Summer Share #5
My Fine Homestead Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • Announcements
  • Your Box - Full
  • Your Box - Half
  • Recipes- Kale Sauce with Any Noodle
  • Farm Update
  • It's the 5th week of Summer Vegetable Shares

  • This week EOW members at LEUCC pick up boxes.

  • This week MES boxes (with ground beef, eggs & maple syrup) = Dianne Dr & Richland Center *** You will have 2 boxes if you have both Vegetables & MES!

  • If you elected to pay for your CSA in quarterly or in 2 payments - your July 1st check will be deposited Monday.
Full Share Box  

Lettuce - 1 head of Iceberg (may be a loose head rather than an expected closed round head)
Salad Turnips - 1 bunch
Curly Kale - 1 bunch curly
Red Russian Kale - 1/4 lb
Snow Peas - 1/2 lb (in small sandwich bag) these peas are very flat and you can eat pod and all - great for stir fry or snacking!
Snap Peas - 3/4 lb (in bigger bag) grab the top and pull the string off and eat peas & pod
Green Onions - 1 bunch
Garlic Scapes - 1 bunch
Cilantro - 1 bunch
Parsley - 1 bunch
Half Share Box 
Lettuce Mix - 1/4 lb
Curly Kale - 1 bunch
Snap Peas - 4 oz
Green Onions - 1 bunch
Garlic Scapes - 1 bunch
Parsley - 1 bunch
Kale Sauce with Any Noodle
from Six Seasons
serves 2 as a main dish, 4 as a first course

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves (can substitute scapes)
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb and variety kale
1/2 lb rigatoni, pappardelle, or any noodle
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt until it tastes like the sea.

While the water is coming to a boil, put the garlic and 1/4 cup olive oil into a small heavy pot or skillet over medium heat and cook until the garlic begins to sizzle. Reduce the heat to low and gently cook until the garlic is light and golden, soft, and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour the oil and garlic into a bowl so it can cool quickly.

When the water is boiling, add the kale leaves and boil until they are tender but not mushy or overcooked, about 5 minutes. Pull them out with tongs or a slotted spoon and transfer to a blender. It's fine if they are still wet.

Add the pasta to the still-boiling water and cook until al dente according to the package directions. With a ladle or a measuring cup, scoop out about a cup of the pasta water, then drain the noodles.

Process the kale in the blender with the oil and garlic, adding just a bit of the pasta water to help the process along and to make a nice thick puree. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the drained pasta back to the pot and pour in the kale puree. Add half the Parmigiano and toss well. Add a touch more pasta water and toss until the pasta noodles are well coated with a bright green, creamy-textured sauce. Serve right away with a big drizzle of olive oil and the rest of the cheese.
Farm Update
  • The peas are coming in. We planted a new variety of snap peas this year that seems to be high in numbers of pods but small in size. Fortunately even with all the rain they still seem to be tasty. We also have snow peas this year but it doesn't look like we planted enough to have a really big harvest.

  • The beets and carrots are still a little too small to put in boxes this week but I'm thinking that at least the carrots will be ready for next week.

  • The green beans look great and should start producing in a couple weeks as should the first planting of kohlrabi.

  • We are just starting to get a few tiny summer squash and zucchini so those will soon be in boxes also.

  • Broccoli and cabbage are still a couple weeks out. We weren't able to get our first seedlings in the ground when we should have earlier this spring with the late snows, and they didn't do well at all. We scrambled to get more going and these are doing great but are definitely later than we'd planned.

  • The sweet corn had a really good germination.

  • We picked up the turkey chicks last week and they are doing great in the brooder.
Pixie waiting patiently to go harvest in the fields.
A duck presented her newly hatched
ducklings this week.
Marlee found another dragonfly this week - this one hanging from a trellising string.
rows of peas & garlic beds in background
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