Watermelon days are here

Woah – wait, I am talking about watermelon radishes here, otherwise known as Rooseheart or Red Meat radishes. They are a variety of daikon radishes, a member of the Brassica family as are the likes of broccoli and kohlrabi. Ours come with a few blemishes since some other creature wanted a crisp munch.

Watermelon radishes store well in the refrigerator. They can be eaten raw thinly sliced in salads or in thick slices with a dip. They can be roasted, mashed or stewed like their cousins, the turnips, but I prefer to keep their color intact and eat them fresh or in pickled form.

This has been a challenging week with half of our farming team gone missing. It was a trial run of what life will be like after they leave for their next spot of earth. The verb ‘ to miss’ comes to mind in all its forms.

We have several extra totes of salad greens this week – if you buy a bag or are a CSA member, the second bag is half price! Raspberry – Apple Vinaigrette is for sale and brings out the nutrilicious best in a bowl of greens, radishes, kohlrabi, Hakurei turnips….along with the rest of the story: head lettuce, onions, napa cabbage, potatoes and acorn squash.


Contemplating apples

I have sat gazing across the street at an apple tree every lunch break since it was in bloom this past spring. A couple of years ago it was shorn off to the branch stumps and looked like a skeleton standing lonely in the field. Over the years it sent out new shoots, much like a willow tree, and this year each straggle of a branch was loaded with apples piled on top of each other.

How long did Newton ponder apples and their direction of travel once they ripened and left their lofty domains? Me? I was bothered by seeing a large collection gathering under the tree and not in my refrigerator! I am happy to report that the neighbor was not interested in any of them and the majority are now safely in my keeping.

Apple Crisp Bread is this week’s worthy munch. It is basically a honey whole wheat bread with applesauce, rolled oats and cinnamon for added interest. I do not keep bakers’ hours or bankers for that matter. Fresh Apple Crisp Bread and buns should be out of the oven by 2 pm on Wednesday…..at least that is the plan.

The whole wheat bread flour that I order from Whole Grain Milling often is delivered directly from the mill – when was the last time you had grain that fresh?

Steve and I are managing the farm on our own this week since the other two farmers are off at a conference. They will be coming back and waiting for all the paperwork to be completed before their final departure. Whew! I don’t have to be sad just yet.

Farm shares should include lots of radishes, a salad mix, Mizuna & Arugula mix, Cossak Kohlrabi, Brussels Sprouts, Hakurei Turnips, Beets, Carrots, Onions, Garlic, Potatoes and of course…..a Haralson apple for a sweet, crisp munch for the trip home.

Singing your name

There were four of us in the market, and each one sang our name song to the group – what a hoot! What’s your name song?  I actually have two songs that entered my life at critical points: Judy, Judy, Judy by Johnny Tillotson was one of the songs that would play on the American radio station that the older Boarding House girls would listen to each Saturday morning. I just remember the chorus since that was a long time ago..55 years!

Along came high school and the tune changed to: Hey Jude, don’t make it bad, by Paul McCartney. Those years were a mess of war, drugs, alcohol and bad relationships that I stayed clear of by being in sports and riding Bangkok city buses to get away from the Hostel drama.

There is a wonderful soup song by John McCutcheon have a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05xAFmuwDJg

Plenty of good eats for soup in the farm shares today: Kossack Kohlrabi, Brussels Sprouts, onions, garlic, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, radishes, kale, celery as well as radishes, turnips and salad mix.

A new soup in our repertoire is a scrumptious version of Kummstborscht from Grandma Harder’s kitchen. There is also to be a special on our Potato Leek soup next Wednesday from 4-7 pm. Stop by now and then and in-between!

King Kohl

Kossak King Kohl was a sweet, fat soul, and a sweet, fat soul was he.                      Nathan trimmed him up right, and he cleaned him just so, and he packed him so he’s ready to go!

These kohlrabi are going to be LARGE, dinner plate size. Yes, they are tender and are meant to grow this large. The smaller variety are still in the field and will be harvested later. In other words, Kossak Kohlrabi will store up to 4 months but there are to be more coming so keep munching!

Ideas for good eats other than munched raw:                                                                  from thekitchn.com – kohlrabi & carrot slaw, in soup, as fritters or roasted.  marthastewart.com – kohlrabi & apple slaw, with onions & cream ( I would caramelize the onions, a shaved version & arugula salad and other combinations                      bonappetit.com – shaved kohlrabi with apple & nuts

The hidden agenda behind everything we grow is to make it possible for folks to rise up in the morning with a light heart and a resolve to make this planet a better place than when their first baby steps were taken. Hmmmmm Are we there yet?

The boxes will be overflowing with radishes, Brussels sprouts, leeks, tomatoes (the last), broccoli, Hakurei turnips, beets, Napa cabbage, potatoes, onions and a salad mix.

Happy munching!






Minding the wasips

Grapes were turning to wine on the stem since I had left them until they were sweet. Swarms of wasps, honey bees, earwigs, little specs of crawly things and big bumbling flies were having a party while I was trying to snip off the clusters without drawing attention. I left the bunches too high to be reached so the party went on.

We are down to the final days of raspberry harvesting – boo hoo. The old patch is to be mowed down since it was taking up space on the high tunnel route. The new patch has outperformed all previous years with enormous berries. The challenge is the wasips yet again – tricky creatures that cling to the berries until they are fwipped off. They munch on the fruit along with picnic beetles and tiny red ants. All creatures seem to know what is good!

Nathan and Steve were able to move one high tunnel over to plot #1 today. It takes a windless clear day, a working winch or four strong folks to move the wheels down the cleared track. The next one is to be moved to plot #3 tomorrow morning! It’s like waltzing with elephants – very slow and methodical.

This week is the last CSA pickup for summer farm shares. The boxes will be full of salad mix, radishes, Brussels sprouts, leeks, broccoli, napa cabbage, arugula, mizuna, green peppers and eggplant. Carrots, sweet potatoes, white & purple potatoes, white & red onions, a variety of garlic, fresh Red Ace beets are for sale and will be part of fall farm shares so…..stay with us and continue to enjoy the good eats!

Kohlrabi are coming in all sizes – one variety is the size of a small cabbage! We farmers all had a munch of a sample today and it was declared a winner. This must be perfect weather….