13 Jun

Garden News – June 13th, 2015

This is a quick update on the progress in the gardens. If all goes well, I am hoping to start the first share pick up date on July 2nd. We all know that rain is a good thing…especially here in the high plains desert, but too much is too much! I have been beating myself up about not being on time this year with the beginning of the CSA, but Mother Nature is just not working with me. The cool weather slowed everything down by at least 10 to 14 days. Now, we have the full blown heat of this past week and the plants are in shock! Such is the life on the farm. There is absolutely nothing I can do about it, but continue to bless the gardens and do everything humanly possible to make sure that they are productive.

I have worked out the schedule for those of you who have purchased half shares. You will be picking up your produce every other week, in a leap frog way. The majority of you purchased the half share. There will be 15 members picking up every week…some full shares and some half shares.

Week one pick up (July 2nd) will be the following subscribers: From then on, you will pick up your second share on July 16th and every other week from there.

Susan Baak, Jessie Browning, Virginia Bryan, Annika Charter-Williams, Steve Charter, Charis Cravens, David Duke, Pamela Gustafson, James Haney, Halcyon LaPoint, Lindsey James, Paula & Tom Larsen, Vanessa McNeill, John Pugrud, Sonya Whiteley

Week two pick up (July 9th) will be the following subscribers: From then on, you will pick up your second share on July 23rd and every other week from there.

Virginia Bryan, Charis Cravens, Lindsey James, Merita Murdock, Kat Pakora, Alicia Pettys, John Pulgrud, Kerry Sandelin, Sue Tanner, Carol Wardell, Jordan Westerholm, Sonya Whiteley, Nancy Wilkins, Mike Williams

Those of you who purcased full shares will come every week. I trust you know who you are!

I hope this is not too confusing for you. I was ready for a good strong cocktail after finishing figuring it out! This way there will be around 15 of you here every week to pick up your share. It is my hope that we will be able to extend the last pick up date, as we are starting late. We will have to see at the end of fall what the weather will be. I plan on having winter squash, carrots, onions, beets at the end of the season as they can take a light frost and the cooler weather. If its anything like last year there will be a plethora of peppers, eggplants and tomatoes that I have rushed out to harvest before the freeze.

I am trying real hard to communicate with you better and more often, but please know that this is such a busy time for me in the gardens. I have been out there every day from sun up till sun down, seeding, transplanting and WEEDING.

If you need clarification on any of this, just give me a call. I am outside all of the time, but always return my calls.

The markets are full of spinach and strawberries right now, and since it has been so hot, salads for dinner are quick, easy and nutritious without being too filling. I love this Spinach & Strawberry Salad. I hope you give it a try.

Spinach Salad with Strawberries + Pine Nuts

Ingredients:

1 cucumber, peeled and diced
2 1/2 cups spinach
2 cups quartered strawberries
3 tbsp. roasted pine nuts (roasted in a skillet over the stove on medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly)
1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
2 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh chopped dill to taste
Crumbled blue or feta cheese

Instructions

Peel and dice the cucumber, and slice the strawberries.

Roast the pine nuts in a skillet on medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly roasted.

In a bowl combine the cucumber, spinach, strawberries, and pine nuts.

Mix the Dijon mustard, honey, white wine vinegar, and canola oil in a small cup.

Add the dressing to the salad and toss to mix, adding the herbs, cheese, some salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately.