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December 16, 2013

Reminder:  We will be taking 3 weeks off from the share for the holiday season.   Please note the next share pick up day is Jan. 10

This Week's Share

More winter treats this week.  We are nearing the end of our sweet potatoes however, so get 'em while you can.  Everything else is still plentiful, and holding up well.

We will also have kohlrabi this week. These giant storage type kohlrabis are crispy and sweet, great cooked or raw.

Recipe of the Week: 

Mulligatawny Soup

Ingredients: 
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. chopped onions
  • 1/4 red bell peppers, if you have them frozen from the summer share, from the store, or just leave them out
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped peeled apple
  • 1/2 c. chopped carrots
  • 1/2 c. chopped celery, chopped roots, cabbage, or any combination of them
  • 2 tbs. all purpose flour
  • 1 tbs. curry powder
  • 2 c. broth
  • 2 c water
  • 3/4 c. coconut milk
  • 1 Gourmavian chicken breast or thigh if desired
  • 1/4 c. rice, brown works great
  • 1 tbs. lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • chopped cilantro or parsley to garnish
Directions: 

Heat oil in a soup pot and add onions, peppers and cook until softened. Add apples and vegetables and cook stirring for several minutes until they start to soften. Stir in flour and curry powder until mixed. Add broth, water, chicken and rice. Cook and simmer until rice is softened. If using, remove chicken, let cool, debone and shred back into soup. Add lemon juice and coconut milk. Be careful not to boil once coconut milk is added, or it will curdle. Salt the soup to taste and garnish with cilantro or parsley.

Credit: 
1,000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles

Resilience

Kalesicles anyone?
Kalesicles anyone?

Dear Friends,

It certainly feels a lot more like winter this week than it did before the first winter share. It feels like it's been years since we had this much snow and such frigid temperatures in December.  While the snow and cold makes everything on the farm take much longer, I would rather be wearing my insulated overalls than flip flops in December….well at least thats what I tell myself. The sudden cold front caught us a bit by surprise. Nights in the low teens, and days that hardly rise above twenty are pretty brutal for the last plantings we were still nursing along in the field under row cover. This most likely means the end of the lettuce, but do not fear we still have a greenhouse full of spinach and plenty of kale to last us through the winter. It is comforting on these freezing nights to know that we still have thousands of pounds of roots, cabbage, and even a bit of winter squash tucked away safely in the barn.

Over the past couple of years we have gotten into the habit of seeding greens later and later into the fall. The reason being that if we have an unusually warm December, we will have lettuce and salad right until the end of the year. In recent years, this has paid off for us in spades but it looks like this year it is going to be too cold. For the most part, the last bits of greens we were holding on to in the field have bit the dust this past week. The exception to this is the mighty, mighty kale plant. It never ceases to amaze me how resilient the kale is. On a bright, sunny Thursday, with temperatures barely reaching twenty degrees, Kerry and I found ourselves out in the field bunching kale for the Co-ops. We have had our kale freeze plenty of times. We normally wait until it thaws out late in the afternoon or on a warm day before we harvest. This past week we didn't have that luxury, the temperatures barely reached twenty, let alone the freezing point. So there we were, dressed head to toe in insulated coveralls, hats, gloves, and boots picking totally frozen kale and bunching it, taking periodic breaks to sit in the truck and try and attempt to breathe life back into our frozen fingers. We filled barrel after barrel of the frozen, brittle bunches taking care not to crack or break them. WIth a truck full of kalesicles and rosy cheeks we headed home. After a night in the barn next to a space heater, we woke up to find our kalesicles replaced with lush beautiful kale bunches. Amazing!

The year is coming to a close and while we draw near the darkest time of the year, it gives us hope that the pendulum is preparing to swing the other way. It won't be long now before the days finally begin to grow again.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy holiday season!

Your Farmer's

Max and Kerry

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