Weekly Weed Archive

Week Eight

August 11, 2010

What’s In Your Basket This Week?

  • Banana Peppers
  • Onions, White
  • Swiss Chard
  • Summer Squash
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Romaine
  • Tuscan Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbage
  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Tarragon
  • Cilantro

Ideas for Eating, Cutting, Cooking and Keeping the new stuff:

New herbs:

Cilantro

I love this stuff. Before it is used, Cilantro should be crushed, either by hand or with a mortar and pestle. Cilantro is a perfect addition to Mexican dishes; add Cilantro to salsas and bean dips. Mix crushed Cilantro into sour cream and use it as a topping for chili, tacos, or enchiladas. Sprinkle Cilantro over stirfried vegetables for color and Asian flavor. Add Cilantro to sesameginger dressing when making Chinese chicken salad.

Mint

We put the whole stem in there.Put it in with your sunflowers for a great smelling room.Pour hot water over the leaves for tea.Great in many dishes.The most unique use I know of is putting in your shower head!

Tarragon

We put the whole stem in there.It is not the one that looks and smells like mint. Take your finger and strip off the leaves.Tarragon enhances the flavors of egg, chicken and fish dishes, and is also used as a basis for salad dressings. When using tarragon in cooked dishes, it is best to add it at the end, as heat tends to decrease its flavor. Unlike most of the other herbs, tarragon loses the potency of its flavor when dried. This may be one reason it is so frequently preserved in vinegar, which captures tarragon’s essence and creates a tasty condiment that can be used in dressings, mayonnaise and as a zesty deglazing alternative to wine.I gave up on Tara and put a Carrot soup top recipe on the Exchange.I hope it is as good as hers.Use Tarragon instead of the Dill.

Storage for all herbs: Store your herbs in the fridge – either in a plastic bag, or in a glass of water with a plastic bag over the top. They’ll keep for up to a week.

Did anyone read this? The Carlings one of our share holders will be hosting at their farm ; Red Acre’s FAMILY Harvest Pot Luck, Pumpkin Pick and Corn Maze in September/October . Watch for the exact date.

We will be doing a sit down dinner here at the Farm for Adults only and infants in arms. This will be for Share Holders only.

This is our way of showing gratitude for supporting us and local farmers and fresh food. If at all possible we want everyone of you to attend.If there is a date or day that you CAN NOT attend in September please let me know. My first date choice is in the evening,Saturday September 11th. Lets get a date and I will have more information forth coming.

Will you please respond.

The weeds are under control thanks for all your hard work.

The baskets are getting heavier and more full.I hope you are enjoying them? We continue to love to see you all every week.

Enjoy!

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