Author Archives: Letty

Circle S Farm CSA delivery Monday, September 11 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, September 13

“No one ever remembered a nice day. But no one ever forget the feel of paralyzed fish, the thud of walnut-sized hail against a horse’s flank, or the way a superheated wind could turn your eyes to burlap.”
Erik Larson

Today, I am feeling the coming storm.  Worrying about the people who are in the line of destruction…misplaced, or sitting in their homes while mother nature wreaks havoc.  Worrying about what will happen here.   Hopeful that our animals will find shelter, that our chicken house won’t blow over like in the tornado.

But – I will be delivering tomorrow.  It may arrive early if it looks like the weather is going to be terrible.    I have picked  a few things today to be ahead of the game.

I’m giving you a last taste of summer this week with okra, peppers and summer squash.  After that – it will most surely be fall!

What’s in the bucket:  red and green lettuce, mustard greens, kale, summer squash, okra, peppers, apples.

What’s at market:  red and green lettuce, kale, turnips with greens, collard, apples, beets.

I have been putting the lettuce and greens in bags to prevent wilting from wind or sun.  I dunk them in water to get most of the dirt off first, then drain, but the lettuce is usually still holding water when it goes in the bag. If you want lettuce and greens to keep longer, but don’t have time to wash and spin everything, just take it out of the bag, lightly dry it with a paper towel or dish towel, turn the bag inside out (dry side) and put the lettuce back in.

There are only so many things you can do with okra.  I’m not a slimy okra and tomatoes person, so I am limited to other, non-slimy okra dishes.  Honestly, my favorite way to eat okra is raw.  That won’t work with okra that has been sitting around for a long time, but if it is fresh and green – yum.

My second favorite way is roasted (or grilled – but who wants to fire the grill up just for okra?)

Roasted Okra (throw some squash and peppers in too if you feel like it):

  1. Cut okra in half lengthwise leaving the cap on (yes it is edible:))
  2. toss with olive oil to coat, salt, pepper and any other seasoning that you think will taste wonderful.  Sometimes I mince a little garlic to stir in, and sprinkle it with Worcestershire.
  3. Spead out on a cookie sheet and roast at 375 until the top starts to brown, then flip and roast until golden brown.  Do not overcrowd cookie sheet or it will be hard to flip.

Happy Eating, Happy Hurricane, stay safe and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm

 

 

 

 

Circle S Farm delivery Monday, September 4 (Labor day) and MSFM market pick-up Wednesday, September 6

Sweat cleanses from the inside.  It comes from places a shower will never reach.  ~George Sheehan

A hand that’s dirty with honest labor is fit to shake with any neighbor. ~Proverb

Two quotes for this labor day!  I will be laboring to bring you your veggies and eggs, and celebrating the joy that hard work brings.  I am lucky to be able to labor at something I love, and it is all of you who make that possible, so from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.

Back to the quotes:  there are days when I feel like the Charlie Brown character pig pen.  My daily chores include garden work, caring for and/or working horses, feeding chickens, moving cows.  Usually by the time I get to mid-day I feel like I have dirt and debris in a cloud around me.   No reason to clean up because my afternoon will be much like morning – so I usually take a shower or bath last thing, right before I go to bed.

I’ll never forget, several years ago, Curtis and Logan and I went out to eat after the market.  Logan and I both looked down at my feet at the same time and laughed – I was wearing my tevas, and my feet were covered in mud and dirt.   No fancy painted toenails for this girl.

Farm News:  The picture is of our cabin interior which is mostly finished.  I’m not much of a housekeeper – but one of our friends and shareholders mentioned a few weeks ago that I haven’t posted any pics.  We love it – and will have been in it for a year in September.  Hard to believe.

We had our first calf today.  The rest of our cows will start calving in October, always an exciting and busy time:)

What’s in the bucket:  head lettuce, white icicle radishes, young turnips with greens, baby beets, kale or collard greens, parsley.

What’s at market:? head lettuce, white icicle radishes, young turnips with greens, baby beets, collard greens, mustard greens, kale, okra, parsley.  Circle S 4 for 10 special:  any 4 $3 items for $10 (you save $2)  Circle S Beef:  steaks, (including filet) roasts, ground beef.

Provencal Greens Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 leeks, cut in half lengthwise, sliced, rinsed of dirt and drained on paper towels
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  •  Kosher salt
  • 6 cups chopped greens (leaves only), such as kale, collard, mustard or turnip or any mixture.
  •  Black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 thick slices country bread, toasted and rubbed with a cut clove of garlic
  •  Grated Parmesan, for serving (optional)

PREPARATION

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy soup pot over medium heat, and add the leeks. Cook, stirring, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the greens, and stir until they begin to wilt. Add 1 1/2 quarts water (6 cups) and salt to taste, and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20 to 30 minutes, until the greens are very tender and the broth sweet. Add pepper, and taste and adjust seasoning.
  2. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Making sure that the soup is not boiling, whisk a ladle of it into the beaten eggs. Take the soup off the heat, and stir in the tempered eggs. Brush the garlic croutons with olive oil, and place one or two in each bowl. Ladle in the soup, sprinkle on some Parmesan if desired and serve.

Happy Eating and Thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm

 

Circle S Farm delivery Monday, August 28 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, August 30

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
– Winston Churchill

YOUR HORSES OR MINE?                                                                                          photo by Julie Clark

 

 

horse·pow·er
/ˈhôrsˌpou(ə)r/
noun
1.a unit of power equal to 550 foot-pounds per second (745.7 watts).

I’m not sure who came up with horsepower as a unit of measurement.  I’m not sure what size horse it is based on, or if it is just a term to define power.

What I know is that horses have been around for a long time.

My mother tells me I was born loving horses.  I wonder if there is something ancient in my memory that connects me to these amazing creatures.   We are all descendants of horse power.  They built our bridges, went into battle, plowed our fields.   We are all indebted to them throughout history.

So, enough with the pontificating.  Curtis mowed one of our hay fields this week.  The girls and I got to rake, which was just a big bunch of fun!!  And good for us all to get out of the garden:)

What’s in the bucket? Field peas or October beans, sunchokes, pie pumpkins or butternut squash, peppers, parsley, okra, spinach or baby kale.

What’s at market:  sunchokes, okra, field peas, parsley, turnip greens, mustard greens, heirloom apples.  Circle S Beef:  ground beef, steaks, roasts.

If you are super tired of okra, it freezes great.  Just chop it how you want it, and put it in freezer bags.  It makes a wonderful addition to winter soups, and is always great baked or fried.

I grew up on a version of artichoke pickle.  I always thought it was the other artichoke- until I started farming and growing the tubers.  These pickles are great alongside greens, with a piece of fish or chicken.

Jerusalem Artichoke Pickles

Ingredients

MAKES ABOUT 3 CUPS

  • 1/2 cup coarse kosher salt
  • 1 pound Jerusalem artichokes (also called sunchokes)*
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped red bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion

Preparation

Bring 2 cups water and 1/2 cup coarse salt to simmer in medium saucepan, stirring until salt dissolves. Remove from heat and add 2 cups water. Cool brine.

Working with 1 Jerusalem artichoke at a time, peel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Place in brine. Cover; chill overnight.

Whisk mustard, flour, and 1 tablespoon water in small bowl to paste. Bring vinegar and next 5 ingredients to boil in large saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Whisk in mustard paste. Simmer until thickened, whisking often, about 2 minutes. Add drained Jerusalem artichokes, bell pepper, and onion to pan; cook until artichokes are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Cool.

*Tubers of a variety of sunflower; available in the produce section of some supermarkets and at farmers’ markets.

Warning:  Sunchokes are great for your gut flora – but can cause some belly ache in certain individuals.  Proceed with caution.

Happy Eating and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm!

 

Circle S Farm delivery Monday, August 21 (Eclipse!) and MSFM pick-up August 23, 2017

“In the deep sky where there had been a sun, we saw a ring of white silver; a smoking ring, and all the smokes were silver, too; gauzy, fuming, curling, unbelievable. And who had ever seen the sky this color! Not in the earliest morning or at twilight, never before had we seen or dreamed this strange immortal blue in which a few large stars now sparkled as though for the first time in creation.”
 Elizabeth Enright

I hope everyone is excited about the eclipse.  I will be delivering while it is happening, spooky!

