Friends of the Farm-
Happy Friday and welcome back to another week of Live Oak Farm CSA...
Despite Northern California's reservations for fully embracing the Summer season yet this year, some of the first signs of Summer have shown themselves by way of crops in the field and harvestable produce this week. We celebrated our very first ripe tomatoes from the vine, Persian & Marketmore Cucumbers, Blueberries, and Summer Squash. More of these, along with the near arrival of strawberries, eggplant, peppers, beans, tomatillos, and more are encroaching with more sunny days ahead.
For our recipe this week we keep it simple by highlighting the multi-purpose bouquet in your produce box. On the surface it's a pretty mini bouquet that's fitting for your kitchen window or to bring a splash of color to your kitchen table. But beyond aesthetics this bouquet also doubles as an edible, herbal mix of seasonal flowers ready for enjoyment. Tisane has been a long standing after-meal refresher in my house stemming from some of my first herb gardens and stints working in farm-to-table restaurants. Less is more and fresh is best in this case. Leaning on the power of seasonal herbs and flowers, tisane is a simple tea made of hot water, honey, and mixed steeped botanicals. (Lemon Verbena tisane remains as my first love and perennial go-tos). This week's bouquet offers expressions of Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender, Mint, and more. Brew any one favorite, or build your own bundled blend. Recipe below...
Lastly, we welcome you to enjoy our weekly music playlist..
We begin this week with Ennio Morricone's epic, The Ecstasy Of Gold, taken from the signature The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly soundtrack (1967). Followed by respective Northern & Southern Californian icons, Metalilca (Fuel) and Ozomatli (Cut Chemist Suite) named for the group's turntablist DJ (also a member of Jurassic 5). NYC's Menahan Street Band graces us with The Traitor (recognizable sample material for Kid Cudi's, Solo Dolo). John Martyn's Dealer and Usha Uthup's, One Two Cha Cha Cha are also noteworthy digs. Be on the listen for the "that's the way ugh-huh, ugh-huh I like it" drop in the latter. Another cover of the track Take Me to The River returns to this week's playlist, this time by Levon Helm (drummer / vocalist, the Band).
Enjoy this music and the longest days of Summer!
All our best from the farm,
Tom & William and Live Oak Farm team