Thursday, June 19, 2014

Beautiful Day for the Farm!

~ Farm Stand open Thurs 8-7, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-3 ~

We're back to units today. You'll be able to choose 5 (or 10) units.
This morning I saw:
  • lettuce
  • garlic scapes
  • English peas (must be shelled)
  • spring onions
  • carrots
  • Siberian kale
  • Swiss chard
  • squash
The peas are the type that need to be shelled. John tells me he is hoping that snap peas will be back next week. (Of course, the items I list may be different from what is offered later today or Friday/Saturday. It's always dependent on what's actually harvested, but Pete tries hard to make sure there's enough to go around.)

The food looks beautiful. And the Farm Stand is spruced up with new artistic signs. I don't know who created them, but they're gorgeous.
English peas
carrots with tops
John told me that the greens on the top of the carrots are still exhibiting photosynthesis and will take moisture away from the carrots. So, when you store your carrots it's best to store them without the tops. You can leave the tops in the scrap bucket and they will be fed to the chickens. This chicken would love to eat them!
chicken head
If you're slightly nutty like me, you can remove your carrot tops at home, mince them, and add them to your stock pot.

Also, I hear that Pete picked the first cucumbers this week. They haven't made it to the Farm Stand, but hopefully we'll have some sweet, cool cucumbers before too long.

Local Products

The Farm Stand is getting stocked up with local products. Besides milk, eggs, yogurt, pickles, honey and cheese, a few more items are now available:
  • quark -- this is similar to sour cream and can be used in many of the same ways
  • Evan's Farmhouse Organic butter
  • quiche
  • Full Moon Farms meats
You can be sure that many more items will be added as the summer goes along.

Flowers and Herbs

I cut some wonderful oregano today. I actually dry it so I can use it all winter long. It's close to flowering, so I think this is the best time to grab it. The herb garden is really pumping! If you like fresh herbs, go see what's growing. It's self-serve for members and John has scissors near where you sign in.

The flowers are also already planted and sprouting. Some are ready to pick!

A ton of things are sprouting in the flower beds, so I'm sure there will be lots of beautiful bouquets in our future. Clippers are at the end of the flower bed rows and members can cut their own as part of their membership!

So much growing and on the way!

There are so many things planted and growing strongly. It leaves me uplifted and hopeful.
tomato view of tomatoes
Tomato Row from the point of view of a Tomato Plant

John's your man!

So, enjoy your visit to the Farm Stand. If you need anything or have any questions while you are there, just ask John House!

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