I wonder if the animals will be confused.  They have such an innate sense of time, I am sure they will know it isn’t supposed to be dark.  I wonder if the chickens will go in to roost.  I am sure they will.

Farm News:  We weaned some calves this week.  Mostly heifers we will keep.  It is always stressful for Moms and calves – we try to do it in a gentle way.   We separate them with a hot wire, so they can see each other completely and be close. The cows move daily, but have a common area they come back to for water and salt/minerals.  The weaning pen is next to the common area, so the cows can come back to check on their youngsters.

What’s in the bucket:  Apples, okra, radishes, mature arugula, turnip greens.

What’s at market:  Apples, okra, radishes, mature arugula, turnip greens.  Circle S Beef:  steaks, roasts, ground beef.

Arugula grows faster then you can cut it sometimes, and gets spicier with each cutting.  This week you will receive it in bunches.  It is great to wilt and cook, or to make pesto.  You can freeze your pesto in ice cube trays, just like basil pesto, and use later.  FYI you can also make pesto out of radish leaves, turnip greens etc.  It is fun to try different flavors.  This recipe is from Simply Recipes.

NGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups of packed arugula leaves, stems removed
  • 1 cup of shelled walnuts
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • ½ to 1 full lemon, squeezed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Over medium high heat, lightly brown the unpeeled garlic cloves, about ten minutes. Peel off the skins once they have cooled down.
  2. Over medium high heat, toast the walnuts until fragrant, about three to five minutes.
  3. In a food processor, combine the arugula, salt, walnuts and all the garlic.
  4. Pulse while drizzling in the olive oil.
  5. Remove the mixture from the processor and put it into a bowl. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, freshly ground pepper and a big squeeze of lemon, to taste.

Try on a flatbread with sliced apples and blue cheese, or on crostini with figs and blue cheese, or on pasta with summer vegetables.

Happy Eating and Happy Eclipse and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm!!

 

 

Circle S Farm delivery Monday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 9

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
― Mark Twain

Well, we finally got our hay shed add on completed.  It was the first of a long list of projects that we had lined up for this summer.  Curtis ended up being stuck with me for help, which is almost as bad as having no help!  I wasn’t strong enough or tall enough to lift the metal off the trailer and hoist it up, so he had to do it.  He would come down the tall ladder, hoist it up, crawl back up the ladder while I held onto the metal, and then pull it up and put it in place.  It was so hot and he worked so hard!  It is finally finished.  We will move onto the next thing.  Good thing he has a week worth of rain to recover and let his body rest!

Farm News:  Hay shed is complete!!

I have finally planted most of the fall crops.  On the list:  arugula, radishes, green beans, summer squash, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, beets, turnips, mustard greens, collard, radicchio, fennel, spinach, sunflowers, potatoes, lettuce.  Whew, I’m ready for a week of rain too:)

It is National Farmers Market Week.  Boy, they have something for everyone don’t they!  Main Street Farmer’s Market is having some special activities, including a pizza dough throwing demo, so bring your friends!  Wednesday 4-6 on the corner of Main and Chestnut street.

What’s in the bucket?  baby butternut squash, field peas, apples, okra, bunch o basil.  The field peas are wet because of the rain.  Shell them or dry them so they won’t get soggy or mold.  Sorry for the inconvenience – mother nature!!

The apples are maturing and becoming less tart. They are also getting bigger, so they are good for eating or cooking.  They will store for months in the fridge, so stockpile them if you have room!  The black stuff on the outside will wash off if you scrub them, it is just evidence that they have not been sprayed with any chemicals!

What’s at market? field peas, apples, basil.  Circle S Beef:  ground beef, roasts, steaks.

Poor Man’s Pesto

2 c. fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 c. walnut pieces or peanuts
2/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 c. shredded Pecorino Romano or Parmesean cheese (pecorino is less expensive, but saltier)
Salt to taste

To freeze (or eat!) as is: Pulse the basil, garlic, and walnut pieces in a food processor. Add the olive oil in a steady stream. Remove from the food processor and stir in the cheese. Salt to taste. To freeze, put in ice cube trays and freeze, then pop the cubes out and put them in a mason jar or freezer bag so you can use them one at a time.

