See the greens that I promise exist pictured about. They are coming! In the meantime, roots, roots, roots.
Stockbridge Farm Members: We will be sending out an order form to be used. Orders should be placed by Sunday night for pick-up Tuesday evening at Positively Chiropractic (thank you ladies!) between 4:00 and 6:45 pm. More details in the order sheet.
We will be in Shed five (inside!) at Eastern Market tomorrow. We are still new there and getting moved around. Please look for us. We may be by the doors on the North Side of the building- that is a good place to start looking.
I know you have seen these pointy, lime green cabbage at market! Did you know they are tender and sweet? They carry a meal! Here is a unique way to enjoy them.
Roasted Arrowhead Cabbage: Cut the cabbage into wedges, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme. Roast for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. A dusting of parmesan cheese just before finishing is optional.
We got a dusting of snow! I miss the snow of last year. It was thick and quieting. I don't really miss the super cold we had, but the snow. And the prospect of ice skating on whatever lake I wanted.
The warm weather this past week has been really enjoyable. And the sun. In the gray times of Michigan's winter, slivers of sunshine and string lights are the only way through. We can control the influx of string lights (you should see our kitchen!) but the sun is on its own schedule. As we knew, the warm weather couldn't last forever. It will be cold cold by the end of the week.
This weather change that we are experiencing is bringing a lot of wind. As the air warms and rises, it leaves a low pressure area begging to be filled. In comes the cold air. Wind with a farm is stressful. Before the farm, wind was a portal. I could feel the big systems that we are a small part of. It was like getting a glimpse of the big magic. While that is still true, and could still be visible, it is often overshadowed by the threat of destruction. Our structures seem flimsy when up against the all powerful wind.
Our caterpillar tunnels, the ones with the greens you see pictured, are such structures. Especially with the rain softening the ground that their stakes are holding on to. We had an even last week when the plastic, loosened by the warmer weather, slipped off to the side. Kindly, it was still belted in with cord, but it was an effort to pull it back on. This week, we were more ready. We have been maintaining our caterpillar tunnels diligently, checking rebar and tightening plastic. We have found that on windy days, regular checks are imperative. It takes a lot less time to maintain than it does to recover.
We are going to dramatically extrapolate that theme into our lives. Maintain rather than rush and rebuild.
Onward and upward!
Helen writing for the Lake Dividers
- Looking to join our CSA or renew your membership? Find more details here. The basics? Open an account with us, get a bonus, and use your account to purchase produce with us at any of our markets. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask.
- We are hiring! We have 3 full-time and 3 part-time positions opening up for the 2019 season. You can find details about the jobs on our website here. If you or anyone you know may be interested, please send us an email or pass along the information.
- We are accepting workshares both on the farm and at market. Please email for details.
Fresh From the Field!
All manner of deliciousness:
Kohlrabi- beautiful meal sized kohlrabi and tender petite
Radishes: Classic (with greens! May be limited), White Daikon, Green Daikon, and Watermelon radish
Turnips: Purple top and golden roasting turnips
Turnabaga- Turnip-Rutabaga cross! Delicious, sweet and crisp!
Markets, always rain or shine!All good things come to an end: The Wednesday Ann Arbor Farmers' market and the Saturday Chelsea market will return in May after a winter haitus.
Saturday: Ann Arbor and Detroit's Eastern Market
The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. The market runs from May thru December, 7 am to 3 pm and January thru April from 8 am to 3 pm.
The Eastern Market in Detroit is located about a mile northeast of downtown. It covers about 43 acres, bounded by I-75 on the West and Gratiot Avenue on the South. It runs year round from 6am – 4pm