Friday, September 17, 2010

Picket Fence Farm Newsletter #16

Picket Fence Farm Happenings
Season 2 Issue #16

What’s Happening on the Farm

We are starting to harvest some cool weather crops this week, like the greens and lettuce. The lettuce looks nice...we grew it in a raised bed covered with a low tunnel. It had hardly any weeds or dirt on it. We are loving this new system and hope to expand on it next season. We are plowing up more land to sow pasture seed in hopes for some animals next Spring, and we were also able to get our clover seed planted for our cover crop/green manure where the high tunnels will go next season. We have a friend coming out next week to help us get 2 of the high tunnels set....we still need to get plastic ordered to cover it, then we’ll be set to plant! Our chickens are really laying, so we have eggs for sale every week now. Please email us before Friday/Saturday if you would like to purchase some at your time of pick-up or delivery. They are $3.00 per dozen.

What’s in the Box?

Tomatoes-Big Beef, Celebrity, or Roma
Cherry Tomatoes, assorted varieties
Cucumbers-Tendergreen, Diva, or Lemon
Green Beans--Maxibel
Turnip Greens
Lettuce-All Season Mix

Recipe Ideas

Delicious Greens and Ham (from

vegetable oil cooking spray
1/2 pound chopped cooked ham
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 (15.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 pound fresh turnip greens, rinsed and chopped
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Set a large skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add ham and onion; cook and stir until onion is clear. Add the tomatoes and turnip greens and cover the skillet. I use a 12 inch skillet and I have to pack the greens down a bit to make them fit at first. When the pan starts to steam, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 12 minutes. Transfer the greens and ham to a serving bowl and toss with apple cider vinegar.

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