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SEE WHAT WE ARE COOKING TODAY
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
☔🌻 Check out Week 3's Summer Share @ Cane Creek Farm! 🌻☔
Fresh, Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally May 30th, 2017
Pac Choi Kohlrabi Buttercrunch Lettuce Siberian Kale Curly Mustard Senposai (Asian Collards) Spring Onions Broccolini/Broccoli Raab
Please remember to wash your produce, as not all items are table-ready. While the Siberian Kale and Mustard are spun, larger leaf items including the head lettuce, Pac Choi, and Raab require additional washing. Thank you!
Ah, great to see you again. Welcome Back to Cane Creek Corner!
Well if I didn't know any better, I'd say the sky was fit to fall with all this non-stop rain we've been having. Still, it's definitely aided us; a week ago, we wouldn't have been confident giving you the Kohlrabi in your shares this week. It's amazing what a little sprinkle -- or a downpour-- can do for the crops!
We've also started harvesting the Elephant Garlic! As you know, you've been getting a tease of what's to come with the Garlicscapes, but there'll definitely be garlic in the shares to come. First things first though -- they have to cure and dry out a bit.
Also, as promised, we've planted three different varieties of eggplant and a slew of peppers in Hoop House 2. It gets pretty toasty in those greenhouses (if you haven't found out the hard way yet), so they'll be right at home in there.
Lastly, the potatoes! If you come to the farm to pick up your share, take a gander at those potatoes! They'll probably be ready to harvest within the next couple of weeks -- maybe even when Farm Camp begins!
I know I'm ready for some roasted taters with herb butter, so ya'll better get ready too!
Until then though, take care and enjoy your share!
The Pollinator Habitat
In a world riddled with fatal pesticides and herbicides threatening the most important of creatures... A sanctuary stands beautifully on a quaint portion of Cane Creek Farm.
The Pollinator Habitat is a space filled with various herbs and flowers that bloom at varied intervals to attract and retain beneficial insects which otherwise might not have secure sources of food or places to lay their eggs.
Numerous varieties of bees, butterflies, and beetles alike have already visited the farm, aiding both aesthetic and edible plants by doing what they do best -- pollination!
While there are eye-popping blooms in the Pollinator Habitat, we ask that you save the flowers for the pollinators and instead harvest flowers for your bouquets from the beds. If, however, you wish to harvest herbs from the pollinator garden, or you're just curious as to what you can and cannot cut, don't hesitate to ask any farm staff on hand to assist you.
Both Cane Creek staff--and the pollinators--thank you!
You're curious, aren't you? Of course you are, tomatoes are scrumptious, and you just can't wait for summer's most anticipated fruit! Well, no worries, we'll keep you posted on the tomatoes' progress! Here, you can see we've loaded up the biggest hoop house with different varieties of tomatoes!
We've also added tomatoes in Hoop House 1 down the middle row, with peppers parallel on both sides. We keep them trellised via strings and special clips, or by cattle panel and a tape-staple gun.
It's important to keep the climbing plants and their fruits from touching the ground -- it makes for a better product overall.
Deliciousness in its infancy! And don't forget, there will be a host of cherry tomatoes in the front of the parking lot. When they're ready, you can harvest them yourself, U-Pick style! Bring the kids and let them gather a tasty snack!
Alright, that's all for now! Stay tuned next time for more Tomato Updates!
2 medium kohlrabi bulbs (¾ to 1 pound), outer skin peeled and flesh thinly sliced into rounds, then quartered
1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 onion—peeled, halved and thinly sliced
4 large garlic cloves—peeled, halved and thinly sliced
¾ cup cream or milk
kohlrabi leaves from bulbs
2 tsp. lime juice
⅓ cup roasted peanuts, chopped
½ cup finely grated shredded Parmesan cheese
3 tsp. canola oil
1. Preheat the oven to 450°. 2. Cook the kohlrabi in 3 to 4 batches. In a large cast-iron skillet, add ½ teaspoon of the canola oil and place over high heat. When the oil is very hot, add a layer of kohlrabi and sauté, stirring sparingly, until the kohlrabi has softened and a few rounds are golden brown on the edges, 2 -3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and continue to cook the remaining kohlrabi (not adding any extra oil). Remove from the heat and season with the salt; set aside. 3. To the large skillet, add the remaining 2½ teaspoons of canola oil and return to medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened and light golden brown, 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown, 1 minute more. Season with a pinch of salt and add to the bowl of kohlrabi. 4. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and deglaze with the cream, cooking about 3 minutes. Add the kohlrabi leaves, toss with cream and cook for about 5 minutes until tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the kohlrabi mixture and lime juice. Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt. 5. Evenly sprinkle the peanuts over the kohlrabi mixture and top with the Parmesan. Transfer to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately.
Lunch n' Learn - Wed. 6/7, 11 AM- 1PM
Bats often get a bad rap! But bats are key pollinators and nocturnal insectivores, which means they prey on night-flying insects, mostly mosquitoes.
A small bat can eat more than 600 mosquitoes in a single hour!
Encouraging bats to nest near our homes is a natural way to keep your yard bug-free. Join us for our next Lunch N' Learn series on Wednesday, June 7, as we construct a simple bat house you can hang in your own yard, and learn about how important these mammals are to our entire eco-system.
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
Does your child like to play outside? Would you like to encourage your child to explore nature? Does your child know and eat their vegetables?
This year Farm Camp at Cane Creek Farm will be an exploration of nature and how soil, sun, air and water make our food. With lots of fun activities (a creek walk and bug catchers), snacks ( swamp juice, potato wedges), games(Fruit and veggie bop), and farm tasks(digging potatoes, harvesting greens) the week will be filled with new experiences that will open a child's eyes to the world around them.
Partnering with Cumming First United Methodist Church, Cane Creek Farm is offering this camp for children ages 8-12 the week of June 12-16 with drop off and pick up from the church on Canton Hwy. Times are 9-3 and the cost is $150 for the week. Registration is at http://cfumcga.com/summer/
Eva's a powerhouse volunteer, assisting us on Mondays with strenuous tasks, Tuesdays with harvest, and Fridays with whatever else needs attending. An avid gardener known for her particular proclivities, Eva as of late has been experimenting with dehydrating herbs and produce, along with applying said items in different cuisines. If you see a motorcycle in the parking lot, chances are it's Eva's!
If she isn't super busy, be sure to give her a friendly shout--in German, if you can!