Weekly Weed Archive

Week Three

July 7, 2010

What’s is your basket this Week?

  • Beets with Greens
  • Swiss Chard (Bright lights or Rainbow chard)
  • Onion
  • Onion Scapes
  • Early Girl Tomato
  • Carrots with tops
  • Peas
  • Spicy Lettuce mix
  • Butter crunch Lettuce
  • Oak leaf Lettuce
  • Buck Wheat sprouts
  • Rosemary
  • WEEDS ( just kidding)

I said “ I would send this Tuesday night as a reminder and also you would know what to expect.” Here it is Thursday morning I was just to tired to finish this last night. Sorry to disappoint. And we still have a few baskets that have not been picked up yet.And WEEDING to do! Being our second year and first year with so many shares we do not know what we are putting in there until Wednesday morning! As you know Sara decided those peas would not last another week and we were picking them as you were picking up. Now I have had a request to print and put this in your basket.I will do my best for next week.

Ideas for WEEDING, Eating, Cutting, Cooking , and Keeping the New stuff:

Beets First thing’s first with beets: don’t throw away the tops!They are not WEEDS! Beet greens are a sister to Swiss chard (they are, in fact, almost the same plant except beets are bred to develop a fat storage root, whereas chard is bred to produce leaves). Beet greens can be enjoyed a million ways, just like chard, kale, or any other cooking green. In fact there’s a great recipe – – that uses both your beet greens and your beets in a risotto.Please, Symbria put that one on the exchange! Like other roots, the root of the beet will last the longest in the fridge if you cut the greens off and store them separately in plastic bag. If you don’t get around to eating your beets right away, never fear: they’ll hold up for weeks in the fridge. “If you’ve ever read Tom Robbins Jitterbug Perfume, you know the magical powers of beets.”I know I love beets especially roasted! But am yet to read this book.

Swiss Chard Technicolor bouquet of rainbow chard (aka “Bright Lights”).
 Sometimes half the pleasure in food is the beauty of it.
Not a WEED! 
As for eating it, chard – no matter the color – is a nutritious and versatile leafy green. It is high in vitamins A, E, and C, and minerals like iron and calcium. It is completely interchangeable with spinach in any recipe – lasagna, spanikopita, etc. – and in fact is more nutritious because it lacks oxalic acid, an element present in spinach that inhibits the body’s ability to absorb minerals.
Chard is the parent plant of beets; you can see the close resemblance in the leaves of beets and chard. It evolved in the Mediterranean, but is called “Swiss” due to its initial description by a Swiss botanist in the 16th century.
Great steamed or sautéed, chopped into soups, baked into quiche or scrambled with eggs, added to casseroles, steam it, drizzle it with a little vinegar, salt and olive oil and serve with black-eyed peas or baked beans and cornbread. Don’t be afraid to chop up the stems and eat them to; they add wonderful color to any meal!
Store it in the fridge in a plastic bag.

Onion Scapes? We tried to tell you as you picked up your share what these were. Hopefully we did not miss anyone and they are now smelling up the living room because they are in a vase displayed as flowers! This is the best way to keep them fresh. Saute and eat those little blossoms. I had mine raw on a salad as I was typing this. Wow! The entire stalk is excellent . We went to a Chinese restaurant ordered the “seasonal dish” These stalks were cut whole in 3 inch lengths stir fried or sautéed with chicken. It was the best dish we ordered.

Tomato Find one of those in a garden in this town this early. Not an heirloom but none the less an early tomato.

Carrots Still waiting for Tara to put her recipe on the exchange

Peas The peas this week are all shelling peas and lucky to find them amongst the WEEDS! There are 3 types of peas: Shelling peas are meant to be shelled, since their pods are too fibrous to eat. Snow peas or sugar peas, on the other hand, barely have any peas at all inside. Eat them when their pods are still flat and tender. This is the kind found in Chinese stir-fry meals. Snap peas also have edible pods and they snap like green beans when ready to eat. The pod grows tight around the peas and should be picked when young and tender. Be sure to check for strings along the center vein, as some cultivars need to have the strings pulled before eating.

Lettuce Try lightly sautéing if it is not “sweet”enough for you. With this hot weather it can become more bitter.

Buckwheat Sprouts Not wheat but an herb. Good news for wheat allergies. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge.Do not rinse like most sprouts. These were raised in dirt not water in the green house without WEEDS.

Thanks to Ben and Elise for takeing care of the Farm (They did everything but WEED! so we could go out of town for the 4th of July. My Dad is 89 and still has a party at his home. Besides not getting the newsletter out WEEDS have grown faster then the crops. HELP! Please call and come by anytime to weed.

BEEF We have a local (raised here on Cedar Mountain) grass fed and finished beef ready to go. $3.50 a lb. wrapped. If he were still alive maybe he could help eat our weeds..You have to buy half a beef, 2 to 300 lbs. If you are interested in ¼ or less and there is enough interest we could do that too. I need to know asap.

I asked for a name for our newsletter. To those who responded please choose one: a dozen eggs, gallon of milk, quart of yogurt ,lb of butter or a half of lb of cheese. Let me know for next week. I would love some more ideas and will give the same to anyone who gives a suggestion. We are considering naming it “The weekly WEED” If yours is picked besides the opportunity to be a part of history potential fame and fortune we will give you either an egg,milk or cheese share that is up to a $95. value. Whats stopping you?

Thanks to Stephine for putting recipes on the exchange. Still waiting for Tara’s Carrot top soup. Any one have any good recipes for WEEDS! This is a forum as well. I can not say I know how to use it yet either but would love for all of you to try. It is a way for share holders to communicate.

Again pick up is Wednesday at the farm from 12 to 2!If you need to make other arrangements please call. Even if it is that day.Otherwise, because we care we feel bad and we are calling,delivering and having to keep your basket fresh. The fine for those who do not call or are late will be WEEDING!

I must say we really love the personal connection with all of you.We get to know you but how nice that share holders see and meet each other as well. That you share something in common. Community can be sooo good. We have come to really look forward to seeing you each week,trying to remember every ones name in your family . The expecting moms,the new babies,the exhausted late comers who have been working long hours are all a joy.We love to see the interest your children show in the farm. Please feel free to stay anytime.Bring a picnic and stay as long as you would like .WEEDING when you come would be nice too.Your interest and appreciation for the harvest in each basket makes this all worth while.We love our share holders just not the WEEDS.

One more thought,what would you think about some toxic cancer causing heavy duty WEED killer to help with the WEEDS?

Bon Appetite

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