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The North Field Veggies!

4/20/2014 1:47pm

We wanted to share with you the progress of the crops planted up North.  We had to hustle to get many of these crops planted when the cold Winter was freezing other crops out.  The hard work has paid off.  The first picture in each group was taken on March 26th and the second picture was taken yesterday.  A little Spring sunshine makes a big difference.  We're excited bring these crops your way over the next few weeks.

We finished up week 9 last week and will start week 10 this week.  So, you'll have 3 official deliveries delivered to you and then 1 or 2 extra deliveries after that.  The Winter altered our original plan, but there's still lots to harvest and enjoy!

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After.  The Broccoli Raab grows so fast that it will start harvests by week 11.  The radishes will begin harvest this week, which is week 10.

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After.  Lots of vegetables growing here that will start to show up in your share this week.

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After.  Those lettuces will be harvested this week for sure.  The spinach and pac chois have been being harvested.  More to come.

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The green garlic and green shallots have been cleared to make some room for the snow peas.  They've just begun to bloom and we're looking forward to them.  They look good right now, but the weather is getting warmer.  We're hoping to get some harvests, but we'll have to wait anxiously to see how the warm weather influences them.  They like a little cool.

Crops still to harvest out of our other areas are shallots, cauliflowers, cabbages, beets and swiss chard.

Thanks for the support!

CSA Delivery for April 19th

4/18/2014 7:00pm

This week's share is 2 bags tied together making 1 share.  So, grab 1 share.  We've already tied the bags together to make it easy for you.  Don't untie the 2 bags.  There was just too much to fit into 1 bag this week.

This week's share includes Spinach, Cheddar Cauliflower, Pac Choi, Beets with Beet Greens, Green Shallots, Cabbages, Broccoli and Arugula.

Insect report: The veggies are mostly insect free.  A few cabbage loopers are starting to appear on crops other than the cabbages.  There are some fuzzy worms showing up now too.  they'd most likely be on the pac choi or spinach.  They're easy to pick off.  Consider them health inspectors that let you know your veggies have no poisons added.

We're estimating next week's share to include green shallots, green garlic, Red Beets, spinach, lettuce, pac choi, cauliflower and cabbages.

Possible addtions to that list might be broccoli or radishes.

 

Ashley Cox sends a recipe your way.  She says, "Here's our favorite beet preparation at the moment."

 

Roast beets at 400 degrees in foil until tender. We cut the big ones into quarters and it usually takes about 45-55 mins. 
 
 
Wash beet greens and sauté with either green garlic or shallots--whatever is on hand. Season with salt and pepper and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar in last 5 minutes of cooking greens. Add chopped beets to mixture and top with a little bit of feta cheese crumbles before serving (goat cheese also works if one prefers)

What are you cooking lately?  Share your favorite recipes with me and I'll share them with everyone.

Thanks for your support!

CSA Delivery for April 9th

4/9/2014 11:30am

This week's share includes Arugula, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Broccoli, Green Onions, Green Shallots, Cabbage and Winter Spinach.

Insect report: The veggies are mostly insect free.  A few cabbage loopers are starting to appear on crops other than the cabbages.

We're estimating next week's share to include green shallots, green garlic, Red Beets, spinach, arugula, pac choi and cabbage.

Possible addtions to that list might be broccoli or cauliflower.  The cauliflowers should starting harvesting next week.  They're looking great.  Crops to expect in 2-3 weeks are new crops of lettuce, radishes, snow peas and/or kale.  The North field is starting to harvest now.  The crops up there are pretty nice since they didn't have to battle through the Winter weather.  The spinach in your share this week is from the North field and it's really delicious.  We should have that type of spinach weekly now for 3-5 weeks.

We also harvested our first ever crop of Arugula.  This is a stronger flavor than a typical green sometimes compared to what a mustard green tastes like.  I recommend you looking up a recipe for guidance.  A popular way to enjoy it is to use it as a topping on your favorite pizza or replace the lettuce on your favorite burger.

Here is a grilled cheese recipe that will use up the Arugula.  The olive mayo was a must.

http://www.thekitchn.com/weekend-sandwich-comte-olives-52711

Sesame dressings are popular to help balance the strong Arugula flavor.  There are many variations of a sesame dressing similar to this one.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Arugula-and-Radicchio-Salad-with-Sesame-Scallion-Vinaigrette-15204

What are you cooking lately?  Share your favorite recipes with me and I'll share them with everyone.

Thanks for your support!

CSA Delivery for April 5th

4/4/2014 7:18pm

We're very happy with the quality of the vegetables right now.  The're beautiful, mostly insect free, delicious and healthy.  The Winter was a rough one for us so our crops aren't coming off as planned.  We hustled to replant them all, but many of those replanted crops will harvest in the future weeks.  My father and myself discussed it this morning and our plan is to add 1-2 extra weeks at the end of the Winter season.  So many crops have been replanted making some pretty good harvests in those extra weeks.  Your investment with us is important so it's important to us to be able to return that support.

This week's share includes Red Beets with Beet Greens, Wieding Spinach, Green Garlic, Brocoli, Spinach and Green Onions(the photo shows shallots).

Insect report: An advantage of a long cold Winter is that the loopers and aphids aren't really around too much yet.  So the veggies are mostly insect free.

We're estimating next week's share to include green shallots, green garlic, Red Beets, spinach, arugula and cabbage.

Possible addtions to that list might be broccoli, cauliflower, collards or kale.

Check out the cabbages and cauliflowers!

 Cabbages!  They are very close to harvest time.

This is the first cauliflower.  Join the volunteer day on Saturday and you'll get to eat part of it.  The rest of the crop is just barely starting to form heads so cauliflower should start to show up in your share the following week.

We're going to retake photos of the crops in our North fields.  It's amazing what a little Spring weather and abundant sunshine can do for seedlings.  Some of the beds are growing beyond our belief.  We should have our first harvest out of those crops in 1-2 weeks, which will include new spinach and arugula.

Thanks for your support!  We have many weeks left to harvest for you.

CSA Delivery for March 29th

3/28/2014 8:06pm

This week's share includes Golden or Red Beets, Swiss Chard, Green Garlic, Brocoli, Spinach, Lettuce and Green Shallots.

Insect report: None

We're estimating next week's share to include green shallots, green garlic, Red Beets, turnips, spinach and Wieding spinach.

Possible addtions to that list might be broccoli.  Crops we're waiting on to reach harvest time are the cabbages and cauliflowers.

This year's Winter CSA plantings have required us to replant and replant!  The Winter was rougher than normal so here are the late plantings.  Crops grow quick with the Spring sunshine so these will surprise us soon with new harvests.

 The latest planting.  The seeds are barely germinating.

 The middle planting.  There is lots of good germination.

 The early planting.  We lost a couple beds in here on the last ice storm of the Winter.  We replanted with broccoli raab, which will grow quick.

 The green garlic and shallot plot has been harvested hard, but there's still lots to harvest.  We snuck in two beds of snow peas around them.

We may harvest some of these for the Winter shares, but these are long term crops for the Summer season.  These crops will be harvested and dried.  The onions look great!

CSA Delivery for March 19th

3/19/2014 10:44am

This week's share includes Wieding spinach, kale(or collards), butternut squash, turnips, green garlic, broccoli and green shallots.

Insect report: The turnips took a beating during the last freeze so the tops aren't looking as good.  The aphids are starting to show up now too.  They seem to always know when the cold has moved away for the season.

We're estimating next week's share to include green shallots, green garlic, lettuce, turnips, spinach and Wieding spinach.

Possible addtions to that list might be chard, broccoli or beets.

This Winter has taken it's share of the crops for itself.  We've had to watch many crops struggle and some just get wiped out by the freezes.  We keep planting.  Sometimes all we can do as farmers is to just keep planting.

On an ideal year, we don't always do late seed plantings.  The early crops grow in abundance and harvest plenty for everyone.  This year is requiring us to do some late plantings.  In our North field, we have put in 1,500 feet of 4 foot wide raised beds.  Many of the beds have germinated seeds already.  The rest will soon catch up.

In those sections we've sown chard, kale, spinach, lettuce, kwintus pole beans, pac chois, purslane, radishes, carrots and snow peas.  We're also putting significant plantings of broccoli raab in, which isn't a normal crop for our farm.  The traditional broccoli usually gives us all we need, but this year we're adding broccoli raab.  We're hungry for some broccoli!  We have many weeks to go for our Winter veggie season and all these sprouting seeds will ensure we have harvests towards the end of the season.

Snow pea circles!

They grow fast.  It won't be long.

CSA Delivery for March 5th

3/5/2014 11:36am

This week's share includes red butterhead lettuce, Wieding spinach, butternut squash, Swiss chard, green garlic, spinach and green shallots.

Insect report: Everything looks immaculate.  No insects to report.

So, we had a freeze a couple nights back followed by a very cold day.  Then to top it off was a near freeze, which can mean a freeze or frost.  It's hard to trust the temperature the weatherman gives us.  If the temperature is a near freeze then we act like it's a freeze.  We prepped before it happened in every way we could.  In our North field, we ran a misting sprinkler all night long for two nights to freeze over the plants.  It seems like that would kill plants off, but it actually is a way of saving them.  The act of forming ice keeps the temperature on the plants just above freezing.  The rest of the crops are protected from the cold icy weather by grow cloth and plastic.  Texas has warm Winters with moments of catastrophic cold for us.  We have to hustle to get crops through weather like this.  We're still awaiting the recovery of many of the plants.  The warm sunshine will help.

One night of cold is never a big deal, but this was two days of cold.  It pushes some of the vegetables to their limits.  We noticed the Swiss chard had some intermittent frozen stalks, but the greens were untouched.  We're grateful.  We have to be.  You might notice some frozen stalks in your bunch of Swiss chard this week.  Just harvest the greens around them.  They'll be delicious still.

This has been a colder than normal Winter.  Some of our usual crops have not grown as well like the Swiss Chard and kale.  Other crops are growing better than every like the spinach.  Some of the leaves right now are impressively huge.  The crop we're missing right now is the broccoli.  It was cold this Winter and broccoli likes the cold.  The problem is that in January we had our usual 1 week of Summer weather like usual.  The broccoli decided to bolt at that time like usual, but not completely.  After that week, we plunged back into Winter for anotehr 5-6 weeks.  The broccoli is out in the field right now confused.  So, it bolted and then it decided to keep growing as it realized the Winter wasn't quite over.  We're now waiting to see how it responds. 

We're estimating next week's share to include green shallots, green garlic, green leaf lettuce, butternut squash, spinach and Wieding spinach.

Possible addtions to that list might be broccoli, beets or turnips.  I'm really looking forward the the beets.  Once we start the beet harvests, there should be many weeks of them.  There are red beets and golden beets.  Yum!

So what are you cooking these days?  Send me recipes and I'll share them with everyone.

CSA Delivery for February 26th

2/26/2014 11:45am

This week's share includes green leaf lettuces, Wieding spinach, butternut squash, salad turnips with turnip greens, green garlic, collard greens and green shallots.

Eat your turnip greens.  It's rare to have such beautiful turnip greens.  Insects love them!  They're so nutritious and delicious.

Insect report: Everything looks immaculate.  No insects to report.

If you didn't get a veggie you wanted this week then hang in there.  There's lots to harvest and be delivered to you in the many weeks to come.  We're just getting started.

We're estimating next week's share to include green shallots, green garlic, green leaf lettuce, butternut squashes, spinach, salad turnips w/ greens and Swiss chard.

Possible addtions to that list might be broccoli, beets and radishes.  We're hoping for more sunshine once we get past this cold blast.

Wieding spinach is a chard looking spinach flavored vegetable.  It's pretty great and becomes a favorite of all who try it.  It's not something you'll ever see in a grocery store anywhere.  You can use it anyway you would use swiss chard or spinach.  It's delicious!

Kelly R. wouild like to share an article with everyone.  She says, "I found this funny article about what to do with an abundance of CSA vegetables that you don't know how to cook. Thought I would share."

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