Friday, September 19, 2014

Farmer's Market - September 20th

It is really starting to feel like fall out there this week.  Days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping.  Flowers are starting to slow down but do not fear, we will still be bringing a beautiful assortment to the market.



As for produce, we will be bringing the following items to market:

Arugula
Tuscano Kale 
(aka dinosaur or black kale)
Rainbow Lacinato Kale
Christina's Salad Mix
Bright Light's Swiss Chard
Red & Yellow Onions
Cipollini Onions*
Garlic
Red Shallots
Italian Sweet Frying Peppers
Sweet Orange Bell Peppers
 Baby Eggplant
Red Ace Beets
Golden Beets
Chioggia Beets**
Radishes
Tomatoes
Purple Potatoes 
Fresh-Cut Rosemary, Spearmint, Cutting Celery and Parsley
 Farmer Tom's 
Oyster Mushrooms

Scratch Farm's
Celeriac
 Leeks
Spinach
Tomatoes
Sweet Peppers
Purple Potatoes
White Potatoes
Husk Cherries
Salad Turnips 


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Here's a recipe that I will be trying now that "soup weather" has returned.  

Smoky Greens and Beans
Bon Appitit, November 2009

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can vegetable broth
  • 8 cups coarsely chopped assorted greens (such as kale, mustard greens, and collard greens about 8 ounces)
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), drained
  • Grated Manchego or Parmesan cheese (optional)
PREPARATION
  • Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until soft and beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add garlic; stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice and paprika; stir 1 minute. Add broth and greens; bring to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until greens are wilted and tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Stir in beans and simmer 1 minute to heat through. Divide among bowls; sprinkle with cheese, if desired.
Nutritional Information 
One serving contains the following: 
Calories (kcal) 207.8
% Calories from Fat 35.3 
Fat (g) 8.2 
Saturated Fat (g) 1.0 
Cholesterol (mg) 0 
Carbohydrates (g) 26.8 
Dietary Fiber (g) 6.4
Total Sugars (g) 7.0
Net Carbs (g) 20.4
Protein (g) 7.4
 
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Ever wonder what could be making big holes in your garden greens such as kale or swiss chard?  Look no further than the jumping herbivore, the grasshopper.  The grasshoppers at the farm are about an inch in length and are especially happy making a meal of our kale crops as seen below.


Seeing so many grasshoppers today, I realized how little I knew about these insects.  I found an interesting article, 10 Fascinating Facts About Grasshoppers that some of you may find interesting as well.  Please refer to the article for more details.  

1.  Grasshoppers and locusts are the same thing.
2.  Grasshoppers have ears on their bellies.
3.  Although grasshoppers can hear, they can't distinguish pitches very well.
4.  Grasshoppers make noise through stridulating or crepitating.
5.  Grasshoppers can fly.
6.  Grasshoppers jump by catapulting themselves into the air.  
7.  Grasshoppers cause billions of dollars in damage to food crops annually, worldwide.
8.  Grasshoppers provide an important source of protein to people in many parts of the world.  
9.  Grasshoppers existed long before dinosaurs.
10.  Grasshoppers sometimes "spit" brown liquid to defend themselves.  

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Hope to see you at the market.  

Farmer Kim

Friday, September 12, 2014

Farmer's Market - September 13th

This week we are featuring Sun Gold Tomatoes.  These cherry tomatoes have an exceptionally sweet, fruity flavor.

Did you know that you can only purchase these bright tangerine-orange tomatoes at local markets?  Due to their tendency to split, these fruits can not be shipped.  As a result, this is a tomato that is grown for its flavor rather than its ability to be shipped across the country.  You can taste the difference too! 

Don't know what to do with cherry tomatoes other than putting them in salads?  Take a look at this recipe from Smitten Kitchen for Slow Roasted Tomatoes.  Sun Gold Tomatoes are perfect for this recipe. 

In addition to Sun Gold Tomatoes we will be bringing the following items to market this week:

Blue Potatoes
Tuscano Kale*
Rainbow Lacinato Kale
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Garlic
Onions
French Breakfast Radishes
Ophelia (baby) Eggplant
Sweet Italian Frying Peppers
Orange Sweet Peppers
Hot Peppers
Pedron Peppers
Christina's Custom Salad Mix
Golden Beets
Red Ace Beets
Purple Kohlrabi

Farmer Tom's 
Oyster Mushrooms  

Italian Eggplant
Leeks
Heirloom Tomatoes
Blue and White Potatoes
Husk Cherries
Haruki Salad Turnips

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Photos from the farm.

