Archive | August, 2010

Little Helper

28 Aug

Though it had been a rough harvst day for Juniper as she had no friends to play with, she brightened up when she joined us to pack the shares this week.

IN THE SHARES

Garden Share

broccoli

carrots

cauliflower

romaine lettuce

napa cabbage

sweet onion

red pac choi

sugar snap peas

zucchini

sweet corn

thyme

tomatoes

Fruit Share

1 box with peaches, apples and pears.

Napa Cabbage

Here is a great example of the risks and benefits you may face as a CSA member.  Some of you may notice some manicuring of your napa cabbage.  We had a good crop this week, but not quite enough of the perfect ones to go around.  These cabbage were bugged a little by the cabbage looper larvae. The larvae leave behind frass (digested leaf material) and holes in your cabbage.  Much of   the cabbage is still edible even when it has been bugged a bit.  Please accept our apologies if you get an inferior cabbage example and please enjoy the bits that are still nutritious and delicious.

Tomato Corn Salad with Zucchini

I love to find recipes that use several ingredients in the share.  This one looked yummy.

http://www.relishmag.com/recipes/view/33596/corn-tomato-salad-lemon.html

Carrot Salad

Unfortunately our mint didn’t make it through the winter.  I wish we had it in the share this week.  But this salad looks really good

http://www.relishmag.com/recipes/view/42349/mediterranean-carrot-salad.html

Thyme

Fortunately our thyme has done well this season.  Here are some recipe ideas involving this herb and some of the other share contents.

Cream of Zucchini Soup

http://www.relishmag.com/recipes/view/40061/cream-of-zucchini-soup.html

Grilled Corn Chowder

http://www.relishmag.com/recipes/view/22952/grilled-corn-grilled-corn.html

Herbed Buffalo Burgers – use your parsley if you still have it from last week.

http://www.relishmag.com/recipes/view/36045/herbed-buffalo-burgers.html

Fruit Cobblers

The fruit shares seem easier to keep up with  than the vegetable share.  It is easy to eat fresh, exciting to store for winter in the freezer, and fun to make into a sweet dessert.  I was looking for a cobbler recipe that involved all 3 fruits this week and I came up with a whole website dedicated to cobblers.

http://fp.enter.net/~rburk/cobblers/cobblers.htm

Chicken Harvest

We have a chicken harvest scheduled for this Monday, August 30th.  We have a few chickens still available.  Please contact us by email, info@weathervanefarmbv.com, if you would like a chicken from this harvest.  All of the chickens are distributed fresh and ready to use or put in your freezer.  They are $4. a pound and are generally between 3 and 5 lbs.  We will fill your request on a first come first served basis.  Any orders over what we have will be served from our October harvest if you wish.  Our last harvest will be in mid to late October.  Feel free to contact us if you would like to reserve chicken for winter from that harvest.

Farm Community Celebration

Please join us for a community potluck and farm celebration on Sunday, September 12th at 5:00pm.  Along with a potluck meal and some farm games, we will have a special musical guest, Cahalen Morrison.  Please RSVP to info@weathervanefarmbv.com  if you think you will make it to the party.

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Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Parsley, Pac Choi, Peas

21 Aug

We’ve been playing chicken with the rain on our Thursday harvest.  This picture was taken in a sun cycle.

IN THE SHARES

Garden Shares

beans

beets

broccoli

cilantro

winterbor kale

green leaf lettuce

parsley

pac choi

peas

scallions

corn

green pepper

jalepeno

tomatoes

zucchini

Fruit Shares

peaches

watermelon

Bulk Fruit Available

If anyone is interested in getting boxes of fruit for preserving or extra eating we can order those for you from the Austins.  We can get 1sts and 2nds of peaches, tomatoes, pears, and apples.  Please let us know via phone, 719 207 2287, or email, sethro@weathervanefarmbv.com if you would like to make an order.  We make our fruit order on Monday every week.

PICK YOUR OWN BOUQUET

On Saturdays at the farm we will have flower u-pick through the first frost.  Caitlin will give you a quick tutorial and then you can pick your own bouquet.  The cost is 5.00 for 25stems with the exception of a few of the larger stemmed varieties that will be .50-1.00 per stem.  Come out to the farm and frolic in the flowers with the hummingbirds.

Beans and Peas

Here are a couple simple green bean and snap pea recipes.

Beans and peas:

http://addictedtopi.blogspot.com/2008/06/simple-green-bean-salad.html

Just Beans:

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/mexican_green_bean_salad/

Pickled Peas:

http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2010/07/pickled_sugar_snap_peas.html

You Say Bok Choy, I Say Pac Choi

Several folks have asked me if pac choi is different than bok choy.  You can be assured that they are one in the same though there are  many varieties of this Asian green.  Here is a simple recipe to enjoy.

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/baby_bok_choy_with_cashews/

16 Aug

I got a bit derailed this weekend by a busy Saturday morning and then the internet going down and then off to the market on Sunday morning.  Apologies to those of you who depend on the arrow for identifying those hard to recognize goodies in your share.  So, here at last and at least, is a list of what the share includes this week.

IN THE SHARES

Garden Share

green beans

cabbage

cauliflower

fennel

kohlrabi

purple pac choi

romaine lettuce

zucchini

scarlet turnip

mizuna

Fruit Share

peaches

1 cantaloupe

Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Scarlet Turnip

Not quite sure what to do with these goodies.  An easy way  to use them up is to grate them up into a slaw.  Slice the cabbage, peel and grate the kohlrabi, wash and grate the scarlet turnip and your on your way to a colorful slaw.  Add your favorite dressing and your set for a nice side to a bbq.  Simply use your base ingredients and find some ideas here to spice your coleslaw up a bit.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Salad/Coleslaw/Top.aspx

Welcome Jad Wilder Quinton

7 Aug

I am going to make this letter brief this week so I have some time to get the farm house ready for the newest member of our household.  Lindsey and Rafe just welcomed Jad Wilder Quinton on Friday at 2:41 a.m.  He was 5lbs. 14oz.  and 18 1/2 inches long. He has a head of dark hair and great color in his face.  Jad and Lindsey are doing great; happy and healthy.  The whole family is enjoying the new arrival.  I’ll see if I can get a picture up at some point soon.

I felt honored to attend the birth of Jad and am so thankful to our families, crew, friends, and most of all Seth, for helping me to find the space in my schedule to be there with Rafe and Lindsey.  It never ceases to amaze me the support that is out there and seems to come through for us.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Member Newsletter Contributions

If anyone feels inspired, it would be a great week to share with the CSA community recipes and ideas for what you have been doing with your farm share.  Simply comment in the comment box below and provide links to recipes you have found useful or write out a recipe if it is not online.  Tips on storage would also be greatly appreciated.

IN THE SHARES

Garden Shares

arugula

green beans

napa cabbage

carrots

winterbor kale

green leaf lettuce

scallions

spinach

turnips

corn

yakuna savoy

tomatoes

Fruit Shares

1 box peaches

Please Note: We put a few extra peaches in the share this week to make up for some damage that occurred last week. If you experienced excessive loss and feel more compensation is necessary please let us know.