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Monday, June 30, 2014

July 1st and 3rd: O my it's July already!!!

Fun in the Sun! 

Lots of activity in the berry patch this weekend.  Thanks to all who came!  With this perfect weather, they are ripening by the minute so this week will be great for picking too.

Lots of new crops are on the horizon!  This week we will start picking shell peas.  I am anticipating a nice crop this year.  The sugar snaps were looking great until our ducks decided to eat them as a an entrée one night.  Seriously, the entire 200' row.  Sorry about that, I will be sure to seed them out of harms way next year!
 
Summer solstice has passed and now the days start to get shorter.  What?  Already!  June flew by for me and I am seeding the last of my fall crops today in the green house.  Sometimes it is hard to have so much forward thinking as a farmer, preparing several months in advance.  Luckily the days' harvest keeps me well in the moment.  Hoping you are enjoying every bite.
 
Happy 4th of July!



This week's bounty: romaine, spinach, arugula, beet greens, hakurei with greens, purple kohl rabi, asain greens, garlic scapes, shell peas, cilantro and mint for your strawberry mint mojitos!

The Farmer's table:
...was sparse this week as Zach was traveling.  I was well fed by friends at their homes.
My main meals consisted of strawberries while picking, strawberry salad and strawberry/yogurt smoothies...oh and a side of asparagus.

Recipes:

Garlic Scapes
This website says it all... http://garlicfarmct.com/recipes.htm

Strawberry Mint Mojito
  • 11 oz. strawberries, hulled (2-3/4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 10 large fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup white or amber rum
  • 1 cup seltzer
  • Mint sprigs, lime wedges, or fresh strawberries, to garnish


In a medium pitcher, combine the strawberries, lime juice, sugar, and mint leaves and crush with a muddler or wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Add the rum and stir gently.
Fill 4 rocks glasses three-quarters full with ice, divide the mojito among them, and top each with about 1/4 cup seltzer. Garnish with mint sprigs, lime wedges, or strawberries.

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