Austin 2016 Summer Farm Share/CSA – Week 4

We’re expecting our turkey poults to arrive this week.  They are of various heritage breeds and should be just days old when they arrive – in the mail!  Hopefully we’ll have a photo next week.  After these are a few weeks old, we’ll take orders to reserve your holiday turkey.

Winter Squash?

We have “winter” squash in our summer shares this year.  You may ask: Winter?  in June in Texas?  Well winter squash just means a variety that will keep for several weeks or even a couple months in cool, dry storage.  They are usually harvested in fall and stored.  That way you can have garden produce even in the dead of winter.  They grow year-round and we have them now and should continue to have various types through the fall.  So if you have extra produce in your share, you might set aside the winter types, knowing you can use them at your leisure.  Many summer vegetables won’t keep long so it’s best to use them quickly, while these winter varieties will give you more flexibility in meal planning.

Here’s our expected harvest this week:

Full Share: Squash, 3 winter squash, Basil, Okra, 2 Tomatoes, 3 onions, Eggplant, Peppers, Melon, Cucumber, 2 Garlic

Half Share: 2 winter squash, Basil, Okra, Tomatoes, 3 onions, Eggplant, Peppers, Garlic

check back for a photo later this week as we harvest and pack shares

Recipe

We love pickled red onions and we are planning to make some homemade this week! Here’s an easy recipe you can try too:  Quick Pickled Red Onions

Updates Throughout the Week

Check out our Instagram (@blessingfallsfarm) or Facebook page to keep up with our farm.

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Austin 2016 Summer CSA/Farm Share – Week 3

This week we’re having a “Five Day Farm Feast”.  Our goal is to eat from our farm’s produce, eggs, and meats as much as possible, making everything from scratch for five days.  Breads, sauces, pestos, yogurt, sour cream, cheese – all from scratch.  We’ve done this in the past for single meals so are stretching ourselves to several days now – breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  We’re allowing some exceptions (seasonings, coffee, chocolate!) but trying to use only what we’re harvesting or have preserved from the garden along with our own turkey, venison, and grass fed beef.  We’re also allowing milk, wheat, and pork since we’re either raising these now or intend to within the next year.  Please check out our daily Facebook updates to see some of these meals.

Here’s our expected harvest this week:

Full Share:  Tomatoes (double portion), Okra, Peppers, 2 Cabbages, 3 Onions, Squash, Cucumber, 2 Winter squash, Rosemary, Basil, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Beans or extra cantaloupe

Half Share: Tomatoes, Okra, Peppers, 2 Cabbages, 2 Onions, Winter squash, Rosemary

Blessing Falls Farm Share, Summer 2016 week 3 (clockwise from top left): Cherry tomatoes, cantaloupe, Rosemary, onions, cucumber, basil, okra, eggplant, green cabbage, jalapeños, red cabbage, summer  squash (lemon), slicing tomatoes, winter squash (spaghetti)

Blessing Falls Farm Share, Summer 2016 week 3: Cherry tomatoes, cantaloupe, Rosemary, onions, cucumber, basil, okra, eggplant, green cabbage, jalapeños, red cabbage, summer squash (lemon), slicing tomatoes, winter squash (spaghetti)

Recipe

Here’s a favorite we just had in our “Farm Feast”.  It uses the cabbage and onions in your share, plus ground beef for those who have added beef to their weekly order.  You can also add rosemary or basil as seasonings.   Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

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The Third Plate – Book Review

In The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, author and chef Dan Barber shares his insights into the global food ecosystem. Barber’s compelling stories are rich in history and read somewhat like a mystery, as he takes the reader on various treks searching for rich food traditions around the world. So many of these traditions are being lost in our modern, fast-paced, push-button society and Barber shows how this is such a shame and how these traditions can be restored and nurtured.  From fish to pork to grain to kitchen to table, this book has something to interest everyone – whether amateur gardener, budding chef, soil scientist, sociologist, economist, or anyone up for a fascinating story.

Unfortunately, the narrative also has more than a dash of profanity, including the speech of Barber himself. It’s unnecessary and ruins the book. He should have left that out and this book would get a full five stars from me. Though the author admiringly wants to restore traditional food, he unfortunately contributes to the vulgarity and crudity of modern society by propogating profanity. If the author cooks half as well as he writes, his meal must be truly wonderful! But I would skip the meal time conversation seasoned with four letter words.

