2018 CSA Winter February 24th Citrus

2018 CSA Winter February 24th Citrus

  • Eggs
  • Mix of Citrus
  • Salad Mix 10×10
  • Baby Salad Mix
  • Dill
  • Pesto
  • Microgreens
  • Poultry Herb Blend

A mix of citrus, eggs and a container of freshly made pesto this week along with your greens and herbs in your CSA share this week! Pictured at right above are Calamondin oranges, and in the bowl here to the right are those plus a few Thai limes. Below left are kumquats still on the tree. These are an almost egg-shaped citrus which we usually eat whole, raw, or sliced up to garnish a salad or dish. These have a mild and sweet flavor, in contrast to the Calamondin which are thin skinned and very tart. Those I like to scissor cut broadly over a salad, including the skin, or adding to a homemade dressing. These are great for accentuating the cooking of meats, stir-fry, sweet and sours, curries, deserts, especially fruit pies. Makes for a great marmalade or syrup for the table. For a quick, on-the-go energizer try scissor cutting into your cup of tea or your water bottle. The rind will continue to release some flavor for a refill. The Thai (or Makrut) limes are larger, have a more bumpy look to the thick skin, and have a raised neck where it was attached. Although there is a bit of flesh and juice in the center, it is the skin that is most often used in cooking to impart its flavor to the likes of Pan-Pacific foods by way of a dash of zest. I store mine in the freezer, taking it out to grate a bit and returning for long term storage! Enjoy!

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Citrus

Kumquats and Calamondin

Kumquats and Calamondin

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Thai Lime- Ponderosa lemon- Kumquat- Calamondin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Calamondin

    – tart seeded completely edible skin – crush into drinks use in extracts and cooking squat or dimpled fruit

  • Kumquat

    – sweet no or few seeds and completely edible peel – consume whole like candy slick firm oval fruits

  • Thai lime

    – 1000x the potentcyof Lime Leaf – little juice zest of peel powerfull in curries, green teardrop shape

  • Ponderosa Lemon

    – thick skin huge lemons

collards

2018 CSA Winter February 17th Collards

2018 CSA Winter February 17th Collards

  • Eggs
  • Papaya
  • Arugula 10×10
  • Kale 10×10
  • Chervil
  • Sage
  • Collard Bunch
  • Poultry Herb Mix
  • Microgreens

A new take on eating collard greens:  Crazy Cajun wraps…Baba Yaga rolls…whatever you call them, they are an easy and quick way to enjoy your collards this week.  We took grated ginger, ham, onion, sweet peppers & cardamom,  sprinkled this chopped blend with balsamic then wrapped this in a collard leaf and fastened it with a toothpick. Finished by pouring olive oil around and over top a bit…cooked for 15 mins @ 350…then sat for 5 in cooling oven. The collard bunch can also be chopped up for a classic southern dish…fry up some onion in butter, add water (and a meat, such as ham or bacon, Virginia style, or you can use leftover bone like we did in Louisiana. Cook in your pot; add seasoning if you like, and put in your chopped collards. Cover and cook until tender. Personally, i do not prefer over-cooking as is custom. The timing is up to you .

Yummy and nutritious bonuses this week in papaya and a dozen eggs. We like the papaya cubed and dressed in lime juice, which is a traditional approach. Having the eggs included with arugula makes easily one of my favorite combos…try it added to your scrambled eggs this week! Enjoy!

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2018 CSA Winter February 10th Solar

2018 CSA Winter February 10th Solar

Solar energy at the farm creates all the plant growth and now provides some of our electrical needs.

  • Arugula 10×10
  • Salad Mix 10×10
  • Chervil
  • Thai Basil Box
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Poultry Herb Mix
  • Micro Collards
  • Micro Cilantro
  • Fresh Eggs

Some of you may have already seen parts of the progress we have been making on building steel frames and installing solar panels here at the farm, but for those who haven’t seen the photos, check out these thus far. Soon I will report back with up-to-date photos to show how Michael has taken it a step further.

This greenhouse here, in the photo above, just behind Michael, now has a rain collection system installed all around it so that the water can be captured for use (after filtering, testing, sanitizing, etc) while also helping to prevent erosion and flooding in the fields that are past this greenhouse and down the hill.

In addition to these improvement towards sustainability and stewardship here at the farm, the solar array is growing bit by bit when the weather is right for welding, we’re not getting stuck in the mud, and time allows. Three rows of ten now rest in an angular nest of steel that will take two more rows before completion.

Much gratitude for all your support over the years! Make it a great week

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