Archive for August 6th, 2016

Week 5 Shares

Share offerings:  How about Red Norland Potatoes for everyone, Sweet Corn (wrestled some away from the coons for all but Thursday), Alcosa Cabbage (savoyed) for Thursday group, Melons for everyone (Honey Dew, Galia, maybe Athena or French), more Mokum Carrots or Red Beets or French Green Beans (for those that didn’t get them yet)…Another Onion, Hot Pepper Pack or Sweet Antohi’s, Snack Cucumbers in a Bag or Lemon Cucumbers?

Zucchini is now relegated to the Extra’s Table, along with the slicing Cucumbers and some odds and ends of Peppers.  We are also putting Eggplant on the Extra’s Table–first come, first serve.  (For those on the delivery routes we will add cucumber and zucchini to your Share as you don’t have the benefit of the Extra’s Table…but you are always welcome to appear on any Thursday between 4:30 and 6:00 and partake!)

Fruit choices this week are Gingergold apples, avocados, bananas, oranges, lemons, red grapes, 2# bag of stone fruit (Pluots, apricots, peaches, plums), blackberries and strawberries, and Bartlett Pears.  (I still have frozen organic bananas–$4.00 for 8–dipped in organic lemon juice…can be used in smoothies, or rolled in chocolate and sprinkles for a summer treat–sorry did not put a stick in them–)

Greens are some of our own Salanova (small mixed heads in a ziplock bag), Fresh Express Herb Salad and Baby Spinach.

Other items in The Store may be Broccolini, more Fennel with fronds, garlic, ginger root, and farm fresh eggs.  (The egg ladies have agreed to drop their price so we are selling the eggs for $3.75 a dozen now–organically raised chickens, in Worland.)

Don’t forget to check out Diamond S Delights from Hyattville with their Raw Milk products!

Good Eating–fresh and local, right from the FARM!  The Farmer’s Wife 

Broccoli and Cauliflower

This week we had bagged broccoli and last week bagged cauliflower…green, orange, and white florets.  The Brassica’s (family of the cauliflower and broccoli) are cool-weather crops.  Several reasons we have been successful in raising them here in the Rocky Mountain Region is that we are at a higher altitude and our evenings are cooler (as a general rule), we use white plastic which helps keep the ground temperature lower, and we chose varieties that can handle our weather (warmer days with the cooler nights).  

This is fine and dandy as long as the weather stays typical, but when we have an atypical season (as we are having this year with the severe heat for an extended time), then the Brassica’s become atypical as well.  Let me illustrate:  

Your broccoli this week was not a beautiful, tight head as in the past; but a 1# bag of broccolettes, many of which looked like they were reaching for the sky!  (I cooked ours today and the flavor was just as sweet as in the past and the texture just as creamy.)  Aesthetically the broccoli is not as symetrical, but practically-speaking still broccoli.  Nutrition and storage ability should remain the same.

This variety is Gypsy–it has strong side production.  We are harvesting all the run-away heads–12 tubs in the cooler to cut apart and bag…and that’s only half of what is out there in the garden…to capitalize on the great side production of crowns and broccolettes.  We might not have a broccoli head this season, but we should have lots of bagged broccoli to enjoy.  (It will be on the Extra’s table for those who love broccoli, and those who love the health advantages of Brassica’s.)

Your cauliflower was bagged for the same reason:  unsymmetrical heads with discoloration.  A large percentage of the Cauliflower is down-right UGLY!  Heads are hairy, discolored, and some had leaves growing out of the center.  They taste bitter, and as Rene’ (a CSA veteran) described it, somewhat hot like a radish.  These are nasty raw!

I had a bunch of ‘seconds’ on the Extra’s Table Thursday.  Just want you to know to steam or boil them–DO NOT ATTEMPT TO EAT THEM RAW….not sure whether roasting or grilling them will alter the flavor.  Some of them (no matter how nicely you treat them), will not lose the hot ‘radish’ flavor.  For the future–we will try to pull those heads that may not amount to much.  I don’t want you to have a bad experience with cauliflower–it is one of those items that can be far superior fresh from the garden, than bought in the store!

Keeping you informed on your Garden Experience!  The Farmer’s Wife