Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Menu for May 30-June 3

Monday-Ham and creamy corn chowder, mixed green salad, buttermilk biscuits with pear jam
Tuesday- Beef wraps with mixed lettuce, chipotly mayo and chopped jalaenos, Ancho Chile red rice, Rhubarb Sauce
Wednesday-Mac and Cheese with green chilies, mixed green salad with citrus vinaigrette, stewed tomatoes
Thursday-Meatloaf, mashed sweet potatoes, pickled ramps, rhubarb and raspberry cobbler
Friday- Taco hash topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, Soft polenta and green salad with red wine vinaigrette

Monday-Hamburgers and Fries
Tuesday-Tenderloin and risotto
Wednesday-Ham steak with green lentils, mixed green salad with apple cider vinaigrette
Thursday- Sirloin roast and Quinoa with green onions and mushrooms, asparagus
Friday-Oriental Pork Chops with peanut noodle salad, mixed green salad with sesame vinaigrette

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Field Update 5.26.11

 The first sweet peppers, under cover.  The hot peppers (jalapeño and habañero) still need to go in the ground.
 Lettuce and fennel, transplanted earlier this month.  In this cool weather, only growing slowly (but surely).
 Today's spinach harvest.  The first of the spring planted spinach - delicious and nutritious!
 Farmer Richard touring the fields, checking out the weed situation and the plant progress. 

Enough with the rain and cold (frost tonight and tomorrow!)!  We want some sunshine and warm days.

That shiny field is our onion field, from up above.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mid May Update

 Blueberry blossoms are so lovely!  The currants have fruit, and the early strawberries are in blossom.  We're taking advantage of every dry day to transplant and direct seed.  We finally had a couple nice warm days and things are really changing and growing now!  It seems like the leaves on the trees unfurled, filled in, turned darker green overnight!
 These lettuce transplanting pictures were taken at the beginning of the month, May 5 I think.  Notice our goat herd in the pasture across the road (and how few leaves are on the trees).  It takes 7 people to transplant!  One tractor driver, three guys pulling plants out of the trays and depositing in the funnel, and three to follow and make sure the plants/seedlings are safe and secure in the ground.

Here's the valley today (Friday) - much darker green and warm, finally!

 Our new asparagus patch is looking healthy.  We planted it last year and we'll be able to have a limited harvest next year.  We have several older patches that continue to produce well, just not quite enough.
Here's the Super C tractor, with the covered strawberry field in the background.

Besides looking forward to strawberries, we also have spring radishes, arugula, salad mix, rhubarb, Hon Tsai Tai, Egyptian Walking Onions, spring spinach, and Yukina Savoy to dream about.  Coming soon to a CSA box near you!

Green Garlic and Egyptian Walking Onions

Lunch for May 23-27

MONDAY - Vegetable and Ham Penne, Green Salad with Green Garlic Vinaigrette.
TUESDAY - Hot Dogs with Texas Hot Sauce and chopped onions, Pasta Salad with chives, carrots, and Egyptian walking onions, baked beans
WEDNESDAY - Lentil soup, Spinach and Arugula Salad with Curry Vinaigrette, Whole Wheat Rolls
THURSDAY - Stir Fry Beef with peppers, Egyptian Walking Onions, and Arugula, Green Garlic rice and a Fruit crisp
FRIDAY - Black Bean Chili, Green salad and Habanaro Cheese, Cornbread and butter.


MONDAY - Green Garlic and Egyptian Walking onions test recipes
TUESDAY - Steak Frites and Green Salad
WEDNESDAY - BBQ Spare Ribs with rhubarb chipotly sauce, and Arugula/spinach Salad
THURSDAY - Tuna Melt, Mixed Green Salad
FRIDAY - Sesame Pork, with rice and greens, Asparagus

Friday, May 20, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever

I was afraid the strawberries didn't even have blossoms, but the early ones do. Whew! They are covered to hold in heat and protect those precious flowers from a frosty night - we're not quite out of the woods yet, where that is concerned!

Looking back at last year, what a difference!  Less than one year ago we had Strawberries on our Farmer's Market stand!  One week later, they were in CSA boxes.
Last year there was actually concern that the strawberry season would be over and done with by the time our Strawberry Sunday event rolled around!  This year, the exact opposite:  Will there be berries for our friends to pick on June 19??? 

It usually works out, just not exactly how planned.  So while last year our CSA members visited the farm and got to pick the last of the strawberries, it looks like this year they'll get the first!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spinach, Arugula, and Watercress

It's all about Spring and Spring greens, this week the menu is:

Monday-Hamburgers, Spinach salad, Sunchoke Salad, Potato Salad
Tuesday-Curry Pork with Parsnips and ramps, Maple roasted carrots and black radish.
Wednesday-Vegetable Cheese Quesadillas, fruity Barley Salad
Thursday-Pot roast with lots of vegetables, Harvard Beets, Green salad
Friday-Beef Lasagna with Habanaro rhubarb and Chive radish cheeses, spinach and arugula salad

Monday-White lasagna with spring veggies, apple salad
Tuesday-Faleful pitas, carrot salad
Wednesday-Morel cream sauce over Sirloin, penne, steamed asparagus
Thursday-Pork with red chili sauce, spiced coconut spinach
Friday-Quiche with spinach, ramps, sorrel, and cheese, roasted veggies

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Spring greens, nettles, sorrel, and spinach-yum

This week we are utilizing spring greens in the salads, galettes, and soups.

Menu for May 9-13
Monday-Chili corn chowder, Corn and ramp muffins, Sunchoke salad, Spinach salad
Tuesday-Szechuan BBQ pork, Mashed parsnips, Sauteed spinach and ramps
Wednesday-Black bean pot with sweet potatoes, Brown rice, Baked pears with dates
Thursday-Spicy porcipine meatballs, Roasted vegetables, Red cabbage and apple slaw
Friday- Tomatillo Pork soup, Brown rice, Corn tortillas, Apple muffins

Monday-Citrus pork chops with couscous
Tuesday-Falafel pita with carrot salad
Wednesday-Sirloin roast, Beets with horseradish sauce, Mashed potatoes with roasted ramps
Thursday-Ham steak, Galettes of Spring greens with Brebis cheese, (sorrel, nettles, spinach)
Friday-Tuna Penne in a creamy vegetable sauce, Watercress and orange salad

Have a great week and eat with the seasons bounty

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ready, Set, Ramps!!

Get ready for ramps in this week's CSA box and newsletter!!