All posts by Jody Lenz

Threshing Table Farm Week 7A July 27th, 2017

In this week’s box:

Broccoli        Kale        Summer squash      Potatoes      Cucumbers      onions

Fennel          Dill         Spicy globe basil      Savory      Turnips and greens      Beans

The fair was last week and a lot of fun! The kids showed some of what they learned during the last year and then learned even more while at the fair. Jonas’ highlight was showing Comet the rabbit. Comet enjoyed the outing but was glad to come home to his spacious cage and much quieter surroundings. (Those roosters in the rabbit/poultry barn are sure noisy!) Malcolm earned a Reserve Champion ribbon on his maple syrup and presentation on how to make maple syrup and Claudia did really well in calf showmanship. She’s happy to see how much she’s improved since last year and excited to head to the Wisconsin State fair next week. Everyone ate a lot of fair food that we enjoyed immensely. But, it’s nice to get back the veggies on our plates!

 

On the farm we are continuing to fight the weeds. We have planted the fall carrots and some fall lettuce.. The summer carrots should be ready in a couple of weeks. The green beans are in the box this week and a fairly steady supply of beans will follow. The summer squash are invading!  But we love it!  Cucumbers are coming in at a close second. Lots of good recipes are out there to help you use your cucumbers and summer squash.

 

Summer wouldn’t be summer without summer visitors. This week we were blessed with my sister and her 3 kids visiting from Indiana. They have been having fun running around the farm, swimming in the pool and playing with their cousins. My sister has been helping with the running of the house and meals. That has been a treat!

 

CHICKEN ORDERS

If you ordered chickens from Farm Sweet Farm, I will be picking those up today.  They will be in my freezer and ready for pick up as early as tomorrow.  Please let me know when you will be coming to pick them up and I will make sure to be handy to get them out for you and figure out your total payment.  Thanks!

 

Pack Shed Party

Friday, August 25th. Potluck, Gravel Road, camp fire- lots of great people!

Come one, come all! Bring your own beverages and chairs. We will provide lemonade and water.

Bi-Frost Farm’s Goat milk cheese!

Time to order more Goat’s Milk cheese. Deliveries will be the first two weeks in August.

Due to Meg’s does not milking as much as they should be, she is  short on milk. Therefore she is  only making two kinds of Chevre right now, Plain and Garlic Dill, as they are the most popular. She’s hoping in September to be adding Feta/Salzkase back to the line up.  Order your cheese at:  bifrostfarms.com
715-643-2208

Veggie Info:

Broccoli: Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator

Kale: Plastic bag or crisper drawer

Summer Squash: refrigerator

potatoes: cool, dark place. New potatoes have fragile skins. Wash when you are ready to use and use sooner, rather than later.

Cucumbers: Crisper drawer

Onions: These are fresh, so keep them in the refrigerator

Fennel: refrigerator

Dill and Basil: In glass of water on counter or in plastic bag in refrigerator.

Savory: Leave on the counter to dry or place in refrigerator to keep fresh.

Turnips/Greens: Cut greens off of turnips for storage. Place turnips in crisper drawer and store leaves as you would any greens.

Beans: Keep in a plastic bag in the refrigeartor

 

Turnips with Onions

5 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

2 T. butter

1 medium onion, chopped

3/4 tsp. marjoram

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

Cook turnips 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain. In same saucepan, melt butter. Add onions and cook until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook approximately 5 minutes, stirring often. Turnips should be golden brown.

Cucumber Salad

Mix:

1 1/2 cups sliced cucumber,

2 T. onion,

2 T. feta,

1 Tbsp.red wine vinegar,

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. dill.

Toss and enjoy.

 

Ribbon Summer Salad

2 zucchini, trimmed

1/4 lb deli sliced ham

1/4 cantaloupe, seeded and cut into 1 inch chunks

1 T. extra virgin olive oil

1 T. white wine vinegar

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp. dried mint

1/8 tsp. salt and pepper

Run a vegetable peeler lengthwise along zucchini to make long ribbons. Stack ham slices and cut into 1 inch strips.

In a medium bowl, combine zucchini, ham and cantaloupe. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together. Toss gently and serve.

 

Turnip Green Pesto

Use turnip greens in combination with basil, in your favorite basil pesto recipe.

 

Kale, Fennel and potatoes

3 T. olive oil

3/4 lb potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 large bulb fennel, chopped

salt and pepper

1 bunch kale, torn from thick stems

hot sauce for serving, optional

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes and fennel, season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden and tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
Add the kale and cook, tossing occasionally, until wilted, 8 to 10 minutes more. Serve with the hot sauce

 

Have a great week and happy eating!!

Jody, Mike, Claudia, Malcolm and Jonas

 

 

 

 

Threshing Table Farm Week 6B July 20, 1017

 

In your box:
Dill Lettuce Baby potaotes Broccoli
Chives Parsley Summer squash Fennel
Fresh onions Red Mustard Greens Arugula Cucumber

This box packs a punch! There is a lot of flavor and aroma for all your cooking needs. We are really excited to see some newcomers this week. The cucumbers are just starting and the baby potatoes! Yum! We sent parsley, dill and chives because those are our 3 favorite herbs to add to new potatoes. The fennel has sized up beautifully and we’ve been working with new lettuce varieties, (new to us anyway) looking for lettuce that will hold up in the heat of mid-summer. So far, so good.
The peas are on their way out.  It’s always too short of a season in my opinion. There are 2 silver linings though-

1. Though there are not enough peas to pick and put in the boxes, there are still a lot out there. Please come and pick your own peas to your heart’s content! The peas are trellised in the field right next to our driveway. Stop by any time before Sunday and help yourself.
2. Green beans are just around the corner! It looks like we should be seeing those next week. Yeah beans!

Last week I took a quick trip over to Kewaunee for Farm Technology days to promote local foods and CSA farming. It was a fun event that showcased the many aspects of agriculture. It was an intersection of many ag issues and the people who work within them. There is always something to learn as well as teach at these events. I’m grateful for my amazing family and employees that stepped up to make sure that my being gone didn’t slow anything down on the farm!

We are busy getting ready for the fair. We LOVE the county fair. The kids learn so much through their 4-H projects and we all enjoy gathering with friends, old and new. There are always funny stories about what happens as we get the projects ready. This year it involves the cat Luna and the rabbit Comet. During the winter, both Luna and Comet reside in the house. Luna’s favorite place to sleep is on top of Comet’s cage and occasionally, we catch her tormenting Comet by sticking her paw in the cage and poking him. Luna is an extremely talented hunter. Mice, birds, rabbits, squirrels, you name it. So we make sure to keep them apart as much as possible. Sunday night, Jonas went to get Comet from his outdoor cage and bring him into the house to get his nails trimmed. Jonas is taking him to the fair and his nails need to be neat and tidy. It was pretty late and dark by the time he went and got him and brought him in. Grandma was visiting, and she was getting ready to leave after Comet’s nails were done, so she offered to put Comet back in his cage. Without her knowing it, Luna had crawled into Comet’s cage while he was in the house. In the dark, Grandma didn’t see Luna, so she put Comet in the cage and locked it up. The reason that this is a funny story and not a tragic one, is because they both came through the night unscathed. The next morning Mike saw Luna and Comet nose to nose in the cage and as soon as Luna saw him, she meowed pitifully to be let out. I don’t know what made her not eat that rabbit, but we are so glad she didn’t!! Comet couldn’t have slept a wink the whole night! If you would like to see Comet at the fair, come on out to Glenwood City Friday-Sunday and find him in the rabbit and poultry barn. Claudia will have her calf, Hopscotch at the fair also. Look for Riverside 4-H Club in the dairy barn. Legos, crafts, garden produce and more will be exhibited by the kids too.

