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Harvest Update June 15th

Posted 6/15/2015 12:24pm by John and Aimee Good.


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We have switched from the hot, dry, windy days of May to a weekly intense thunderstorm pattern in June. While we were very thankful for the end to the drought-like conditions, we did get hail last Monday in the storms, which affected some of the crops. As you may have noticed doing your Upick last week, the peas and berries were hit with the hail.

Luckily the berries were very productive and there were still plenty to pick this past week. However, the hail damage and wet conditions did cause spoilage of some fruits. We expect that there will be small amounts to pick this week, which will likely be the last week for berries.

The peas are still growing and flowering, so we expect that the peas this week should be quite nice. We hope to have them for another week or two.

The rains did help many of the crops, including the broccoli, beets, and carrots, which we hope to have over the next few weeks.

 

ATTENTION: PLEASE NOTE!

*Not all of the cheese shares were picked up last week. Be sure to get it this week if you forgot yours last week!

*Fruit shares and pizza shares still available. Check out our Cooperative Shares for more info and signup links.

*Still time to sign up your kids to be a Budding Farmer. Deadline is Wednesday June 24th.

*Please check the Balance Sheet in the barn. All final balances must be paid by June 30th.

 

 THE HARVEST

Broccoli (pictured right) OR Napa Cabbage - (Also called Chinese Cabbage) Napa is a tender, juicy cabbage with thin leaves. Excellent for slaw or stir-fry. Search for recipes under Chinese Cabbage.

Asian Spinach Mix - Tender, mild flavored mix. Can be mixed with lettuce or used alone as salad.  Also can be wilted or cooked gently for pasta, quiche, stir-fry, etc.

Kale -Remove center rib before cooking. Great for kale chips, massaged kale salad, and a simple saute with garlic or onion.

Summer Squash & Zucchini

Scallions Slender young scallions. Chop entire stalk - greens & whites - finely for salads, topping for soups,& baked potatoes, salads, omelets, etc.

Salad mix Our special salad mix is cut from mini heads of multi-leaf (very dense) lettuces, for the best flavor, texture, crunch, and keeping quality!

Hakurei turnips OR Radishes Hakurei turnips are quite mild and almost sweet. Very Versatile - eat it raw in salad or cooked!  Search the Recipe page for Butter-Browned Turnips, Turnip Fries and Tempting Turnip Salad.

 

COMING SOON:  Surrey arugula, Garlic scapes, Cucumbers, Red beets

UPICK: Snap peas, parsley & cilantro, last of the berries

 

RECIPES

Butter-browned turnips - a delicious, juicy, easy side dish. I came up with this recipe this week and our family loved it so much, I made it twice! You can add peas or kale towards the end of the cooking time.

Napa cabbage is coming soon. Most likely it will be ready for Friday or next week. Here are some ideas on ways to use it.  8 Things to do with napa cabbage

I love quiche because it is always delicious, and you can use whatever bits of greens, broccoli, or even grated zucchini (after salting and squeezing out liquid) you have on hand. This Spring Quiche recipe uses an easy crumb crust or a grated potato crust for a tasty & gluten-free option.

 

Enjoy!

As always, if you need an idea for the produce in your share, check our Recipe Page! You can search by vegetable!  

 

 

Your farmers,

 

John and Aimee Good

Quiet Creek Farm

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