Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market - August 29th

This week we will be featuring a tomato tasting at the market.  Our tomato varieties include:

Juliet
Green Zebra
Yellow Brandywine (my personal favorite)
Pink Beauty
Amish Paste
Sungold
Grape
Red Pear

In addition, we will be introducing our variety of hot peppers:

Moruga Scorpion
Ghost
Habanero
Lemon Drop
Serrano
Jalapeno

Want to know how hot these peppers are?



Moruga Scorpion ---> 1.2 million units
Ghost ---> 1 million units
Habanero ---> 350,000
Lemon Drop --->  100,000 units

To put the heat in perspective, the Scorpion pepper contains 500 times more heat than a Jalapeno.  Yikes! 












In addition to the tomatoes and hot peppers, we will be bringing the following items to market this week:

Husk/Ground Cherries
White Potatoes
Purple Potatoes
Blackberries (from our friend Manny)
Onions
Kale
Swiss Chard
Syphos Butterhead Lettuce
Asian Eggplant
Caraflex Cabbage
Socrates Cucumbers*
Chiogia Beets (pronounced kee-OH-gee-uh)
Fortex Pole Beans
Tomatillos

*Socrates cucumbers are a thin-skinned fruit (thus the reason you don't see them in the grocery store) that are tender, sweet and seedless.  

Flowers include:

Sunflowers
Celosia
Sylphid
Lizianthus
Statice
Zinias (red and yellow)

Dried Herbs and Teas include:

Dream Pillows (Mugwart & Lavender)
Spearmint
Catnip
Nettle
Lavender
Spearmint & Lavender Tea


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Did you know that Terry's Tasty Treasures buys hot peppers from Blue Skys Farm for their Pepper Jellies?  It is great when local businesses buy local products!  In fact here is a photograph that Christina took of the Jalapeno and Serrano Peppers that Terry purchased last week.  



Terry's Tasty Treasure will be at the market this week so be sure to stop by to purchase some Tasty Treasures. 














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Do you have any plastic grocery bags hanging around?  We would love to take them off your hands.  This time of year in particular, we go through a large amount of bags.  We would much rather recycle than purchase new.  So, if you are coming to the market, please feel free to drop off as many bags as you would like.  Thanks!

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Hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market - August 22nd

Where we'll be:

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston
Saturday, 9am–12pm

Thundermist West Warwick Farmers Market
186 Providence St, W. Warwick
Thursday, 3–6pm
This week we will be bringing the following items to market:

Fortex Green Beans*
Asian Eggplant
Caraflex Cabbage
Purple Potatoes
Skyphos Butterhead Lettuce
Jalapeno & Serrano Hot Peppers
Patty Pan Summer Squash
Golden Zuchini
Tomatoes
Tomatillos
Lacinato Kale
Blackberries (from our friend Manny)

* Fortex Green Beans are dark green, firm-textured beans that are completely stringless and delicious at all lengths, even after seeds enlarge.  (source:  Johnny's Seeds)  See below for some recipes. 

and from Scratch Farm:

Garlic
White Onions
Carrots
Italian Eggplant
Leeks

Flowers include:

Sunflowers
Celosia
Sylphid
Lizianthus
Statice
Zinias (red and yellow)

Dried Herbs and Teas include:

Dream Pillows (Mugwart & Lavender)
Spearmint
Catnip
Nettle
Lavender
Spearmint & Lavender Tea

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New from the farm:

It is very busy in our drying room.  Today we harvested Spearmint, Red Ruben Basil, Tulsi Basil and Lemon Balm.  The addition of the drying room has really accelerated the time in which we can go from harvest to processing the dried product.  Well done Christina for being awarded a USDA grant to have the drying room built!


A view from the drying room.  Here you see the Red Ruben Basil and Lemon Balm.
















Beautiful bunches of dried lavender.  This year we have two colors of lavender, as you can see here.















Last week I spoke about harvesting onions and setting them out to cure.  Here are some photos of our onions placed in a single layer to dry.