If you follow the farm on facebook, you know that we have harvested the garlic. We have NEVER had such bountiful or beautiful garlic. We are excited to share it with you! It will be a few weeks out yet though, as we are drying and curing it first. I checked the bees and they look good too. I like to put 3 deep boxes on for them, (this is their food to feed them in the winter.) when this box is full, I can put on the boxes that are strictly for me to harvest honey from. So far, they look to be doing really well.

Pack Shed Party!!
Friday, August 25th, 6:30-? Delicious Pot luck, Great Music by Gravel Road, lots of fun on the farm. Bring your family and be a part of it! Bring your own beverages and chairs. See you in the Pack Shed!!!! (Or out by the camp fire)

Pork
Pigs from our farm will be ready in September. If you are interested in a whole or half hog, please give David Jensen a call for all the details. Honestly, I am so sad to see them go, but opening my freezer and knowing I have delicious pork to eat from pigs that were loved, raised with grass to eat, trees to scratch on and dirt to dig in, makes me very happy! As I do not choose to be vegetarian, I do choose to eat humanely and sustainably raised meat. It’s worth it!
Dave’s Phone # 612-685-0155
Beef- Check out www.farmsweetfarm.com for grass-fed beef or talk to Dave Jensen about his locally raised beef.

On to the veggies!
Cucumbers- Crisper drawer
Lettuce, Arugula, Mustard Greens- Salad spinner and then keep in a covered container. Mustard Greens have a real kick!
Broccoli- Keep in plastic grocery bag in the refrigerator
Fresh onions- keep in the crisper drawer. You can use the greens as well as the white bulb.
Summer Squash/Zuc: refrigerate.
Dill, Chives, Parsley- in a plastic bag or covered container in the refrigerator
Fennel- Crisper drawer. Try adding a few Tablespoons of trimmed fronds to your meatloaf or other beef dishes.
Potatoes- cool dark space, not the refrigerator. These will not keep long as they are not cured. Use them soon! We send them unwashed, as the skins are very fragile. Wash when you are ready to use them.

 

Mustard Greens- These are the small bunch of purple/green leaves Super spicy when eaten raw, but not so when cooked. Use raw in salads or sandwiches for a kick. Saute for a side dish or in a stir fry or throw them in the crockpot with a roast. Give it a try.
Sauteed Mustard Greens
Mustard Greens Chopped
Arugula, Chopped
1-2 cloves garlic chopped
1 young onion, chopped
1 T. olive oil
¼ cup water
1 T. white vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a pan. Add Garlic, onions and some salt. Add greens, water and vinegar.Cover and cook on medium low and cook 10-15 minutes, until greens are cooked to your liking. Check to make sure you have enough liquid when cooking. Serve warm with rice.

Summer Squash salad
Slice up summer squash or zucchini. A combination of colors is always pretty. Add a splash of olive oil and a splash of lemon juice. Toss. Add dill, diced onion and/or chives. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss again. Serve immediately, but best after it’s marinated together for awhile.

 

Fennel, Bean and Pasta Salad
Fennel bulb, leafy tops removed and reserved
1 small onion
Olive oil
1 can kidney beans
2-3 cups cooked pasta
1 tsp. lemon pepper

Thinly slice fennel bulb and onion. Saute in olive oil. Chop reserved fennel tops and add to cooked mixture with remaining ingredients. Serve chilled. Makes 4-6 servings.

 

**Fennel is also great roasted with potatoes or shredded raw on salads.

Happy Eating and have a great week!
Jody, Mike, Claudia Malcolm and Jonas
Hope to see you at the fair!!!

Threshing Table Farm Week 5A July 13, 2017

Greetings from the farm!

In your box:

Broccoli                                  Summer Squash                                Beets with tops                        Radishes with tops

Peas                                       Basil                                                  Green Onions                          Lettuce

Arugula

I’m listening to the thunder roll and we just came in from watching a beautiful lightening show and a visit from our neighbor. We could use a little rain, but it also makes it harder to do field work, so wet night or dry night- we’ll take the good of either.  I am writing this newsletter a few days early this week. I generally write the newsletters Tuesday nights. By Tuesday I have a good idea of what is going to be in the boxes, so there are few surprises. As it is Sunday night, I am making my best guess as to what will be harvested for the boxes- but don’t be surprised if something is missing or extra by Thursday.

I am leaving town tomorrow evening (Monday). Which is absolutely unheard of. I never leave during the farm season! But- it’s a pretty special occasion. Farm Technology Days is being held in Kewaunee, WI this week. Farm Tech days is a 3 day farm show like no other. 1 county hosts it each year. This year, for the first time it is being held in Kewaunee. I grew up in Kewaunee and most of my family is there. My family has farmed there for at least 7 generations. My parents have been involved in the planning for this event. It’s taken 3 years to plan and 1,600 volunteers to make this show happen. 30,000 people will attend the 3 day show.  These shows are always about big ag.  Held on huge dairy farms, this time it is no different. It will be held on a 6,000 cow dairy farm.  There is a part of the show called, Innovation Square. In Innovation Square, the hosting county decides what should be highlighted as new, innovative farming trends. I imagine that in the past, it has held robotic milkers, GPS systems on large combines, drones, that kind of thing. Frankly, I haven’t attended in years because I am too busy farming and also because there isn’t a lot at these shows for farmers of our scale.  This show will be different. My dad decided that what is new and innovative in farming, are farms that are feeding the people in their communities.  Small, local farms and their products and economic impact.  He took that idea to the rest of the planning committee and they agreed. This is a first for Farm Technology Days! My hope is that it will go well and all counties will leave space for small, local farms in the future shows.  So of course, I decided last winter that I would not be attending Farm Tech days, because it’s a 3 day event in July. I’m too busy. But then in March, my dad called to tell me that they would have a whole tent, just about CSA’s and they wanted me to run it! I was flattered, but couldn’t see how to make that happen. Claudia said, “Mom, it’s a once in a life time opportunity- do it! We can manage the farm!” So- I am! I am only attending on Tuesday, so I can drive out Monday night and come back Wed. morning. (It’s a 5 hour drive to Kewaunee.) Mike is taking Tuesday off to be here on the farm and everyone else will pitch in to make everything run smoothly. My friend Jen is going with me so that I have company for the long drive. We’re looking forward to our adventure. I hope to inspire others to farm or support a farm that feeds their community.  Wisconsin Farmer’s Union is helping to set up the displays and find other farmers for the other two days of the show.  I’ll report on how it went next week!

On the farm, we’re excited to have both broccoli and summer squash arriving!!  It looks like Cucumbers could be as early as next week and maybe potatoes?  This rain and humidity has been great for growing. The weeds are their worst in July. If you ever thought about volunteering out at the farm, now would be a great time! We’ve got lots of weeding to do! I find it very therapeutic. If you’ve got some thinking to do, do it while weeding. It works for me!

Bean Bags

We send our peas, beans, cherry tomatoes and any other small items in cloth bags we call bean bags. These are used to help cut down on the amount of plastic we might otherwise have to send in your boxes. My mom and her sisters spend many winter days sewing these for us. We love all the fun and beautiful fabrics they are sewn in and they love that it uses up scrap fabric and my mom and aunties can visit while sewing.  However, we only have a limited number of them. Please remember to send them back to us with the boxes at your pick up site. You are welcome to take them home, but return them the next trip so we can wash and reuse them.  Thank you!!

