Dear Friends of the farm,
This week you are getting our first picking of Yukon Gold potatoes. These little morsels are easy to wash and easy to cook. Gently wash then cut potatoes so they are basically the same size. Be careful of their skins, they are tender. You may find some of your potatoes are roughed up just from pulling them from the ground. You may also find some brown spots from the air getting to the flesh. These can be removed with a potato peeler. Now, cover with water, salt, include a large pat of butter and boil until the water is gone and fry for just a few minutes. Yum! Do not be surprised if these cook faster than expected. There is something about the first few weeks that make them that way! You are also getting Walla Walla onions, carrots, garlic, cabbage, squash, cucumbers and lettuce.
Fruit/Oil: So the fruit growers are struggling a little bit from the weather this spring and we will not be getting any fruit this week. But it looks like First Fruit will be able to get us cherries next week.
Hot, Hot Hot!: I have not been able to confirm this, but May has to be one of the hottest months on record in Colorado’s history! Here at the farm we were anywhere from 15 to 20 degrees hotter every day and it felt like there were more 20 degrees over normal than 15! So far we have recorded 5 days over 100 degrees and last Thursday we hit 106. These temperatures are hard on the humans but good for growing produce (as long as we can keep enough water on them)! It is the reason why you are getting such a nice variety of produce so far. Most of these crops are things that would naturally come later in July. We have been consistently picking crops three weeks earlier and three weeks later in the season for many years now. This year we started Distribuiton one week earlier than normal and started picking produce four weeks earlier than in the 1990’s. Do we believe in Weather Change? You bet we do! We live, breath, work and run our business by the weather. It is the most important input to our business and yet we do not have any control of it!
Have a fantastic Fourth of July everyone!
Jacquie, Sam, Kyle and Jerry
Bubble and Squeak
3 lg potatoes, cubed
¼ to ½ cup chopped ham
4 cups chopped cabbage
3 slices of bacon, crumbled, and reserve drippings
½ med. onion, chopped
2 small squashes, grated
salt and pepper
Boil potatoes until tender and drain. Slightly mash potatoes and combine with cabbage, onion, zucchini, ham and bacon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat bacon drippings in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add potato mixture and smooth flat. Cook for 30 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. DO NOT STIR! Invert onto a plate and serve.