We have several workshare positions open if you'd like to trade work for a share.
FairShare CSA Coalition (of which we are a part) is now accepting Partnershare applications. Partner Shares is a cost-sharing program that provides financial assistance to limited-income households for purchasing CSA vegetable shares. Participants can also use SNAP/Food Share/EBT to pay their portion. Follow this link for more information on the program or to sign up. http://www.csacoalition.org/about-csa/partner-shares/Applications can be submitted until March 18, however they are filled on a first come - first served basis!
If you know of a business or person on the east side of Madison who would like to host a dropsite for our shares (and receive a discounted share in exchange) please let me know.
Remaining Winter Share dates: Madison = February 4, 18, March 3, 17. Spring Green = February 5, 19, March 4, 18.
Our 2016 Farm Party will be Sunday July 31. Mark your calendars so you will be free to come see our farm in person and meet other share members.
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In Your Box
We have entered the lean part of our winter share. While there are fewer items in your box, rest assured, they are flavorful, nutritious and tasty!
Spinach - (stems are very tasty also) Spicy Salad Microgreens -see Vegetable Spotlight in this newsletter Lentil Sprouts - Eat plain for a snack or add to a sandwich, pita or salad. See recipe in this newsletter. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Garlic - this is the last of our stores so enjoy! Onion, Yellow & Red - This is also the last of our stores. Some of the onions are smaller in which case, we've included a couple. I've come to prefer the smaller ones because I use the whole onion at one time and don't have to worry about losing the leftover part in the fridge!
Vegetable Spotlight on Microgreens
Frequently called "vegetable confetti," microgreens are young, tender greens that are used to enhance the color, texture, or flavor of salads, or to garnish a wide variety of main dishes. Harvested with the stem, cotyledons (seed leaves), and sometimes the first true leaves attached, they are among a variety of novel salad greens available on the market that are typically distinguished categorically by their size and age.
While they’ve been available for quite some time in health food stores and some specialty farmers markets, microgreens have recently become more widely available in large supermarkets. Their increasing popularity is due partly to their ability to pack a lot of flavor in a small amount, as well as their flexibility in being included in a dish. Mix them to create a small, flavorful and delicately textured salad, or use only one or two greens to give a plate a final touch. Microgreens, in addition to their strong flavors, are also lauded for their health benefits, which can vary depending on the type of microgreen.
Bill holding a tray of microgreens.
Microgreens are most commonly harvested from leafy greens such as kale, arugula, beet greens, onions, radish greens, watercress, chard and bok choy and herbs such as cilantro, basil, chervil, parsley and chives. The taste of microgreens depends on the original vegetable. Microgreens have a very strong and concentrated taste of the original vegetable. This means that cilantro microgreens will still taste of cilantro but in a stronger, more vegetal and condensed format. The health benefits of microgreens are similar to those of sprouts; however, the specific nutritional profile for each microgreen depends on the type of plant it comes from originally.
Greens Versus Sprouts
Microgreens differ from sprouts because sprouts are grown only using water, whereas microgreens are grown with soil. Microgreens absorb minerals from the soil as they grow, increasing their nutritional content. Because microgreens undergo more photosynthesis than sprouts, they develop more nutrients. Microgreens are further developed than sprouts and have a slightly higher fiber content.
removing seed hulls
Nutrients and Health Benefits
The nutritional profile of each microgreen depends greatly on the type of microgreen you are eating. Leafy greens are a good source of beta-carotene as well as iron and calcium. Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and chard are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin.
Storage & Eating Ideas
Microgreen will keep for a week or more in a loosely closed plastic bag in your refrigerator. If you wash your microgreens, be sure to dry or spin them out (line the spinning bowl with paper towel so the tiny greens don't get stuck or fall out) before putting back in the fridge.
Microgreens are too tender to cook, but that doesn't limit the ways they can be eaten! Include in vegetable salads, tortillas, pitas, burritos, sandwiches, on burgers, bagels, toast or pizza (add after cooking pizza), garnish eggs of any kind: scrambled, omelet, quiche, deviled, even fried.
