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/

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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.

31 Jul

We had a big group of Outward Bound participants out to help with the harvest this week.  They were a fun bunch of kids with lots of energy and willingness to participate.  This week was our biggest harvest of the season and the extra help was greatly appreciated.

In the Shares

Garden Shares

broccoli

cauliflower

cilantro

chard

garlic

redbor kale

romaine lettuce

sweet onions

pac choi

sugar snap peas

radish

spinach

summer squash

Fruit Shares

Peaches and Apricots

Sugar Snap Peas

Unlike English peas, you can eat the pod of this pea.  We do recommend that you string the pea before eating for best results.  Simply pop the stem off and pull the fibrous material down the pea.  These are great as a raw snack or put them in your favorite stir fry.

Here are some salad ideas to use your snap peas

With radish…

http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/adventureswithruth/2009/10/sugar-snap-pea-cheese-curd-salad

With radish and dill…

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/september-2007-sugar-snap-pea-salad-with-dill-vinaigrette

Sugar snap pea soup…  Sounds yummy.

http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/recipes/soup_sugarsnap.shtml

Zucchini Casserole – you could also use up your yellow squash in this recipe.

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/zucchini_breakfast_casserole/

Eggs Florentine – A suggestion from our farm allstar team member Ray Mariani.  Trust him.  He’s Italian.

On a tomato.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/eggs-florentine-recipe/index.html

On bread with hollandaise, with a nice video demo of egg poaching.

http://berrytravels.com/?p=919

An interesting pictorial tutorial on poaching an egg.

http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/08/how-to-poach-an-egg-smitten-kitchen-style/

Learn about the science behind hollandaise:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/eggs/recipe-hollandaise.html

Rocky Grass Fun 2010

We had a wonderful Rocky Grass vacation.  The weather was perfect; not too hot or cold and not a drop of rain.  We were all able to relax and have some quality summer fun with our family.  Thanks again to all the workers and volunteers that kept Weathervane running while we were away. Here are some pictures of the weekend.

We had a great relaxed time with our daughter.

The weather was perfect.  The view was gorgeous.

The music was great. Love those Infamous Stringdusters.

Rocky Gracias

22 Jul

Its that time of year for us again.  We are setting out for our mandatory summer Rocky Grass vacation.  We buy our tickets around Thanksgiving and look forward to the break in our most hectic time of the year.  We rely on many other hardworking folks to make this break possible.  Thanks to our farm and home front friends Rafe and Lindsey for keeping everything organized and running.  Thanks to our great crew Karen, Sarah, Toby, Ray, and all other workers and volunteers. We really appreciate this opportunity for a little summer fun.

In the Shares

Garden Share

broccoli

carrots

dill

escarole

green leaf lettuce

scallions

spinach

summer squash

corn

Fruit Share

1 bag peaches

1 bag cherries and apricots

Escarole

That large head of really bitter tasting lettuce is actually escarole.  Before you through it out to the compost pile thinking it is too bitter to consume, take a look at some of these mouth watering recipes.  Escarole is a great soup ingredient.  The flavor mellows a bit when cooked.  Several sites I encountered recommend taking off the outer leaves as they are the most bitter.

Here are some more escarole tips.

http://www.cookthink.com/reference/2667/What_is_escarole

White bean and Escarole Soup with Rustic Croutons

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/escarole_bean_soup_croutons.aspx

Another variation with carrots, fennel seed (why not throw in a bit of the fennel fern from last week), and though it is not in the recipe the picture looks like they included zucchini or summer squash.

http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/1106411-ESCAROLE-SAUSAGE-BEAN-SOUP

Not in the mood for soup.  How’s about some yummy salads.

http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/03/recipe-for-sauteed-escarole-with.html

With corn and zucchini…

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1654647

The Benefits of Bitter Greens

Here is some interesting info on the benefits of bitter greens.

http://www.nysun.com/food-drink/bitter-ends/27613/

We’re on our way.  Pictures and stories for next week.

Radical Roots

17 Jul

Juniper went out to the garden with her Dad to check on what was ready for harvest this week. I love this series of photos.  When they came in the house she told me that she harvested some carrots for her breakfast the next morning.  Soon she’ll be bunching carrots for shares and market.  Hope everyone enjoyed the first of the carrots last week.  More are soon on the way, along with zuchini, peas, and beans all in bloom and starting to set fruit this week.  Here are some photographic garden updates.

In The Shares

Garden Shares

arugula

beets

cilantro

fennel

fresh garlic

kohlrabi

romaine lettuce

baby pac choi

shunkyo semi-long radish

spinach

scarlet turnip

mizuna

summer squash

Fruit Shares

1 bag peaches

1 bag cherries and apricots

Radical Red Roots

What are those red roots in the share?  Exhibit A

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-7311-shunkyo-semi-long.aspx

I am dreaming of fixing these with the tops on.  My idea…. Pull any yellowing leaves.  Cut the radish in half with greens so there are still greens attached to each half.  Lightly saute in butter and garlic or roast in the oven at 425 degrees drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.  These roots have a nice mellow radish flavor and are great for raw snacking also.

