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February 16, 2015

Winter has decided to take our last winter share out with a real bang!  The unyielding cold this week means the roots will be dirty in the share this week.  On the upside, the roots tend to store pretty well when they are dirty and if you keep them wrapped up in your fridge, you could be eating them for atleast a month to come.

This Week's Share

The kale served us well, but has finally met it's maker.  We are crossing our fingers that on the warmest day this week, we will be able to clean out all the spinach in the greenhouse and everyone should get a nice sized bag if it defrosts and looks ok. Fingers crossed. 

And  here is the last entry of my weekly winter share meal plan.  Comfort and convenience is the theme this week:

Sunday: Fire up the oven and bake a nice roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and roasted roots and squash.  This will set you up nicely with leftovers for the rest of the week.  To prepare for tomorrow's recipe, strip the meat from the chicken and put the stock pot on over night to keep your house warm during these frigid nights.

Monday: Our ultimate winter comfort food is chicken pot pie.  Throw together a spinach salad on the side.  I like shredded raw beets on mine.

Tuesday: Shoveling taking up all your time? Whip together this Roasted root fritatta with your leftover roots from Sunday night.

Wednesday: Get out your wok and have some pad thai, I just throw in some carrots and cabbage at this time of year as my veggie and omit the bean sprouts, since I never have those on hand.

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner anyone? Put on your jammys and slippers and whip up some squash pancakes.  Serve up with some roasted potatoes, meeting place pastures bacon, and a cup of tea.

Friday: Sometimes a simple rice bowl is really comforting and cleansing.  Shake off your week with a bowl full of brown rice topped with chick peas, steamed kale (did you freeze any?), shredded raw kohlrabia and carrots, and some roasted squash. Sprinkle soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, siracha and sesame seeds on top.

Saturday: Seriously, I could eat endless quantities of these potstickers, they are so good. This recipe calls for chinese cabbage, but just substitute in the green cabbage from the share.  You could make a pot of light miso soup and sit down with them.  Or you could do what we do and eat them unceremoniously, as they come off the stove in the kitchen.

Recipe of the Week: 

Pad thai

Ingredients: 
  • 8 ounces flat rice noodles (found in the Asian section in most grocery stores - may sub fettuccine noodles in a pinch), cooked al dente according to package instructions
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • ⅓ cup sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup sliced white onion
  • ⅓ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • optional: peanuts
  • vegetables of your choice, chopped

sauce

  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (found in the Asian section at most grocery stores)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
Directions: 

Add oil to pan and cook meat or tofu until cooked and then add vegetables and cook until tender.
Whisk together all sauce ingredients and set aside. Crack eggs over preheated pan, scramble, and allow to fry for about a minute ,then break it up with a spoon and set aside. Add the onions and bean sprouts to vegetables and pour sauce over veggies. Add noodles and toss to coat the noodles in the sauce. Stir in green onions, eggs, and cilantro. Garnish with peanuts if desired.

Credit: 
http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/05/chicken-pad-thai.html

It wont be long now

If you can't beat em, join em!  Max reveling in winter.
If you can't beat em, join em! Max reveling in winter.

Dear Friends,

The Winter Share might be winding down, but the cold winter weather isn’t showing any signs of letting up any time soon. Its tempting to start in on a long tirade complaining about sub-zero temperatures, broken snow plows, endless shoveling, and chipping ice out of water troughs.  When I start to go down that road, I start repeating the "it could be worse" mantra too myself.  At least we have running water and a roof over our head and by golly, what did the Pequot's do during times like these? They were hardier then me.  Then I think about the dairy farmers out there milking in sub-zero temperatures and wish them my best.  I think we are all better served if instead I focus on the positive things in our life on the farm.

The first positive thing that comes to mind is all of you brave wonderful people who have signed up for, and survived another Provider Farm Winter Share. We really love having a Winter Share, while not always the most comfortable thing to prepare for, the Winter Share is one of my favorite things we do. It is nice to have our income spread out a little more evenly throughout the year, but even more than the economic peace of mind I just like being able to make our produce available for as much of the year as possible.

It is great to be able to grow enough storage crops to not only feed ourselves through the winter, but to also be able to invite those of our CSA family who are interested, to trudge through the cold months with us. Since the 6th of December when the Winter Share began, we have sent over 12,000 pounds of produce out our door and home with all of you. Now that’s a lot of carrots, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut and kohlrabi! All too often in the winter, our inclination is huddle inside and hide from the world. The Winter Share gives us a great reason to get up, get out there and face the cold head on.

This brings us to our second point of positivity. The Winter Share is ending, that means it’s the end of February. We are only a couple weeks away from firing up the greenhouse and starting our first seedlings for 2015! It may not feel like it now but spring is right around the corner. You can trust me, I’m a farmer, I know these things. Sure we’re not expecting to be wearing flip flops working on our tans any time soon, the days are getting longer and the sun is rising earlier and earlier. Before we know it we will be plowing fields, planting crops and praying for rain.  It won't be long now, I can almost smell it.

Thank you all so much for a fabulous winter, we hope you’ve enjoyed the share as much as we have.

Your Farmers

Max and Kerry

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