Week 1, 2011

Despite the wet and cold Spring, we are off to a good start!

Harvest Newsletter, June 2011
Week 1 of 18

Greetings, Members!

Farm News: Yeah the first delivery of the 2011 season! We are excited to be serving about 50 families – our goal was 30 shares which was met by selling 36 half shares and 12 full shares. Despite, the wet and cooler spring, all of the planting in the field is on schedule. Our latest challenges however are the pesky bugs on some winter squash and the cucumber plants. Both have been covered with row cover so hopefully the plants will bounce back. Last year, we were overwhelmed with potato bugs and this year we have squished many mating and hundreds of eggs. We have also noticed lots of beneficial bugs on plants, which is great to see and reinforces that many insects contribute to sustainable farming.

Important Notices: Harvest Newsletters will continue to be paperless and posted weekly to the farm’s website livinglandfarm.com each Sunday prior to the week’s delivery. Since the newsletter will be written a few days prior to harvest, there may be some variation in each weeks box and the newsletter. I will do my best to share information about what we anticipate to harvest and include in each weeks delivery. We decided one weekly posting to the website will be more efficient. This week’s will be sent via email and future ones check the website. Continue to use our email if you have questions or concerns throughout the season or give us call.

Share Box logistics: Remember to pick up your share box during the designated times. If you have any questions let us know, our host sites only know that we will deliver to their site on Mondays and/or Thursdays. Each membership will have 2 boxes, each time you pick up your share please remember to return and exchange your empty box clean. If you are sharing your full or half share you will need to arrange how the harvest will be split up once it is picked up on your assigned day.

This week’s harvest and some tips: Lots of salad possibilities…pair up your favorite dressing and your choice of cheese, nuts, seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, chopped apples, pears, or strawberries with any of the following: red or green head lettuce, salad mix, chard, kale, or arugula. Other raw options for the greens include topping sandwiches, wraps or chop and add to pasta or grain dishes. Kale, chard and baby beet greens also taste great sautéed in organic canola or sesame oil or steamed, flavored with salt and garlic to taste and served over brown rice, or quinoa. New this year is arugula and kohlrabi. Arugula is known to have a strong flavor therefore you may enjoy it best when mixed in a salad with other greens. Small kohlrabi bulbs (3 inches in diameter) which are young and tender generally can be eaten with the the outer skin. Medium to larger sizes should be peeled to remove the protective outer skin. The crisp flesh can be served raw in salads, as a relish, or as a crunchy accompaniment to dips. The bulb can be sliced, cut into quarters, cubes or julienne strips and steamed until crisp — tender. Last but not least enjoy the radishes, as you would an apple, chop up in slices and use with dips as an alternative to chips or dice and add to a tuna, potato or a green salad.

Storage: The greens store best in a sealed container, or in the bag provided, for about one week in the crisper. If you like to add apples, peas or tomatoes to your salads, store them in separate containers from the greens as they give off a gas, and shorten the freshness of the produce. Radishes and Kohlrabi store longer in a sealed container with the stems removed (radish leaves are also edible).

Did you know?
Arugula contains beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron and sulfur. It is a part of the Mustard family and is pungent and highly alkaline, with warm energy. Kohlrabi is a good source of vitamin C and potassium and radishes may aid in the digestion of starches. (Rawsome!).

Recipe of the Week:
Toasted Bread topped with thinly chopped arugula, served with Brie, and slices of strawberries.

For visuals if something is unfamiliar in your share box/harvest newsletter check out:
www.highmowingseeds.com (the column on the left side of the website provides a list of vegetables, etc)
www.johnnyseeds.com (Product Index)
www.seedsavers.org (scroll to the bottom, and click on Helpful Links)

Happy eating! ~ Lupita & Adam

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