Circle S Farm last delivery of Summer season, Monday, August 10 and Thursday, August 13, MSFM pick-up Wednesday, August 12

“Outlaws….do their finest work in the slippery rays of the moon”

-Tom Robbins

Farm News:  Our Roo, Papa and one other chicken met their demise a week ago.  We think Diamond and her friend Bluebell were involved.  See poster above:)

This is the last delivery of the summer session.  I will be delivering in paper bags, so if you have a bucket lingering around – leave it out for me.

We have a short fall CSA in October/November.  I will be sending out an e-mail to all those who signed up with information on start dates etc.

I want to thank everyone for your support this year.  I know we are all on edge and suffering through our new reality.  I appreciate all of you – your ability to be flexible and kind.  It has been a busy season, I haven’t had this many in the CSA since I was in my thirties.  Let me tell you – there is a difference in what you can accomplish between 30 and 50, and how many hours you can put into a day.  So ….THANK YOU!

What’s in the BAG?  It will be a taste of fall.  Butternut and maybe a lingering spaghetti squash (don’t worry – it’s like the cabbage.  Let it sit on your counter for a month or two, until you aren’t tired of spaghetti squash anymore).  More field peas or October beans (the October beans were a victim to weeds and too much rain, and perhaps to me being 50:) – so not the crop I anticipated).  Peppers and lots of tomatoes and pie or sauce apples.   Lastly, hopefully everyone will get a sugar baby watermelon.

I will try to give a mix of ripe and not so ripe tomatoes – but they are all getting really ripe fast.  If you have time – go ahead and freeze the ones you cannot use in time.  They freeze great – and are wonderful in soups and sauces all winter long!  I’ve gotten where I don’t even peel them – just chop them up and freeze, but that is your preference.

As for the apples, my grandmother used to say “everyone deserves something sweet”.  And as she lived to be 100 and was as sweet as anyone I’ve known, I’ve decided she was right.  Once she got into her 90’s, she liked to eat dessert first citing that she might not live through the main meal.

So following a recipe for Apple Crisp

Vegan Apple Crisp

Vegan Apple Crisp

PHOTO BY JAMES RANSOM

AUTHOR NOTES

A straightforward, fuss-free, no-nonsense apple crisp. Enjoy it for dessert, or hell, enjoy it for breakfast. Coconut oil helps to create an irresistibly sweet and buttery topping — without so much as a hint of butter! —Gena Hamshaw

SERVES6 to 8
  • For the apple filling:
  • 7 cups (about 8 to 10 medium sized) sweet-tart apples (such as Gala or Jonagold), peeled, cored, and chopped (1/2- or 3/4-inch pieces) or thinly sliced (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup organic sugar or organic light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For the crumble topping:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil

Happy eating, stay well, stay sweet and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm

 

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Circle S Delivery Monday, August 3 and Thursday, August 6 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, August 5

“The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune….”

-William Wordsworth

It seems counter intuitive to plant seeds into hot, dry soil.  But otherwise – no fall garden will arise.  It is always harder.    To plant in a season of exhaustion.  Like singing out of tune.

Farm News:  2 more weeks of summer session CSA.  If you are a half share – this is your last week.  We are in the midst of weaning calves and trying to get out farm ready for fall.  Cleaning fence rows and planning for a second cutting of hay.  Also trying to replant the garden for fall – an exhausting,  busy time.

What’s in the bucket:  Something old, something new….  potatoes are back.  We stored a few for this moment – when you started to miss them.  And of course – an onion to go with the potato.  And lots of tomato!  SOOOOO, potato, tomato, onion, spaghetti squash, garlic, basil, field peas (yes – you still must shell them:), okra and peppers.

Spaghetti without the pasta:

Curtis and I had this the other night – kind of a no recipe recipe.

Roast that spaghetti squash.  Cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, brush both halves with olive oil – sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast it skin side up at 350 degrees about 30 minutes.  Flip the squash over, and roast until fork tender and a little brown on top.

Loosen the “spaghetti” in the squash with a fork and grate with cheese (we used Sequatchie Cove gruetli – a hard cheese like parmesan will work too).  Top with chopped tomatoes, onion, basil, red pepper and garlic (I mixed mine together before roasting the squash and let it sit – but this is not necessary)

Other options for toppings:  make it Mexican flavored by stuffing with black beans or cooked field peas, cheese, tomato, onion and jalapeno.

