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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

🌼 Lettuce, Herbs, and Edible Flowers! Welcome to Spring CSA Week 3 @ Cane Creek Farm! ðŸŒ¼

Fresh Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally
April 18th, 2017
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Attention!

Summer Shares are Filling Up Fast!

Reserve Your Summer CSA Share Today!
Arugula 
White Russian Kale
Swiss Chard
Red Romaine Lettuce 
Green Garlic
Spicy Salad Mix
Herb Bunches
Please remember to wash your produce, as not all items are table-ready. While loose-lettuce mixes are spun, larger leaf items including the kale and chard require additional washing. Thank you!

Farmer's Foreword

Spring planting is almost finished and we are starting to put summer crops in the ground. The first tomatoes went into the hoop house yesterday and squash and beans will be planted in the fields soon. There is always a flurry of activity in the early spring as we grow transplants and then get them in the fields, closely followed by the summer crops.  Sometimes we will have a little lull before the weeds and heavy harvests of summer start, in early June, sometimes not. The weather determines the timing of most all of our activities.


 

Weather keeps a farmer humble and things in perspective. You can't be a perfectionist or think you are going to control every factor in the farming operation, as many things are completely beyond your control. Working with "what Is" makes the experience challenging and joyful at the same time. There is mystery involved. You do the best you can and try to improve, but it is not all about you!

- Lynn

New Lambs Have Finally Arrived!

We're getting new additions of sheep by the day! One of the older ewes even had triplets! The new babies are healthy, chipper, and explorative!
This is just the beginning though -- we expect even more to be born soon! Be sure to take a peek at them while on the farm!

Making the Most of
Herbs and Edible Flowers

As our produce grows, so too do the herbs and edible flowers. At Cane Creek, we have a variety of fresh herbs that you can harvest along with your weekly shares. Some are staples in savory dishes, and others would pair well with sweets. We encourage herbal experimentation in the kitchen, and if something you create tastes really well, be sure to share your success with us!
Using fresh herbs is quite simple; just rinse them before using, and rub them gently to start releasing those aromatic oils before using them further in your cooking.

If you're worried about conversions of fresh and dried herbs use a ratio of 1/4 tsp dried ground herbs or leaves to 1 tbsp. fresh herbs, finely chopped.
 
If you find you have too many fresh herbs to use at a given time, keep them upright in a small container with 1" - 2" of water. Cover them with plastic wrap and store them in your refrigerator.  

We've included a few recipes in the newsletter this week to get you cooking with these crucial accents that make dishes really shine. 

And of course, if you ever have any questions regarding herbs, be sure to ask farm workers or other CSA members about herbal knowledge!

What's in the Herb Bunch?

Good question. Here's the cheat sheet!
The Sweet William is the only edible flower of the bunch that doesn't have another herb or plant as its parent. Garnish it in your salad for an added pop, but only use the petals; the middle part is rumoured to be a little bitter!

Herbaceous Green Garlic Dressing 

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp. minced green garlic
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. of vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. of water
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
Process ingredients together in a food processor or blender. 

Green Garlic Dressing
 

  • 2 stalks of green garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 green onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. Dijon Mustard (or similar brown mustard)
  • 4 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 
Process ingredients together in a food processor or blender.

Creamy Tarragon Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed. (~1/2 tsp.)
  • 1/8 tsp. curry powder (or more, to taste)
  1. Stir mayonnaise, milk, and olive oil in a medium-sized bowl until smooth. Add the tarragon, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and curry powder. Whisk until combined completely.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours for flavor development. Season with salt to taste, and serve chilled or at room temperature. 
Lunch n' Learn - Wed. 5/10, 11 AM- 1PM
On Wednesday, May 10th, the class will talk about the ins-and-outs of planning an organic cut flower bed. Learn about the right growing conditions necessary to supply yourself with cut flowers this season, and practice by planting your own flowers here at the farm!

Cane Creek Farm's Lunch N' Learn Series is held on the second Wednesday of each month, March through October.

The classes are $35 per person, limited to 10 participants, and advance registration is required. Register here.
Farm Camp 2017 
Children between 8-12 who welcome bugs, dirt, and the outdoors are invited to attend Farm Camp! Participants will learn about sustainable agriculture, nature's pollinators, and clean eating during this one-week, hands-on experience! Camp will be held June 12-16 at a cost of $150. We are partnering with Cumming First United Methodist Church ( on Canton Hwy.) this year as part of their camp program. The farmers at Cane Creek will be active leaders in the camp. Drop off and pick up will be at the church with transportation to the farm. 

Now's the time to sign up for your young one's next summer adventure, as there's limited space available

For more information on registration, please visit the website here

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