Cipollini Onions













Red Bull Onions













Red Shallots












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Green Bean Recipes

Caramelized Spicy Green Beans 
Mediterranean Green Beans 
Paprika Shrimp & Green Bean Saute 

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Thanks and hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market - August 15th

Where we'll be:

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston
Saturday, 9am–12pm

Thundermist West Warwick Farmers Market
186 Providence St, W. Warwick
Thursday, 3–6pm
This week we will be bringing the following items to market:

Asian Eggplant
Caraflex Cabbage
Purple Potatoes
Skyphos Butterhead Lettuce
Sweet Peppers
Jalapeno & Serrano Hot Peppers
Patty Pan Summer Squash
Golden Zuchini
Tomatoes
Tomatillos
Swiss Chard
White Russian Kale

Flowers include:

Sunflower
Lizianthus
Goldenrod
Statice

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 This week at the farm:


The onions are ready to harvest!  How do we know when to harvest?  Well, the tops of the onion will start to turn yellow (see photo) and eventually will fall over.  Once we see that, we pull them and cure them for storage.  This is accomplished by laying the onions in a single layer in one of the greenhouses to dry.  As the onions are drying their necks will gradually
wither and the papery skins will tighten around the bulbs.  Once the necks are completely dry, and the root and leaves have been trimmed, they are ready to go to the market.  This process typically takes between 2 to 4 weeks. 





The sunflowers love this weather!  It is the peak of the sunflower season and we will be bringing several varieties with us this week.  Be sure to take a look when you see us at the market. 












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Eggplant Recipes:

Eggplant Pasta Salad
Curried Eggplant with Tomatoes and Basil
Roasted Eggplant and Feta Dip

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See you at the market!

Farmer Kim

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market - August 8th

Where we'll be:

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston
Saturday, 9am–12pm

Thundermist West Warwick Farmers Market
186 Providence St, W. Warwick
Thursday, 3–6pm
Mother Nature was up to it again this week.  We feel very fortunate that we made it through that nasty storm on Tuesday morning with minimal damage.  We hope that you too were so lucky.

The later end of the week looks to be very pleasant temperature-wise and it is a nice relief from last week's heat.  Keeping fingers crossed for a beautiful day at the market on Saturday.

We will be bringing the following items to market this week:

Caraflex Cabbage
Blue Potatoes
Skyphos Butterhead Letuce
Lettuce Mix
Jaune du Doubs Carrots
Sweet Peppers
Jalapeno & Serrano Hot Peppers
Patty Pan Summer Squash
Golden Zuchini
Fresh Onions
Tomatoes
Tomatillos
Swiss Chard
White Russian Kale

Flowers include:

Sunflower
Lizianthus
Godlenrod
Statice
Globe Thistle
Scabiosa
Celosia
Coneflower

Herbal Teas and Culinary Herbs

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The irrigation gun watering the lower field.  This piece of equipment is amazing!












A beautiful variety of Dahlia growing in the lower field.  These plants need supports to keep them from bending over from their own weight and height.

It is definitely worth the extra effort! 








Calendula drying in the Blue Skys Drying Room.

This flower has long been utilized for the soothing and healing of skin irritations but there are other uses as well.  Take a look at the website The Nerdy Farm Wife as she lists 14 uses for calendula tea. 











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Jalapeno Recipes:

Green Enchilada Sauce (utilizes tomatillos as well as jalapeno and serrano peppers)
Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
Jalapeno Honey Hummus

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See you at the market!

Farmer Kim

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pawtuxet Village Farmer's Market - August 1st

Where we'll be:

Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market
Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston
Saturday, 9am–12pm

Thundermist West Warwick Farmers Market
186 Providence St, W. Warwick
Thursday, 3–6pm
It sure has been hot at the farm this week.  This fact makes Blue Skys worker Jared quite happy, as he loves the heat.  He can work in the hoop houses when the temperatures inside surpass the 100 degree mark.  We are lucky to have him on the team as the rest of us, me in particular, do not do as well in the heat.  We all have our strengths and weaknesses and we are lucky to complement each other well.

The key to harvesting in the heat is to get the produce out of the heat as soon as possible and into some cold water.  The more technical term is "hydrocooling" and it just means that water is used to remove the 'field heat' from the produce.  The quicker this happens the higher the quality of the produce.   We use this method throughout the year, but it is particularly important when the weather is hot and humid.

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

Caraflex Cabbage
Skyphos Head Lettuce
Baby Golden Zucchini
Topless (woo woo!) Golden Beets
Juan du Doubts Yellow Carrots
Tomatoes
Tomatillos
Sweet Green Peppers
Jalapeno Peppers
Cucumers
Kale
Swiss Chard
Collards

Sunflowers
Statise
Goldenrod
Lisianthus
Coneflower
Globe Thistle

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Photos from the farm:

Caraflex Cabbage in the field.  This cabbage can be used both raw or cooked.



















Lisianthus in the hoop house.  These beauties will be harvested and brought to the market this week. 



















Lavender drying in our newly completed Drying Room.  The use of this room decreases drying times considerably.

Your tax dollars at work!  This Drying Room was made possible via a LASA Grant that Christina was awarded this spring. 















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Hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim