I am currently obsessed with wheatgrass. It has a fresh, pleasantly bitter, mild sweet flavor when juiced. But beyond that, wheatgrass is one of the healthiest substances you can find on earth. Wheatgrass juice contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which is an important blood builder. It helps to increase production of hemoglobin, normalize blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol and cleanse toxins from your body. Chlorophyll is known to relieve joint inflammation and because wheatgrass contains large amounts of chlorophyll, experts believe that it is effective in treating arthritis. Continue reading
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
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.
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!
Here’s an idea shared by CSA members Ron and Mary. They are avid and creative cooks and I’m always interested in trying their suggestions. This is simply greek yogurt, strawberries, Rhubarb Chutney (Martha Stewart), and almonds.
Spring is almost here and signup for our 2016 Summer CSA is open! We are looking forward to serving you again this year and meeting new friends too. We have really enjoyed being your farmer!
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