More details and reviews on The Third Plate

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Austin 2016 Summer CSA/Farm Share – Week 2

As hoped, we received our beef back from the butcher last week.  So we have plenty of ground beef and bones for broth to share with members.  We have limited amounts available to others.  We’re also hoping to begin raising holiday turkeys soon, possibly heritage and/or broad breasted breeds depending on what folks are most interested in.

And we have a few more produce shares available for the summer season, available with optional eggs, ground beef, and flowers.  Please contact us if you’d like more information on the beef, turkeys, or summer shares.

Here’s our expected harvest this week:

Full Share: Tomatoes, Peppers, Cabbage, Beans, Cucumbers (double portion), Zucchini, Summer Squash, 2 Winter squash, Eggplant, Okra, Carrots (double portion), Basil, Cantaloupe or extra Tomatoes, 2 onions

Half Share: Tomatoes, Peppers, Cabbage, Cucumber, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Beans, Onion, Carrots

Blessing Falls Farm Share Summer Week 2. Top: Peppers, zucchini, beans, onions, tomatoes Middle: okra, carrots, basil, cabbage, cucumbers  Bottom: eggplant, cantaloupe, acorn squash, summer squash

Blessing Falls Farm Full Share Summer Week 2. Top: Peppers, zucchini, beans, onions, tomatoes Middle: okra, carrots, basil, cabbage, cucumbers Bottom: eggplant, cantaloupe, acorn squash, summer squash

Recipe

Try this summer time recipe with your zucchini this week!

Blueberry/Zucchini Squares

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Austin 2016 Summer CSA/Farm Share – Week 1

Flower Arrangement Delivered Weekly

Flower Arrangement Delivered Weekly

This is the first week of our Summer season and the weather seems to have changed seasons as well – from cool and rainy last week to warm and sunny this week.  Remember we have eggs, ground beef, and flower arrangements you can add to your weekly produce order.  Thanks to all of you continuing with us from the spring, and welcome to our new members who joined for the summer!

Here’s the expected harvest this week:

Full Share: 2 summer Squash, 2 Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Peppers, Cabbage, Green garlic, Onion, Beets, Carrots (triple portion), Thyme, Spaghetti squash, Chard, Kale, Okra, Edible flowers, Eggplant

Half Share: Summer Squash, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Eggplant or peppers, Spaghetti squash,  Cabbage, Green garlic, Onion, Beets, Carrots (double portion),  Thyme

Blessing Falls Summer Farm Share, Week 1 (clockwise from top left) Chard, kale, zinnias, tomatoes, thyme, lemon squash, spaghetti squash, zucchini, cucumbers, onion, eggplant, beets, peppers, green garlic, cabbage, okra, carrots

Blessing Falls Summer Farm Share, Week 1 (clockwise from top left) Chard, kale, zinnias, tomatoes, thyme, lemon squash, spaghetti squash, zucchini, cucumbers, onion, eggplant, beets, peppers, green garlic, cabbage, okra, carrots

Recipe

Try this super simple spaghetti squash Alfredo this week!

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole (Serves 4)

Ingredients:
– 2 spaghetti squash
– 1 jar (10-15 oz) Light Alfredo Sauce (or try MOMables Homemade Alfredo Sauce)
– 1 and 1/3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
– salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:
1. Place squash on a rimmed baking sheet. Make 2-3 vents in the squash by poking deep slits with a sharp knife. Bake in oven for 60-65 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
2. Cut squash in half, length wise, and scoop out seeds.
3. With a fork, shred the inside of the squash, forming your “spaghetti noodles”. Season with a little salt and pepper.
4. Now add in 1/4 cup of Alfredo sauce to each squash half. Mix well until all your squash noodles are covered. Top with 1/3 cup of shredded cheese.
5. Place squash under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until bubbly and melted.

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Austin 2016 Spring CSA/Farm Share – Week 10

This is the last week of our Spring season, followed immediately by our 10-week Summer season starting next week.  Several shares remain available for the Summer season if your friends or neighbors are interested.

Expected harvest this week:

Full Share: Fennel, Blackberries, Peppers, Kale, Tomatoes or okra or Eggplant, 2 Squash, Cucumber, Onion, Rosemary, Chard, Beans, Beets (double portion), Carrots (double portion), Green garlic, 2 Cabbage, Amaranth leaves or Radishes

Half Share: Squash, Cucumber, Onion, Rosemary, Chard, Beets, Carrots (double portion), Green garlic, Cabbage

Blessing Falls Spring Week 10 Full Share (clockwise from top left) Carrots, chard, beets, beans, blackberries, tomatoes, onion, squash, fennel, amaranth, peppers, kale, Rosemary, cabbage, green garlic, cucumber

Blessing Falls Spring Week 10 Full Share (clockwise from top left) Carrots, chard, beets, beans, blackberries, tomatoes, onion, squash, fennel, amaranth, peppers, kale, Rosemary, cabbage, green garlic, cucumber

Flowers

Farm Grown Fresh Flowers

Farm Grown Fresh Flowers

There’s still time to sign up for our flower shares! We design unique, fresh arrangements and deliver them along with your veggies. Make someone’s day with a gift of our bright flowers or simply enjoy their summer beauty in your own home! Four weeks of stunning flowers for just $36!

