We Grow Non-GMO!
Crop Talk: February 17, 2014
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Layng's FarmWe Grow Non-GMO with the Help of Layng's Flower Farm

      

Over the years, we have used start up plants instead of directly sowing seeds to give some of our CSA produce such a broccoli, tomatoes and peppers a head start in the garden.  This helps us harvest a few weeks earlier and extends our growing season. 

It has been very difficult to find plants that are non-GMO. This year we are excited to partner with Layng's Flower Farm to start non-GMO seeds for us in their Loudoun greenhouses. This gives us more control from seed to harvest and keeps our starter plant money in our local economy.  What is GMO? Genetically Modified Organisms that have been altered to create unstable genes. Here is a great website to learn more about it: http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/

Layngs Greenhouse
Layng's Loudoun Greenhouses

The first seeds Layngs will be planting for us are cabbage, Brussels sprouts & broccoli. After several weeks when the plants are 6-8" tall and strong enough to take on mother natures challenges we will transplant them into our fields where we will continue to nurture them to their adult age.

5 Minute Healthy Saut´┐Żed Red Cabbage
Cabbage with Ginger Recipe from the World's Healthiest Foods

If you are used to eating green cabbage,  now is a great time to try the special flavor and nutrients found in red cabbage as part of your Healthiest Way of Eating. It tastes great and you will also benefit from its rich concentration of health promoting vitamins A, C, and K. Click Here for full recipe.

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 5 TBS low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
 Produce Highlight: Red Cabbage
Hello Vitamin C Red Cabbage
 

While Green Cabbage is the most common eaten variety, we prefer Red Cabbage because of it added nutritional benefits and its robust hearty flavor.

 

Nutrition Facts: The rich red color of red cabbage reflects its concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols, which contribute to red cabbage containing significantly more protective phytonutrients than green cabbage. Interest in anthocyanin pigments continues to intensify because of their health benefits as dietary antioxidants, as an anti-inflammatory, and their potentially protective, preventative, and therapeutic roles in a number of human diseases. http://www.whfoods.com

 

Growing News: The best time to plant cabbage is during the cool months between February to May. We have brought the seeds over to Layng's Farm this week. It will take about 7 days for the seeds to germinate, several weeks until they are strong enough to be planted in our fields and about 3-4 months before they are ready to be harvested. We hope to have them ready for June CSA boxes.

 

Selection & Storage: Choose cabbage heads that are firm and dense with shiny, crisp, colorful leaves free of cracks, bruises, and blemishes. Put the whole head in a plastic bag in the crisper of your refrigerator. Red and green cabbage will keep this way for about 2 weeks.

Farm News
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Visit us for the Grand Opening of
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Chick Program

April 5th & 6th
Opening Day: Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest

April 6th
951 Hill Run at Bluemont Vineyard

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