Share Newsletter #7
May 17 - May 25, 2015


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In Your CSA Box This Week:

1. Pea Shoots -
these are microgreens and have lots of nutrients. You can walk around with a few sticking out the corner of your mouth while you munch on them like my children, or you can try the recipes below.
2. Shunkyo Radish - good for snacking or add to the Pea Shoot Stir-Fry below.
3. Sorrel
4. Salad Turnips -
you may have white and scarlet turnips or all white
5. Mixed Leaf Lettuce
6. Ovation Greens - 
mix of mizuna, mustard, arugula, red russian kale. 


Lettuce in field.

Lettuce in the rinse sink.

Fun in the sand. I don't know how Aidan could stand it! 

Calendar & Reminders:

  • The last Spring Share box is next week, May 28 - 30. Remember to bring your boxes back to the drop site. Regarding your last box - either bring your own container to transfer your produce to leaving the box or return the box the following week.
  • We have a few Summer Shares available. If you haven't already signed up and would like to continue receiving fresh, local produce - signup online or email me. If you know anyone else that might be interested in receiving a share, please pass along the information.
  • If someone signs up for a share and mentions your name, you will receive a $10 My Fine Homestead voucher! You can use the voucher to purchase any available products we have - more produce, bodycare, maple syrup, vanilla, eggs, beef, chicken, sauerkraut - anything.
  • Summer shares start the week of May 31-June 6.
  • We will host a potluck farm party Sunday July 29th from 1 to 4pm. All 2015 farm members are welcome and encouraged to come.
Pea Shoot Stir Fry
(source - The Sprout People)
Pea Shoots
Garlic to taste - minced
Ginger to taste - minced or sliced (optional)
Soy Sauce

Heat a wok or pan up nice and hot.
Toss in a bunch of garlic and ginger (optional) and then a whole mess of Pea Shoots or Sunflower Greens (see note).
Stir fry vigorously for a minute or two.
Add some soy sauce in the last 20-30 seconds. Keep stirring.
Serve straight up or over something.


You can use Sunflower Greens If you want a change, but if doing this with Sunnys - cook 'em only barely - they'll wilt very fast.
Pea Shoot Salad with Shaved Parmesan
and Lemon Vinaigrette

(source - Project Foodie)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon white balsamic or white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt
4 to 6 cups lightly packed pea shoots
2-ounce piece parmesan
Freshly ground pepper

In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon zest and juice, garlic, and vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Add salt to taste.

Place the pea shoots in a large bowl. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the Parmesan over the salad. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the pea shoots and cheese and toss to coat. Season to taste with pepper. Serve immediately.

On the Farm . . .

what's happening this week in words and pictures.

This week we put a lot more seeds in the ground - more green beans, more peas, more beets, more spinach, more lettuce, etc. The tomatoes are crowding our little greenhouse as we impatiently wait a few more days for warmer temperatures before moving them to the field.

Saturday we attended the Spring Green Farmers Market Opening & Farm Day. There was a good turn-out despite on and off rain. Along with the produce, bodycare and flowers we were selling, we took three of our baby goats, Gus & Lily (brother and sister) and Johnny English (named after a goofy movie the kids and Bill like.) The goat kids weren't excited about the rain but appreciated the extra attention they received. It was a nice day, and it felt good to be back at market.

Several of my sisters and their families had come for the market and stayed at our place for the weekend to help us on the farm. Early Sunday morning Liam, Aidan and Marlee took their 2 year old cousin, Henrich, out to the goat pasture. There they discovered Gus had had an unfortunate accident probably not long before. He slid his head down into the V-shape of a rotted off tree that was situated along the side of a bank. Once his neck was in the bottom of the V, he apparently couldn't lift it straight back up to get out. He must have panicked and either jumped or slipped off the bank. His feet didn't touch anymore, and he died.

Liam gently removed him from the tree, and they carried him back to find us. Everyone was shocked and sad. It seemed like it couldn't have really happened. Such a freak occurrence. And Gus was a personable, curious, cute goat - it didn't make sense.

It is a lesson that we experience on our farm more than we care to. But even though we do our best to prevent it, it does happen. All around us this spring are signs of new life; baby birds in the nest, vegetable seeds germinating, fragrant lilacs blooming and still . . . Gus died. 

It is hard to understand, and yet it is what it is. We go along being nice people, doing our best at our jobs, caring for others, mowing our lawns and then . . . we are reminded that some things are out of our control. Life ends even when we aren't ready for it to.

We spent some time remembering Gus and his silliness - how he had touched each of us and enjoyed his short life. It was also a time to reflect on how we carry ourselves while we experience our limited, yet nonetheless meaningful lives.

We slowly moved on to the day's tasks - feeding chickens, gathering eggs, planting seeds - all the while treasuring our time together as a family. 



Photograph descriptions:

Some of the field crew for the day shortly before we were poured on.

Photo credits for the edgy cat picture go to my brother-in-law, Beau. It is cool to see our farm through someone else's eyes.

We followed Barb's recipe in the last newsletter for our Sunday morning quiche and everyone agreed - yummmm!

Henrich living his dream - riding a tractor with his Uncle Bill!

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