Storage tips:

Broccoli: Store in a plastic grocery bag

Summer Squash: Zucchini is a type of summer squash. So when we say summer squash, it could be any color. Use it all the same. They are very interchangeable. Store in the crisper drawer.

Beets:  Remove the tops and store as you would any green.  Beets do well in the crisper drawer.  Beet tops can be used as you would Swiss chard.

Radishes: Remove the tops and store as you would any green. Radishes will do really well in a plastic bag or a bowl of water in the refrigerator.

Peas: Crisper Drawer

Basil: Glass of water on the counter or try in a closed canning jar in the refrigerator. Sometimes I have luck with that. We have 3 kinds of basil.  The first cutting is always when they are small plants. This encourages much more vigorous growth. We have large Genova basil, which we gave a few weeks ago, and some small plants of lime basil and spicy globe basil. I can’t say which you will be getting, so that will be a surprise.

Green onions:  Crisper Drawer

Lettuce and Arugula: Salad spin and then store in a covered container or platic bag in the refrigerator.  Arugula is spicy, so it’s great mixed in with a salad of lettuce.  Hopefully, we’ll see more robust bunches of arugula in the weeks to come.

 

Recipes:

Beet Hummus

one very large beet (or two medium beets)

2 T. of tahini

2 cups chickpeas

2 medium cloves of garlic (Or use those leftover scapes)

1 small lemon, juiced

Peel and chop beets into medium cubes, put into sauce pan with just enough water to cover beets and simmer until beets are tender. Drain the water. Combine beets, chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, salt and tahini in food processor and blend. Add a little water if the consistency is too thick for your liking.

Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

2 sticks butter, room temp.

1 1/2 cup flour

3/4 cups sugar

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

4 Tbs. cocoa powder

4 eggs

1 cup, pureed, cooked beets

preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, except beets and beat with electric mixer until smooth. Fold in the beets. Spoon the batter into paper lined cupcake tin. (Makes 12 cupcakes.)

Bake 20 minutes. Use the toothpick test to see if done.

Oven roasted broccoli with Parmesan, Garlic and Lemon

One head broccoli, cut into bite sized florets

Olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

zest of 1/2 lemon

1/2 cup grated parmesan

salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450. In a large bowl, toss the broccoli with olive oil, lemon zest and garlic. Spread broccoli on large baking sheet in a single layer and roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan and return to the oven. Bake another 10 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and squeeze a wedge or two of lemon right over before serving.

Cold Zucchini Salad

zucchini or summer squash

coconut oil or oil of your choice

minced garlic

red wine vinegar

Slice squash into thin strips lengthwise. Fry lightly  in hot oil until soft throughout. Transfer squash to a bowl; salt lightly. Discard most of the oil in the pan.  Add generous amounts of garlic and sauté lightly. Add 1/4 inch of red wine vinegar to the pan and bring to a quick boil. Toss sauce with the squash. Cover and refrigerate, serve in a few hours.

 

Threshing Table Farm Week 3

Hello from the farm!

In your box:

Kale      Spinach     Peas     Strawberries     Lettuce

Garlic Scapes     Basil

Well, we’re slowly creeping up to our goal of 10-14 items in the box!  We’re excited to see peas, kale and Strawberries(!!) make it into the box this week!  This has been a goofy weather week, (again) but the rain and cooler temps have been good for the greens and peas.

We barter beekeeping for strawberries at Demulling Farms in Osceola. As I mentioned earlier, they took quite a hit from the hail a few weeks ago. Luckily, there are still some great berries coming! We will be picking these for the boxes this week. There will be a quart of berries in each box. Jen and Loren are not able to open the farm for picking this year, but they are working hard to fill a limited number of orders. If you would like to order berries for delivery THIS THURSDAY, please let us know by TUESDAY, MIDNIGHT. They will be picked on Wed. morning. $15 for 5lbs of berries.  E-mail us with your name, the # of pounds you would like and where your pick up site is.  Please mail a check made out to Demulling Farms to us here-

Threshing Table Farm

2249 150th St.

Star Prairie, WI 54026

 

We hope to have more berries next week, but time will tell. We’ll keep you posted! Watch the newsletter for info.

We’re watching the summer squash plants blossom, the potato plants blossom and the winter squash and pie pumpkin plants as they start to canopy.  Mike, I and the crew have been quite busy weeding, weeding, weeding. So far, we feel like we are winning the war… most of the time.  Who hasn’t been busy weeding? Claudia.  Our oldest is on a 10 day vacation to visit her friend Aimee in Alberta, Canada.  She has never been away from home this long before, or this far, or alone for that matter! So it’s a grand adventure and growing experience for all of us. She’s been enjoying the great outdoors of Canada swimming and horse back riding along with some shopping, a concert and a whole lot more we’ll hear about when she gets back. Some of you may remember hearing about or meeting Aimee when she visited us here last summer.

Exciting News!!!!

Bifrost Farms Creamery is anxiously waiting to provide you with a goat cheese option with your upcoming CSA box for July 6th. These selections will be offered during the first and second weeks of each month during our season.
This time, Bifrost Farms is offering the following cheeses to be added to your share. One selection per member, please. To order and pay for your selection, go to  http://www.bifrostfarms.com/csa/  and fill out the contact form provided and use the Paypal button on that page to pay Bifrost Farms directly. Your cheese will be included in your share next week. Please have all orders placed by midnight, Sunday July 2nd for July 6th delivery.
Plain Chevre
Garlic Dill Chevre
Herbs de Provence Chevre
Salzkase, a Greek Feta-style cheese.
All packages contain at least 4 oz. of fresh goat cheese.

On to the veggies!!!

Storage:

Kale, Spinach, Lettuce- Wash, Spin dry and then keep in covered container or plastic bag in fridge.

Peas- in covered container in the refrigerator, if they even made it home! These are sugar snap peas- so enjoy the pod and all!

Garlic Scapes- in the crisper drawer

Strawberries- the sooner you eat/use the better. Store in the clamshell, in your refrigerator.

Basil- Glass of water on the counter.

 

Recipes:

Shells with White beans, Kale and Bacon

8 oz box of pasta shells (or other pasta)

4 – 6 slices bacon, chopped

2 cups chopped onion

1 celery stalk, chopped

3 cups chopped kale

1 cup chicken broth

3 cups cooked or canned cannellini or other white beans, drained

salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan Cheese

 

Cook pasta until tender.

While pasta is cooking, start cooking chopped bacon on med-high heat. After 1- 2 minutes, add onion and celery and cook until just soft. Add the kale and cook until the bacon is done. Add stock and beans, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until heated through, about 5 more minutes. Add more stock or water if needed. Add pasta and stir gently. Sprinkle with Parmesan.  Enjoy!

 

Easy Spinach Dip

2 cups fresh spinach- lightly saute in olive oil until wilted.

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayo

1 packet onion soup mix

pepper to taste

Mix together. Chill 1 or more hours.

