We’ve been creating in the kitchen again. For the holidays we candied our own farm grown Khing Yai Ginger in organic cane sugar and then dipped it in organic dark chocolate! Continue reading
It’s the end of our third CSA season. Thank you again for participating and supporting our farm! Doug and I appreciate the investment you make into our farm every year and the trust you have placed with us as a supplier of your fresh produce. Continue reading
I was lucky to be able to attend a Lacto-Fermentation presentation by Dan Kuebler at the 2016 Midwest Winter Production Conference. I learned that fermentation is a natural preservation method that has been around for 2000+ years. It is preferable to canning because it produces and preserves the beneficial live cultures that enhance our intestinal flora. It also increases the nutrient content and digestibility of the vegetables. Simple ingredients, easy to make, and best of all, it tastes great!
Homemade Sauerkraut in a Canning Jar
If you haven’t tried baby ginger you are in for a treat. The baby ginger harvest has just started here at OakWoods Farm. Fresh locally grown baby ginger is very different from the mature ginger that you purchase at the store. The beautiful pink and cream colored rhizomes are very tender and mild; there is no need to peel it, you can simply chop and use. In contrast, mature ginger has a tough skin, and fibrous center and is very strong but stores well.
Hello Farm Fans,
A little bit of a salsa kit this week. When I prepare salsa it’s always some of this and some of that. It never turns out the same way twice! So many options. I would love to hear how you prepare yours. For those of you that have opted out of the hot peppers, we are substituting Carmen Italian Peppers which are good in a salsa too! Just not hot.
Here’s my baseline recipe. Use more or less of each ingredient according to your taste: Continue reading
The Ginger and Turmeric are absolutely thriving under Doug’s gentle attention. Although we have grown Ginger before, Turmeric is a new crop for us. It’s beautiful… We are excited about the harvest! Both are tropical plants with tremendous health benefits. And, we treat them with special care. Organic, disease free rhizomes from Hawaii are sprouted indoors on heat mats in our chilly weather in March and April! This year, they are planted out in High Tunnel 2 in June when the soil is nice and warm. By planting in a high tunnel, we expect to extend the harvest season of fresh, local Baby Ginger and Turmeric for you well into November and December. I’ll be sure to let you know when we expect to start the harvest.
And… there are always the goats! The lady cows are also starting to calve so we expect a full farm!
Currently, there are also late season Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant growing in our fall high tunnel. I know that it seems crazy to be thinking about fall but farmers are always planing for the next harvest season. In addition to our current summer season produce, we expect to add lots of fresh, local produce to kickoff of the Winter Market at Webb City Farmers Market this fall!
It’s week 9 of 26 weeks. And as usual this time of year the weeds have kicked our butts! While rescuing the herb garden this week from weeds, I was pleasantly surprised to discover some really nice basil plants. So you will have basil to enjoy with your tomatoes this week. We love fresh Caprese Salad, alternating slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, adding a basil leaf between each, on a large, shallow platter. Drizzle the salad with extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Try it with Terrell Creek Artisan Goat Cheese available locally at Webb City Farmers Market and Oak Street Natural Market. Bon Appetite!
Other than weeding, we are seeding, transplanting, harvesting & trying to stay on top of the daily & weekly tasks of running the farm. And the rains are welcomed!
Here’s what’s in the box this week
Partial Shares: Assorted Tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Primo Red, Carolina Gold, Siberian Kale, Carrots, Basil, Assorted Summer Squash, Marketmore Cucumber, Baby Tendersweet Cabbage
Full Shares: Assorted Tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Primo Red, Carolina Gold, and Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, Siberian or Dwarf Blue Kale, Carrots, Basil, Sweetmint (think 4th of July Mojitos), Assorted Squash, Marketmore Cucumbers, Baby Tendersweet Cabbage, Bananna Peppers, Garden Salsa Peppers
Pick Up Locations
Home Delivery – every Friday afternoonOak Street Natural Market – every Friday 4-6
Webb City Farmers Market – every Saturday 9-12
At the farm – every Saturday 1-5 Let Karen know if you want to pick up at the farm on Friday.
Remember, if you are unable to pick up your box on delivery day, please make alternate arrangements for your produce ahead of time. You can ask someone else to pick up your box for you, you can ask the farm not to make a box for you that week, or you can donate your box and we will get it to a local food pantry. Just let us know. Call Karen at 970-980-9395.
Thank you! We are proud to be your Farmers! Have a great 4th of July!
Karen & Doug