Weekly Farm Notes :: Sep 16th, 2015


The CSA starts tomorrow…are you as excited as I am?! So many tasty things to look forward to cooking over the next week. And if you haven’t signed up yet, there are a few spots left! Contact us here to find out more.

Although we haven’t had much at market the past few weeks, we have been busy on the farm and online in this space getting ready for this upcoming growing season. We have posted both an Essentials to Making Soup and an Essentials to Making Salad in hopes you can make both without a recipe. Check it out and let us know your thoughts!

Looking for something to do this weekend? It’s time again for the Tastebuds Farm Tour from 10am-5pm. Stop by our farm, and lots of other amazing farms, and see exactly where your food is grown! We look forward to seeing you soon.

For those with a CSA share – next week you can expect pak choi, awesome Asian salad mix, and tender collards. We will have recipe ideas for you next week!

See you at market!


September 16th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market (denoted by M) and/or in the CSA (denoted by CSA):

  • Summerfest Komatsuna {CSA}: this Asian green is a cousin of the turnip but with a more mild flavor. It is sometimes called Japanese Mustard Spinach. Cook these greens similar to other Asian greens – stir-fry, steam or add to soups. I think they would be a great addition to a miso soup (look for a recipe soon)!
  • Royal Radishes and Greens {M/CSA}: I made this recipe for Radish & Black Bean Salsa years ago when I first started volunteering for a farm in Cincinnati, OH. I was handing out samples at a CSA pickup and after one little boy tried it, he asked his mom to make it so he could eat it for lunch the next day! It was pretty wonderful, and so is the salsa.
  • Siberian Kale Mix {CSA}: you may be looking for something hearty now that there is a chill in the air. If so, give this Coconut Curried Kale and Sweet Potato dish a try.
  • Amara Mustard Greens {M/CSA}: Also called African Kale, these mustard greens are on the mild side. I think they would be great in our Greens & Cheese Frittata Muffins or in our Millet & Quinoa Patties!
  • India Mustard Greens {M/CSA}: these mustard greens are spicy and I think they would be great in a sauce. Try our Green Tahini Sauce or my recipe for Mustard Green Harissa.
  • Arugula {M}: so many wonderful ways to enjoy arugula – check out this post from The Kitchn for a little inspiration.
  • Hakurei Salad Turnips and Greens {M/CSA}: here is a simple farro salad recipe to use both your turnips and the greens. Simply add white beans or your favorite protein and dinner is ready!
  • Green Tomatoes and Red Cooking Tomatoes {CSA}: I know what I am doing with my green tomatoes – frying them! There are a million recipes for fried green tomatoes but this one is served with basil mayonnaise, so pick up some basil tomorrow too! And for the red cooking tomatoes, add them to Main Street Farmers Market recipe for West African Soup – yum!
  • Snap Green Beans {CSA}: you might as well enjoy basil now before it is gone – Green Bean Salad with Basil, Balsamic and Parmesan.
  • Basil {M}: I learned a great new technique last week to preserve basil. Take a stack of 10 or so leaves, place them in a pint sized canning jar, sprinkle with salt and olive oil, and repeat until jar is full. Drizzle stack with additional olive oil until basil is mostly covered (it will continue to compress – check it every day or so for a few days to make sure it is fully covered). They should keep in the refrigerator for months!
  • Eggs {M}: did you know unwashed, farm fresh eggs can last up to 3 months in the refrigerator?! Pick some up tomorrow and you will always have a meal options waiting for you.


Other :: Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s latest article? She is opening the door on one of my favorite things to make in the kitchen – sauces! So much to learn, so let’s do it together.

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