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

 

 

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Circle S Farm delivery Monday, July 27, and Thursday, July 30, and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 29

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
― Sylvia Plath

We disced the garden and we are starting over for fall – the odd uneven time.  The time between seasons.

Farm News:  Tomatoes.  It is tomato season and it has become a rescue mission.  Rescue from the crows.  The crows are also eating my sweet peppers as they turn colors – darn!  Eat Crow!  Eat Coon too!  The crows pulled up all my corn but 4 stalks – and the coons got the corn off those 4 stalks before it was even ready to pick.   Rats!  No Crows!  No Coons!

What’s in the bucket:  Spaghetti squash, cucumbers, LOTS OF TOMATOES including cherry tomato, pink eye purple hull field peas (yes you must shell them – don’t eat them with the hull on), walla walla onion, garlic and assorted (mostly hot) peppers.

If you are tired so tired of Cucumbers – following a tip from Medical health news and recipe for Cucumber water – throw those cukes in some water and hydrate!

What are the health benefits of cucumber water?

Cucumber water has many potential health benefits, including hydration, weight loss, lowering blood pressure, and skin health. It is easy to make and is an excellent substitute for popular, sugary vitamin waters.

Cucumber water is a cheap, quick, and flavorful way to drink and enjoy water. Cucumbers contain a range of vitaminsantioxidants, and other nutrients that might help prevent a variety of conditions, including cancer and diabetes, as well as keeping bones, skin, and muscles healthy

The following are some benefits of cucumber water:

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the human body needs enough water to function properly and maintain overall health.

Females need to drink 2.2 liters (9 cups), and males require 3 liters (13 cups) of water each day.

A person’s fluid needs may increase when sweating a lot, exercising, or losing fluids due to illness or hot temperatures.

Drinking cucumber water counts towards a person’s daily intake of water, and the cucumber adds extra flavor to entertain the taste buds.

Sugary sodas, juices, and sports drinks are high in calories and sugar. Cucumber water, on the other hand, has almost zero calories. It allows a person to enjoy flavored drinks without added empty calories.

Furthermore, some people may confuse thirst for hunger and end up snacking or overeating when all they need is a glass of water. When feeling hungry, drink a glass of cucumber water first, to see whether the hunger pangs go away.

Being properly hydrated can also help a person feel full, saving them from unnecessary snacking.

Oxidative damage can lead to all kinds of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart diseaseAntioxidants help to prevent and delay cell damage from oxidative stress.

Cucumbers are high in antioxidants and other nutrients. By adding them to water, they make a glass of water more nutritious and antioxidant-rich.

Cucumbers are rich in the following antioxidants:

A diet high in sodium and low in potassium can lead to high blood pressure, so including potassium in the diet might help lower blood pressure.

Cucumbers are an excellent source of potassium, making cucumber water a good way to add more potassium to the body, create a better sodium-potassium balance, and, potentially, lower blood pressure.

Potassium is key to muscle energy and can help with muscle recovery. Cucumber is a good source of potassium, making cucumber water a good choice for an active person and people with sore muscles.

Proper hydration can help the body to flush out toxins and keep the skin healthy. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamin B, which can help with acne and other skin problems.

Cucumbers contain high levels of vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential to help the body form proteins to make healthy bones and tissues. It can increase bone strength, decrease fractures, and benefit those with osteoporosis.
Try this cucumber water recipe:

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced thin
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Directions

  • add the sliced cucumbers and the salt to a large pitcher or jar
  • pour in the water and stir well
  • cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight
  • keep the water refrigerated
  • serve it with or without ice
  • drink it within 3 days

Try adding any of the following ingredients to cucumber water to make it even more flavorful while keeping the same benefits:

  • lemons
  • limes
  • oranges
  • sprigs of mint
  • basil leaves
  • melon
  • a stalk of lemongrass
  • ginger
  • fresh raspberries or other berries
  • pineapple

Cucumber water is a very hydrating drink. It has many potential health benefits, including weight loss, lowering blood pressure, helping bone health, and improving skin health.

