Chard – This is our first picking off the first chard planting. These colorful bunches will be younger tender leaves and will be great lightly steamed or sautéed. Carrots – First out of the patch will be young and delicious. Use the tops as a salad green or herb! Winterbor and Curly Roja Kale – This is our first outdoor garden planting of kale and these curly green and reddish-purple kale leaves will be a delicious salad or a great addition to the cooked part of the meal.
Cedar has been keeping a close eye on things around the farm. For now he likes to run through the garden sprinkler and chase calves, but soon he will be our premier pest control expert and you may see him working the garden before too long.
Last year our peas suffered from fusarium wilt at a young age and were severely stunted. We were barely able to harvest anything out of our patch. This year I’ve got a small patch trellised in one of the hoop houses, which will start bearing snap peas this week, and the garden patch is looking strong. The plants are climbing vigorously up the trellis and are starting to flower. Unfortunately a ground hog or rabbit ate the tops off quite a few of the shelling variety plants, but we should have a much better year for peas overall.
My favorite way to use Lemon Balm (Melissa officials) is for a refreshing summer iced tea. Just pour boiling water over some lemon balm leaves and steep. Cool and ice. OR, even easier, pour cool water over leaves and leave in the sun all day. Lemon balm needs to be chopped fine because of the little sharp leaf edges but it’s perfectly suited to being chopped fine in fruit salad or a green salad. It doesn’t do much for a stir fry, for it loses much of its taste. Roasted Lemon Balm Chicken Ingredients 1/4 cup lemon balm leaves, divided 1/4 cup fresh...
Bok Choi (Joi Choi) - White stem, dark green leaf, ready for anything. Makes a great crunchy chopped salad, loves a quick hot stir fry, grilled, ... Whole Chickens - Look in the fridge for chickens we have just slaughtered any time after 10am on Thursday. We have the freezer stocked now and will continue to for a good while.