CSA Week 9

Hi Folks,

REMINDER:  Please come to Pick-Up your CSA Box this week!  SATURDAY at the WOLFVILLE FARMERS' MARKET from 8:30am-1pmThere is a bit of choice each week and the earlier you arrive, the more choice!

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FEATURE VEGGIE

ASIAN GREENS:  BOK CHOY

These gorgeous greens are coming to your this week from the field, amazingly!  We've yet to have a good frost (fingers crossed) and they have actually matured so we're all in luck this week.  These greens are also in the Brassica or mustard family and while crisp and tender, there is a bit of a bite to them like zesty mustard which is the telltale sign. It is a type of Chinese (or Asian) cabbage and instead of forming smooth bulbous heads, it has a more upright habit like celery.  There are many varieties in this genetic class, but we've grown a type or Bok Choy for you this week.  They are winter-hardy and hence we can grow them outdoors this time of year and mix up the root veggie routines, Hooray.  Whatever way you eat it up this week, we hope you ENJOY!

FEATURE RECIPE

Whip up a quick side dish, throw it into a quick veggie stiry-fry served with rice or mix it into your rice-noodle soups. 

GARLIC GINGER BOK CHOY 

  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet or pot.
  2. Add in the ginger and garlic, stirring constantly for 15 seconds and making sure the garlic doesn't burn.
  3. Add in the bok choy, stir frying 2-3 minutes or until cooked but still crunchy.
  4. Drizzle the soy sauce on the bok choy and sprinkle on the toasted sesame seeds, tossing to combine.
  5. Season with red pepper flakes to taste.

Thanks to apple-of-my-eye.com for this quick recipe

COLD SESAME NOODLES

A great made-ahead lunch meal. 

Boil the noodles.  Drain and set aside to cool.  Boil the Bok Choy in 3 cups of salted water a mere 30 seconds.  Drain and let cool, then chop.  Mix the rest of the ingredients into a sauce.  Put noodles, Bok Choy and sauce into a bowl and toss all to coat.  Enjoy now or tomorrow for lunch!

Thanks to marthastewart.com for the recipe

DOWN ON THE FARM

The wood is in the wood house and we're toasty warm!  Our old farmhouse isn't too drafty but the winds here are WICKED.  We have an old soapstone wood stove and a heat pump in the living room and between the two, the house is fine.  The kids have cool low energy wall heaters in their rooms on a timer for those REALLY cold nights.  What do you have in your house? 

Joel has also been prepping the ground for our garlic planting extravaganza next wee.  There was a fallow piece that was cover-cropped this summer and then it has been spread with manure from our chickens.  This is all worked into the soil along with our special mineral mix and the land is made into several beds.  We plant it 8" apart all around, three rows to a bed.  The whole bed is then covered with a nice thick layer of straw (to both protect and keep the weeds out next Spring).  We'll be planting about 100lbs this year for a yield of about 400 lbs next fall (hopefully!).  This year we only got about a 3.5 x ratio but we're always shooting for 4 x - next year!  If you'd like garlic in bulk please let us know before it's all gone!

In sad news, we lost a sheep this week.  We only had three and now we're down to two.  We don't know what happened, really and by the time we found her, we couldn't save the meat.  She died some time in the night and we found her in the morning.  Joel managed to take her hide and Ann cleaned it up and salted it to it'll keep until she has time to tan it.  Oh well, this is farm life, but we sure hope the remaining ewe will have some lambs in the Spring!

Finally, we got word this week that MANY of you have not been receiving our weekly e-news. OH NO!  I had heard from one of you, and upon further investigation of the problem, it seems Yahoo and Gmail both "quietly changed their policies regarding group emails" according to our software guru, Mike Caplan at HarvestHand.  So although you may not have been getting our emails, Ann certainly has been writing them each week.  If you missed a few weeks, you can always read them on our website HERE.  Sorry about this, folks.  I've been assured that all is working well now.

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Many thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

 - Joel & Ann