 

Mixed Greens with Garlic on Couscous

2 bunches fresh greens, such as spinach and kale

2 T. olive oil

1-2 garlic scapes, chopped

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Salt

11/2 cups vegetable stock

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup Couscous

Wash greens, remove thick stems.  While still wet, place greens in a pot. Do not add additional water. Cook, covered, just until wilted. Drain in a colander.  Heat oil in a large skillet over med heat. Add the garlic scapes and red pepper flakes. Cook 2 minutes, don’t brown.  Add the greens, mix well and cook until the greens are tender-about 3 minutes. Season generously with salt.

Make couscous according to package. Serve topped with the wilted greens.

Happy Eating!!

Your farmers- Jody, Mike and the kids

 

 

August 11th, 2016 Week 9 B

Threshing Table Farm                        Week 9 A

August 11th, 2016

 

 

What’s in this week’s box?

 

Swiss Chard    potatoes                            Beans                                  Jalapeno peppers                       

Dill                       Onion                                  Carrots                               Eggplant

Cucumber        Tomatoes                         Summer Squash           Sweet Peppers

Cilantro

 

It’s the salsa box!! Everything you need to make a fabulous fresh salsa is in this box!  The tomatoes are just beginning. Do you remember in spring when I asked you to vote for a new variety of vegetable? The Berkley Tie Dye tomato was one of the winners. They are beautiful! A little oddly shaped at times, but so pretty! They’re a mild tomato with great flavor. We’ve tried to get one in every box along with other varieties- enjoy! And to those of you who voted… Great Pick!!

 

The Jalapeno peppers are in the paper bag.  Do not touch the insides of them with bare hands! I learned the hard way from a salsa making event. The oils from the peppers can really burn your skin!

 

Week 9 is our half way point in the season.  Hard to believe we’re half way through- but that means there are still 9 weeks of fabulous veggies! If you are a summer half share, we wish you farewell! If you want to extend your share to a full share to continue receiving your box of produce each week- please let us know. We will see if we can work something out.

 

We’re expecting some good rains Wednesday and Thursday. Amongst all of our regular harvesting, we are working hard to get the onions pulled into the greenhouse to finish curing before the rain comes. We’ve got about half of them in there now. It’s a race against nature!

 

We have a sassy pig on the farm. He crawls out under the electric wire- several times a day. He doesn’t travel far and he puts himself back in if we shower the pigs with water (they love that!) or feed them scraps. (Their favorites are from Table 65’s kitchen or our pack shed.)  If you’re at the farm this weekend- take a look by the hoop house. You may see him up to his antics. J

 

Claudia has been busy taking photos this summer and putting them on Instagram. Check out all that’s been happening around here! Find us on Instagram at:

threshing_table_farm

 

 

We’re less than 2 weeks from our Pack Shed Party! We hope you can make it!!!

We’re looking for a few volunteers to help with parking and managing the pot-luck food. (Uncovering/adding serving utensils,etc. when it’s time to eat, removing empty containers, etc.)  Please let me know if you’d be able to help. Thank you!!!

 

Please come to Threshing Table Farm’s

2nd Annual Pack Shed Party!!

Friday August 19th,

6:30pm -??

Music provided by Gravel Road

Please bring a dish to pass,

A-H main dish

I-P salad/side

Q-Z desserts

 

Chairs and beverages for your family are helpful too! We will  provide lemonade and water. We will be passing a hat (or two!) to pay the band; So come with some cash, and show your appreciation!

Our address is:

2249, 150th st,   Star Prairie WI

Thanks so much! We can’t wait to see you there!!

 

Farm City Day:  The 2016 Farm City Day will be held on Saturday, August 13 at the Kruschke family’s Crisdhome Farm near New Richmond.  This is a great community opportunity to see how a farm runs.  There will be a free lunch, farm tour, ice cream, petting zoo, and lots of vendors.  The event will take place rain or shine.  For more information visit www.sccfarmcityday.com.

Kruschke’s are our neighbors- and we’ll be helping out with this event. Come on out and see their dairy farm! I’ll be there with a table about the farm as well as helping to serve the free lunch from noon-2. We’ll also have our farm open from 8am-2pm- stop by and say hi to Mike! We’ll be open for the pubic every Saturday from 8-1 until the season is done.

 

Phil’s Raspberries

Phil’s fall raspberries are starting!!  We should have them each week until heavy frost comes.  Please let me know if you’d like to order any- I’ll be able to get them to you starting next week. $4 a pint. If ordering, please let us know:
*Which Thursday you would like them
* Where your pick up site is.

Checks can be made out to Phil McConville.  – and mailed to us at:  Threshing Table Farm, 2249 150th St. Star Prairie, WI 54026  (or left at the farm in the “egg $” bucket.)

 

Needed:  Egg Cartons. Drop them off at the farm anytime! Thanks!!

In this box….

Carrots: Keep in crisper drawer or plastic bag.

 

Potatoes-  Store in cool, dry place.

 

Beans: Store in plastic bag left open in the refrigerator.

 

Swiss Chard: Store in crisper drawer, salad spinner, etc.

 

Dill and cilantro:  Plastic container in refrigerator.

 

Onions: Starting to cure. Counter is probably fine, but watch closely for soft spots.

 

Tomatoes: On the counter. We like to send them in varying stages of ripeness so you can have some to use all week. They’ll ripen nicely on your counter.

 

Cucumber and Summer Squash: Crisper Drawer.  Summer squash and zucchini can be used interchangeably in all recipes.

 

Eggplant: Refrigerate

 

Peppers: Crisper drawer

 

 

Pot Luck Potato Salad

I threw this together for a church pot luck on Sunday. No exact measurements- but it sure tasted great!!

 

4-6 potatoes, boiled until tender.  Cool. Dice.

1 summer squash, diced

small handful of onion, diced

2 Swiss chard leaves and stems, chopped, sautéed in olive oil

Dill, chopped

Salt and Pepper,

Olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar to taste

 

Gently toss all together. Enjoy!!

*Best at room temperature. Feel free to add additional veggies you have on hand.

 

 

Veggie Quinoa Chili

 

½ lb ground beef, optional

2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup minced onion

2 t. garlic, minced

2 t. chili powder

1 t. ground cumin

1 t. paprika

½ t. chili flakes

1 c.  quinoa, rinsed

1 small summer squash, diced

1 15oz can black beans

1 c. corn

2 cups diced tomatoes (or 1 can)

4 c. water

Salt to taste

Cilantro, avocado, sour cream for garnish

 

Brown beef in large soup pot.  Add olive oil if needed, garlic and onion. Cook 2-3 minutes. Add spices and cook 2 more minutes.

 

Add quinoa, summer squash, beans, corn, tomatoes and water. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.

 

Top with cilantro, avocado and sour cream.

 

 

Mango Salsa

 

1 mango

2 tomatoes

juice of 1 lime

1 jalapeno

¼ cup chopped onion

2 T. chopped cilantro

1 tsp. minced garlic

 

Chop all ingredients. Seed the jalapeno as well as chop it.

Mix together and serve. Great as a topping on fish or chicken as well as eaten with tortilla chips or crackers.

 

Have a great week and happy eating!!

Jody, Mike, Claudia, Malcolm and Jonas

 

 

August 4th, Week 8 – 2016

 

What’s in this week’s box?

