Friends of the Farm-
What the difference a week makes. It feels like a completely different season from a just a week ago. We've enjoyed working in the cooler temperatures and welcome the Fall Equinox in the week ahead. And what do you know, there's even rain in this weekend's forecast!
We farmers find ourselves in the busiest time of the year with what feels like never-ending harvesting of late summer crops, flipping beds, new bed building, seeding, transplanting brassicas, lettuces, and much, much more. We continue to manage our orchards for a few more varieties of apples still ripening, and turn our attention to Persimmons around the corner with the welcome of Fall.
This week's recipe has been a summer favorite of mine. Tomatoes and Shiso take center stage in a pairing that I believe needs to be more well known. Step aside basil!
We featured a Japanese-inspired Caprese Salad recipe a few weeks ago, but this week's salad is a more true version that shines light on Shiso (leaves and flowers). The Shiso flowers accentuate the dish's final texture and add pop in the presentation. A bit of Jalapeño in this dish too brings a touch of heat to compliment the chorus of late-summer tomatoes and herbs.
*Note that this week's Jalapeños carry some of the heat from last week's extreme temperatures. I too was caught off guard thinking they were the milder versions we'd seen in previous successions. Proceed with caution and try first before going all in*
Lastly, we welcome you to enjoy our weekly music playlist.
If you're a fan of our complementing music playlist each week, you know that it leans towards the funky, the eccentric, and the soulful, Not to worry, there is some of all of that back again this week. But it's the slower, folkier tune or two that got my attention this week. The one I can't seem to get out of my head is Little Bit Sweet off the Wood Brothers newest record, Kingdom In My Mind. This week's other must-listen exploration is introduction to Ryan Scott. I've got his record Love U Like The Sun in June on the playlist, but you really must give the full album- A Freak Grows In Brooklyn a listen. Enjoy!
All our best from the farm,
Tom & William and Live Oak Farm team