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February 2, 2015

This Week's Share

Welcome to February, the second to last share of the winter season, and the deepest part of the deep winter share.  None the less, crops continue to hold well in storage.

Here are some recipes I've been cooking up for this week's deep winter dinner plan:

Sunday - Start the week with some beet and bean burgers.  Have them on a bun topped with some slaw or caramelized onions with some baked fries.

Monday - I have been really into lentils lately and lentil soup is a quick and nourishing meal for the beginning week.

Tuesday - Stir fry up some watermelons radishes, carrots, cabbage and serve on rice or noodles. Top with this peanut sauce

Wednesday - This vegetable korma is full of warming spices for these snowy times.  Use whatever root vegetables you've got on hand.

Thursday - What, more snow in the forecast? Have no fears, this butternut squash soup will keep you warm and toasty.

Friday - Some of my favorite comfort food after a busy week is the El Salvadorian stuffed tortillas, Papusas con curtado.  They are traditionally served with a pickled cabbage salad (curtado). Serve with a pot of beans for a complete meal. Delish!

Saturday - How about some sesame noodles to round out hte week?  Just sub in whatever veggies you have on hand, come raw some cooked for textural variations. Delish!

Recipe of the Week: 

Chocolate Beet Cake

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened,divided
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 (1 oz) squares semisweet chocolate
  • 2 cups pureed cooked beets
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • confectioner's sugar
Directions: 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and brown sugar. Add eggs; mix well. Melt chocolate with remaining butter, stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Blend chocolate mixture, beets and vanilla into the creamed mixture (mixture will appear separated).
Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and stir well.
Pour into a 9-inch cake pan.
Bake for 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack before serving. Dust with confectioner's sugar and enjoy!

Servings: 
4-6
Credit: 
From tigerinajar.blogspot.com

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Even on the most blustery winter days, the cows love to bask in the sun.
Even on the most blustery winter days, the cows love to bask in the sun.

Dear Friends,

Snow, snow, and more snow. With blizzard warnings, and bad memories of past storms, last week we had to baton down the hatches and prepare for the worst. After a long night of snow plowing, and shoveling out the greenhouse we found ourselves with almost three feet of snow on the ground but all of our greenhouses, animals and barns all in good shape. We were lucky that the temperature was cold enough, that the snow was so incredibly fluffy and light. When I woke up this morning, it was snowing yet again, but by the time I started writing this newsletter, the snow had turned into an unpleasant mix of rain and ice. The additional accumulation of snow and some incredibly cold temperatures have us preparing for an especially wintery winter share week.

Immediately after last weeks storm, we started hearing reports of throngs of unhappy people. The residents of New York City and other areas were upset that the weather reports calling for epic snow fall and dangerous conditions fell short of their predictions. It’s a funny thing for us to hear about people being mad that things weren’t awful. Personally, I would always prefer to prepare for the worst and be over prepared than to find ourselves caught in a terrible situation without the proper preparations. I think I am a fairly cautious person by nature, and farming has only made me more cautious the longer I have done it.  If there is one thing that farming teaches us over and over again, is that nature can be brutal and absolutely unforgiving.

All in all things really haven’t been so bad this winter and we’re learning more and more how to take whatever nature throws at us. While a heavy snow fall might mean a sleepless night of snow moving, it also means a beautiful snowshoe walk through the woods, pots of stew on the stove, and some quiet time in front of the fire.

Your Farmers

Max and Kerry

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