Recipe

Try this yummy carrot cake recipe with your farm fresh carrots!

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Austin 2016 Spring CSA/Farm Share – Week 9

Blessing Falls Farm - Minibel heirloom tomato

Blessing Falls Farm – Minibel heirloom tomato

We’re nearing the end of our Spring season with Summer starting in just two weeks!  Cucumbers and squash are ripening now and it won’t be much longer on the tomatoes.  We’re still harvesting cool season crops cabbage, kale, and carrots.  Blackberries have peaked but are still strong.

Here’s the expected harvest in this week’s farm shares:

Full share: Green garlic, Onion, 2 Squash, Cucumber, Beans, Chard, 2 Cabbage, Cilantro flowers, Carrots (double portion), Beets(double portion), Cauliflower or fennel, Blackberries, Kale, Amaranth leaves, Dill, Turnips

Half share: Green garlic, Onion, Squash, Cucumber, Beans or kale, Chard, Chinese Cabbage, Cilantro flowers, Carrots (double portion), Beets

Blessing Falls Spring CSA/Farm-Share Week 9 Full Share: (clockwise from top left) Kale, amaranth leaves, squash, Chinese cabbage, onion, beans, chard, beets, carrots, turnips, cucumber, blackberries, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, green garlic, dill, cilantro flowers.

Blessing Falls Spring CSA/Farm-Share Week 9 Full Share: (clockwise from top left) Kale, amaranth leaves, squash, Chinese cabbage, onion, beans, chard, beets, carrots, turnips, cucumber, blackberries, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini, green garlic, dill, cilantro flowers.

Recipe

Green garlic is a specialty item that you can’t find in most stores! It’s harvested at an early stage before the cloves begin to form and is a favorite of chefs. It can be used in the same way as mature garlic, but doesn’t have such a strong flavor. You can use the tender parts of the stalk and leaves to add spring flavor to your best garlic dishes. Try this Beet and Green Garlic Tart this week!

 

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Austin 2016 Spring CSA – Week 8

We’re picking blackberries every evening and hope to have enough for everyone this week, all full and half shares.  Those who came out for our open farm day last week saw the first cucumbers of the season that will be ready for harvest this week.  Also a lots of green tomatoes as well as blooms on the cantaloupe vines.  Eggplant, peppers , watermelon are growing well and will follow those a bit, with the okra and other summer favorites.

Here’s our expected harvest this week:

Full Share:  Chard, Kale (double portion), Turnips, Carrots (double portion), Thyme, Squash, Beans, Dill, Cucumber, Flowers, Cabbage (2), Blackberries, Amaranth Leaves, Beets (double portion), Onion, Radishes

Half Share: Chard, Kale, Turnips, Carrots, Thyme, Squash, Beans or Blackberries, Onion, Flowers, Cabbage

Blessing Falls Spring CSA - Week 8 Full Share.  (clockwise from top left) Onion, thyme, amaranth leaves, blackberries, cabbage, squash, flowers, kale, beans, radishes, carrots, dill, chard, turnips, beets, Chinese cabbage, Portuguese kale

Blessing Falls Spring CSA – Week 8 Full Share. (clockwise from top left) Onion, thyme, amaranth leaves, blackberries, cabbage, squash, flowers, kale, beans, radishes, carrots, dill, chard, turnips, beets, Chinese cabbage, Portuguese kale

Recipe

If you want to preserve some of the cabbage in this week’s shares, try this simple sauerkraut recipe.  We’ve been enjoying the greens and carrots in chopped salads like the one mentioned last week.  But remember it’s easy to preserve the cabbage as sauerkraut – it works for all types of cabbage.

Here’s another favorite the kids might even love….

