THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES
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BAIN HOME GARDENS: Greetings Marketeers!
Sending 13 beautiful spring days – from our family to yours!
We enjoyed the break in the heat this week and although we haven’t gotten as much rain as other places, we are happy to have every drop we did get!
We managed to complete and then perfect our Radish Leaf Pesto at the VERY LAST MINUTE on Tuesday! We could have posted earlier but we wanted to be absolutely sure it would appeal to you! It will be on the Market for the next two weeks so take advantage. Why should you? Well the leaf of the radish contains more nutrients than the radish itself. They are packed with properties that help you stay well. As I researched on line I found so many benefits that I wasn’t even aware of! We have referenced those already in other weblogs. Besides all this they TASTE GREAT! If you check our post from Tuesday on the Market page you will see one review on the pesto that should help you decide whether or not it’s for you & your family.
HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello friends! Well the rain finally came! Who doesn’t love that free water from the sky?!?! Our plants love it, we love it, BUT….the chickens well not so much. Most of them go and hide under the coop because there is just no way they are going to go back INTO the coop before dark unless they are laying eggs. The others will literally sit out in the rain, getting soaked, and looking sad. Even Mr. Rooster (our main one) has tried to get the hens under the safety of the coop, but they’re not having it. It’s a sight to see!
Sadly we weren’t able to attend the Market today, but we will be at the next 3! I can’t say for sure if we will have chicken because we sell to our offline customers first. A lot of whom have gotten on a regular rotation. Even with that there have been a few setbacks due my health and the wild animals who decided to make some of our chickens their meal. Thankfully we have secured EVERYTHING and haven’t had any issues since. We have increased our chicken production. They just take time to grow. So we thank all of you for your patience.
You will find this week that we will have our chicken feet, plus livers, hearts, and gizzards relisted! We will also have our salad blend, eggs of course, chopped and ready green onions (we did all the work for you), sprouts, and our new bread. It’s made without grains or flours of any kind. If you’re following a low or no carb diet, it’s a great way to trick your mind into thinking you’re having bread. We hope you try it. In addition we have our freshly dug organic potatoes. We made a beef stew with them the other night and man were they good! Grab some along with some onions from Avalon Farms and don’t forget to try Shena’s Radish Pesto! It’s SO GOOD! Mulberries are still on hold, but a few should be back next week. See you guys soon.
HORTONS FARM: No doubt some of you know we have been in the midst of repairs and renovations up here for some time. I am happy to announce that hot running water has been restored! I’m sure I heard an angel choir singing “Hallelujah” to accompany the first warm tap water coming out of the faucet!
On a different note we’re happy to announce a new product – Cold Brew Coffee! For starters we are offering cold brew concentrate similar to Chamelion brand. The concentrate makes multiple coffee drinks and can be substituted for espresso in smoothies, recipes, etc.
Cold Brew looks like regular coffee. These refreshments are mixed with creamer.
Here are some facts about Cold Brew:
1. The biggest difference between a cold brew and a normal brew is that cold brews don’t use heat at any point in their brewing.
2. One of the best things about cold brew coffee is that it circumvents some of the acidity of hot coffee. There are oils in coffee that only dissolve at high temperatures, and that’s where a lot of the bitterness of traditional coffee comes from. That bitterness can be off-putting to many people and also anesthetize the tongue, which keeps a person from tasting the nuanced flavors. The cold brew keeps these oils from breaking up and making the acid, which leaves cold brews sweeter. One study said cold brew is 67 percent less acidic.
3. Without all the acid in the coffee, it’s easier to taste the other flavors in coffee. If you’re used to the bitterness, it might be a surprise to taste chocolate, fruit, or nuts.
4. Not only do you taste more in cold brew, but the flavor is also more stable. Hot coffee’s chemistry changes as it cools down, but because cold brew coffee doesn’t have temperature changes, it’s a stable solution. That means it can keep for longer and still taste good.
MAYIM FARM: New Product! Nasturtium Edible Flowers and Leaves
In the world of edible annual flowers, nasturtiums are one of the tastiest. The biggest surprise with nasturtiums is the taste. In Latin nasturtium literally means “nose twist.” While most edible flowers have a subtle flavor, nasturtiums knock your socks off with their peppery taste. Plus, it’s not just the flowers and buds that are packed with a zippy flavor; the young leaves are tender and edible as well. Nasturtiums are popular because their colorful flowers not only dress up a plate, they’re high in vitamins A, C (10 times as much as lettuce), and D.
They were a hit at the East Chase Market last week…sold out in record time, so get them early to secure yours!
YARD EATIN’S: Yard Eatins will be part of the Market soon! In our kitchen, we have been gathering all of our crowd- and family-pleasing recipes to share with you. In our garden, we are growing basil, thyme, arugula, fenugreek, chives, oregano, sage, dandelion, nasturtium, borage, and lots of mint. (We do also grow a range of vegetables for ourselves.) Some of the herbs will find their way into breads and even pastries. The perennial rosemary bush is full and fragrant, and the lavender is rounding its silvery green mounds. At our sister’s house, the figs are starting to make, and they will also find their way into galettes and cookies in just a handful of weeks. We are excited to share our bounty with you!