Happy Eating and Thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm

Circle S Farms delivery Monday, July 31 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, August 2, 2017

“Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.”
Henry Adams

Every now and then someone will ask me what a typical day is like for me, being a farmer.  It always makes me smile because there is no typical day.  Sometimes that is a great thing, other times it isn’t.

A friend and customer tells me she tastes our love in our food.  On days like yesterday, I wonder if she is going to taste all the cussing.

It started with a group of calves getting in the garden.  I went out to help Curtis run them out, and a cow busted through the wrong paddock gate and led the whole herd through.  My dog took off after two big coyotes and didn’t come back – I thought she was a goner.   I let my two big girls into the alley so I could feed them, and forgot I left the gate open to the back forty, so they took off.

It was lunchtime before I found my dog and got my horses rounded up.   All other plans I had for the morning were shot.

What’s in the bucket:  pie apples, winter squash, tomatoes, okra, potatoes.

What’s at market: pie apples, potatoes, tomatoes.  Circle S Beef:  ground beef, roasts and steaks.

Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups oats
  • ¾ Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup flour
  • ½ Cup butter – softened
  • 7 Apples
  • 2 TBSP Sugar
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together for the Crumble topping. Use a mixer or your clean, dry hands. Blend until all the large chunks are gone. Set Aside
  2. Peel and slice 5 apples and place in an 8 x 8 baking dish. Gently toss the apple slices with white sugar and cinnamon
  3. Cover apples evenly with Crumble Toppig
  4. Bake in the Oven for 35-40 minutes, uncovered.
  5. Serve warm with Vanilla Ice Cream

Happy Eating and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm.

 

Circle S Farm delivery Monday, July 24 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 26, 2017

“Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby
Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue.
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”
-Wizard of Oz

rain·bow

/ˈrānˌbō/

noun

  • 1.an arch of colors formed in the sky in certain circumstances, caused by the refraction and dispersion of the sun’s light by rain or other water droplets in the atmosphere.

Oh, I so remember watching the Wizard of Oz for the first time.  To this day, whenever a strong storm comes I cry “Auntie EM, Auntie EM!!”  And I still, when we go on a trip and I’m ready to be back in my own space, I click my heels three times and say “there’s no place like home”.   Whenever we are headed home in the car, Curtis says I’m like a horse going back to the barn….faster than ever and no stops.

And, that’s the truth of it, isn’t it?  There’s no place like home.  This rainbow greeted me last week when I got home.  It was so beautiful, and seemed to have it’s arms around our farm and home.   And it reminded me how lucky I am – but I feel like that every time I pull in the drive.  “There’s no place like HOME!”  Thank you RoyGBiv!!

What’s in the bucket:  potatoes, onions, summer squash, tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, parsley, okra.

What’s at market:  potatoes, onions, tomatoes, okra (hopefully I won’t let you down this time).  Circle S Beef:  Roasts, Ground beef.    We need to move our freezer special:  buy any roast and get 1 pkg ground beef free.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare Piecrust: Process first 4 ingredients in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse meal. With processor running, gradually add 3 Tbsp. ice-cold water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, and process until dough forms a ball and leaves sides of bowl, adding up to 1 Tbsp. more water, if necessary. Shape dough into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes.

Step 2

Unwrap dough, and place on a lightly floured surface; sprinkle lightly with flour. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 425°. Press dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim dough 1 inch larger than diameter of pie plate; fold overhanging dough under itself along rim of pie plate. Chill 30 minutes or until firm.

Step 4

Line piecrust with aluminum foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. (This will keep the crust from bubbling up.) Place on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.

Step 5

Bake at 425° for 20 minutes. Remove weights and foil. Bake 5 minutes or until browned. Cool completely on baking sheet on a wire rack (about 30 minutes). Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

Step 6

Prepare Filling: Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt. Let stand 10 minutes.

Step 7

Meanwhile, sauté onion and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper in hot oil in a skillet over medium heat 3 minutes or until onion is tender.

