Newsletter – July 21, 2014

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Dear Friends,

This week you are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, Walla Walla onions (very much like a Vidalia), carrots, Golden beets, garlic, squash, green beans and some of you will get cucumbers. The cucumber plants are struggling to produce because of the hailstorms earlier in the season.

FYI: There will not be as many beans or corn to give out this season. The continual rain showers are rotting the seed before it can even sprout! (And we have planted them every week!) Continue reading

Newsletter – July 14, 2014

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New this week – Banana fingerling potatoes, red onions, scarlet turnips, green kohlrabi, cucumbers, green beans, and basil.  Some of you may also be getting some broccoli, but the whole field did not come on at the same time! Hopefully, those of you who do not get it this week will have it next week.  You are also getting white onions, garlic, carrots and squash.

Oh Yum!!! Summer is here! Continue reading

Newsletter – July 7, 2014

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This week you are getting Delicious New Red Potatoes, sweet Walla Walla onions, Music (to your ears) garlic, crazy carrots, tempting turnips, rebellious red beets, preposterous purple kohlrabi, sumptuous summer squash and fabulous fennel. Kohlrabi is in the cole crop family and can be used similarly to cabbage.  It can be shredded and added to salads, sliced and steamed like turnips or cooked in stir-fry’s.  It is very tasty eaten raw as a carrot, but I have to admit; it is very tasty with ranch dressing or hummus! Fennel is equally as easy to use.  It can also be shredded into a salad, stir-fried and baked under or over fish and roasts.  The leaves are as edible as the bulbs and can add that settle licorice taste to anything.  Try mixing beets, carrots, fennel, onion and kohlrabi as a delicious raw salad with a vinegar and oil dressing!  The longer it sits the better it tastes! Continue reading

Newsletter – July 1, 2014

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Dear Friends of the farm,

New this week: You will be getting white onions, carrots and turnips. Your bag will also include Yukon Gold potatoes, summer squash (including a round zucchini called Q-ball), garlic, garlic scapes, peas and oregano.

Weather: What is going on with this crazy weather? It’s nice, and then it storms; they aren’t little storms either. At the farm Friday night a huge thunder cloud came out of nowhere and pelted us with rain and hail. It hailed hard for about 10 minutes and rained at least 30 minutes. We got an inch of rain. The hail damaged many of the plants. Jerry said nothing was destroyed but many things will be delayed now. Continue reading

Newsletter – June 22, 2014

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Dear Friends,

This week you are getting New Yukon Gold potatoes, summer squash (could be either zucchini or yellow straight neck), garlic, garlic scapes, oregano, lettuce and peas (could get either/or both snap peas and snow peas).  Garlic scapes are the “flowering” stem of the plant.  The scape itself consists of small bulb-etts.  They can be planted to create a new bulb of garlic.  However it will take up to three years (or more) before you get any garlic cloves harvestable!  Most people use the garlic scape (stem and top) chopped and used in salads, stir-fry’s, soups and roasted, etc.  It is a milder form of garlic. See recipes at end of letter. Continue reading

2014 Summer Distribution

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Hi members! The Monroes have been getting many calls recently asking about the start of summer distribution. NO, you have not missed it! They are hoping to start the 3rd week in June. It’s a bit later this year due to the very wet spring. Your distribution center WILL e-mail or call you with directions, when hours are to pick up and what to do if you forget. Don’t worry, we will notify you when we are starting. Thanks and we look forward to a delicious summer!

Braised Lamb (or Goat) Neck

photo (3)I recently checked out ‘Mr. Wilkinson’s Vegetables‘ from my local library and it’s crammed with a treasure trove of yummy-sounding recipes. I’ve tried three so far and have been extremely pleased with how tasty everything has turned out. I’ve never cooked lamb neck before, and after reading his recipe for ‘Braised Goat Neck’, I went out and bought lamb necks just to try his recipe (though I tried to find goat meat first – it’s yummy, too). I’m glad I did! Continue reading