It is simple to make, and people can enjoy it at any time.

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

 

 

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Circle S Farm delivery Monday, July 20 and Thursday, July 23 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 22

“A sunflower field is like a sky with a thousand suns.”
― Corina Abdulahm-Negura

The sunflowers come and go so fast.  But they are lovely.  Beautiful in a vase – but ever more beautiful in a field against the sky.

Farm News:  Still fighting the crows in my tomatoes.  Put a fake hawk on the top of a post….just to see.  It took about 15 minutes for them to figure that one out.  They are smart!

And something is eating my tiny watermelons.  They aren’t even ripe.  Rats!  No Coons?  Crows?

What’s in the bucket:  green beans, summer savory, cherry tomatoes, peppers, tomatoes – and OK I’m sorry but….cabbage!  I thought it was giving up.  But I’ll admit – I overplanted because I thought my transplants didn’t look good.  Just stick it in your produce drawer and wait a few weeks – you’ll be glad it’s there.  And they keep forever!  And maybe some cucumber or squash – although they are playing out.  UNLIKE the CABBAGE!

Summer savory and green beans are perfect companions.  Try them together in this recipe:

Green Beans with Summer Savory
SERVES 4
Ingredients
• 1/2 small onion, minced
• 1 tablespoon butter
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh summer savory, or 1 teaspoon dried
• 1 tablespoon flour
• 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut in 2-inch lengths
• Water

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onion in the butter until soft but not brown. 2. Add the salt, pepper, savory, and flour, and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. 3. In another pot, boil the beans in water to cover or steam them in a small amount of water until just tender. 4. Slowly stir 1/2 cup of the bean cooking water into the onion mixture and bring the mixture to a boil. Immediately add the cooked, drained beans. 5. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

Happy eating and thanks for buying local food from our farm!

 

 

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Circle S CSA delivery Monday, July 13 and Thursday, July 16 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 15

Eating crow is a colloquial idiom,[1] used in some English-speaking countries, that means humiliation by admitting having been proven wrong after taking a strong position.[2] The crow is a carrion-eater that is presumably repulsive to eat in the same way that being proven wrong might be emotionally hard to swallow.[2] The exact origin of the idiom is unknown, but it probably began with an American story published around 1850 about a dim-witted New York farmer.[3]

The crows are eating my tomatoes.  Just as they start to turn ripe.    They pulled up all my sweet corn….I planted it three times.  I’m infuriated.  Crows get their bad name from eating other things besides tomatoes and corn – but nevertheless….

Farm News:  The crows are eating my tomatoes.  I also think they have been eating my bell peppers.  I am so aggravated!

What’s in the bucket:  Tomatoes, the ones NOT eaten by the crows!!  Luckily they haven’t ravaged my cherry tomatoes yet.  Cherry tomatoes, basil, Daikon, cucumbers, squash, green beans, edamame soybeans, peppers.  AND – yahoo PEACHES from Jones Farm – and Blueberries from our farm and from our friends at Broadfork Meadows Farm.  This will be the last week for fruit probably – other than from our farm – maybe a few blueberries and pie apples from our trees.

Even though lettuce is out of season – you can still make a refreshing salad as a side dish.

Following a recipe from the Spruce Eats .  Serve this with a piece of King Salmon from Thomas Persinger.  He has the most amazing selection of ethically sourced fish.  http://www.marithymeseafood.com

 

Japanese cuisine has many different types of salads, but one of the most traditional is known as sunomono, which is a salad simply seasoned with rice vinegar, salt, and sugar. While the salad can be made with almost any type of vegetable, one of the most common ingredients is cucumber. In general, sunomono is best made with Japanese cucumber; however, substitutions may include Persian cucumber, baby cucumbers or English cucumbers.

Ingredients

  • 1 small cucumber (thinly sliced into rounds)
  • 1 small piece daikon radish (peeled and thinly sliced into 1/2- or 1/4-rounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Put cucumber and daikon slices in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt. Allow the vegetables to sweat for about 5 to 10 minutes. You’ll notice excess liquid form at the bottom of the bowl.
  1. Wash off the daikon and cucumber slices, then drain through a strainer.  Lightly squeeze the vegetables to remove any excess liquid and put into a clean bowl.

