Saturday, June 28, 2008

Week 4 News

Touring the orchard Thursday night

We had a good time with everyone at our tour Thursday night! Unfortunately the mosquitoes cut things a little short! I know I warned about mosquitoes but that was by far the worst I've ever experienced with them at the farm!!! I think it's just going to be that kind of summer with them. Hopefully no one went home with too many bites!

What's in the box:
Baby arugula
Lettuce - 2 beautiful heirloom varieties this week
Tatsoi - Will need washing, it's the last thing we pick as it perishes quickly. Excellent added to stir fries, sauteed until and drizzled with sesame oil, or mixed into salads.
Sweet cherries
Green onions
Dill - sprinkly on potatoes, mix into summer salads (chicken, tuna), use on fish, salad dressings
Radishes - Purple plum heirloom variety
Pint Blueberries or our strawberries - very likely
Peas or brocoli?

Strawberries: Versluis orchards are on the end of their strawberries and we are beginning to get more and more from our greenhouse and field grown berries. We will begin rotating who gets them each week.

Snow Peas (Flat pod): These are getting close and are one of our favorites! We just started getting some and had a handful dipped in hummus this afternoon! Great raw, steamed, or sauted (see recipe idea for snow peas with ginger). They are coming!!!

Coming soon:
more varieties of peas and potatoes
tart cherries NEXT WEEK - the PIE CHERRY, they are also great for making cherry topping for cheesecake, ice cream, etc.. (If you would prefer extra blueberries - let me know)
blueberries, blueberries, blueberries
Peaches - two weeks or so...

Farmer's Markets:
Thursday: Spring Lake from 9 until 1:00 at least (we've been selling out early!)
Saturday: Grand Haven Farmers Market from 7:30 - 12:00

* Sweetwater market is going to Rothbury for the music festival this week and we decided it was a little too far!

Cookbooks ordered: Asparagus to Zucchini, A guide to cooking farm-fresh seasonal produce - This is the most helpful cookbook and produce guide I have found thus far. You can look up just about any vegetable and herb listed alphabetically to find storage information, usage ideas, recipes, and MUCH more.

I ordered quite a few and will have my copy at the markets for you to check out if interested. Retail $20 / your price $17.

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