Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring CSA Week 9 -- Great weather and new veggies!

We have a beautiful week of weather ahead of us, and we have lots to do on the farm!  We just finished transplanting broccoli and more head lettuce into the ground.  Hopefully we'll have broccoli by the end of April.  We're also planting more peas, cabbage and salad ingredients this week, and pretty soon we'll be getting our onion seedlings into the ground (for our summer CSA). 

In other news, we're looking to expand our CSA, and we'd like your help!  If you know anyone that would like to join a CSA, please send them to our website. I also have a few fliers available.  If you'd like to help out by posting in your community or your workplace, please ask for one at our CSA pickup.

This week we have a couple of veggies that we haven't enjoyed for a while-- daikon radishes and salad turnips.  I encourage anyone who hasn't tried daikon to give it a try! I usually eat the whole plant all at once.  I chop up the root and saute it until it becomes soft and then I add in the chopped up greens to my pan to wilt them a little. They marry well with different seasonings, so feel free to add your favorite herbs and spices. The sweet daikon root and and the slightly bitter greens are a great combination!

I also tried a new recipe this week that I'd like to share:  It combines sweet potatoes, spinach, and chickpeas with ginger, garlic and and lots of cilantro.  I made it three different sweet potato varieties, and it looked beautiful on the serving plate.  It got great reviews at my potluck.

Here's what we have this week:

Choose 1: sweet potatoes or seminole squash
Choose 1: daikon radishes or salad turnips
Red radishes
Choose 1: head lettuce or salad mix (now a larger size)
Choose 1: braising mix, collards, senposai, kale, chard, or pac choi
Green onions
Choose 1: cilantro, parsley, or rosemary

Choose 1: sweet potatoes or seminole squash
Choose 1: red radishes, daikon radishes or salad turnips
Choose 1: spinach,  head lettuce or salad mix (now a larger size)
Choose 1: braising mix, collards, senposai, kale, chard, or pac choi
Choose 1: green onions, cilantro, parsley, or rosemary

Friday, March 7, 2014

Market Harvest - Rain or Shine

Friday is our market harvest day, and it happens rain or shine, cold or hot.  Today, it’s rainy and cold.  Oh well!  We still find ways of making a fun time of gathering delicious veggies.    

Meet Brent (seen harvesting cilantro below), our most recent addition to the farm crew.  He joined us a month and a half ago after short stints at other farms in the area.  Brent’s older brother Graham was a previous intern, so the Callaway family is creating a tradition at Piedmont Biofarm.  He brings a cheerful attitude to the work, as he explores whether or not farming might be in his future.    

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Staff Update #3 - Tyler

It might have been especially cold outside today, but don’t underestimate the power of the greenhouse effect. Our five tunnels are heated only by trapping solar energy – no fuel inputs required. So, today while it was in the low thirties outside, we had to vent our tunnels to keep them from reaching temperatures above 85 degrees. We love how these simple structures allow us to provide local food year round, and our staff appreciates the tropical work environment away from the frigid air beyond the plastic bubble.

You can see in the image below that our intern Tyler definitely doesn’t appear to be working on a farm during the transition from winter to spring. Tyler came to us from Michigan this past January to escape the extreme winter conditions there. Responsible for many of our watering needs, Tyler is often found hard at work as our irrigator-in-chief.