  2. In a separate small bowl, mix rice vinegar and sugar together until incorporated well. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumber and daikon slices. Allow the flavors to meld by setting aside for about 15 minutes.  Spoon into individual dishes or a large bowl and serve.  Alternatively, chill the salad for 30 minutes or until cold.

    Happy Eating and thanks for buying local food from our farm!

    Letty

 

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Circle S Farm CSA delivery Monday, July 6 and Thursday, July 9, MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 8

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

Curtis looked out the window Friday night and said “now those are my kind of fireworks!”  What a beautiful sky – and absolutely silent.

Farm News:  Heat and humidity.  That has been the story for this week.  But it is July, and to be expected.  These are the days when my horses greet me at the water hose for a sprinkle down with cool water.  The days where I wear out faster, and move slower.  The days when I wish the sun to set earlier – so the dark will cool the steamy soil.

We are changing seasons.  We are half-way through the summer CSA.  Some spring stuff left – some summer stuff starting.

What’s in the bucket:  cool cucumbers with dill!   savoy  or green cabbage, beet root, summer squash, potatoes, a few cherry tomatoes and/or green beans and/or peppers (mostly hot peppers starting to come in)

A few suggestions if things are starting to pile up in your fridge.  I always send out a kraut recipe this time of year – and I have a good one if anyone wants to have it.

However, lately I have come to appreciate fermenting by adding a culture.  You don’t have to crush and smash your cabbage, and if you want to add other veggies such as fennel, carrots, onions – they retain their flavor instead of just tasting like kraut.  I get cutting edge cultures.  They have instructions about how much salt and water to add.  You can order on amazon.   And you can ferment just about any vegetable with them.

ALSO- a CSA member shared a recipe for a beet cake.  She confessed to not loving beets – but said she made this cake 2 weeks in a row.

I made the cake for a friend’s birthday cake – and it was fabulous!  And I am not a very good cake baker.  SO…..  Beets store well if you aren’t ready.  I also made some of the beet puree to freeze – so perhaps I could make the cake anytime (it’s that good:) Plus, it’s gluten free as well as dairy free.

Recipe Below – from bonappetit.  For Heartbeet chocolate cake.

Earthy-sweet beet purée gives this gluten-free chocolate cake a red velvet hue but also lends so much buttery moistness that you’d never guess the cake is dairy-free as well.

INGREDIENTS

Cake

  • 4 medium beets, scrubbed
  • 2 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil, plus more for pan
  • ½ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for pan
  • 1½ cups almond flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1¼ cups (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Glaze

  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Gold luster dust (for serving; optional)

RECIPE PREPARATION

Cake

  • Cook beets in a medium pot of boiling unsalted water until tender, 30–40 minutes, depending on size. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool enough to handle. Cut off stem end, then peel and cut beets into large pieces. Transfer to a blender and add 2 Tbsp. water. Blend, adding water 1 Tbsp. at a time as needed, until a smooth purée forms—it should be the consistency of applesauce. Measure out 1 cup purée (reserve remaining purée for another use, such as blending into a smoothie).

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom of an 8″ round cake pan with parchment. Grease with oil, then dust with cocoa powder, tapping out excess.

  • Whisk almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and remaining ½ cup cocoa powder in a medium bowl; set aside.

  • Heat chocolate and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a medium heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring often, until melted. Remove bowl from heat. Stir in vinegar, vanilla, and reserved 1 cup beet purée until smooth.

  • Beat eggs, brown sugar, and salt in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed (or use an electric mixer and large bowl) until more than tripled in volume and mixture holds a ribbon for several seconds when beater is lifted above batter, 5–7 minutes. Thoroughly beating the eggs is key to creating an aerated, light crumb and is a critical step when using gluten-free ingredients.

  • Pour chocolate-beet mixture into egg mixture and beat on medium-low speed until combined. Turn mixer off and gently tip in reserved dry ingredients. Beat on lowest speed, scraping down bowl as needed, until combined.

  • Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake cake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean and the top springs back when gently pressed, 45–50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edges of pan, then invert cake onto a wire rack and let cool.

