More good rain this weekend and after it a cool dry breeze that said very clearly fall is coming. That air felt great but are not quite ready to transition yet. We still have weeks of tomatoes, peppers and watermelon (solidly summer crops) coming to you. Our other big transition is the loss of our […]
Late Fall ShareWe still have shares in our late fall CSA. This is our "I don't want to stop coming to the farm just yet" share. Here's how it works... Every other Tuesday in November and December (including the Tuesdays before Thanksgiving and and Christmas) we will harvest fresh greens from our greenhouse along with carrots, cabbage, bok choi, chard and pair them up with storage crops like sweet potatoes, winter squash and beets to make a hearty share that will hold winter off. Like our yogurt, bread and cheese shares? You'll be able to continue these during these months as well (sign-up for these will be in September). For more info and to sign-up click here.
PorkWe still have some whole and half hogs available but they are going fast...if you are thinking about filling your freezer with high quality local meat that was raised with care grab a form at pick-up or fill one out here and get it back to us.
What's in the ShareTomatoes Lettuce Asian Greens Kale Melon Peppers Broccoli Scallions Basil
What's in UpicCherry Toms Herbs Flowers
All streaks must be broken and after setting a dryness record for us at this farm (14 years) we are so happy to have moisture. The storms on Friday and following rain on Saturday and Sunday brought us just over 1.5″. Not enough to dig us out of a drought but surely enough save the […]
What's in the ShareTomatoes Cukes Summer squash Carrots Peppers Broccoli Scallions Basil
What's in UpicCherry Toms Herbs Flowers
Drought is a word not to be used lightly. I say this mostly for my own benefit as in years past when we have been without regular rain for a few weeks (maybe even a month) I have trotted out the term along with the drama associated. But this year in the usually temperate, lush and […]
What's in the ShareTomatoes Cukes/summer squash Eggplant Peppers Chard/kale Lettuce Leeks
What's in UpicCheery Toms Herbs Flowers
Water is so lovely when it falls from the sky. This week we have gotten back on the rain track and even though the systems bringing it to us have been on the violent side, we are oh so happy to have the water. The time and effort to set up and run water on […]
What's in the shareCarrots Tomato Green Pepper Eggplant Scallions Jalapeno Cukes Kohlrabi Lettuce Chard/Kale
What's in UpicBeans Cherry Tomatoes (just starting)
A little rain here and there and some gargantuan efforts with irrigation have got us on track with moisture on the farm. This week we crest a hill of sorts that separates the last 6 months of prep and planting from the next 4 months of harvest. Our days become very structured as we add […]
Tomatoes and Eggplant...Must Be SummerOur first tomatoes and eggplant appear this week. For some reason one variety of our heirlooms are ahead of anything else (they are usually late). I had my first on a salad yesterday and after I was out of lettuce just kept going with balsamic vinegar and more tomato. The asian eggplant this week are my favorite. The skins are tender and don't need to be peeled. I love to halve these, brush with olive oil and set them on the grill to almost blacken. They also do great sliced into very hot oil and tossed until tender. Sweet soy/teriyaki or tahini/yogurt makes an easy finish.
Peas CookedI think we have had our shortest snap/snow pea season in my history here. They really did not like the Carolina weather we had and we actually saw them drop flowers instead of make peas. We watered over the weekend and the cooler nights/rain may give them a second wind. Let's cross our fingers.
Carrots Are BackOur first carrot harvest went well. They are a little small but we couldn't wait any longer, especially since we had a stellar group of exchange students from Spain wanting to help out. Watch your sugar intake on the days when you eat these... they are sweet.
Greens Are Good... but sometimes hard to keep up withSome of you are well-versed in world of greens while others may be having a stare down with those bags in your fridge wondering where to start. We are here to help! We encourage you to jump in with both feet and find your food muse amongst the leaves of chard, kale and spinach. Start simple and combine these greens with things you and your family already like to eat.