Creamy Squash with Bacon

Ingredients
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/2 small onion, sliced
1 cups squash, sliced
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 ounce cream cheese
Salt and pepper

Directions
Brown bacon with onions and garlic and cook until onions are soft. Add sliced squash, cream and cream cheese. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until squash is soft and cream cheese is melted. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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Austin 2016 Spring CSA – Week 7

Here’s what’s expected in our Spring week 7 shares:
(Shares may vary slightly depending on field/garden conditions)

Full Share: Carrots (double portion), Swiss chard, Rosemary, Cabbage (double portion), Broccoli or cauliflower, Radishes, Onion, Kale, Mizuna, Turnips, Beet greens, Squash, Amaranth leaves, Bok choy or Fennel, Edible flowers, Beans or Blackberries

Half Share: Carrots, Swiss chard, Rosemary, Cabbage, Broccoli or Cauliflower, Radishes, Edible flowers, Onion, Kale, Squash or Turnips

Blessing Falls Spring CSA - Week 7 Full Share.  (clockwise from top left) Carrots, turnips, cabbage, Bok choy, amaranth leaves, chard, onion, blackberries, Portuguese kale, cauliflower, beets, squash, Rosemary, kale, Chinese cabbage, radishes

Blessing Falls Spring CSA – Week 7 Full Share. (clockwise from top left) Carrots, turnips, cabbage, Bok choy, amaranth leaves, chard, onion, blackberries, Portuguese kale, cauliflower, beets, squash, Rosemary, kale, Chinese cabbage, radishes

Recipes

This week you will receive some edible flowers in your share! We hope you enjoy adding them to your dishes. You may receive cosmos, zinnias and/or cilantro flowers.

Here’s a great blog post by another farm that we really enjoyed reading! They have posted 10 unique recipes that include zinnias!

Another recipe you’ll love is Chopped Salad using many of the varieties we’re harvesting recently.  Here’s a salad we made for Mother’s Day last Sunday.  Simply chop, dice, and mince the following into a large bowl and enjoy.  Optionally serve with ranch dressing.

Blessing Falls Spring Garden Chopped Salad

Blessing Falls Spring Garden Chopped Salad

1 cup Cabbage – chopped
1 cup Beet Greens – chopped
1/2 cup Broccoli – chopped
1/2 cup Cauliflower – chopped
1/2 cup Carrots – diced
1/2 cup Cucumber – diced
1/2 cup Avocado – diced
1/4 cup Dill – minced
1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

try adding other varieties from this week’s share: squash, radish, chard, etc.

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Austin 2016 Spring CSA – Week 6

We continue to receive beneficial rains and so far the farm has been spared from severe weather.  A few more calves are expected, the blackberries are beginning to ripen, and our new pigs are settling in well.

Here’s what’s expected in our Spring week 6 shares:
(Shares may vary slightly depending on field/garden conditions)

Full Share: Chard (double portion), Radishes (double portion), Dill, Carrots, Beet greens (double portion), Cabbages (double portion), Broccoli or cauliflower, Kale (double portion), Mizuna, Onion, Lettuce or squash, Edible flowers or microgreens, Turnips

Half Share:  Chard, Radishes, Dill, Carrots, Beets, Cabbage, Broccoli or Cauliflower, Kale, Mizuna, Onion

Blessing Falls Spring CSA - Week 6 Full Share.  (clockwise from top left) Carrots, Swiss chard, broccoli, edible flowers (cosmos), dill, kale, radishes, red cabbage, green cabbage, beets, squash, Portuguese kale, onion, mizuna, turnips

Blessing Falls Spring CSA – Week 6 Full Share. (clockwise from top left) Carrots, Swiss chard, broccoli, edible flowers (cosmos), dill, kale, radishes, red cabbage, green cabbage, beets, squash, Portuguese kale, onion, mizuna, turnips

Recipe: Try these beautiful baked beet chips!

Ingredients
3 medium-large beets, rinsed and scrubbed
Olive or canola oil
Sea Salt + Black Pepper
2-3 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place oven rack in the center of the oven.
Thinly slice beets with a mandolin (or a sharp knife), getting them as consistently thin as possible. They should curl a little when cut. This will ensure even baking and crispiness.
Divide between two baking sheets and spray or very lightly drizzle with olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and the rosemary. Toss to coat, then arrange in a single layer, making sure the slices aren’t touching.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crispy and slightly brown. Be sure to watch closely past the 15 minute mark as they can burn quickly.
Remove from oven, let cool. Then serve.

We also made Radish Greens Soup last week.  We simplified it by not using the food mill or straining it – instead we used our stick blender right in the pot.  Even our picky 8 year old loved it!

Find lots of other great recipes for this week’s veggies on our Pinterest page

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