THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES
We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.
AVALON FARMS: We’re trying out some new pepper varieties this year. Here are the 2 we have available now.
Carmen is a traditional Italian frying/roasting pepper known for its horn shape and wonderful sweet flavor. They are great for roasting, grilling, frying or any other way you use sweet peppers.
I’ve been using them with this squash recipe. It is heavenly!!
****Disclaimer. I usually double or triple this, plus use lots of extra squash. (3 small zucchini? Who are they kidding?)
2 tablespoons butter
3 small zucchini, sliced
1 small sweet red pepper, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, red pepper and onion; cook and stir 10-12 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
2. In a small bowl, whisk flour, milk, salt and pepper; stir into vegetables. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until sauce is thickened and doesn’t taste like raw flour. Add water if it becomes too thick.
3. Add cooked chicken or sausage for a complete meal in a bowl!
Emerald Fire Jalapeno boasts extra large and very tasty jalapeno fruits that are perfect for stuffing, grilling or using in salsa. Emerald Fire produces gorgeous, glossy green peppers with thick walls that have very little cracking, even after maturing to red. 2,500 Scoville units
Garlic. This year’s garlic is huge! If you remember last year my garlic was very small. (Very sad.) Apparently I planted it too late. This year I planted those babies out last Fall and they did great. They will be sold by 3 sizes; small, medium and extra large.
BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers!
How are you? I’d like to say that we are rested but that is just NOT the case! Our blows however have not been striking the air! We HAVE been productive. We finally caught up with weeding garden beds, planted next planting of beans, pruning squash & tomatoes and more!
This week we will be listing our Cucumber Lemon Detox Water on the Market page. We wrote about its benefits in the May12th weblog. During our break we have also explored a recipe for Kale Salad. We feel we have perfected it and are ready to share. Check it out also!
“WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER”
Tip# 3 Mulch
This is one simple thing you can do for them now that will help in many ways over the long run—mulching.
Choose your mulch wisely. There are some that certified but most are not. If you choose to go the organic route (our choice), Working Cows dairy in Slocomb is a good place to start. We spoke with them last week and their prices are unbelievably reasonable!
After a good rain or good watering, apply about 2 to 4 inches of mulch to your already weeded garden. After initial application, water once more. Periodically sprinkling DE (Diatomaceous Earth) into the mulch on dry days will help control insects.
Have a good week! From our family to yours!
GRIER ACRES: Great news! Jeannie and I finally closed on the sale of our house in Dothan on June 8th and we are now living full time on the farm. That means we will have more time to devote to growing wonderful products for the wonderful customers of Market at Dothan.
The first thing we did when we got over there was to get on the tractor and mower and spend the day catching up on the grass after three weeks of absence.
HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends it’s been super busy around here and we’re all getting acclimated to some new changes that have taken place. One major one for us is that Brandon who has worked nights for the past 2 years, just recently switched to days!!!!! As you can imagíne we are all excited to have him alert and awake during the daylight hours.
Now that Brandon is on days, he is able to see just how much comes from our garden and his appreciation has grown. He has been doing these walkthroughs, where he asks questions, points things out to me, and makes suggestions. It’s really great! Plus I get to extend his “honey do list.” Ssshhh! Just don’t mention it to him…..
You will not find us on the Market this week. Some downtime is in order. So this weekend, will be busy pruning trees, moving birds, cleaning coops, and tackling this powdery mildew that has taken hold of my squash plants. After that….we’re taking it easy! So enjoy and we hope to see you soon!
MAYIM FARM: We will be in vacation mode for a couple weeks…going to visit the new grandbaby in California! Our seventh, Raelynn Grace…
Hi all! I’m excited to be back at the market! This week I’ll be selling sunflower microgreens and flower bouquets. I hope to add more products as my (late!) garden comes along.
Here’s a tasty and simple salad recipe:
Microgreen and Radish Salad with Lemony Garlic Vinaigrette
4 oz of sunflower microgreens
3 small radishes sliced thin
½ cup of olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp dried basil or 4 or 5 fresh leaves
¼ tsp Pepper
1 tsp salt
Combine sunflower microgreens and radish slices in bowl.
Combine dressing ingredient in jar, put the lid on (tightly!) and shake. Add to your salad and store the extra in the refrigerator. It should keep for at least a week.