 

Celery leaves potatoes                            Beans                                  SavoyCabbage                             

Dill                       Onion                                  Carrots                               Eggplant

Cucumber        Broccoli                            Summer Squash           Pepper

Beets                   Radishes

 

We are playing a little bit of catch-up this week. Two weekends ago we spent lots of time away from the farm at the county fair. This past weekend, the kids and I spent the weekend in Kewaunee, WI to celebrate my grandma’s 90th birthday.  We had a great family reunion.  It was wonderful to be in the place where I fell in love with farming. Claudia was very excited to milk cows with her great- uncle Mark and she even got to name his newest cow. Her name? St. Croix!  My grandma was a farm wife for most of her life. She and my grandpa are still an inspiration to me. She’s seen so much in her 90 years! I am the only grandchild on either side of my farming family- who is a farmer. I’m humbled to be carrying on that legacy.

 

Luckily for our farm, Mike was here holding down the farm this weekend. We couldn’t both be gone two weekends in a row.   We’re starting to pull the garlic and it looks amazing! The onions are starting to get pulled and cured. The tomatoes are starting to show their colors and oh my goodness… the first ground cherries are ready if you look really carefully!  And they taste amazing! You’ll have to take my word for it for another week or two until we have enough to share. So much still to get done and so much amazing food coming your way!

 

August is full of farm fun!!

 

Please come to Threshing Table Farm’s

2nd Annual Pack Shed Party!!

Friday August 19th,

6:30pm -??

Music provided by Gravel Road

Please bring a dish to pass,

A-H main dish

I-P salad/side

Q-Z desserts

 

Chairs and beverages for your family are helpful too! We will  provide lemonade and water. We will be passing a hat (or two!) to pay the band; So come with some cash, and show your appreciation!

Our address is:

2249, 150th st,   Star Prairie WI

Thanks so much! We can’t wait to see you there!!

Farm City Day:  The 2016 Farm City Day will be held on Saturday, August 13 at the Kruschke family’s Crisdhome Farm near New Richmond.  This is a great community opportunity to see how a farm runs.  There will be a free lunch, farm tour, ice cream, petting zoo, and lots of vendors.  The event will take place rain or shine.  For more information visit www.sccfarmcityday.com.

Kruschke’s are our neighbors- and we’ll be helping out with this event. Come on out and see their dairy farm! We’ll also have our farm open from 8am-1pm- stop by and say hi! We’ll be open for the pubic every Saturday from 8-1 until the season is done.

Needed:  Egg Cartons. Drop them off at the farm anytime! Thanks!!

In this box….

Carrots: Keep in crisper drawer or plastic bag.

 

Potatoes-  Store in cool, dry place.

 

Beans: Store in plastic bag left open in the refrigerator.

 

Broccoli: Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator

 

Dill and celery leaves:  Plastic container in refrigerator.

 

Onions: Not cured yet, so keep them in the crisper drawer

 

Savoy Cabbage: Crisper Drawer

 

Cucumber and Summer Squash: Crisper Drawer

 

Radishes and Beets: Take tops off the roots for long term storage.  Store greens like any salad greens. Roots in the crisper drawer.

 

Eggplant: Refrigerate

 

Peppers: Crisper drawer

 

 

Cucumber Sandwich Spread

1 ½ cup chopped cucumber

Chopped celery leaves to taste

3oz package cream cheese

½ cup mayo

1 T. minced onion

salt and pepper to taste

 

Mix and serve on bread or crackers. Yum!!

 

Grilled Eggplant

Eggplant, sliced

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

 

Sprinkle egg plant slices lightly with salt. Place in colander and let stand one hours. Wipe excess salt off eggplant. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper. Grill, broil or sauté on both sides until golden brown (approximately 5-8 minutes.)

 

Eggplant Pizzas

2 medium eggplants, unpeeled, cut into ½ inch slices

½ cup olive oil (reserve 1 T.)

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 c. pizza sauce

1 c. grated mozzarella cheese

(Other pizza toppings, optional)

 

Place eggplant slices on baking sheet. Brush each slice with oil and broil until the eggplant is golden brown. Turn the slices over and repeat.  In a large sauce pan, heat 1 T. oil and sauté onion and garlic. Add pizza sauce and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and carefully spread on eggplant slices. Sprinkle with cheese and broil 5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the eggplant heated through.

 

Halibut with Roasted Beets, Beet Greens, and Dill-Orange Gremolata

Ingredients

Servings: 4

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
  • 3 medium (1 1/2- to 2-inch) beets with green tops attached; beets trimmed and scrubbed, beet greens very coarsely chopped (4 to 6 cups)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 4 6- to 7-ounce halibut fillets or mahi-mahi fillets (about 1 inch thick)
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Brush large rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon oil. Mix dill and peel in small bowl for gremolata. Place beets in medium glass bowl; add enough water to cover beets halfway. Microwave on high until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. Cool beets slightly. Peel and cut into slices. Return beets to same bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon gremolata, and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss well. Toss beet greens in another medium bowl with 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Spread beet slices in single layer on half of prepared baking sheet. Mound beet greens on other half of baking sheet. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper; place fish fillets atop beet greens. Brush fish with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle fish with 2 tablespoons gremolata.
  • Roast fish and vegetables until fish is just opaque in center, about 8 minutes. Divide fish and vegetables among plates. Sprinkle with remaining gremolata and serve

 

 

Have a great week and happy eating!!

Jody, Mike, Claudia, Malcolm and Jonas

 

July 7 Week 4 B

Threshing Table Farm                        Week 4 B

July 7th, 2016

 

 

What’s in this week’s box?

 

Bok Choi                       Peas                                     Parsley
Beans                           Sunflower Sprouts            Kale                                      Turnips                             Onion                          Baby Red Potatoes                                   Lettuce                

 

Tonight I am writing this letter to the gentle rumbles of thunder and the soothing sounds of rain. I am one happy, relaxed farmer! We have been needing rain really badly. Mike has been moving irrigation non-stop every 12 hours for the past week and then some. Everything has been so dry!  Irrigation is helpful, but nothing beats the rain that nature provides. We hope to see some huge gains in our zucchini, summer squash and cucumber patches as a result.

 

We hope you all had a wonderful 4th! We got a lot of farming done as well as some visiting and sitting around the camp fire. It’s always good to have a reason to stop working and enjoy the people and land around u s. Hopefully, you got to do the same.  Now that July is here it’s time to get ready for the county fair! The boys’ have been working with grandpa on their woodworking projects, Claudia is sorting through photos she’s taken for the photograpy project and all 3 are working with their show calves.

 

We are excited to be sharing the first of the potatoes with you! They are not washed. Baby red potatoes have a very fragile skin.  They will wash right off if you are not careful. We feel it is best to send the potatoes dirty and allow you to wash them off before you prepare them. You will see them like this for a few weeks, until the skins toughen up and then we will be washing them for you.  The paper bag they come in is an effort to keep the dirt off of the rest of your food.

 

 

Cooking Class

 

Moorish Style Pork with Couscous

One of our CSA members Sue Keskinen and her sister, Katje, will be teaching this cooking class on July 19th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in our packing shed.  They will show you all the steps to create this meal and also give you the recipes.  You will then enjoy the meal and have the opportunity to ask questions about its preparation.  If you like, you can bring your own wine or beer to have with the meal. Class size is limited to 10 people.

Cost: $10, bring payment to the class.

Please RSVP to Sue at skeskinen@yahoo.com

 

Phil’s Raspberries

Phil’s Raspberries are ready!! If you pick up at the farm, there will be some for sale on Thursday. If you would like to order some to be delivered with your share next week, July 14th,  please e-mail me with your order. 1 pint of raspberries is $4.  First come, first serve. We will fill orders as they and the berries come. Phil also offers u-pick in beautifully groomed raspberry beds.  Give him a call if you would like to come to Star Prairie for raspberry picking.  715-781-5861

 

 

 

Bok Choi  – Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

 

Peas- store in a covered container in the fridge.

