THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES
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We are happy to be back with you guys! Much of our break was rained out sadly. However, when it didn’t rain, we very were productive! From mulching to planting to planning – ah a farmers life!
New to the market this week are Collards Greens. We have had several losses with these due to the ground being so wet. So these are in limited supply. Also on the market we have Green Mustards, Premier Kale bundle, Kale Salad Blend, & Pepper Jelly. Peas & various Lettuce plantings are coming along nicely and there is a slim chance we will get more planting done on Monday. Till next week – from our family to yours!
Broccoli, being a cool weather crop, is loving these warmer temperatures a little too much. The florets that make up the broccoli heads are immature flowers. Every plants goal in life is to flower and produce seeds. Unfortunately, even though edible, those pretty yellow broccoli flowers just aren’t quite as tasty. Personally I love the stems best anyway, so I’ll be keeping all those flowering stems for me….the chickens get the flowers.
Cooked up some of the oldest and I assumed toughest, Senposai leaves. They were awesome! Even the “big old” stems cooked up tender and sweet in just a few minutes. These greens are very tender, but held up better than spinach. Will be using these as a spinach substitute in recipes.
Here’s 1 of our favorite spinach recipes. I’m going try use Senposai next time.
Creamy Chicken with Spinach and Chickpeas
1/3 cup chicken broth
8-oz. pkg. Cream Cheese, cubed
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed, divided
1/4 cup Zesty Italian Dressing
8 small bone-in chicken breast s (3 lb.) (I use boneless, cut in bite size pieces.)
4 slices Baked Cooked Ham, chopped
2 pkg. (6 oz. each) baby spinach leaves
Blend broth, cream cheese, pepper and 1/2 cup chickpeas in blender until smooth.
Heat dressing in large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook 8 min. or until browned on all sides, turning occasionally. Add ham and remaining chickpeas. Pour cream cheese sauce over ingredients in skillet; cover with lid. Simmer on medium-low 15 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF).
Add spinach; cook, covered, 5 min. or until spinach is wilted.
DANNY’S GREENS: Danny reports that ALL his beds are in production now and he’s able to list full weekly quanities of greens despite the slower winter growth. His garden is loving the recent spring like weather and all the bed covers are in place, ready for cooler temperatures. No matter what type farming one does, you can do everything perfect, yet remain at the mercy of nature’s forces. Last year a hard freeze killed ALL the lettuce beds and it took a few weeks to get back in production. We’re hoping that don’t happen again!
Viki shared some cute photos of her goat standing on a pig. The pig was ok with it for maybe 5 minutes!