There are four days in May when you are welcome to come to the farm and wander through the fields enjoying this wonderful fruit. You, your friends and family get to eat as many berries as you can, and you are welcome to take some home for a nominal fee. It’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and you can freeze your bounty of berries or use for them dessert dishes! This year Lorraine is planning to teach a strawberry jamming class one weekend, too! These events fill up very quickly, so once we announce the details, please sign up right away.
Archive for April 5th, 2012
While the recent rains are welcome to fill up reservoirs, we need to get into the field and plant our early summer and late spring crops. We were able to plant the tomatoes as we had covered the beds with the woven fabric that we use on the strawberries. This allowed us to walk on the beds without damaging the soil.
Basil plants arrived on Tuesday, and we hope to plant these by the weekend.
Chives: These should be kept in a plastic bag in the fridge and washed right before use. You can also freeze them! Mix finely-chopped chives with just enough olive oil or butter to bind them together and freeze the mixture in ice cube trays. They do not dry well and will last for only a few days.
Navel Oranges: These juicy treats are from our friend Nacho at Twin Girls Farm near Fresno and are QAI (Quality Assurance International) certified organic. We’ve been friends with this family farm for a long time and see them every week at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. They sell some of their goods to Purity, which will explain if it has a market sticker on it. The oranges keep well in the fridge. Peel and enjoy!
Lemons: These juicy dreams add a great touch to salads. They are also from Twin girls Farm near Fresno and are QAI certified organic. Store in fridge.
Mixed Lettuce: Enjoy these fresh greens for salads and sandwiches! It is a mix of tender curly, red leaf and Romaine lettuces. Store in plastic bag in fridge and wash well before consuming.
French Breakfast Radishes: These lovely little bunches have a spicy crunch that mellows into succulent sweetness when cooked. Slice thinly and add into a fresh green salad or layer on buttered bread for a great snack. Separate the greens and roots before storing in a plastic bag in fridge to maintain freshness. Wash well before use.
Spinach: This tasty and nutritious green might be dirty from last week’s rain and mud. To clean, first rinse quickly, then fill up a bowl with water. Put spinach in the water, swish, and let soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Lift leaves out of water, rinse and blot or spin dry. Store in plastic bag in fridge, but don’t wash it until you’re ready to cook!
Stir-fry Mix: Bright, beautiful and full of vitamins and minerals! This is a mix of kale, collards, chard, and arugula. Chop and sauté in olive oil or butter for a lovely side-dish. Store in plastic bag in fridge and wash well before using. If you find any unwanted visitors, try soaking in salted water and then rinse.
Carrots: These might just be the sweetest carrots you’ll ever eat! Remove the green tops from roots before storing in your fridge to maintain freshness. Try juicing or blending the greens for extra flavor and vitamins in smoothies and fresh juice. Be sure to wash the carrots well before eating. (You might want to scrub them clean to avoid peeling them.)
Green Garlic: This young garlic has a milder and less bitter bite than garlic cloves and sweetens when cooked. It can also be eaten raw! Green garlic has flat leaves with V-shaped cross sections. Store in fridge and use within a week. Delicious!
Beets: These sweet treats are the first of the season! Don’t forget to eat the greens, too — they’re extremely good for you! Store roots separately from greens. Keep both in crisper in fridge and eat greens just like you would chard!
Turnips: This ancient veggie is one of the earliest to be cultivated and was a staple before the potato. It is rich in fiber, calcium, and vitamins A and C. These beauties can be eaten raw or steamed and have a deliciously buttery crunch. Remove the greens and store in separate plastic bags in fridge. Be sure to wash them before eating. The turnip greens are amazing sautéed!