 

Lettuce- Salad Spinner and then store in covered container.

 

Kale- Great for salads or sautéing.  Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

 

Potatoes-  Store in cool, dry place. Because these have not been cured, use soon.

 

Beans: Store in plastic bag left open in the refrigerator.

 

Sunflower sprouts- Store in a plastic bag in fridge.

 

Parsley- Plastic container in the refrigerator

 

Turnips: Remove greens for longer storage. Store greens as you would any salad green, Turnips do best in the crisper drawer.

 

Onion: These are young onions that are being pulled to make room in the onion patch. You can use the greens as well as the bulb. Store in the refrigerator.

 

 

Bok Choi Salad

topping:

  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds

dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 fresh onion with greens, thinly sliced
  • 1½ pounds bok choy
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread slivered almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside.
  2. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar in an even layer over the bottom of a saucepan set over medium heat. The moment the sugar is completely liquefied, add almonds, stirring briskly to coat, then sesame seeds, stirring until evenly distributed. Do this quickly, so that the mixture does not burn. Immediately transfer nut mixture to a plate and let cool.
  3. In the same saucepan, bring the dressing ingredients to a boil: sugar, oil, vinegar, soy sauce, and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Add sliced green onions and remove from heat. Dressing can be used while warm or cool.
  4. Meanwhile, slice the bok choy crosswise into ½-inch pieces. Bits of dirt can lodge themselves in the greens’ numerous crevices, so thoroughly wash and dry the greens after you’ve chopped them. Place bok choy in a large bowl, and toss with dressing. Just before serving, add the nut mixture and toss well.

Potato, Green Bean and Parsley Salad

2lbs  new potatoes
½ lb long green beans, ends removed
olive oil
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
salt and pepper
small handful of parsley, roughly chopped
150g feta

Halve the spuds if need be and boil in plenty of salted water until they are tender. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Blanch the beans in boiling water for about a minute – you want them to retain their fresh crunch so take care not to overcook them. Run under cold water to cool them down, drain, then add to the potatoes. Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil, followed by all remaining ingredients except for the feta, and toss everything together to combine.

Taste and season accordingly, then transfer to a serving platter or dish. Scatter the feta over the top and serve.

 

Here are some options I found on line for dressings to pair with sunflower sprouts. Add them to lettuce salads and try one of these dressings!

Because sunflower shoots are pretty crunchy, they pair best with something creamy. Here are some topping ideas for a sunflower shoot salad:

  • Goat cheese + lemon vinaigrette (Blend 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon warm water, the zest of one lemon, salt, and black pepper.)
  • Cannellini beans + creamy vinaigrette (Blend 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons of soft tofu, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 chopped shallot, salt, and black pepper.)
  • Avocado vinaigrette: Blend 1/4 cup of lime juice, 1/2 of an avocado, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
  • Yogurt sauce: Blend 1 cup yogurt, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Thin with olive oil and lemon juice. (Variation – Nutty yogurt sauce: Whisk in up to 1/4 cup of your favorite nut butter to the yogurt mixture. Thin with olive oil, rice vinegar, and honey.)

 

 

 

 

Have a great week and happy eating!!

Jody, Mike, Claudia, Malcolm and Jonas

 

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2016 Week 3 “A”

Threshing Table Farm                        Week 3 A

June 30, 2016

 

 

What’s in this week’s box?

 

Garlic Scapes                 Peas                                     Basil                                    Beets

Sunflower Sprouts       Kale                                      Turnips

Baby Romaine             Strawberries                  Parsley                             Lettuce                

 

Summer has moved in and spring is gone.  We see it in the vegetables as well as the neighbor’s field crops around our farm. The spinach is done . We will miss it but it was a treat while it was here! The heat this past weekend did it in.  The beets have sized up beautifully and we’re sending them this week but then we’ll be taking a break from them for a while.  The kale is ready for its first picking and we look forward to many more.  Strawberries are still in full swing and we’re thrilled to have Sugar Snap Peas!!! These are super sweet peas that are meant to be eaten, pod and all.  On a side note- the sweet corn is way past my knees! (Ever hear the saying, “Knee high by the 4th of July”? It refers to a farmer’s goal of having knee high corn by the 4th.)  Our 1st planting is on track! Of course, my knees are closer to the ground than most, but we won’t worry about that detail.

 

The Sunflower sprouts are nutritious and delicious! We took a trip to Milwaukee this winter and while there, visited Will Allen’s Growing Power Greenhouse. We saw them being grown there and thought we would give them a try. Yummy!  The sprouts are great to mix into salads as well as eat them as a snack.

 

We try real hard to keep extra plastic packaging out of the CSA boxes. It keeps costs down and most importantly, doesn’t add garbage to the world.  We use the cloth and mesh bags to deliver things to you that might otherwise get “lost” in the share box. Please feel free to take them home with your produce. When you’ve emptied them, please return them the following week when you pick up your produce. We’ll wash and reuse them. My mom, aunts and sister have sewn these for us over the years. It’s fun to see what color/design is on the bag each week. There are a lot of designs to choose from!

 

The cucumbers are starting to come in the hoophouse! We were able to plant them out there earlier than in the field.  We just have a short “trial” row of cucs in the hoophouse and the bulk of the cucs are in the field. We just have a dozen or so cucs that are ready, so we’ll be putting them in random boxes. If you have a cucumber, you’ve won the veggie lottery!  No worries, in a couple of weeks everyone will be getting lots of them!

 

Wanted:  Clean ice cream buckets with handles. Covers optional.  As we head into bean picking season, they come in really handy. Leave them at your pickup site and we’ll get them. Thank you!!

 

Garlic Scapes- Scapes are  the early treat the garlic plants give us each summer. Cut them into tiny pieces and sauté or cook as you would garlic cloves. Great fresh garlic flavor! You can freeze scapes too. I dice them up, package, label and freeze. You can grab a pinch or two of scapes out of the freezer any time you want to sauté garlic.

 

Peas- store in a covered container in the fridge.

Lettuce- Salad Spinner and then store in covered container.

 

Kale- Great for salads or sautéing.  Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

 

Beets- For storage, remove the greens from the root. The root can be stored in a drawer in the refrigerator. The greens should be stored like lettuce or Spinach. Great for salads and sautéing.

 

Sunflower sprouts- Store in a plastic bag in fridge.

 

Basil- I’m changing my thought on the basil- I’m having the best luck putting it in with my salad greens in a covered container.

Parsley- same as basil

 

Strawberries- Refrigerator. But really, did they make it home?

 

Turnips: Remove greens for longer storage. Store greens as you would any salad green, Turnips do best in the crisper drawer.

 

 

Looking for a cooking class to boost your veggie intake?

Well look no more! Member Susan Keskinen is offering a class on the farm-

Save the date!! Tuesday, July 19th. More info to come in next week’s newsletter!!

 

 

Roasted Beet and Turnip Salad

For the salad
  • 3/4 lb. red beets, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch wedges
  • 1/2 lb. turnips
  • 1/2 lb. potatoes
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  •  salt
  • 3 cups torn salad greens
  • 1 lightly packed cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup toasted, chopped hazelnuts
For the vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
  • salt
  • 1/2 to 1-1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. fresh orange juice; more to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 1 to 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • black pepper

 

Roast the vegetables

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F.

