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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Dad, Sheep, Flood
Fresh Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally November 3, 2015
Farmer's Notes: Dad, Sheep, Flood and Winter season
Welcome to the winter season CSA! So glad that so many of you decided to participate this year. Our crops are looking great, so we anticipate a wonderful season. First frost is still in the future. The threat a few weeks ago did not materialize, but summer crops are about done, just a few peppers and some winter squash.
Yesterday was very wet and places on the farm flooded, mainly the back field where we grew most of the summer crops. Luckily the cover crops kept all the soil in place and very little damage was done. We harvested a day early, just in case the flood did do damage. Harvesting in the rain, while standing in flooded aisles is not tops on our favorite farm tasks, but it comes with the territory!
Chuck bought a new flock of sheep from a neighboring sheep farmer and they arrived with an Australian Sheep Dog to escort them into the pasture. It was very impressive and the smoothest moving of sheep we have ever experienced. Check them out when you come to the farm.
Many of you know that my dad has been dealing with congestive heart failure for several years. Today he is entering hospice services. It will be a great help to us all to have them there to guide us through the rest of his journey. He decided to do this rather than have a series of hospital stays and medical interventions, and we all agreed with him. He loves the farm and will get to stay here to the end, and we are all grateful.
Eating a share
Erica Madsen, CSA member shared her experiences with her share one week last month.
I just wanted to thank you for the lovely share yesterday. I was thinking this morning about how many things I enjoyed from it in the last 24 hours: Part of yesterday's lunch was a pac choi salad. I picked up my bag of goodies yesterday afternoon and couldn't help eating a few lunchbox peppers on my way home. So sweet and delicious. As soon as I got home, the broccoli got steamed up for dinner. My little girl likes to help unpack the bag. She thought the purple pepper was pretty and insisted on having some with her dinner, because....it was purple :) Chopped up some of the parsley for the top of our dinner lasagna. After dinner, I chopped up my Kohlrabi (from last week) and made this "quick Kimchi" recipe for my lunch today (added the lovely CCF scallions and a bit of ginger) : This morning, I pretended to be French and ate thinly sliced buttered radishes on toast with a bit of crunchy salt. I've got my mind set to make this tasty soup with the sweet potatoes over the weekend!
Dressing for vegetables
Erica also shared with us her dressing for Pac choi, but I think it would be delicious on many kinds of vegetables.
Just wanted to share my latest way to enjoy Pac Choi. I make a quick dressing with a bit of Thai fish sauce (salty/umami), rice vinegar (sweet/tangy), and sesame oil. Just a little bit of each, maybe a teaspoon....I just eyeball it.
Chop that raw Pac Choi up! Stems and all and toss with some dressing! Extra points for adding some dry toasted sesame seeds.
Miso Dressing- adapted from recipe in NY Times 1 tbs miso 2 tbs seasoned rice vinegar ½ tsp grated fresh ginger 1 small garlic, minced Pinch of cayenne 2 tbs dark sesame oil 2 tbs peanut oil 2 tbs plain yogurt Whisk the miso and vinegar then add the other ingredients. Good on cooked vegetables, as dip for raw vegetables or as salad dressing.
Organic Agriculture for Kids- Experiential learning for young minds and bodies. Contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Every Wednesday: Market Open from 10am-1pm Everyone is welcome! Photo above: A supermarket tomato with tomato sprouts growing out of it! My brother's in-laws bought this tomato and have been watching it. Have you ever seen anything like this?
This Week's Share
Wash your produce before eating
Medium Bell Peppers Arugula Lunchbox peppers Spicy Salad mix Radishes Eggplant
Large All of the above, except eggplant, plus Siberian Kale Broccoli Kohlrabi
New flock of ewes
Water covering the bridge
Dad and Lindsey and her Halloween hat at his last hospital infusion