Curried Lentil Sprout Salad
1 cup sprouted lentils
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs. ketchup
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/4 tsp. dill weed
1/2 smallish red onion - diced
1/2 - 1 Tbs. curry powder
salt + pepper to taste
1 tomato - diced
Mix all ingredients (except tomato) together by tossing gently.
Sprinkle diced tomato on top.
Feel free to substitute yogurt for the mayo and another tomato based product for the ketchup.
On the Farm . . . what's happening this week in words and pictures.
The cold temperatures of January have found us. Life on the farm is about keeping water pipes in the barn from freezing and protecting the livestock from the biting winds. A few of the older chickens have succumbed, but that is both natural and expected for this time of the year. I take comfort in knowing they enjoyed a free-range existence, contentedly scratching the dirt and grasses for insects and worms, as a chicken should.
This week saw the birth of the first baby goat of 2016. Rosa birthed her first, a billy or boy. We are having disagreements on his name. Some possibilities include: Rory, Rocky, Rufus, or Rosco. I’m really pushing for a name starting with the letter “R.” It helps me remember who’s baby he is, but Aidan and Marlee don’t like any of my ideas. They haven’t come up with any alternatives, so I may soon start calling him one of my choices. After spending months agonizing over my children’s names (Bill wasn’t nearly as concerned as I was) and years of naming goat kids, dogs, kittens and even chickens, I count naming an animal quickly and efficiently as part of my skill set. But it isn't up to just me anymore.
The un-named billy is tiny and adorable. However, his mother seems confused. She birthed him on her own under the cover of night and licked him clean. She calls to him often, seeming to be concerned for his whereabouts, but she is totally adverse to suckling him. He gets close to her swollen udder, and her back legs go up in the air as she jumps away. Sometimes she even turns her head to butt him away, offended by the very idea of nursing. He’s not giving up easily though. His tactic of wearing her down can be an effective strategy for a youngster, as any parent in the checkout lane of a grocery store will tell you.
Bill constructed a small pen for them. It is attached to the main one, and Rosa can see and smell her herd mates while being in close contact with her baby – promoting bonding. We are helping out these first days to make sure the baby stays strong and gets all the benefits of the first milk or colostrum. We give Rosa molasses-sweetened feed while Bill holds her still, and I help the kid find the nipple. So far, Rosa isn’t sold on the idea. She tries to wriggle free or even lies down restricting access.
I can relate to her reluctance. When Liam, my first, was born a few weeks early, eager to nurse but not latching onto my breast, I underwent a seemingly non-stop campaign of nursing and pumping to provide him with nourishment. It actually only lasted a week as he matured quickly and started sucking. A week seems like a miniscule amount of time now, but then, it was never-ending. My body was tired from the physical and emotional strains of birth. And then, with barely more than a few moments to catch my breath and bask in the joy of the healthy baby, I faced the challenges of breastfeeding. We were both newbies and had a lot to learn. I can still feel the sting of sore nipples, and the anguish I felt worrying over whether or not I could feed him. Would I let this little guy down? Would Bill be disappointed in my mothering abilities? I cried a lot. It was definitely hard but, in hind site, worth every minute. It made me passionate in my devotion to my children and grateful to be a woman. How else would I have known the great satisfaction and partnership I felt when we did figure it out? I was high on the oxytocin my body produced. I was in love. I felt sorry for my husband as he could only experience the ecstasy of motherhood through me. I was the luckiest person in the world!
I doubt Rosa will have all these feelings, but I know she and her baby will figure out their nursing relationship, too. And it will be one of negotiation, as any relationship is, growing (in all senses of the word!) and satisfaction. Lucky them!
Marlee holding Rosa's baby. Help us name him.
Let us know which name (from above) you like, or if you have a different idea.
Have a good week,
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