highlight of every Saturday.

  2. Rebecca July 3, 2010 at 1:41 PM #

    Informative, educational, and entertaining newsletter this week! The shares this week have me dreaming already of each flavorful bite and how to cook/serve them this week – can’t wait! Thanks also for the goldenearthworm site – it is a very helpful resource for storage too. One note on radishes – when I’ve grown them in the past, we’ve steamed the radish greens along with chard, beet greens, turnips, spinach, etc. and seem to taste okay. We cooked the radish greens along with all those yummy and nutritious greens last week too.

    Sending recovery thoughts to the delicate chard and spinach!

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