Glaze

  • Heat chocolate, oil, vanilla, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring often, until chocolate is melted. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thickened and cool enough to touch, 10–15 minutes.

  • Place rack with cake on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour glaze over center of cake to cover top, tilting baking sheet slightly to encourage a few drips to run over sides of cake. Sprinkle with luster dust (if using). Let sit at room temperature until glaze is set, 2–3 hours.

  • Do Ahead: Cake (without luster dust) can be glazed 2 days ahead. Cover and store at room temperature.

Happy Eating….Happy Baking….Thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm.

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Circle S Farm delivery Monday, June 29 and Thursday, July 2, MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 1

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
― John Lubbock

I took this photo the other morning at daybreak.  One lone cow behind the garden.

And here – a close up of the garden.  Your CSA shares loaded into the back of my car.

It has been a bountiful season thus far.  The only true failure so far was my sweet corn.  The crows pulled it up twice.  I’m threatening three is a charm – but the wet weather has kept me from planting.  I’m running out of time.

Farm News:  The crows pulled up the sweet corn.

No new chicken casualties this week.  We have been locking those birds up tight at night.  Whatever is killing them is nocturnal – maybe not a fox but a raccoon.

What’s in the bucket? savoy cabbage, carrots, white onions, POTATOES yay potatoes!!! turnip root, collard greens, bountiful summer squash, bronze fennel.

Remember – if you get a giant zucchini or yellow squash – they are great to stuff – or make excellent noodles.  Also – you can use zucchini or yellow squash to make zucchini muffins or bread.  If you don’t have a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles- get one!  I have a cheap one that doesn’t take up any space and it works deliciously!

Following – a recipe from the stay at home chef.  Easy one pot flavorful meal.

TIKEL GOMEN : ETHIOPIAN CABBAGE DISH

Time to Make It: 40 minutes
Yield: Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 head cabbage, sliced
  • 5 red potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the olive oil in a 6.5-Quart Covered Stockpot over medium high heat.
  2. Toss in the carrots and onion and saute them in the oil for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the seasonings (salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric, ginger) and toast for a minute.
  4. Add in the cabbage and potatoes. Stir to combine. Cover the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. (actual time will depend on how big you cut your potatoes).

Happy Eating and thanks for buying local food from our farm.

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Circle S Farm delivery Monday, June 22, MSFM pick-up Wednesday, June 24 and delivery Thursday, June 26

“Badger: The cuss you are.
Mr. Fox: The cuss am I? Are you cussing with me?”
― Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Something has been getting our chickens.  Busted the door down the other night and killed two.  One Diamond found in a hole in a neighboring tree.  The other, eaten mostly, out in the field.  This is always a source of panic.  A predator never stops with two.  Especially not a fox.  I’m cussing the fox.

I’m also cussing whatever killed Freddie.  Yes – Freddie the snake.  Curtis found her dead.  I’m assuming it is her and not her friend.  Or perhaps it was her foe.  Because I usually see Freddie every day or two – in the chicken house or out in the yard.  And I haven’t seen her:(  She has been here the past 3 years and I am devastated to loose our friendly snake and mouse trap.

Farm News:  Fox in the henhouse.  And we lost our lovely black ratsnake, Freddie.  Darn!  Curtis has been mowing hay.  Always a busy time of year for us.  Trying to keep up.  As they say, make hay when the sun shines!

What’s in the Bucket? (or bag!):  Fruit from Jones farm, cabbage, broccoli, leeks, carrots, kale, lettuce, fennel and Daikon radish.

Following, an easy side dish.  I’m into easy right now – since everything is so busy!

Easy cabbage with leeks from Spruce Eats

  • 1 medium green cabbage
  • 3 large leeks
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth (or more)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (scant)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • Optional garnish: caraway seeds
Steps to Make It
  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cut the cabbage into 6 wedges and then remove core pieces. Thinly slice the cabbage wedges crosswise into thin strips or shred it using a food processor with the slicing disk attachment. Alternatively, you may chop the cabbage

  3. Trim the leeks and discard the green parts; slice the leeks thinly. Transfer the sliced leeks to a bowl full of cold water. Swish the leeks around to loosen any sand that might be clinging to them. Using a slotted spoon or your hand, scoop them out onto into a strainer.