Step 8

Pat tomatoes dry with a paper towel. Layer tomatoes, onion, and herbs in prepared crust, seasoning each layer with pepper (1 tsp. total). Stir together cheeses and mayonnaise; spread over pie.

Step 9

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned, shielding edges with foil to prevent excessive browning. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Happy eating and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm!!

Circle S Farm delivery Monday, July 17 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 19

“It’s alright to be little bitty, a little home town or a big old city, might as well share, might as well smile, life goes on for a little bitty while” -Alan Jackson

It’s a “little” counter intuitive to us as human beings.  Bigger is always better.  But, I’ve learned as a vegetable grower that smaller is better, too.  The chef’s always want little.  Baby green beans, baby squash, small turnips, small beets, etc. etc.  Harder to pick, but you get to charge a premium.

HOWEVER, it’s really fun to grow something giant.  A county fair winner – a huge monstrous turnip, a whale of a cabbage…..fun.  This year it was carrots.  With all the rain, they just kept getting bigger.  I had so much fun pulling them out of the ground.

Farm News:  Going to be a hot week.  I really kind of hate this time of year.  I am trying to get my summer garden pulled out and my fall garden planted.  The girls and I are sweating it out, trying to brave the jungle of weeds that have been a product of all the rain (no complaints:))

What’s in the bucket?  Edamame soybeans, okra, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, potatoes, parsley.

What’s at market? Edamame soybeans, potatoes, okra, cucumbers, sweet onions.  Circle S Beef:  filets, roasts, ground beef.

Circle S Gazpacho

  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 whole Red Onion, Diced
  • 1 whole Large Cucumber, Diced
  • 2  large or 2 small whole Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1 whole summer squash, Diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, Diced
  • one seeded jalapeño, chopped ( or don’t seed it if you like super spicy)
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 dash Salt To Taste
  • 1 quart Tomato Juice
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/8 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 6 dashes Tabasco
  • 1 t worcestershire
  • 1 dash Black Pepper To Taste

Chop vegetables by hand into small dice, or with a food processor.  Add other ingredients.  Chill and enjoy.  You can serve with crusty bread, as a shrimp cocktail with chilled shrimp, or with chips and a dollop of sour cream.

Happy eating and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm!!:)

Circle S Farm delivery Monday, July 10 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 12, 2017

“Farming is a profession of hope.”    -Brian Brett


When I was a kid, there was a horse at the barn named “If It”.  Apparently he was bought off the track and looked pretty rough when he came in.  Someone commented that he was a nice looking horse and his owner said yes, “If it gains 200 # and if it grows some hair back and if it’s feet aren’t sore…..” etc, etc – thus the name stuck “If It”.

I feel like that with the farm.  I walk out and think, it’s going to be a good year……if we have some rain, and if all the cows have calves, and if no deer get into my garden fence, and if the bugs don’t eat all my plants, and if we get our hay crop in etc etc.etc.  So…. farming is a profession of hope and optimism.  Some years things work out better than others, and sometimes we have little control over the outcome!

Farm news:  We have 4 new hens in our flock!  One of my best friends had something killing her hens, and so she offered them to us.  In her words, “otherwise they are going to die”.  Curtis and I have been on the other side of that coin, trying to give hens away when we had problems.  You always want to find a friend who needs them- (we get attached to these critters!)  It’s hard to let them go to a stranger.

We also added three cows to our herd this week, Mabel, Elouise and R.T. (short for Roll Tide).  We bought them from friends as well.  They are beautiful, gentle cows.

What’s  in the bucket?  Kale, savoy cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, celery, carrots, edamame soybeans,  purple potatoes,  basil and a few tomatoes.

What’s at Market:  kale, cucumbers, edamame, red and purple potatoes,  red and green cabbage, carrots,  Chard.  Circle S Beef:  ground beef, roasts, steaks.

