Weekly Weed Archive

Week Ten!

January 12, 2011

What’s in Your Basket  for the Final Week of this Season?

  • Cilantro(full shares only)
  • Pomegranates,local and organic
  • Winter Squash:Spaghetti,Buttercup,Butternut and Acorn
  • Onions,yellow purple and white
  • Gourmet lettuce mix
  • Spinach
  • Beet Greens
  • Leeks
  • Carrots
  • Rosemary
  • Apples,Fuji (local not organic)

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

Winter unlike summer does not keep giving you new varieties it just gets slower and slower so only 2 new items in your basket and they are from St George!

Pomegranates,organic and grown in St George. Harvested in fall they are ugly and have shrunk but still yummy on the inside. WAIT do not eat your pomegranate until you watch this video! I grew up eating these things and ruining my clothes.I made my children eat them in the bath tub. Tia, our share holder just told me about this video clip on how to cut them underwater! http://www.youtube.com/watchv=sHyqoeB0Wlk&feature=related .The fruit can be eaten out of hand by deeply scoring several times vertically and then breaking it apart. The clusters of juice sacs are then lifted out and eaten. We love the seeds sprinkled on any salad. Pomegranate fruits are most often consumed as juice and can be juiced in several ways. The sacs can be removed and put through a basket press or the juice can be extracted by using an ordinary orange juice squeezer. Another way is to warm the fruit slightly and roll it between your hands to soften it. Cut  a hole in the stem end , place on a glass to let the juice run out, squeezing the fruit from time to time to get all the juice. The juice can be used in a variety of of ways: as a fresh juice, to make jellies, sorbets or cold or hot sauces as well as to flavor cakes, baked apples, etc. Pomegranate syrup is sold commercially as grenadine. The juice can also be made into a wine. You can dry them for a decoration if nothing else.

The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa. The tree was introduced into California by Spanish settlers in 1769. In this country it is grown  in the drier parts of California ,Arizona and as far as Utah.

Cilantro,We experimented this season growing on a 20 by 12 plot in St George and this is one of the crops we grew. We 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 stir fried vegetables for color and Asian flavor. Add Cilantro to sesame ginger dressing when making Chinese chicken salad.

Rosemary, had to much of it? Do not know what to do with it?  We will put the recipe for the rosemary chocolate cake on the exchange  that was  served and so fabulous at the share holder dinner.

SPRING SHARES: Family $230 and Pair $125 that price is for returning share holders only. The delivery fee for St George is $60 NOT $50 because of the 2 extra weeks in Spring.We had a request to pay for eggs and cheese for the year.Jack Rabbit Cheese is offering an annual  share for all 40 weeks $180.  That is a fantastic deal and he pays the tax. If his prices or food prices go up yours will not! We will do eggs for $80. and they are going up in price and winter eggs are more money.No annual milk shares. Egg,and milk shares annually or seasonally are only in addition to a vegetable share.

If you need or want EGGS before Spring Shares start we will have them in our fridge in our seedling room.That is the back door facing east. Come anytime it is the honor system ( there will be a jar to put your money in)$3 a dozen.

Last Share Day for the season. From the very depths of our soul THANK YOU! We so believe  in real organic,sustainable,local,small farming. Everyone of those words should not exist without the other. We want the healthiest food possible and that does not mean certified organic so we have the “legal right” to use substances that we do not feel healthy or are real organic. Sustainable, our soil will only get better and healthier  and we will  leave this world a better place for our great grand children.Local, your food taste better because it did not travel a thousand miles.It leaves no impact on the environment. And to quote DJ our cheese guy and share holder,

It has been sugested that every dollar spent at a local business (including local farms) puts $7 back into the local economy, whereas every dollar spent at Wal-Mart puts $1 back into the local economy.  When I look at it that way, if I want local people to be able to afford the goods and services I provide, I’d better shop local!!  Otherwise, I too will be working at Wal-Mart.” None of those words can exist without YOU supporting us. THANK YOU again. We hope to see all of you back March 2.

Much Love, Lynn,Sara,Symbria and the chickens!

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