  4. Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the leeks and cabbage and sauté, while stirring, for about 7 to 8 minutes.

  5. Add the chicken broth, salt, and pepper and simmer, covered, ​for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cabbage is cooked but is still slightly crunchy.

    6.Arrange the cabbage and leeks in a serving dish. Sprinkle with caraway seeds, if desired, and enjoy

Happy Eating!  Easy Cooking….and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm.

 

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Square Market items are available for pre-order Monday at 8 AM through Tuesday 8 PM. Items to be picked up at Main Street Farmer’s Market Wednesday, 4pm -6pm.

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Circle S Farm delivery Monday, June 15 and Thursday, June 18, MSFM pick-up Wednesday, June 17

I cried, “Mistake–forget the the steak.
I’ll take the chicken then.”
I heard a cluck–’twas just my luck
The busboy was a hen.
I said, “Okay no, fowl today.
I’ll have the seafood dish.”
Then I saw through the kitchen door
The cook–he was a fish.
I screamed, “Is there anyone workin’ here
Who’s an onion or a beet?
No? Your’re sure? Okay then friends,
A salad’s what I’ll eat.”
They looked at me. “Oh,no,” they said,
“The owner is a cabbage head.”
— Shel Silverstein

What a beautiful thing.  All those onions hanging together!  My friends know I am an onion lover.  And they have been social distancing me for years.  Most say an apple a day – I say onion.

I have always known that alliums were anti-viral.  With the outbreak of Covid-19 an herbalist friend sent out an e-mail saying one thing that would help prevent the virus from entering the body was to chew on raw garlic.  Music to my ears because – you guessed it – I love garlic too!

I recently read that one of the tactics practiced to prevent the Spanish flu from spreading was to leave a raw, cut onion out in every room.  Apparently they discovered that it would draw the virus out of the air and trap it.  They actually saw the virus collect on the open face of the onion when using a microscope.

So – true or not- YAY FOR ONIONS!!  They need some good press:)

Farm News:

Freddie has a friend.  I guess that’s what it is – it didn’t seem like an enemy.  I don’t know much about snakes, but I’m wondering how long it will be until we have little Freddies.

 

We delivered a total of 95 # of much needed produce to the Food Bank last week.  3 coolers, 100 bunches of greens, 25 heads of lettuce and some beets and kohlrabi.  Thanks to everyone who contributed, we had $235 to help with labor and delivery.  We will be doing periodic deliveries when we have a bounty of produce, and will let you know next time in case you want to contribute.

What’s in the bucket? Promise – last week for Kohlrabi.  Also: cabbage or Napa cabbage, beets, broccoli, Swiss chard or lacinato kale, bibb or Romaine lettuce, sugar snap peas, Walla Walla young onions (YAY!), fennel bulb and parsley or oregano.

Just remember – Kohlrabi will do anything cabbage will do.  Slaw, kraut, steamed….

I have a handful of things I call kitchen sink recipes.  Really, it amounts to what I have in the refrigerator or garden.  Soup, salad, stir fry and pasta.  I can make all of these with, basically, whatever raw vegetables I have (and the noodles and brown rice I keep on hand).  Of course ONIONS (YAY) and garlic help everything.

This week – I would make stir fry.  Broccoli, kohlrabi, onion, maybe a few thin slices of cabbage, snow peas.  Put all of these in the wok with some high heat oil and stir fry on high until tender.  Add some soy sauce, red pepper or sesame seeds.  Serve over rice and call it dinner.  You can also add leftover meat that you have in the fridge.  Just stir fry it first until it’s crispy – then do the veggies separate.

AND

a salad.

Romaine or bibb lettuce, steamed beets, caramelized fennel and onion and blue cheese.  I like to do the beets in my instapot because it’s easy – but you can steam until tender.  Then – while still warm, slice them and drizzle a little local honey over them.  Toss.  When they cool – a splash of balsamic.  Drizzle some of the leftover beet juice over them to make a dressing.  Caramelize the fennel and onion in a skillet.  Be patient and start the fennel first – it takes longer.  Let everything cool.  Serve over greens topped with blue cheese.  Add whatever other veggies are in your fridge:) Heaven!

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

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