Exhibit B

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-5781-scarlet-queen-red-stems-f1.aspx

Throw this turnip chopped or grated raw in a salad.  The skin is quite edible and adds a nice scarlet color to dishes.  Also great boiled, thinly sliced and au gratined (I think I created a new verb there), sauted or roasted.

Farm Community Celebration a Success

We had a nice turn out for our farm celebration last Sunday.  We toured the farm and then dined on a bountiful and delicious meal out in the vegetable garden.  Rita and Chris played there hauntingly beautiful Swedish Nyckelharpas for us. Check out Rita’s work with Swedish music at http://www.ritaleydon.com/home.html .   Thanks to all who could join us for coming.  We had a great time. Here are a couple of pictures from the event. Mark your calendars.  We are planning another farm celebration for the afternoon and evening of Sunday, September 12th.

Cherry Clafouti

I made a great recipe discovery for the celebration last Sunday.  I was attempting to use up some cherries and feature our eggs in a dish to share.  This recipe is from Simply Recipes.  I don’t think I’ve ever made anything I didn’t like from this site.  I did however scale back on the sugar in this recipe and it was still delicious and plenty sweet. You could also get creative with other fruit, like the apricots and peaches, in this recipe. http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cherry_clafouti/

Bulb Fennel

Here is a video demonstration  of a delicious looking fennel salad.  There is  a great tip on cutting bulb fennel for optimum tenderness.  I am assuming those beets are boiled, peeled, and chopped.  I think this would be delicious with some goat cheese as well.  

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-prepare-arugula-fennel-and-beet-salad-209374/

Here is some general info on fennel uses and storage including some ideas to use that beautiful fern atop the bulb.

http://footprintsharvest.com/doc/Fennel.pdf

The Aliens Have Landed

10 Jul

This weeks share is full of several new offerings.  Carrots, scallions, napa cabbage, toscano kale, and the aliens, purple kohlrabi and daikon radish, are all new to the share this week.   As we harvested, washed, and packed the vegetables this week several folks commented on the alien like forms of the kohlrabi and daikon.  Apparently we are not the only ones who appreciate this.  Here is a slaw recipe using kohlrabi from a fellow alien lover. http://www.hungrycravings.com/2009/06/invasion-of-alien-vegetables.html Kohlrabi is also delicious peeled and sliced and eaten as a crudite.

And for more alien vegetable inspiration here are some fun and scary (though I think the pepper and hope the tomato- lemon is a Photoshop job) alien vegetables.

http://growingplantsindoors.com/13-alien-vegetables-found-on-earth/

Farm Tour and Community Potluck

Tomorrow, Sunday, July 11th we will have our farm tour and community potluck.  We would love to see anyone who can make it to the event.  It will start at 4:30 pm with a farm tour and then we will dine by the garden.  Please bring food to share and your own plates and table service.

In the Shares

Garden Shares

arugula

carrots

cilantro

daikon radish

toscano kale

purple kohlrabi

green leaf lettuce

napa cabbage

baby pac choi

scallions

Fruit Shares

1 lb cherries

lbs apricots

Apricots

Once again these apricots are just a touch under ripe.  Eat the softer ones first and then set the others on your counter top and soon they will all be perfection.   Here are a few ideas for consuming those yummy morsels as ingredients in recipes.

Last night Lindsey and Rafe made us a delicious pork chop dinner with apricot sauce.  They served the pork with brown rice and sauted kale with garlic.  Here is the recipe they used and some yummy looking variations.

Pork Chops with Apricot Sauce

Instead of the strained preserves called for in this recipe ,Lindsey stewed fresh apricots, adding a touch of sugar, and then mashed them up a bit.

http://www.forks.ca/pork-chops-with-apricot-sauce-014662.php

Grilled Porkchops with Chili Spiked Fresh Apricot Sauce

http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/927087-Grilled-Pork-Chops-with-Chili-spiked-Fresh-Apricot-Sauce

Coffee Rubbed Pork Chops with Apricots

http://beetsandbonbons.blogspot.com/2009/07/coffee-rubbed-pork-chops-with-apricot.html

Daikon Radish

Those long white roots in the share this week are daikon radish.  They are a milder radish great for eating raw or cooking.  I like them added to soups and stir fry or grated up in a fresh salad.  Below there is more information on the health and nutritional benefits of daikon and some recipe ideas.

Here is the traditional Japanese way to use daikon as a compliment to sushi.

http://www.bento.com/trt-daikon.html

Daikon is good for you.

http://www.mitoku.com/products/driedvegetable/Healthbenefits_dai.html

Here’s a simple refrigerator pickling idea for daikon and carrots and learn about Vietnamese Sandwiches, too.

http://battleofthebanhmi.com/how-to-make-banh-mi/pickling/pickling-daikon-and-carrots/

Ideas from a New York CSA including a recipe for kim chi from Seth at Hawthorne Valley Farm.

http://bedstuycsa.wetpaint.com/page/Daikon