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So here I am at week 8.  Knee deep in the compost, up to my head with beans…when do I get my official title as Farmer Kim? Not quite yet.  Still just the apprentice…overworked, under appreciated apprentice.  Well I guess thats life. 

But enough pouting, lets get down to business.  So the farm has exploded since I last wrote (explosion in only the best way).  Cucumbers are growing so fast we can barely keep up harvesting them all before they over ripen.  I found a zucchini today that was about as big as bambam’s drumstick. We must have picked over 100 pounds of bush beans in the last few days and the tomatoes are showing the first signs of ripening.

It’s exciting.  Now I just have to tap into my inner Julia Child to create beautiful meals with all this wonderful food.  However between farming, cycling, running, taking the farm kids here and there and keeping in touch with everybody I have had little to no time to experiment with the veggies.  I actually made a recipe board for CSA customers to share their favorite recipes using the vegetables from the CSA, however even that is becoming quite the bummer and deteriorating, like our chinese cabbage crop.

So no recipes for now.  I’ll let ya know if I get inspired.

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But I have something even better.  So spending all this time with all these plants I am starting to get to know them pretty well.  Each plant is different variations on the color green, they grow in different sizes, horizontally vs. vertically, their leaves are shaped differently and they all have very distinct textures.  Some plants will leave you itchy (squash) and others will feel like little clouds gracing your skin (husk cherries).  But the most interesting (and in my opinion most beautiful) difference is their flowers.  So I have taken a bunch of pictures of the flowers of the plants followed by the picture of the fruit which grows out of it.  You can try to guess and test your farmer/gardening genius.

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MELON!!

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Peppers!

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Eggplant!

 

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Yellow Beans!

 

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Summer Squash!

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So today was the first CSA pickup at the farm.  Ok just again CSA stands for community supported agriculture and is when the public pays a certain amount of money in order to receive fresh produce from the farm on a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly basis for a certain amount of time. Phew.  

Joining a CSA is not only a great way to support local agriculture, but is also an amazing opportunity to get a whole bunch or fresh produce.  For this first CSA we harvested leaf lettuce, arugala, spinach, radishes, potatoes, parsley and chives.  My head was churning with recipe ideas looking at the fresh dark greens and bright red radishes.  More to come with that!

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Best of all were the people I met coming by to pick up their fresh, organic vegetables.  Former farmers, foragers, fellow New Yorkites and conscious parents looking to lead their children towards health for their body and the planet.  It made me so happy to see a young girl, accompanying her father, begging to pick out the radishes she loved so much.  Now that girl is going to help me change the the food system one day.

Tom the turkey scared a few of the children and the sheep made a little girl smile as the adults weighed their greens.  It felt like very much what it is called, a community.  The very fact that the customers come to the farm, walk through the barn, see the gardens, the hoop houses and talk to us about the things we are planting and the work we are doing gathers the sense of community.  And this community to gathered around food.  Local, organic food that is.

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Completely opposite from the supermarket.  Parents gawk at the potential of taking their child to the grocery store, and starting up a conversation with the register worker is not widely accepted.  Grocery shopping is an errand, a task that must get done and most often an annoyance.  It is a part of the banality of life.

Yet while of course our CSA does not supply everything needed for a family, and therefore further grocery shopping is most likely a necessity, having this opportunity to enjoy getting food and enjoy the trip and enjoy talking to new people is amazing for the adults and kids alike.  And it also may help to encourage more people to get involved with their communities and their local farms.  If food is a joyful thing, something we can celebrate from the growing to the exchanging to the cooking and most importantly the eating, then people will begin celebrating it.  And food should be celebrated.  

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Here is a rough idea for a recipe from the ingredients from this weeks farm CSA.

Roasted Radish Salad with Baked Potato Chips

Roasted Radish Salad

Ingredients

  • Radishes, 3 or 4
  • Arugala, handful
  • Spinach, handful
  • Leaf lettuce, handful
  • Turnips, 2 sliced

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cut radishes into quarters (or slices would work well too)
  3. Place on baking pan with a sprinkle of olive oil and a nice dash of salt and pepper
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until your desired doneness*
  5. Prepare the greens while the radish is roasting by tearing the greens into smaller chunks
  6. Mix the sliced turnips in the salad
  7. Make a vinaigrette by whipping together some red wine vinegar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. A good rule to go by when making vinaigrette is that there should be about twice as much olive oil as there is vinegar, and a little goes a long way so no need to drown the leafs.
  8. When the radishes are done mix them into the salad. The heat from the radishes will wilt the leaves slightly easing the bitterness of the arugala.

Notes

  • * The longer you roast them the less spicy, more sweet they will get.  The first time I roasted radishes I was so surprised how sweet they got! Delish.

Baked Potato Chips

See Link here for this recipe!

Enjoy everyone and listen to Kanye West’s Yeezus ok.