“With the advent of spring and beginning of the new harvest season the creators of abundance, our peasants, come out to the fields to sow with good aspirations and hopes.” – Islom Karimov
I have really gone back in time and bought a cultivator for my mules. Of course, it’s a new age cultivator. Even though Amish built, it has all kinds of attachments, bells and whistles. I tried it out for the first time last week and my friends Julie Clark and Georgia Pollock came over to help me. Above is one of Julie’s photos.
For anyone without experience with horses or large animals – they are powerful creatures (that’s why they call it “horse power” right?). So attaching something to them that they are not used to can be tricky. Luckily, Madge and Mack had no problems.
Farm News: The CSA starts this week and runs 10 weeks. So far the garden is a bit slow – with the cool spring and rainy weather. We are starting to see progress now, and hopefully everything will go and grow well.
What’s in the Bucket this week? red and green butterhead lettuce, greens (kale, turnip, collard, and/or mustard), spring onions, easter egg radishes, spinach, basil and cilantro and hopefully a few strawberries.
Whenever I find myself eating junk food because I’m “too busy to cook”, I have to remind myself the simplest, best meals are simple.
A snack everyone will love: clean your radishes and keep them whole or halved in the fridge. When someone you care about walks in the door, serve them radishes with a bowl of salt and some softened butter. If you are really crazy about them, serve them strawberries with a bowl of local honey to dip in!!
Another trick (and great for anyone avoiding gluten): keep a soft spread (hummus, cream cheese, avocado, pimento cheese, peanut butter – anything will work) on hand. For lunch, spread lettuce leaf or collard or kale leaf with your spread, then load it up with chopped radishes, spring onions, spinach, herbs more greens – whatever floats your boat. Roll it up and enjoy. I even make a few if my leaves are smaller and stick a toothpick through to hold them together. That’s fancy!!
Following – my favorite greens recipe. It will work with any green, or you can mix them together.