Summer Share #8
My Fine Homestead Newsletter
7/20/2016
In This Issue:
  1. Announcements 
  2. In Your Box 
  3. Recipes - Fried Beets with Lettuce, Broccoli Alfredo 
  4. On The Farm . . .
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Announcements
 
1 .  It's an " even week " as in Box #8. If you have an  EOW Share AND you pickup at any of these places:

Plain, Arena, John Muir Dr, Transformations, Waban Hill, Wayland Dr,        SG Farmers Market

This is your week! 

2. We've received word that Fit Moms Transformations unexpectedly needs to move. We need to find a new dropsite as we won't be able to use 202 S. Gammon starting August 1st.

We would like to stay with Transformations at their new location, if possible, as many using it are also members of Transformations. However we may need a new in that area. If you have any ideas - please let me know. We appreciate your patience with this unforeseen challenge and promise to let you know as soon as we figure this all out. 

3. Annual Farm Party is July 31. We'll have brats and burgers, beer and punch. Bring a dish to pass or not. Fun starts at 1pm. RSVP stacey@myfinehomestead.com 

4. Previous newsletters are on our Facebook page .  

7.  ??? Questions ??? stacey@myfinehomestead.com  

In Your Box
Full Share

Head Lettuce - Iceberg see recipe
Kale & Beet Leeves Mix - 1/3 lb 
Assorted Summer Squash - assorted in size & color. Many of these are baby-size. Summer Squash is one of the few vegetables that taste just as good if not better when tiny.
English Cucumbers - 3 from Roots Down Community Farm
Beets - 1 bunch see recipe.
Broccoli - 1/2 lb see recipe
New Garlic - 2 bulbs use within a few weeks
Walla Walla Onion -   several small Perfect for when you only need a small amount of onion.
Parsley- 1 bunch. 

  
 Half Share

Head Lettuce - either mini Red Romaine or Magenta Butterhead  see recipe
English Cucumbers - 2 (from Roots Down Community Farm)
Swiss Chard - 1 bunch
Beets - 1 bunch see recipe
New Garlic - 1 bulb use within a few weeks
Walla Walla Onions - several small Perfect for when you only need a small amount of onion.

Fried Beet with  L ettuce Salad

Beet slices 
coconut oil or butter
salt and freshly ground black pepper
lettuce (any kind you wish)
olive oil
balsamic vinegar

1. Melt the butter or oil in a skillet.

2. Add beet slices and fry until tender. Optional: Add garlic and onion. Add a few dashes of salt and pepper.

3. Prepare lettuce for salad. Dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
4. When the beets are done, put a helping of lettuce on your plate and a spoonful of the warm beets over top. 

This works with roasted beets as well.
Broccoli Alfredo
rinsed broccoli cut into bite-size pieces
1 package of pasta

Sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
dash of pepper

While broccoli is steaming and pasta is cooking (I steam the broccoli over the cooking pasta) melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour and pepper until smooth. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Remove from heat and add parmesan cheese. Stir until melted. Pour alfredo sauce over broccoli and serve. Optional: serve over cooked chicken breasts for Chicken Alfredo.

I quadruple this recipe for the 5 of us with a small amount left over.

 
On the Farm . . .

This week has seen nice rains; we received 3 inches over the weekend. The green beans have blossoms, the summer squashes have started to yield their first small fruit, there are more green tomatoes growing on the tomato vines, the garlic plants are starting to turn brown signaling garlic harvest in a week or two, and the second batch of broiler chickens are ready to process.

Bill ordered a wheel hoe with different weeding attachments to help us cultivate the fields more quickly. It feels like a game-changer for us. As you already know, we’ve had difficulty keeping up with the weeding this summer. The wheel hoe is expensive, several hundred dollars, compared to twenty bucks for a handheld hoe hoe, but this season’s weeds have shown us the light. It is imperative for us to keep up with weeding if we wish to increase our vegetable yields.

Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy.

Have a great week,

Stacey 

  green been blossoms
beautiful red russian kale & beet leaves in the wash sink
above: Liam handweeding
below: Bill weeding with the new wheel hoe
 
garlic plants starting to die back
early morning
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