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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Monarchs and Milkweed
Fresh Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally May 24, 2016
This season we welcome several new shareholders. One of our newest members, Ann Linke, is a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist. She has spent several hours over the past week carefully digging up baby milkweed plants on the farm to give out to our CSA members. Please take a plant and give it a home in your yard. Milkweed can be invasive if not contained, so plan its location carefully! This is what Ann writes about the importance of milkweed: Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds. These and other animal pollinators face many challenges in the modern world. Habitat loss, disease, parasites, and environmental contaminants have all contributed to the decline of many species. Recent declines in the numbers of Monarch butterflies have renewed the need for more pollinator habitat. The butterflies migrate from southern Mexico to Canada every year, and each butterfly MUST lay eggs on a milkweed plant because it is the only source of food for Monarch caterpillars. Although there are many milkweed species, the successful migration requires not only milkweed for caterpillars, but also nectar sources from blooming flowers throughout spring, summer, and fall along the migration route. You can provide food and habitat for pollinators to help them thrive. Learn which plants are beneficial to pollinators and will grow well in your area.
Upcoming Events & Classes
June Lunch N' Learn: Grow your own Shiitake Mushrooms
We have been growing Shiitake mushrooms at Cane Creek Farm since 2009 and still have some logs from that year producing mushrooms. During the class we will be inoculating oak logs with Shiitake mushroom sawdust spawn so that everyone can take home an inoculated log. The mushrooms should start production in 9-18 months, so you need patience! The best place to keep your inoculated log is in a shady place outside where it will stay moist. Instructions on placement and harvest will be given. This is an active class with everyone having a chance to participate in each step. To register please visit our website.
Curly Mustard and Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi and Curly Mustard are two veggies that we strive to make more people understand and appreciate. Kohlrabi, which is in the mustard family, looks weird but tastes great. To prepare it, cut off the stems (to use in some other dish!) and peel. The bulb can then be sliced, diced or shredded and cooked or steamed in a variety of ways (see TheKichn blog for five ways to prepare kohlrabi). However, my personal preference is to eat it raw. It has a superb crunch in a salad and makes an excellent dipper for hummus. Judy, our long-time volunteer, has the best (and easiest) Curly Mustard recipe from epicurious. It involves massaging raw mustard with a deliciously salty and garlicky olive oil dressing, then tossing it with croutons and Grueyre cheese. I make this EVERY TIME we have Curly Mustard in the field.
We are seeking a Companion/Housekeeper for our farm patriarch and matriarch. This position would be full time. If you are interested or know of someone who would be interested, please have them contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Monarch on milkweed
This Week's Share
Please Wash your produce before eating
Medium Curly Mustard Green Onions Kohlrabi Broccoli Raab Salad Turnips Broccolini or Broccoli Salad Mix Head Lettuce
Large All of the above, plus Spicy Salad Mix Sugar Snap Peas Radishes
Fresh herbs Parsley Oregano Marjoram Tarragon Chives Savory Chocolate Mint