- Salads of course - and making your salad into more of a meal by adding other veggies, nuts, chicken, legumes or other proteins. We find that if we have a delicious dressing already prepared, we are way more likely to eat a salad for a quick lunch. Here's a link to our salads recipe page with an awesome balsamic vinaigrette.
- Stir fries and sautés. Try this article how to...
- Is pesto a favorite? Lightly steam your chard or kale, and throw it in the blender or food processor with garlic, onions, basil, or other herbs, toss it on pasta or pizza with oil or butter, and cheese.
- Bacon. We heard from a mom this week who cooks the bacon in a pan, and then adds in the greens. Her children devour every bite!
- Spanikopita. We've been making variations on this for years. I use kale, chard, or spinach, I use whatever cheese I might have, and I rarely use the filo dough due to time constraints. Sometimes I'll top it with bread crumbs, roasted sunflower seeds, or even crushed up tortilla chips. We call it kale pie. I like to steam the greens and then puree them in the food processor. And lots of basil.
- Smoothies!! Green smoothies are all the rage these days. If you're not doing it already, then get on the trend! Throw your greens in the blender along with fruit, juice, and you'll be powered up for the day!
- Here's a funny article about fashionable kale and another about a reluctant kale eaters conversion into the fold (with recipe).
- The internet of course has all the answers we need. Here is a list of recipes on Vegetarian Times with kale.
What's in the share...Zucchini Cucumbers Lettuce Scallions Asian Greens Chard Carrots Eggplant Tomatoes Kohlrabi Summer onion
What's in Upic...Snow and Snap Peas Flowers Herbs
Another hot dry week ahead. All this dry is slowing the crops (and us) down a bit. It rained enough this weekend to kill some barbecues but we gathered only .15 inches out of the dreariness. Over the past couple weeks there have been a few casualties in our asian/salad greens plantings to bolting. This is […]
GarlicGarlic came out of the field this past week and with the help of a couple major fans is drying down in the barn. If it stays hot and dry we may see the first heads in your shares in next month. If the planets align as planned we will have basil tomatoes and garlic at the same time...the great summer trinity.
What's in the share...Zucchini Cucumbers Lettuce Mix Scallions Kale Chard Beets
What's in Upic...Snow and Snap Peas Flowers Herbs
We have settled into our summer schedule here at the farm. All of our big crops are in the ground and while there is still some planting to do and an endless effort keeping up with weeds we have started down the road of spending the majority of our time harvesting. Tomatoes and peppers look great this […]
The World's Best Yogurt... Jars!Wholesome Holmstead works some kind of magic to create their yogurt for us each week. I keep finding new ways to incorporate it into 3 meals a day, lately a dollop on top of everything from soup to ice cream. If you have been trying this stuff out and have a jar or six at home please bring them back. We worked hard with them to get rid of the cumbersome deposit system of last year but having jars and lids come back is a savings. You can place them in the milk crate sitting near the cooler in the CSA barn.
What's in the share...Zucchini Cucumbers Radishes Lettuce Kale Chard Cabbage Broccoli
What's in Upic...Peas Flowers Herbs
Promised rain is like expected MPG ratings or return on investment projections, it’s hard to count on them until the rubber meets the road or the check arrives. We have been looking to the skies via satellite and reading wonky NOAA forecasts for the past month and at this point are wondering if we need […]
What's in the share...Cabbage mix and match Scallions Beets Lettuce Chickories Chard Asian Greens Zucchini Kale
What's in Upic...Strawberries Flowers
This is the official opening week of our Upic field with strawberries as well as a few flowers. We are asking that you limit your berry picking to 1 pint this week to ensure that everyone can enjoy this crop. This does not include the berries you will eat along the way to sustain your picking! We will […]
What's in the share...Cabbage Scallions Beets Lettuce Chard Asian Greens Spinach Kale
What's in Upic...Strawberries ( 1 pint) Flowers
Another cool week for growing food here. While everything is growing it would be great to get some warmer days, or even better warmer nights. Nights in the 40’s go along way to slowing down the growth of of of the crops we have here. Soils cool and nutrients become less available to roots and the […]