Friends of the Farm-
Happy Friday! This week we lean on a robust selection of greens. Tender greens such as Romaine / Flashy Trout heads, radish tops, as well as a supporting mix of more hearty braising greens and kale bunches.
We highly encourage you to utilize stems in your cooking this week's produce! Kale stems and the green's stems found throughout the braising mix are a great start to any meal when sautéed in cast iron skillet. The crisp, snappy stems of Mizuna are also a favorite in how they almost behave like celery for a good crunch to any dish, garnish, or composed salad of their own. I for example really like making a slaw of Mizuna stems with a bit of rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, sliced radish, and shiso.
We're happy to ring-in what marks the last week of our current season of Fall CSA Season. Lucky for you we continue to farm year-round and continue our commitment to feed local families diverse mix of fruit, veggies, herbs, and more throughout the Winter. See note below for next season schedule and how to continue on with us.
Flowering bunches of Tulsi (Holy Basil) return this week as an immunity booster. Cold / Flu season is here. Try Tulsi Basil in your teas or as a culinary garnish. Its herbal powers are pretty incredible. Speaking of tea, welcome our NEW Summer blend of herbal tea. We build a new tea with each season of the year, based on dried herbs and botanicals here at the farm. Summer's blend includes the following: Rose Petals, Mint, Bachelor Buttons, Lavender, & Calendula.
There is something to be said for simplicity and well executed ingredients. Less is more this week with Salted French Breakfast Radish Toasts as our weekly recipe. It's a testament to good ingredients and an easy snack that has a lot more going for it than it might first appear.
Lastly, we welcome you to enjoy our weekly music playlist...
This week we've got a spicy one-two punch to get us off the ground from forever favorites, The Budos Band and James Brown. Kool & The Gang is good for so much more than just songs you equate to hearing at weddings. Enter their 1970 debut and self titled album and track of the same namesake. Sheep Don't You Know the Road by Bessie Jones and I Love by Tom T. Hall are also not to miss in this week's mix, along with Cloudy Shoes by Damien Jurado to match today's mood. Enjoy!
All our best from the farm,
Tom & William and Live Oak Farm team