Summer Week 3

Juniper had this bouncing baby boy Tuesday morning. The kids in our first FarmClub collectively named him Darkwing. He's doing great, and we are enjoying having real, fresh milk in the house again, now that the crazy mommy hormones have diminished some.

Juniper had this bouncing baby boy Tuesday morning. The kids in our first FarmClub collectively named him Darkwing. He’s doing great, and we are enjoying having real, fresh milk in the house again, now that the crazy mommy hormones have diminished some.

THIS WEEK’S SUBSCRIBER MENU:
• Shelling Peas
Beet Greens
• Butter Lettuce
Curly Endive, or Frisée
• Yokatta-Na, Mizuna, or Swiss Chard (depending on your pick up day)
• Green Onions
• Nasturtium Flowers

Click on the links above for information and recipes about these crops.

COMING SOON:
Sugar Snap Peas
Baby Carrots
Purslane
Spinach
Fennel
Green Beans

This is what bunnies do in the pea patch. If the pea plants survive the initial nibbles, they snack on pods and eat the peas inside.

This is what bunnies do in the pea patch. If the pea plants survive the initial nibbles, they snack on pods and eat the peas inside.

It’s been such a busy couple of weeks. I apologize for not posting for so long, especially to the newer members of our CSA family, who I know have been frantically searching the blog and website for any clue on how to use their new unusual greens and vegetables.

Teo was married last Saturday, and he has been on a well-deserved vacation and honeymoon since then. We have been keeping up, but not able to get much planted or weeded. When you see him again, tell him how much he is appreciated, as I will too!

Weather is always a trick in farming. Having days of torrential rain was a bonus, since it means lots of free irrigation, but it also wreaks havoc on the crops in the way of weeds. Rain and warm weather make EVERYTHING grow faster, so that the weeds can easily overtake slower growing crops. Hopefully we will be able to get things under control again once Teo returns from his honeymoon.

If you are ever truly lost with your vegetable identification, please feel free to nudge me via email. But in the mean time, if you’re in a quandary, taste the mystery item—if it seems like you can eat it raw, you probably can. If it seems like it should be cooked, try it out. There’s very little you can do to ruin anything.  And if you end up with more than you can use, just steam or sauté it up and put it in a freezer bag for later. No need to waste anything!

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2 responses to “Summer Week 3

  1. the peas are delicious! finn wasn’t so sure that they weren’t sugar snaps, though my instincts told me otherwise. so, we both ate a whole pod for good measure. then, we made peazza on the grill! sausage and peas does make a yummy pizza topping. as he was shelling our peas i said, save the raw ones buddy because they are sweeter when they’re cooked. he said, oh no, mama, these are very sweet and delicious!

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