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FULL SHARE DELIVERY TO ALL LOCATIONS; HALF SHARE DELIVERY FOR FREDERICK, SILVER SPRING, DC, AND TAKOMA PARK
The heat arrived right as summer did! Everyone in the garden had beads of sweat by 9am today! We welcome the heat, however as it will encourage the fruits of summer to multiply and ripen. The cherry tomatoes are loaded with green fruit, absorbing the heat of the sun should transform them fiery red. The zucchinis were loaded with young fruit last time I checked, yesterday, which means they most likely are an inch longer by now at the rate they grow. We hope to include summer squ
ash in your shares in the next week or so.
|Squash Tendril |
As the summer fruits are ripening, the spring planting is reaching maturity and will fill your bags again this week. The end of garlic scapes will be sent home this week, and will not return until next spring. I have some pesto frozen, but have eaten most of it as usual. It's so good with eggs for breakfast, in pasta, on a burger, just about on anything! As the scapes depart, the basil arrives! We will send a small bag home this week. It seems to become abundant about the time the tomatoes ripen. How perfect it is all orchestrated!
The sweet peas are abundant and still full of flowers, so we expect a couple more weeks to enjoy them. The green beans are beginning to unfold their first flowers, and may be ready to share just as the sweet peas finish. We have a bed of sweet white turnips ready to harvest, more spring radish's and another helping of new potatoes. If you like smoothies on these hot days of summer, adding a leaf or two of kale is great way to add nourishment in a sweet cool treat. It's the only way my kids really enjoy kale. Just make sure you blend it all the way!
Smoothies don't really need a recipe, you can experiment and find your own favorite mix. To inspire you, and show you how many possibilities there are, check out this link for some ideas. It's a raw sight and doesn't include dairy. I personally like to add yogurt to mine.
I have spent a couple weeks pondering whether or not to include this in your share. I mean, it's a weed, and we shouldn't give out weeds...should we? However, it's an edible weed, and as I spend quite a bit of time pulling it from beds, I decided to change my perception on the matter. This was settled as a friend up north emailed me and said she doesn't bother with spinach anymore, because the lambs quarter comes up in abundance on it's own and is just as good..and I agree, it is
|Lambs Quarter |
It is an opportunity to share something new with some of you. I remember the first time I discovered a wild native plant patch (chickweed) and it awoke something with in me. In a world where we aren't all raised in an environment that connects us the earth, I found it touching to reach down and eat from the wild earth. Everything we eat comes from the earth in some way. This is a reminder to me of how generously we are cared for and how dependant we are on the Creator who bestows us with so many seeds of possibility and brings them into fruition for us to receive nourishment. The lambs quarter that offers itself to us in the garden, was not sown by our hands. Its was carried there by the winds maybe, and while we pull much of it, so the zucchini's and such we love have space to grow, I thought it would be nice to enjoy some of it, and remember how amazing this creation is. I hope that as we are more connected with the food we eat and more appreciative of it's source, it will cultivate deeper reverence and more conscious choices as we choose the foods that sustain us.
You can use Lambs Quarter as you would spinach. Try it in a smoothie, in an omelet, or chopped up in a salad...experiment. You just might find it popping up in a garden near you.
|Thank you for joining us this season to share in the harvest and all of it's beauty, nourishment, and healing.
Please contact us any time with questions. You are always welcome to come visit!
Peace and Blessings~
|Unity Music Festival|
at the Farm of Peace!
Eclectic mix of music
Fun for all ages
Edible plant walks
Tour the garden and pick up your share while your here!
| This Weeks Harvest|
|Turnips |Sweet White Turnips
Young lettuce mix
Red Winter Kale
Spicy Peanut, Carrot, & Snap Pea Wrap
Makes 6 Servings
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter, unsalted
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons water
6 tortillas (10 inch diameter)
2 cups carrots, grated
2 cups sugar snap peas, chopped
In a small bowl, whisk peanut butter, chili sauce, soy sauce,
and water to blend. Evenly divide mixture between tortillas
and spread in a rectangle down the middle of each, leaving a
small border. Evenly top rectangles with carrots and snap
peas, then roll-up burrito-style, cut into portions if desired, and
Summer Radish Dip
|2 cups greek yogurt *
1 small bunch scallions, chopped
1 bunch red radishes, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients.
Use as a spread on whole wheat bread or as dip with pita bread.
* Greek yogurt is best for this recipe as it has a firmer texture.