Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
HEAR YE! HEAR YE! Your lettuces are racing to a finish! EARLY DELIVERY of lettuces and HERB STARTS next WEDNESDAY the 2nd! Our innaugural box! The rest of the veggie deliveries will commence mid-June.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
1 Tbsp minced fresh chives
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 oz cream cheese cut into bits (you can also use chevre!)
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
Whisk together the eggs and chives, salt, pepper. Add the cream cheese.
Melt the butter in a skillet over moderate heat.
Add egg mixture. Cook, stirring for 4-6 minutes.
Sprinkle with more chives! Enjoy! -From the Gourmet Cookbook
If you eat these with a slice of hot buttered toast and a cup of tea, you will feel rather like you are in a cottage in the British countryside. With a side of roasted potatoes, and you are in a hole in the wall cafe on mainstreet Stillwater. Either way: you will feel very contented with the world.
Monday, May 10, 2010
“Fortunate country, that is one day to receive hearts like Alexandra’s into its bosom, to give them out again in the yellow wheat, in the rustling corn, in the shining eyes of youth!”
Thank you to all of you who have signed up for shares in Little Flower Farm. Your hearts are already being given back again in the rows of little pea shoots, and the Broccolli and the Cabbage plants all braving flea beetles and frosts, their trunks thickening every day.
There are about 18 shares left.
“I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings."
-first two stanzas of William Butler Yeats' “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”
Also of note: please save egg shells for us if you want to! We crush them up and feed them to the laying hens for additional calcium-strong healthy shells!
Cheese making: Curdling milk. Separating the curds from the whey. Viola.
Cheese yields so much that is fascinating to study, but like a worthwhile and delicious things, it is also generously open to the forays of the curious novice. There are such things as Direct Set Starters which provide the exact bacteria needed for a certain cheese, and take a lot of guesswork and long experimentation out of the process of putting something good to eat on the table. And you needn’t kidnap a cow to get started! Try making some at home with supermarket milk….or find a farmer who can sell you some raw milk from off their farm. The results, with crackers and a nice warm pot of tea, will make you and yours very cheery indeed!
The herbs are hardening off in the hoop house. Getting ready for our first delivery. I used to pronounce them "ERBS" but now, I am thinking of bringing on the European "HUhERBs" pronunciation...it is more breathy, very like the sighs one involuntarily emits when stooped over them inhaling their lovely scents, and imagining various sauces, soups, roasts and salads.
. In the middle of a Minnesota winter, when one is combing through the seed catalogs dreaming daring dreams, planning gardens to rival Malmaison, one can get to the point of hallucination. When we read the description of the Edonis melon we thought we were imagining the second sentence:
“ Edonis (F1) These small, avg 2lb., round melons have a green rind with dark green sutures and fine cork netting. The firm, deep orange flesh is reminiscent of the pleasures of the gods in paradise.”
-Johnnys Seed catalog
When all the land within miles is covered thickly with pads and pads of snow, and all you’ve eaten for weeks are root vegetables, venison stews, and brown bread, it is difficult not to indulge in day dreams of ¼ acre covered all over with prolific melon fruits, and jolly barefoot frolickings that entail chins dripping with the juice of these “deep orange fleshed” beauties, giddy as the “gods in paradise”. Needless to say we ordered not one, but two packets….
Let's say work isn't going so well. Perhaps you've had a nasty spat with your spouse. Your brand new puppy just made quite the impressive mess on your also brand new carpet....your car just broke down, or your teenage son just crashed it....the roast you had in the oven for Sunday dinner with the distant out of town relatives roasted all day in an oven....that was turned off.
The peas are up! Dream of peas!