Okay, so we didn't get the potatoes in over the weekend. But they're in now! As long as the sprout and make their way out of the soil, we are in good shape. Come on potatoes! And thank you warm weather.
With this mixture of moisture and warm weather, there are lots of little sprouts out there and they aren't all under cultivation. Ragweed, burdock, curly dock, lambs quarters, thistle, and a slew of grasses working on establishing themselves for the season. We are diligently working to knock them back. That's all we can do. I guess, even though battling the weeds is one of our biggest challenges, it would be disturbing if they weren't trying to grow here.
In bird news, as you know I love to share, we have a nesting family of crows in the maple tree by one of our barns! I am so very excited. Young crows stick with their parents for more than a season, with juveniles helping to rear the chicks. If they are successful, you will certainly hear of it from me in the coming months. Yet another reason to cross our fingers.
I hope to see you at market this week.
Ways to support us through these lean times (lean times are almost over now!)?
- Become a farm member through our CSA!
- Here is a link to information about it.
- Here is a link to the sign up sheet
- You balance will stay on the books until the end of the 2023 season.
- Come buy our vegetables at market! Make going to the farmers' market part of your weekly routine. We love to see you and we love our vegetables being part of your meals.
- Invite your friends to come to market with you or introduce them to our vegetables!
- We are still looking for help at market and possibly on the farm. If you know someone that could fit the bill, send them our way.
In this email:
- Generally important notes
- Ann Arbor Members! We will be at the Ann Arbor Farmers' market on the remaining Wednesdays of the Month, starting next Wednesday the 17. We'll look forward to seeing you there!
- Farm Members! Accepting sign-ups for the 2023 Season. Please ask for a sign-up sheet at market or print one (here) and bring it!
- Here is link to our Social Justice page on our website. It is a list of resources to keep active in effecting positive social change.
- Fresh from the Field
- Recipe: Braised baby leeks
- Market Details: Royal Oak and Eastern (shed 2, 276 &274)!
Fresh From the Field-
Microgreens: Arugula, Basil Broccoli, Cilantro, Cress, Mustard, Radish Mix, Watercress
All Manner of Deliciousness
Apples (Al Mar Orchard, certified organic)
Daikon (Purple, Red, and White from Tantre- grown with organic methods)
Purple top turnips
Brassica greens like Arugula and mustard
Recipe: Braised baby leeks
From: BBC Good FoodTender vegetables are braised with chicken stock and thyme for a healthy, low-fat side dish.
Note from Helen: You can easily use vegetable stock and make this vegetarian.
- 280g baby leeks
- knob of butter
- 500ml chicken stock
- handful thyme sprigs, plus extra leaves to serve
- Wash and trim the ends and roots of the baby leeks. Heat a knob of butter in a large frying pan, and add the leeks. Roll them around to coat them in the butter.
- Add the chicken stock, bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and add the thyme. Cook for 20 mins or until tender. Serve with a sprinkling of thyme leaves.
Market Details: We are at market this week
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market- We are starting Wednesdays and will be there next Wednesday, May 17th.
Eastern Market, Shed 2, stalls 276 and 274 (Our regular, outside spot at the center of the shed), Saturday withTyler, Claudia and Aaron! 6 am to 2:30 pm
Royal Oak, Saturday with Amalie and Lisa! 7 am to 1 pm