Cold rabbi

I have usually mispronounced ‘kohlrabi’ along the line of a ‘cold rabbi’ whereas the correct manner is how I prefer to eat it – col(d) and raw(be).  It is in the cabbage family (kohl) and looks like a turnip (rabi). It can be eaten in a variety of ways from fresh nibbles to stir-fried, sliced thin in salads paired with apple or other greens and roasted or stewed. Kossak kohlrabi, the giant sort, are very tender inside. They store well, thus the large globe can be chipped away as needed. Peel only the part that is to be prepared and leave the rest intact in the refrigerator.

It was a very good year for small town kohls with cool summer nights…. and so the song might go. We have a lot of Kossaks!

Today starts the fall farm shares and members will receive: Broccoli, sweet peppers, Kossaks, leeks, tomatoes, romaine head lettuce, Pac choi and carrots and/or beets. Salad greens will begin later this week and will be for sale – whoo whoo!

The beet goes on

It has been many a moon since I read through “How Do I Love Thee?” a poem by Elizabeth Browning. I found a few things that need improvement with my farming partner realationship….on my side of the equation. Hmmmm Words can move mountains of beets, cabbages and beans only if there are other folks ready for heavy action. – take a look around……I am usually quite clean and tidy…..

I am all for building bridges rather than tearing communities apart, which includes choosing wise & kind words or filling carts with produce for market. Sometimes, it requires a pause in order to take a different path. I am but a novice on the way.

At Jubilee, I am told again and again, that we are about something most awesome. That is true, let me count the ways…..

This week is a time to reflect on and taste what is good for our health in family settings and in communities close to home and far away.

The ‘beet’ goes on. Whom will you follow?

We have a new smoothie for sampling – Beet the Berries – haha. It is delish!

This week’s farm shares will include: sweet peppers, Tokyo Bekana or Joi Choi, raspberries, broccoli, leeks, tomatoes, zucchini and the last watermelon.

Steering true

A name-tagged person walked into the market yesterday with briefcase in hand, asking to talk to the one in charge. It was slightly after midday and there were pots bubbling, bread baking, cookies to tray up and jalafuegos to carefully seed. The question was……. whether or not I was interested in setting up a business account with Sam’s Club, Mankato! This would be like me walking into a heart transplant operation and wanting to sell my bandages from ripped sheets.

At the end of the day, when I should have been home, customers asked me to steer clear of the greatest commandment and the second one that is like it. My heart, soul and mind were in the balance …… We are into building community at Jubilee, on a global scale starting right here in this little corner with a spot of earth.

And so, back to the village level, each farm share member should be filling their box with the last watermelons along with sweet peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, beets and then of course newly harvested leeks and pac choi! The weather has played wild cards this year, produce that was to be for next month comes due now …. enjoy. It’s good and it’s good for you – imagine!

A “What’s Up” is in the works

Gatherings this time of year often select : farm, harvest, celebrate or fest as words in the title. Hmmmm. The one happening at Jubilee has a different twang; to play off whatsapp messenger that connects people via voice, I came up with “what’s up”……there are some English teachers about that prefer the correct spelling ;)

Jubilee’s “What’s Up”  is to be the final week of September with a variety of things planned: good eats, talking birds, guess the pounds of tomatoes, a drawing for a gift certificate and a visit with a dietitian…not me, this time around. We will be highlighting the new menu with nutritional information and new labeling. The goal, of course, is to promote wellness and eating healthy in our communities with tasty, real eats that are good for you and pure mostly as well as staying active. Community Wellness Partners is the sponsor of this event.

This is a melon week – whooeee! Farm shares will get a watermelon and a cantaloupe as well as some peppers, beets, carrots, tomatoes, green onions and zucchini. Enjoy

Growing for gold

And it came to pass, that in those days when everyone was up at the lake or gathered around tables of boisterous laughter…..Steve and Judy shucked, boiled, chopped and fruzzed mountains of sweet corn. We are stocking up for the winter and for the folks who will munch along with us. Our second corn harvest was tastier than the first one – we plan to stick with High Mowing Seeds for the coming year and NOT plant so many beds! I can grumble a lot about such matters ;)

New equipment keeps arriving. Yay! Steve anchored on the shelving for the center kitchen tables so we cooks can waltz around and be more efficient. The other cooks might need to grow a few inches to reach the top shelf….

Farm share members will now choose their produce from out of our new retail coolers. It will not be as beautiful as when all the produce was arranged on tables. We have come a long way from the days of styrofoam coolers in our garage – oh my! The new system (hide & seek) will provide more space, keep the veggies in good shape and cut down on our time to organize everything.

And so…..carrots, beets, cantaloupes, sweet peppers, summer squash, the last cucumbers, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and herbs will fill the bags and boxes of farm share members this week.

Choose to be healthy and wise…..I’m not sure about the wealthy part.