Suddenly it dawned on us, that we have the most lovely opportunity to surprise and delight each week. We've decided to toss random extras into boxes each week. (This will explain the odd ginger cookie or two some of you might find in your box.) We had some little broccoli shoots, and tossed them into some of your boxes...some of you have little bags of cilantro or dill or both (plus free grass!!) These are for to-die-for cilantro/lime marinades for grilled chicken breasts...or Independence day dill potato salad.
Some have an extra head of lettuce, or bag of peas...if our one year old ends up in someone's box please send her back priority mail! Basically, we want to share what the farm has to share....so after a certain degree of uniformity, everyone will be given little extras randomly.
The broccoli leaves may need some refreshing. Stick them in a jar of cold water.
For those of you who have never experienced this part of the plant:
This week brings you shell, snow, and snappeas, Pak Choi, Lettuce mix, butterhead lettuce, bunching onions, and broccoli. Also included is a rant and rave about milk, small farms, big farms, and bacteria. No extra charge. Just humor the youth!
Some boxes will be packed with subsitutes, when we run out of shell peas, or dancine butterheads...but rest assured you will all be in salad heaven this week!
In 1982 Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta gave the address to the graduating seniors of my Alma Mater. Her words were simple and profound and very much remind me of our efforts at the farm:
" A few months ago, I had to go to Delhi, and one of the ministers was the top man in social works, and he said, 'Mother Teresa, you and we are doing the same social work. But there is a great difference between you and us. We do it for something, and you do it to somebody.' This is for you young people: Remember, do it to somebody;that man, that woman, my brother, my sister-somebody." In our minds, this is the beauty of the CSA farm. We are not a non-profit, assembled to save the world, and growing so big we lose sight of the individual human being before us. We are not a corporate farm feeding the nations...we are a little family run plot of earth growing veggies for Joan, Jim, Pam, Judy, Julie, and Steve. We are all us supporting something we can see and touch, something small enough to love, and big enough to gain from.
This week's share was a tad smaller, due to unforseen emergencies on the farm on Harvest day.
This left only one of us bringing in the harvest, and we weren't able to get to the greens mix and the onions. It just means more next week!
The tops of your radishes can go into pasta sauces, on pizza, saute'd with onions for omelets...check out our wilted greens omelet recipe below!
A few of you didn't get radishes this week...but we threw in some other extras to make up for their absence.
Next week will bring SUGAR SNAP peas, onions, salad mix, greens mix, and more!
In other news:
We've trapped 4 racoons. How can something this cute be such a killer??
(Picture a beautiful morning on the farm. Mrs. Farmer is making breakfast and humming a cheery tune. Little darling daughter walks into the kitchen:
"Mama, guess what Papa and I found out in the grass??"
Mrs. Farmer is thinking: "Flowers? Butterfly? Shiny pebble?"
Comes the unexpected reply:
That's when the coons first starting coming around for chicken binges.
The good news is the rampages have stopped. Perhaps there were only four? You tend to picture a whole herd of racoons out there in the darkness stalking your meaty birds...it's like the American farm version of that Val Kilmer movie about the killer lions....
There are chocolate lovers. There are bread lovers. ("Fresh Bread, warm from the oven, slathered with oodles of butter, clutched, devoured....") Of course, there are chocolate AND bread lovers.
In "Wives and Daughters" there is an great scene in which the heroine describes her father's fondness for "Bread and Cheese"
"He'd just as soon eat bread and cheese as anything else."
The scene makes you want to dash into the kitchen, cut yourself a wedge and feast simply.
With the debut of Dixie's STATE FAMOUS little flower farmCHEVRE we thought you might appreciate a DIVINE bread recipe to spread that rich cheesy goodness upon.
This bread recipe is for all those who simply don't have time to make their own bread. It will change your life OVERNIGHT. Guaranteed. Best of all: You can make pizza dough from it, and cinnamon rolls...and....
"No-Knead Crusty Bread"
3 cups warm water
1 and 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 and 1/2 tablespoons yeast (if dried, 1/3 of that if fresh.)
6 and 1/2 cups of all- purpose flour
Mix all the above together in a big bowl with a wooden spoon. Feel domestic. Feel empowered. Feel earthy. Feel nurturing. Feel happy. Let your toddler stir a little.
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 2 hours in a warm place.
After this, you can bake it into loaves or rolls or pizza dough if you wish, and freeze the extras, or bake one loaf and refridge the rest for later in the week, as the dough turns into a sour dough. Amazing stuff this.
Preheat oven to 400.
Wipe a baking sheet or loaf pan with a butter wrapper. (Save those! They come in handy!)
If making a boule Grab a large chunk of dough and gently pull the edges under itself for a round loaf. Do the same if placing into a loaf pan.
Dust with flour and slash thrice with a serrated knife or razor blade to aid the rising in the oven.
Bake for at least 40 minutes, maybe more. Check to be sure. Tap the bottom. Should sound hollow.
This makes for the most pleasant of Sunday picnics...spread with CHEVRE or one of those incredible imported FRENCH CHEESES.
We have discovered that wilting salad greens (or fresh!) and spring mixes make excellent stuffings for omelets when saute'd in olive oil! Oh the wonders of the veggie kingdom! What a world of deliciousness awaits us all if we will just seize those greens and cajole them into the saucepan, saladbowl, and pot! This week's recipe du Jour:
Salad Greens Omelet with Deep Purple Bunching onions
*one or two bunching onions
*2 Cups salad greens
*salt and pepper to taste
*cheese of choice, grated.
*2 or 3 eggs
Saute the above ingredients in olive oil till tender. Leave a few of the green tops chopped to pile on top of your omelet.
Beat together 2 (or 3) eggs with a teensy pinch of salt. ( a little Salt is the only difference between icky and "OH SO GOOD!")
Heat a TB butter in a saucepan till the bubbles subside and it slightly browns. Pour eggs into skillet. Cook gently till slightly firm (firm enough to flip)
Flip. (If your first one is ugly, your second will be gorgeous. Trust me.)
Fill immediately with your cheese of choice and the greens mixture.
Trifold the omelet and slide onto a plate, yelling frantically to your family members to come eat it while it hovers in its brief state of perfection.
Sprinkle the remaining green onions on top while they sit down and inhale the aroma and happily prepare to tuck in.
Dash back to the stove, clean your pan, and make more!!
We had read of the Europeans cooking salad greens....never knew till now how DIVINE the results can be! Food is such a balm sometimes.
Early season greens were a'smiling on Wednesday. Your first box brought you (left to right): Romaine, Bunch of Baby Chard, green's "Spring mix", Pac Choi, French Breakfast radishes, and a collection of herb starts; parsley,sage, rosemary, thyme,oregano, basil.
Also included: Newsletter (with delicious chard recipe and herb info) Email us if you want us to send you an extra newsletter!
Pac Choi is the King of Stir Fries. Chop up the whole blessed thing and create magic with a little oil, soy sauce, and rice!
Oil is gushing into the gulf. The world is torn by wars and strife. The global economy is struggling. These days hope is hard to come by. Good cheer, even harder. Yesterday quite emphatically changed that for one small family farm.
We thank all of our members for their good show of patience, understanding, and support throughout yesterday's drop delays. Next week will run smoothly, and we are quite overcome by your goodness this morning!
If all the world was a CSA like this one, we'd have world peace.