Winter Share #7  
February 4, 2016

View this email in your browser


3 remaining Winter Share Boxes. The pickup dates are: Madison = February 18, March 3, 17. Spring Green = February 19, March 4, 18.

Spring Shares start Wednesday, March 30th in Middleton/Madison and Friday April 1 in Spring Green, Richland Center, Muscoda.

We have a new email address . Please update in your email contact list to continue receiving this newsletter and other correspondence we send. still works but will no longer be our primary email.

2016 Shares and the Yearly Farm Membership are on sale until February 29. 

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. 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 north or 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.

Our 2016 Farm Party will be Sunday July 31.

All the recipes are on our website.

See previous editions of our newsletter at . Be sure to "Like" our page.

View of barn through our snowy pine tree.

Table of Contents 
 (Click on the links to go directly to an item or scroll down.)


The  east side of the black locust trees in the goat pasture painted white with snow.

Sunflower microgreens waiting to be de-hulled.

In Your Box

Spinach - Winter & early spring spinach is the best - so sweet! Thank the cold temperatures for this treat.
French Garden Microgreens - In this delicate leafy microgreen mix is red clover, arugula, radish, fenugreek, curly cress and dill. The Vegetable Spotlight in the last newsletter has general information on microgreens. See recipe below.

Sunflower Microgreens - We worked hard to remove all the hulls from these but you may find a couple. If attached to the leaves, gently slide it off before eating - the hulls don't taste good. See recipes below.

You can gently rinse the microgreens and spin them in salad spinner, but with tiny microgreens like the French Garden - line the spinner with paper towel or let them air dry. Store microgreens in a loosely wrapped plastic bag in the refridgerator.


Microgreens Salad

You could use any microgreen for this salad.

For the Salad:
1 cup of microgreens
1 blood orange, peeled and cubed
1/2 avocado, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup of shredded carrot or daikon radish
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
For the Dressing:
1 Tbsp. cold-pressed olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 clove chopped garlic (optional)
A dash of salt and pepper

If your microgreens have some soil on them, give them a light wash and air dry them in a colander for a few moments. (They are very fragile so need to be handled with care).
Place them in a bowl and add the remaining salad ingredients.
Stir up your vinaigrette in a little jar and pour on top of the salad.

Yield: 1-2 servings

Sunflower Sprouts Salad Recipe

Sunflower seed microgreens taste nutty, and they’re full of protein – the perfect choice for a savory salad.
1 1/2 cups of sunflower seed microgreen
1/4 cup pistachios
1 cup grated carrot
1/8 cup red onion
1/2 cup chevre
1/2 cup avocado
 1 tablespoon lemon juice
 Sea salt to taste

Chop the red onions very fine, and grate the carrots. Toss, and add pistachios and crumbled chevre. If you’d prefer a milder salad, omit the onions and add more chevre for its tart taste.

To create the dressing, blend half an avocado with a tablespoon of lemon juice, and add sea salt to taste. This salad is best eaten very fresh, so add the dressing and toss the salad immediately before you eat. It serves two as a side salad, or it can be lunch for one.

On the Farm . . . what's happening this week in words and pictures.

We now have six baby goats.

  • Rosa had Panda (my children came up with this name)
  • Isis (named years ago after a woman superhero me and my sisters watched on TV - not the terrorist group) had twins, Diamond & Ruby
  • ChiChi had her first baby, a boy named Romeo (a name suggested by a newsletter reader and loved by everyone)
  • July also had a boy - probably going to be named Roscoe (my mom's suggestion and the second most popular entry)
  • Flower had a girl, Hyacinth. Liam named her after the silly British comedy,  "Keeping Up Appearances."

All the moms are doing well, and all the babies are nursing well on their own. They are strong and spunky. We love this time of year!

I tried to get pictures of the baby goats, and their silly antics but they hardly hold still long enough! When Aidan and Marlee sit in the pen, the babies use them as their own jungle gyms. It looks like torture as the babies jump on them, nibble their hair, cheeks and fingers, and run across their legs - but Aidan and Marlee love every minute! It is hard to watch without smiling.

On the left Marlee is holding Panda (the un-named baby from the last newsletter) still so I can take his picture. On the right, Diamond is nibbling her cheek.

July with her baby. Bill holding Hyacinth - she was a wiggler!

Have a good week,

Enter your email to subscribe to our mailing list:
Copyright © 2016 My Fine Homestead, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp