Friday, June 4, 2010

Picket Fence Farm Newsletter Season 2 Week 2

What’s Happening on the Farm

The garden is growing well...this rain we have gotten lately is really helping things along. This week has included weeding (of course) and some planting. We were finally able to get our cantaloupe and watermelon transplants in the garden. We also planted our hills of pumpkins (4 varieties) and winter squash (3 varieties). We also checked on our bees this week and so far they are doing well. They are starting to make honey, so that is great! We are hoping they do well and we have some honey for sale this fall.

What’s in the Box?

Lettuce--Green Ice
Lettuce Blend
Spinach Mix
Radishes--Cherry Belle

Please Take Note

Our produce is field washed. I would suggest washing once more before eating. We do not use any chemical sprays, so you may find a few holes in the greens.

Recipe Ideas

Garlic Broccoli
· 1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
· 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
· 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
· 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
· 1 tablespoon soy sauce
· 2 garlic cloves, minced
· 3/4 teaspoon sugar
· 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Place 1 in. of water in a saucepan; add broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the sesame oil, vegetable oil and red pepper flakes over medium heat for 2 minutes or until hot. Stir in the soy sauce, garlic, sugar and lemon juice. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Drain broccoli and transfer to a serving bowl. Pour garlic sauce over; toss to coat. Serve warm or chilled with a slotted spoon.

FYI: Regarding the CSA Boxes

We only have one box per customer this year, so please return to us each week. We will also be alternating with sacks as well. This will be a sort of experiment to see if we (and you as well) prefer the boxes or the sacks. If you could save and return the sacks, that would be well as the rubber bands. We will not reuse the storage baggies however.

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