In a large bowl, toss the beets with 1 Tbs. of the oil and 1/2 tsp. salt. Transfer to a large rimmed heavy-duty baking sheet. Spread into a single layer.

In another large bowl, combine the turnips and potatoes with the remaining 1 Tbs. of oil and another 1/2 tsp salt. Transfer to a large rimmed heavy-duty baking sheet. Spread into a single layer.

Roast the vegetables, flipping with a spatula halfway through and rotating the baking sheets, until browned and tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes on the sheets. Transfer to a large bowl.

Make the vinaigrette

Heat the oil in a 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and softened, about 15 seconds. Remove from the heat. Let the oil cool for 3 to 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small heatproof bowl, whisk the vinegar, honey, orange juice, zest, thyme, mustard, 1/4 tsp. salt, and several grinds of fresh pepper. Whisk the warm oil into the vinegar mixture until emulsified.

Season to taste, adding more orange juice, salt, or pepper as needed.

Assemble the salad

In a large bowl, combine the greens and parsley leaves. Lightly season  with salt and then drizzle with 2 Tbs. of the warm vinaigrette. Toss, taste, and add a little more dressing, if necessary. Arrange the greens on a platter or plates.

Season the roasted vegetables with a pinch more salt, and dress them lightly with 1 to 2 Tbs. of the remaining vinaigrette. Scatter over the greens, then top with the hazelnuts. Serve right away, passing the remaining dressing at the table.

  • Turnip Greens

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 small onion, chopped
    1 garlic scape, chopped
    1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1 pound turnip greens, washed, stemmed, and chopped
    Freshly ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    1 cup chicken stock
    1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

    Heat olive oil in Dutch oven over medium heat.

    Add shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until tender and fragrant. Add the washed and cleaned turnip greens. Mix together. Cook until they have wilted down, about 3 minutes. Add pepper to taste.

    In a small bowl, whisk the Dijon mustard with the chicken stock. Add to the wilted greens and cook until the liquid has all but evaporated. Add the toasted pecans and serve immediately.

Kale, Basil and Avocado Salad

1 bunch of kale, stems removed

  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 large ripe avocado chopped into cubes
  • 2 stalks of celery finely sliced
  • ¼ cup of soaked sun dried tomatoes finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • ½ a teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh raw pinenuts
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped basil

Chop the kale well and massage with olive oil, salt and lemon to soften and wilt slightly. Mix the massaged kale with all the remaining ingredients. Pile high in serving bowls and serve with a wedge of fresh lemon.

 

Kale & Almond Milk Smoothie:

  • 1C kale
  • 1C almond milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp nut butter
  • ½ banana

Kale & Blueberry-Honey Smoothie:

  • 1C kale
  • ½ C blueberries
  • ½ C strawberries
  • ½ C plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Kale & Orange Smoothie:

  • 1C kale
  • 1C ice
  • 1C orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp mint leaves
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp parsley

*For fruit smoothies use frozen fruit or just add up to 1C of ice

 

 

Have a great week and happy eating!!

Jody, Mike, Claudia, Malcolm and Jonas

 

Week 2 B – June 23, 2016

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Threshing Table Farm                        Week 2 B

June 23rd, 2016

 

 

What’s in this week’s box?

Garlic Scapes                                                 Spinach                              Basil                                    Beets

Red leaf Lettuce                                            Swiss Chard                    Green Onions                

Baby Romaine                                               Strawberries

 

Hello from the farm!  What a beautiful week of weather we’ve had!  A little bit of rain, some humidity, cool mornings, hot afternoons and lots of sunshine are making things grow!  We are in the most intense time of our farming season. There is a lot of pressure to weed every spare moment. We’re also spending a lot of time harvesting and washing produce while still planting things into the field.   It makes for very early mornings and very late nights, but the sunrises and sunsets are worth every minute of sleep we are lacking!

 

Great news! The Strawberries are amazing!! We keep bee hives at Demulling Farm and in exchange, we can pick strawberries for our boxes. They need the bees and we need the berries, so it’s a win-win!  Many of you ordered 5lbs or more of berries to be delivered with your share. If you would like to do the same for next week, please send us an e-mail with how many 5lb flats you would like and mail us a check written out to: Demulling Farms. $18 for 5lbs. (Or if you are at the farm, drop it in the “egg money” container.)

 

Not so great news: The peas are not quite ready. Mother nature has taught me not to commit to anything when it comes to veggies. So- I should have known better than to promise peas this week… I’m either a slow learner or just really optimistic.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say the peas will be ready… next week.  (Yes, definitely optimistic.)

 

We have had an interesting year with lettuce. For reasons we can’t figure out, we’ve had poor germination in the greenhouse. So we planted LOTS of flats of lettuce to make up for the ones that didn’t grow. Once in the field, we’ve battled the goats! We love our 2 pygmy goats, Tina and Cheyenne who wander the farm eating scrub brush.  In 5 years, they’ve never bothered the fields. This year- they’ve found the lettuce and are quite the fans. Malcolm is the #1 goat chaser who runs them off when they’re spotted in the field. They’ve been leaving the lettuce alone the past few weeks so we’ve got lots of beautiful lettuce!

 

When we moved our chickens out into the moveable coop, we had 1 mama and 7 babies that couldn’t go with. So we let them free-range around the farm. They’ve been fun to watch and it’s boggled our minds to see how many miles they put on each day! One moment they’re in the shed, the next under the swing set and a few moments later- near the treehouse. Last week, they found the greenhouse and were attempting to eat the baby plants there. 3 times we chased them out and that was the last straw. They were moved into the permanent coop with a fenced yard. I wondered how mama would take to this confinement and I can honestly say- I think she’s relieved! She’s been exhausted running after all those little ones and is thrilled that they are all in the same place!

 

 

 

Garlic Scapes- Scapes are  the early treat the garlic plants give us each summer. Cut them into tiny pieces and sauté or cook as you would garlic cloves. Great fresh garlic flavor! You can freeze scapes too. I dice them up, package, label and freeze. You can grab a pinch or two of scapes out of the freezer any time you want to sauté garlic.

 

Spinach- Store as you would any salad green. Eat raw or cooked.

 

Lettuce- Salad Spinner and then store in covered container.

 

Swiss Chard- Great for salads or sautéing.  Salad spin and then store in a covered container.

 

Beets- For storage, remove the greens from the root. The root can be stored in a drawer in the refrigerator. The greens should be stored like lettuce or Spinach. Great for salads and sautéing.

 

Green  Onions- Store in Produce drawer; the ENTIRE onion can be chopped and eaten.

 

Basil- I’m changing my thought on the basil- I’m having the best luck putting it in with my salad greens in a covered container.

 

Strawberries- Refrigerator. But really, did they make it home?

 

Please remember to bring bags, boxes or containers when picking up your produce. We’d like to keep costs down by making sure we don’t lose any of our delivery boxes. It also helps to ensure that no boxes are used for things other than produce.

 

Recipes

 

Spaghetti and Beets

I made this dish up for supper- yum!

 

Diced beets

Chopped beet greens

Olive oil

Garlic scapes

Cooked Spaghetti

Spaghetti Sauce (with or without meat).

 

Saute the beets and garlic scapes in olive oil.  When tender add beet greens to the pan. Saute until wilted.  Place spaghetti on your plate, top with beets and then spaghetti sauce. Top with cheese if you would like.

