CSA Week 9

Hi Folks,

REMINDER:  Please come to the Wolfville Farmer's Market on SATURDAY from 8:30am-1pm to Pick-Up your Veggies!  See you then!

WHAT'S IN MY BOX THIS WEEK?

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

You can still order a SIDE OF PORK or split one with friends, please let us know HERE if you're interested.  If you have already spoken to us, we are working on sending out cutting sheet instructions, expect them very soon in your email box.

We are still processing FREE RANGE CHICKENS and have lots on info on what to do with a whole chicken, too.  You can LOG IN to your account and add it and we'll put the final invoice in after Market and you can pay online (or cash at the Market, too!)

There are lots of items to purchase as extras to your box each week.  Just LOG IN to your account and scroll down the lists.  You can add anything and we'll include it in your box and you can pay online - try it today!

WHAT IS THAT?

LEEKS!

Leeks are members of the Allium family along with onions, shallots and garlic.  They are a mild onion-flavoured vegetable that has seen a large spread and likely was domesticated from the wild version.  The ancian Egyptians had them as well as the ancient Greeks and they were found in Mesopotamia as well over four thousand years ago.  There is a wild version found in North America and known as "ramps" and are more pungent.  Traditionally they are grown in a trench and over the season, more soil is added and they are even hilled up to "blanch" most of the stem, the white part being the most tender.  The dark green tops are not usually eaten, but we save them, put them in the freezer and pull them out when making soup stock or bone broth.  Whatever way you have them, we hope you ENJOY!

RECIPE:  Cheesy Potato-Leek Soup

2T Butter

2-3 Leeks, split in 1/2, cleaned and chopped

1 small onion, diced

1.5 lbs Potatoes, peel & diced in 1" cubes

1/4 t Salt

1/8 t  Nutmeg

1/8 t  Cayenne Pepper

4 c Chicken Stock

1-2 c Milk, Blend or Cream - depends on how rich you like it!

1c Old Cheddar Cheese, Grated

In a soup pot, sautee the leeks and onion in butter, add the potatoes and spices and cover with stock.  Bring to boil and then turn down heat and simmer for 30 min.  Blend in batches or use an immersion blender.  Add dairy product (almond milk works, too!) and cheese to melt.  EASY & DELICIOUS!

Additional Options:  Use chopped bacon instead of butter (or both!), add garlic with the leeks & onion, add a carrot or two with the potatoes, add broccoli in with the potatoes, blend in sour cream with the dairy, use nutritional yeast instead, top with dill and/or chives, too...you get the idea!

DOWN ON THE FARM

Well, we lost our greenhouse last week to the fierce winds just before Market on Friday afternoon.  The winds at the farm were over 80km/hr and the plastic blew off and the hoops fell over.  Not a HUGE loss at this time of year but your winter spinach and tender baby kale was planted in there.  We'll see if it is making a comeback, it took quite a beating and we'll cover it with row cover and maybe a mini hoop-house called a caterpillar tunnel (like the picture here) and we'll see if we can still have some tasty greens for you until the holidays!  Sorry folks...

That said, we have decided to unbend the hoops and put them on the front of our barn and make the greenhouse that way for now (like the next 5 years).  It will face south (and the Bay of Fundy) but will have a barn at it's back and be buffeted from the westerly winds by our house.  It should work out well and the concrete kick wall is now up so Joel is in full construction mode.

We're also still pulling some of the winter crops out but it's supposed to be 18degrees next week so we're not in a panic to get everything out.  Besides, the things that are in the ground now can stand a bit of frost, the rest is in storage.

We also brought home our new Shetland fleece sheep this past week so we'll soon have a full house in the barn.  We have two heifer cows that will be coming home from their summer pasture as well as the draft horse and we're still making preparations for them.  The sheep are lovely and Gracie keeps shouting "sheepy sheepy" when she sees them out of the windows...she's pretty excited, too!

That's all for now, folks.  We're looking for a LARGE deep freezer in efficient working order if anyone knows of one, has an extra they're not using or knows someone who does... we need more room! 

Hope you all have a great week, see you soon!

Joel & Ann

Moon Tide Farm