Week 1, 2012

Harvest Newsletter, June 2012
Week 1 of 18

Greetings, Members!

Farm News: The 2012 Delivery season has begun!  It is amazing the transformation the farm has taken since we moved in August of 2009.  The latest addition was a high tunnel completed in April, and is now hosting hundreds of tomatoes and many cucumbers plants.  They look great and we hope that they will continue to do so all year!  The first planting of everything is now in the field.  Some veggies like carrots are already on their 4th planting!

As you all know, it’s been a strange weather year.  First we didn’t have a winter, then we had May in March, then we had record rain in May with a mini-drought in between monsoon rains.  Some plants seem to be enjoying it (like the broccoli) and some don’t (like the garlic).  But I guess that’s how things are now…the abnormal is the normal.  Overall though, the field looks great and we anticipate an abundant year.  We would like to thank each of you for trusting us to grow produce for you and sharing the many risks involved.  Happy Eating!!!   -Farmer Adam

This week’s harvest includes (varieties are in prentheses): Lacinato kale (Lacinato and Toscano), green kale (Winterbor and Ripbor), kohlrabi (kolibri and kossak), swiss chard (Rainbow Improved), green (Waldman’s Dark Green) or red head lettuce (New Red Fire), beet greens (Early wonder) salald mix (Gormet), arugula (Surrey Greens), radishes (French Breakfast and Rudolf), and maybe garlic scapes, cilantro (Santo) and dill (Greensleeves).

Reminders and Important Notices: The weekly newsletter will continue to be paperless and will be posted to our new word press site, which is linked to livinglandfarm.com Remember to check the website for weekly postings.  It is a great way to stay informed about the happenings at the farm.  Continue to use our email if you have questions or concerns throughout the season or give us call if you need a response, ASAP.   In terms of delivery for half share members this is an odd week.

Share Box Logistics: Remember to pick up your share box during the designated times, mark your calendar if you have not already or post a note on the refrigerator.  Each membership will have 2 boxes, each time you pick up your share please remember to return and exchange your empty box clean on your designated day.  Unclaimed shares will be donated.

Storage and Preservation Tips:

Rinse your produce prior to using.

  • The greens store best in a sealed container, or in the bag provided for about one week in the crisper.
  • Store apples, peas or tomatoes 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.

Recipes and Tips

We strongly suggest purchasing 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes, by Carol Gelles.  The variety of recipes is fantastic and can easily be altered with meat. Tis the season for lots of salads, sandwiches, or wraps with any of the following: red or green head lettuce, salad mix, chard, kale, beet greens or arugula. Finely chopped kale, chard or beets greens are great raw or sautéed and added to pasta or any whole grain.  Lupita recommends quinoa as a protein rich grain.  Garnish your salads with cubed radishes or kohlrabi.  What is Kohlrabi? Kohlrabi bulbs are purple or pale green in color.  Small kohlrabi outer skins are generally tender and can be eaten.  Medium to larger sizes (larger than 3 inches in diameter) should be peeled.  The crisp flesh can chopped and served raw in salads, or eaten in slices alone or with a dip. It can also be steamed until crisp — tender.  Season to taste with salt.

Arugula with Fresh Figs and Feta Cheese (from 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes)

  • 4 cups loosely packed arugula leaves
  • 2 cups quartered fresh figs
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds or coarsely chopped walnuts
  • *4 teaspoons raspberry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.

The bitterness of arugula contrasts nicely with fruit, and for carnivores tastes great with grilled chicken.

*Substitue (raspberry vinegrette dressing).   Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.  Enjoy!

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)

Remember to return your box clean and exchange it for the full share box.  Thanks in advance!

Blessings! ~ Lupita & Adam


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