Weekly Weed Archive

Week Seven

July 14, 2011

What’s In Your Harvest Basket This Week:

  • Heirloom tomatoes (same as last week from Quail Hallow Farms a CSA in Logandale Nevada)
  • Apricots (local from Ali’s Organics in La Verikin)
  • Scotch Curled Kale
  • Garlic
  • Red Wing Lettuce Mix( seed from Baker Creek)
  • Sorrel
  • Red Iceberg
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Squash ( on rotation M-P)
  • Broccoli(on rotation)
  • Peas (You pick)

Fruit Share:

  • Red Currants (Grown at the greenhouses in Ft Hamilton)
  • Plums
  • Figs
  • Apricots Again!

Red Currants, We picked these and I see why, if you find them at a market they are $20 a lb! Enjoy them in a salad,in yogurt, they can be made into a jar of jam or are excellent dried.

Every thing else came from http://site.alisorganics.com/ in La Verikin.

Ideas for Eating,Cutting,Cooking and Keeping:

No more Asian greens until Fall.We can have a taste of Italy this week.Pasta with 3 herbs and garlic. Or just slice those beauties and put fresh local Mozzarella (6.50 a lb from Nature Hills Farm) , sprinkle herbs and garlic, drizzle olive oil and balsamic. Fantastic!

American could be a possibility too.BLTs, Burgers with that fresh garlic in them on the BBQ.Slice tomatoes and yes Red Iceberg lettuce.

Tomatoes: What a great week to get a taste of Summer early. No one has tomatoes here.Our dear friends and mentors at Quail Hallow Farms a CSA in Logandale were up for the weekend and brought these perfect heirlooms to us this time. They sell to the chefs at the Bellagio in Vegas. We feel blessed. Enjoy!

Heirloom: Something of value handed on from one generation to another. Typically, a more than fifty year-old

variety in fruits and vegetables.

Varieties you have been choosing from,Green Zebra,Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge,Woodle Orange,Tsars,Brandy wine,Black Oxheart. These were not ever grown to look perfect or be uniformed. And definitely not meant to be stored,kept,gassed ripened on the truck ,shipped or bounced.They are thin skinned,fragile,and ripen fast. You ripen on the vine,pick and bring them in the house if they make it that far and eat them !

Apricots, When we can we like to put in fruit if it is local and organic.These are both.

Kale,Scotch,An older more used type.Do not be afraid even if you have never tasted or used Kale and only seen it as garnish on the Chuck A Rama salad bar ! Try a new recipe there are so many excellent ones and easy to find online under one of its many names.Great in a smoothie,or bake and have Kale chips,steamed, sautéed, in soup, or raw. Store in the fridge in plastic bag.We need everyones in put on this. Please submit and respond to new recipes!

A few tidbits of kale trivia:

Kale is a form of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head.

Kale is the hardiest vegetable on the farm, withstanding (and in fact, improving with) hard freezes.

During World War II, the U.K. launched its own kale crusade via the Dig for Victory campaign (similar to the U.S.’ victory gardens). The vegetable was easy to grow and provided important nutrients that were in short supply due to rationing.

Because kale can grow well into winter, one variety is called ‘Hungry Gap’ – named for the winter months when precious other crops are available to harvest.

In Scotland, kale was such a staple in the traditional diet that the word “kale” in dialect Scots is synonymous with food. To be “off one’s kail” is to feel too ill to eat.

Garlic,Must be planted between September 1 and the 15th then over wintered. Wa La, here it is 11 months later that is longer then it takes to make a baby!

Lettuce,the Red Wing mix is the most beautiful we have ever grown. It is from a store we love to support,Baker Creek. http://rareseeds.com/ This young (under thirty)family is worth reading about. They are in the front of the movement for non gmo. Please purchase from them they have more then seeds, an excellent magazine and the most artistic catalog out there just order it to have on your night stand or end table. Red iceberg, I know how boring.This variety is rare and usually red and almost a chocolate color.I was hoping that it might have more vitamins since it had color.I grew this 2 years ago and loved it. I grew it in the greenhouse this year and it does not have the same color but taste just as good.

Herbs,Oregeno,Basil and Rosemary,How kind nature is to give us the the best combination of herbs all at the same time and tomatoes too!They are pricey in the super market and

we will continue to have herbs through out the season.Learn to use and cook with them. You need so little and they can make such a difference in flavor. Keep moist in a Ziploc in the fridge oregano and rosemary will last for weeks or dry any of them and use later.Basil is personally my favorite herb.Great in and on everything,raw,cooked or smoke it!It is all good. Store it in the fridge in its baggie,but beware basil will turn black in your fridge after a few days,so use it while it’s perky and green!

Summer Squash,coming on slow.Then we will be screaming for mercy and not know what to do with Zukes the size of small children. Still on rotation. Please read and be sure it is your turn to take squash.

HELP ON THE FARM

Thank You again for a beautiful,productive work day on Monday.It was cool with a light rain and clouds shading us most of the day. Literally showing up from sun up to sundown we had help. We came in around 7 and knock knock one more family helped until dark.We could NOT do this with out your help.

It warms my heart when we hear one Mom say “get to work this is where your food is from”Our oldest and eldest share holder came by and ask for the most difficult row.She took her antihistamine and went to work ,left and came back to finish “her row” When we ask her why she said”because I want you know how much I love my vegetables”

Adopt a row worked very well last year. In our field we have 23 rows 90 feet and 7 that are shorter if a family,couple or group would take a row or half a row and be sure it is kept weeded it would make a huge difference.You may come 24/6 . 24 hrs a day except for Sunday.It is our one day of rest.Do not worry if you do not know how we will teach you in 5 seconds.

We are learning and becoming better at farming every day .We are so excited if you can believe this for next season.Farming is one of those things where you are living 6 months in the future and every day in the moment – all at once….

Enjoy!

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