Asian Slaw with Ginger-Peanut Dressing

Servings: 6 as a side dish
 Ingredients

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (Thai hot sauce – optional)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • large garlic clove, minced

For the Slaw

  • 4 cups thinly sliced savoy or green cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup cooked and shelled edamame
  • medium scallions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts (or you can leave them whole)
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir until the peanut butter is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Combine all of the slaw ingredients in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss well. Let sit at least ten minutes so vegetables have a chance to soak up the dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (I usually add a bit more salt.) Serve cold.

Happy Eating and Thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm!!

Circle S Farm delivery Monday, July 3 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 5

Look back at our struggle for freedom,
Trace our present day’s strength to it’s source;
And you’ll find that man’s pathway to glory
Is strewn with the bones of the horse.
~Author Unknown

 

I think I’ve sent this quote out before, but it seems appropriate for this holiday weekend.  For what represents freedom more profoundly than a horse?

I think of how many horses have fought and died with us throughout history.

 

Farm News:  Crows!!  They are making me nutty.  They have eaten most of my tomato crop green – didn’t even wait for them to turn red.  I have tied up aluminum pie pans, put up scare crows, you name it.  I see them fly in, and by the time I rush out there, another tomato casualty!!  Rats!  No, not rats, Crows!!

What’s in the bucket this week?  Crow meat!  Just kidding.  Savoy cabbage, carrots or beets, walla walla onions, cucumber, squash, green beans or edamame, Rainbow chard, blue potatoes.

What’s at market?  red cabbage, green cabbage, savoy cabbage, red, white and blue potatoes (in honor of the fourth!), carrots, walla walla onions,  kale.  Circle S Beef:  ground beef, steaks, roast.  Chuck wagon special:  buy any Circle S roast, get 1 quart potatoes, 1 bunch carrots, and 4 walla walla onions 1/2 price (save $4).

If you have 5 heads of cabbage in your fridge, it may be time to make some kraut, or try some Kimchi.

Easy Homemade Kimchi

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
Make up a mix of fresh organic vegetables totaling 1.5 kg (3 1/3 pounds) when trimmed, choosing from:
    • 1/2 head napa or white cabbage (mandatory)
    • 3 spring onions (mandatory) – just use your walla walla tops
    • Radishes (daikon, pink, or black) I would not hesitate to use some of those turnips haunting you in your vegetable drawer – just peel them first
    • Cucumbers
    • Carrots
    • Celery stalks
Flavorings and seasoning:
    • 2-3 fresh chili peppers and/or 30 grams (1 ounce) Korean ground chili pepper (gochugaru)
    • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 1 piece fresh ginger, about 25 grams (1 ounce)
    • 20 grams (4 teaspoons) fine sea salt
    • 60 ml (1/4 cup) fish sauce (preferably) or soy sauce (if vegan/vegetarian)
    • 1 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

    1. Have ready a set of thoroughly clean glass jars with rubber seals amounting to 2 liters (2 quarts) total.
    2. Brush your vegetables to remove any dirt, but don’t scrub them too clean as we need the microorganisms living on their surface to initiate the fermentation.
    3. Trim the vegetables, and weigh them to keep 1.5 kg (3 1/3 pounds) total.
    4. Slice the cabbage into ribbons — I do thin ribbons with a white cabbage, and slightly wider ones with napa cabbage as the leaves are more tender.
    5. If using pink radishes, you can opt to slice all of part of them finely.
    6. Put the rest of the vegetables (radishes, carrots, celery stalks) with the fresh chili peppers if using, garlic, and ginger in a food processor or blender, and pulse until finely chopped.
    7. In a large mixing bowl, put the sliced and chopped vegetables with the salt, fish sauce, and sugar, and mix thoroughly.
    8. Allow to rest at room temperature for 2 to 6 hours; the vegetables will relax and release some of their juices.
    9. Divide among the prepared jars, tamping as you go to remove any air pocket. Leave about 2 to 3 cm (1 inch) of space at the top.
    10. Close the jars and place them on a tray or plate. (Within the first 2 to 3 days, as the fermentation begins, the jars will chirp and sigh, and may leak some juices. Wipe off any liquid without opening.)
    11. Allow to ferment at moderate room temperature without disturbing for at least 5 days, and up to 3 weeks. Once open, keep in the fridge and eat within a year.

Recipe from Chocolate and Zucchini

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