 

 

Chard Salad

 

2 tsp. olive oil

3 green onions, chopped

1 garlic scape, chopped

4 cups chopped swiss chard

½ cup dried cherries

1 T. water

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

 

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 1 minute. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add chard, cherries, 1 tablespoon water, pepper, and salt; toss to coat. Sauté 2 minutes or until chard begins to wilt. Stir in vinegar.

 

Basil and Spinach Pesto
1 cup packed spinach

1 cup packed basil leaves

1 T. chopped garlic scape

1/3 cup pine nuts

1/3 cup olive oil

¾ cup parmesan cheese

**Pesto is made to taste. Add or subtract any amounts to get the taste you like.

Blend all in food processor until smooth.

 

Have a great week and happy eating!!

Jody, Mike, Claudia, Malcolm and Jonas

 

 

 

 

 

June 16, 2016 Week 1

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Threshing Table Farm                        Week 1A

June 16, 2016

 What’s in this week’s box??

Garlic Scape                                    Spinach                              Basil                                    Beets

Lettuce                                               Swiss Chard                    Green Onions

 

The first greens of the season are a reason to pause and savor the moment. It’s one of those moments in the year that marks the passage of time and the promise of so much more to come!  Put your feet up, enjoy a fresh salad and feed your body and soul. This is a small taste of all that summer promises.

Welcome to a brand new farm season! It’s year 9 for us on the farm and we’re just as excited as every year before! It’s wonderful to watch for the return of our old friends in the garden- crunchy spinach, curling garlic scapes , fragrant tomato plants,  and even the stubborn weeds!  We’re happy to have dirt in our hands again, worms surfacing and birds serenading us.  Thank you for returning as a member (or starting new!) It feels like our community has reconnected after the long winter.  This is most evident as we visit with our work share members in the field while we harvest or plant.

New Things:

*We are now in our new pack shed! We built it last summer and Mike’s been working hard to finish some final projects in it. The ability to wash everything in the shed and have larger cooler space is wonderful! We recently hosted a “Farmin’ After 5” for the New Richmond Chamber. It’s was a great night with opportunity for other area business people to enjoy the farm with their families.  It reminded us of our Pack Shed party last August. We’re happy to share that a 2nd Pack Shed Party will be happening on AUGUST 19TH!  Save the Date! More info to come! Gravel Road will again be providing the music… You don’t want to miss it!!

*We have two new pick up sites- Hill Murray School and My Happy Place in Somerset. Welcome! We appreciate our pick up sites and coordinators a lot! Please tell them thank you for hosting when you pick up.  Great news if you pick up at My Happy Place (or want to get a little shopping done…) My Happy Place is open until 6pm.

*Mama hen and 6 little ones… Too cute!

* A hoop house we put up in December. We’re trying several things inside- tomatoes to hold after frost, basil that may escape the prairie winds and cucumbers- crawling up a trellis. It’s fun watching what grows best and what is best left outside.

*Threshing Table Farm T-shirts! More info to come!

*And more….  Keep reading the newsletters!

 

The kids are enjoying summer vacation. Jonas is at 4-H camp this week and the older two are helping with Vacation Bible School. They are all HUGE helps on the farm! Claudia, who graduated from 8th grade rivals Mike and I for the number of hours spent farming. It helps that our full-time employee Laura is so much fun to hang out with.  The boys can be seen out working with us most mornings and everyone is looking forward to the County fair and working at (or thinking about working at) their projects.

Newsletters:

A newsletter will come your way on Wednesday morning EVERY week. Even on weeks you don’t get produce (if you are a half share.) PLEASE read them! I try to keep it to two pages. (Though I’m never successful with the first letter!) Each newsletter will give you farm news, recipes and storage tips as well as a list of what is in your box.  If you are a half share and it is your “off” week , information and recipes will very likely help you use your share the following week. The newsletter is the best way to connect with what is going on here at the farm.  In addition, find the Threshing Table Farm Facebook page and “like” us! (You can also follow us on Insta-gram. Claudia keeps everyone updated with great farm photos there. )

 

Produce:

Please note that though we take great care in making sure that your food is safe and clean, we cannot wash produce on the farm as well as you can in your kitchen. Though you don’t have to worry about chemicals being on your food from our farm, nature is all around us. Our vegetables grow in… well… dirt! So please wash your produce once again- at home, before eating or cooking. If you don’t have a salad spinner, we highly recommend getting one.

 

Garlic Scapes- Scapes are  the early treat the garlic plants give us each summer. Cut them into tiny pieces and sauté or cook as you would garlic cloves. Great fresh garlic flavor! You can freeze scapes too. I dice them up, package, label and freeze. You can grab a pinch or two of scapes out of the freezer any time you want to sauté garlic.

 

Spinach- Store as you would any salad green. Eat raw or cooked.

 

Lettuce- Salad Spinner and then store in covered container.

 

Swiss Chard- Great for salads or sautéing.  Salad spin and then store in a covered container.

 

Beets- For storage, remove the greens from the root. The root can be stored in a drawer in the refrigerator. The greens should be stored like lettuce or Spinach. Great for salads and sautéing.

 

Green  Onions- Store in Produce drawer; the ENTIRE onion can be chopped and eaten.

 

Basil- Does best in a glass of water on the counter.

 

Please remember to bring bags, boxes or containers when picking up your produce. We’d like to keep costs down by making sure we don’t lose any of our delivery boxes. It also helps to ensure that no boxes are used for things other than produce.

 

Recipes

 

*I imagine some amazing salads will be taking place this week. Here are a few other ideas for your produce. Enjoy!

 

Wilted Beet and Chard Salad

beets with the leaves
1  bunch Swiss chard
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces of goat cheese, crumbled

For the dressing:
2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Chop off the beet greens and set them aside. Peel the beets and either grate them on a box grater or in a food processor.

Wash the beet greens and chard. Shake to remove excess water, but no need to dry. Remove the tough center ribs and give them a rough chop. Stack the leaves on top of each other and slice them crosswise into thick ribbons.

Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven or pot on medium heat. Add the stems and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the leaves of the chard and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the leaves have wilted and taste very tender. If the leaves still taste bitter, season with additional salt. Transfer the chard to a large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.

To make the dressing, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper, then stream in the olive oil while whisking vigorously.

Combine the greens and the shredded beets, and toss with the vinaigrette (depending on how much chard you have and how saturated you want your greens, you may have some vinaigrette left over). Serve, topping each plate with goat cheese.

This salad will keep refrigerated for up to one week. Wait to top with goat cheese until serving.

 

Fresh Basil Dressing

                Small bunch of  fresh basil

                ¾ cup olive oil

                ½ tsp. sea salt

                ½ tsp. pepper

                1 tsp. lemon juice

Blend all in a blender or food processor until smooth and serve with salad.

 

Spinach and Garlic Fritatta

 

3 Tablespoons olive oil

                10 eggs

                1 cup finely chopped raw spinach

                ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

                1 T. chopped basil

                Chopped garlic scapes (to taste)

Salt and pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a large bowl mix egg, spinach ,cheese, herbs, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in 10-inch ovenproof skillet on the stove. Add the garlic scapes and sauté until tender on med. heat.(about 5 minutes).
  4. Pour egg mixture in skillet with garlic and cook over low 3 minutes Place in oven and bake uncovered 10 minutes or until top is set.
  5. Loosen bottom with spatula and cut into wedges and serve

 

Next week:  Peas and Strawberries  J

 

Have a great week and happy eating!!

Jody, Mike, Claudia, Malcolm and Jonas