*Tuscano Kale in the intense afternoon sun.  The brightness makes an otherwise very dark green kale  (see the shaded leaf on the far left for comparison) look almost lime green.


















Sunflowers!



Christina with Cinnamon!


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Should be a beautiful day at the market.  Hope to see you there!

Farmer Kim

Friday, September 5, 2014

Farmer's Market - September 6, 2014

He's back!  Cinnamon once again visited the farm with momma Erica.  How can you resist those big brown eyes? 


















He has charmed us all.  Including Sally Lee of Big Train Farm. 















Cinammon taste tested our Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes and White Russian Kale and can't recommend them enough.  Be sure to get some for yourself! 

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

Arugula (first cutting of the fall)
Padron Peppers
Sweet Italian Frying Peppers
Christina's Custom Salad Mix
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
White Russian Kale
Fortex Pole Beans
Red Ace Beets
Baby Eggplant
Zucchini
Baby Summer Squash
Patty Pan Squash
Fennel
Tomatoes (including green tomatoes)
Purple Potatoes
Garlic
Onions
Tom's Mushroom Farm Oyster Mushrooms

Scratch Farm will be providing:  
Husk Cherries
Leeks
Carrots
Heirloom Tomatoes
Haruki Turnips

Big Train Farm will be providing:
Okra
Sweet Red Peppers (Carmen)
Asian Eggplant

As always we will have dried medicinal and culinary herbs for sale as well as Christina's beautiful flowers!  



Did you know that you could bring a vase and we will fill it with beautiful flowers?  Look at this beautiful vase provided by one of our favorite customers.  Pretty indeed! 

Hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim

Friday, August 29, 2014

Farmer's Market - August 30th

It is the last market in August and the shallots have arrived!  We are very excited about this years' shallot harvest.  They are the biggest shallots we have ever grown!  Be sure to get some for yourself before they sell out. 

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

Topless (woo woo) Red Ace Beets (on sale too!)
Golden Beets
Cippolini Onions
Copra Onions 
Garlic
Purple Kohlrabi
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Tuscano Kale
Rainbow Lacinato Kale
Gold of Bacau Pole Beans
Fortex Pole Beans
Sungold Cherry Tomatoes
Suyo Cucumbers
Pickling Cucumbers
Sweet Italian Frying Peppers
Christina's Custom Salad Mix
Fresh Cut Mint and Parsley
Summer Squash and Zucchini*
Leeks*
Eggplant*
Carrots*
Cantaloupe*
Red and Green Bell Peppers**

*Grown by Scratch Farm
**Grown by Big Train Farm

Sunflower photos!

















Sunflowers and bees. The perfect combination.  As you can imagine, we are blessed with an incredible amount of bees on the farm. 


Did you know that more than fifteen billion dollars a year in U.S. crops are pollinated by bees?  Keeping bee populations safe is critical for American tables stocked with high quality produce and our agricultural sector running smoothly. 

See the NRDC's Why We Need Bees:  Nature's Tiny Workers Put Food On Our Tables




Hope to see you at the market.  :-)

Farmer Kim

Friday, August 22, 2014

Farmer's Market - August 23rd

Okay, is it just me that can't believe that next weekend is Labor Day weekend?  Where did the summer go?  The saving grace is that we are in the prime of the season.  Who can resist the amazing flavor of a fresh-picked tomato or cucumber?  We will be bringing both of these summer favorites to market tomorrow but of course that is not all.  In addition, we will be bringing the following items to market:

Blue Potatoes
Caraflex Cabbage
Purple Kohlrabi
Farmer Tom's Pink Oyster Mushrooms
Fortex Pole Beans
Gold of Bacau Pole Beans
Suyo Cucumbers
Lemon Cucumbers
Pickling Cucumbers
Slicing Cucumbers
Sweet Italian Frying Peppers
Patty Pan Squash
Zucchini
Tomatoes
Golden Beets
Red Ace Beets
Cipolini Onions
Prince Onions
Garlic
Christina's Custom Salad Mix
Tuscano (aka Dinosaur) Kale
"Bulk" Basil (1.5 pound bags, perfect for making pesto!)

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Beets.

We have some beauties coming to market and you will want to pick up a bunch (or two).

"What would I do with them?", you ask.

Take a look at some of these recipes for some beet inspiration. 






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We have a new farm dog at Blue Skys Farm and his name is Cinnamon.  He is the pride and joy of our volunteer Erica and we fell in love with him immediately and I think you may too!

This little cutie even made friends with Big Train Farm's own Sally Lee while he was visiting.  It was a sight to watch them play.  I think that both dogs will sleep well tonight. 

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Hope to see you at the market!

Farmer Kim