Friday, August 1, 2014

Farmer's Market - August 2nd

Nice day at the farm.  We sure hope that tomorrow's weather will be as pleasant (dry).  Here is a photo taken by Christina today.  It is of Megan and Mark are hard at work harvesting cippolini onions.  Wait until you see these onions!  Some are about 4 inches in diameter!  We are curing these onions in the greenhouses and we should see them at the market in a couple of weeks.


This week we will be bringing the following items to market:

Green Zebra Tomatoes
Golden Rave Tomatoes
Juliet Tomatoes
Sun Gold Tomatoes
Indigo Rose Tomatoes
Caraflex Cabbage
Tuscano Kale
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Christina's Custom Salad Mix
Summer Copra Onions
Summer Cippolini Onions
Purple Scallions
Red Beets
Golden Beets
Purple Kholrabi
Gold of Bacau Pole Beans
Wax Beans
 Farmer Tom's Oyster Mushrooms

Fresh-Cut Herbs including:
  Cutting Celery
Parsley
Basil
Rosemary
Oregano 

And of course, Christina's beautiful flowers!  

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Blue Skys Farm has been very lucky over the years to had several great people offer their time to help us with various tasks.  This year, Erica is one of those people.  She can weed with the best of them and has a great talent for arranging flowers.  In fact, the five and ten dollar arrangements that we will be bringing to the market this week were arranged by Erica.  Be sure to take a look at them when you see us at the market.  I believe that you will be impressed.  

Here are some photos that Erica took at the farm.


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And if that wasn't enough, Erica is also an avid cook.  She shared this recipe with us and I look forward to trying it this weekend.  

Grilled Pizza with Feta & Blue Sky Swiss Chard

Saute 1/2 an onion and 2 cloves garlic in a bit of olive oil and a small pat of butter.

Roll out 1 lb. of dough with flour and stretch it out on baking sheet. Brush olive oil on both sides of dough and put in the freezer for 10-15 min or in the fridge for 30-45 min. Remove when the dough is hard enough not to fall through the grill grates. ;)

While the dough is chilling, slice the lovely rainbow swiss chard and cook the stems first in the olive oil/butter mixture. Add a bit of chicken broth (or veggie broth) and cover for about 5 minutes until the stems are soft. Then add the rest of the chard and cook until wilted. You can also add in some spinach if you like! When it's done, season with pepper and garlic powder. Add red pepper flakes, if you dare.

Heat grill to Med/Low setting.

Put dough on grill (directly on the grates). Close lid and cook for about 5 minutes, checking 1 time to make sure it's not burning. Could be about 10-12 minutes total, depending on your grill. 

Have the toppings ready next to the grill and when the first side is done to your liking, flip quickly and add the toppings to the first (the cooked) side. Sprinkle some feta on top and close the lid for another 5 minutes.

Slide off with a pizza peel or 2 grill spatulas and enjoy!
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Please note that there will also be a recipe tasting at this week's market.  Jess Watts of Little Falls Cafe will be utilizing Blue Skys Farm herbs in several recipes including Holy Basil Tomato Soup, Caprese Salad and nutritious and delicious Smoothies. 
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Hope to see you at the market!  
Farmer Kim

Friday, July 25, 2014

Farmer's Market - July 26th

This week we are very happy to announce that we will be bringing the beautiful flower, Lisianthus, to the market.  This flower is a slow grower that needs lots of TLC but it is all worth it when these beauties finally bloom!  Here are some photos from the hoop house this afternoon.

  

In addition to the Lisianthus, we will be bringing Status, Coneflower (sans pedals), Scabiosa and Globe Thistle, Globe Amaranth and of course....SUNFLOWERS!


As for edibles, we will be bringing a new item to the market, Caraflex cabbage.  Also known as a "conehead" or "arrowhead" cabbage, it is small, dense cabbage with a pointed end.  It's flavor is mild and can be used both raw and cooked.   *Be sure to click on the links for recipe ideas. 

We will also be bringing the following items to market:

Christina's Salad Mix
Tuscano Kale
Rainbow Lacinato Kale
White Russian Kale
Birhgt Ligths Swiss Chard
Golden Beets
Red Beets
Purple Scallions
Summer Onions 
Gold of Bacau Pole Beans
Sun Gold Tomatoes
Suyu Cucumbers
Pickling Cucumbers
Marketmore Cucumbers
Lemon Cucumbers
Garlic 
Culinary Herbs
Herbal Teas

Hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Farmer's Market - July 19th


Sunflower and Bee


Garlic 










Coneflowers (Echinacea)

Cucumber Plants









This week we will be bringing the following items to market:

Purple Kohlrabi
Copra Summer Onions
Purple Scallions
Zucchini
Gold of Bacau Pole Beans
Tomatoes
Golden Beets
Red Beets
Christina's Custom Salad Mix
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
White Russian Kale
Suyo Cucumbers
Marketmore Cucumbers
Lemon Cucumbers
Pickling Cucumbers

Hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim

  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Farmer's Market - July 12th

This week we are bringing a very interesting variety of cauliflower.  It's name is Graffiti Cauliflower and it is deep purple in color.  Here is a photo to give you a preview:


Hint:  To keep the color as intense as possible, add a bit of an acid (lemon juice or vinegar) to the water prior to cooking. 














In addition to Graffiti Cauliflower, we will be bringing the following items to market tomorrow:

Purple Kohlrobi
Golden Beets
Red Beets (topless)
Summer Copra Onions
Purple Scallions
Christina's Custom Lettuce Mix
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Tuscano Kale
White Russian Kale
Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes
Suyo Cucumberss
Slicing Cucumbers
Pickling Cucumbers
Gold of Bacau Pole Beans

We will also have Mushroom Farmer Tom's Oyster Mushrooms once again!!!  Only 5 bags this week so be sure to get to the market early to get yours!

This Saturday our favorite flower grower is going to be setting up flowers for a wedding in South County.  I, Farmer Kim, and my wonderful husband, Eddie will be there to assist you with your purchases in her absence.  Don't worry though, even though Christina will not be at the market, her amazing flowers will be.  Here is a preview:





Hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim

Friday, July 4, 2014

Farmer's Market - July 5th

Happy 4th of July to all!  Arthur has done his best to disrupt the festivities, as well as our harvest.  Since we have had so many damp Fridays this season, we were able to push through and bring in all that we needed for market.


This week we will be bringing Copra Summer Onions to the market.  Summer onions are immature onions that are pulled prior to their greens dying (turning brown and falling over).  Both the bulb and greens of summer onions are edible. 

The greens dying is an indication that an onion has reached maturity.  Onions harvested at maturity must be "cured" for a few weeks.  Curing enables the onion to seal itself off and the outer layers to become paper-like.  Cured onions are what you would typically purchase at the grocery store.









Scallions differ from onions in that they will never form a full, harvest-able bulb. 









This week we will be bringing the following items to market:

Summer Copra Onion
Purple Scallion
Gold of Bacau Pole Beans
Christina's Custom Salad Mix
White Russian Kale
Tuscano Kale
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Golden Beets
Red Beets
Suyu Cucumbers
Pickling Cucumbers
Sungold Cherry Tomatoes (small amount, come early!)
Sugar Snap Peas (on sale!)

In addition we will be bringing the following produce from fellow Urban Edge farmers Scratch Farm

Green Filet Beans
Zephyr Summer Squash
Green Zucchini

Like Blue Skys Farm, Scratch Farm grows chemical and pesticide free.

Of course we can't forget Chrisina's beautiful flowers!














Hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim