One very full week!
Some weeks just seem longer than others… but a few late evenings and hot days help give the feeling of having accomplished a lot more than usual in a week. We had fun moving 400 square bales of hay from the fields into the barn Wednesday evening, after the temperature had cooled down a bit! We took the afternoon to relax the next day which was even better, especially with the temperature and humidity so high. Heat warnings? What are they? It’s much easier to work in the heat when you are used to it. We are.
Another evening we were trying to salvage old drip tape – the long thin plastic tubing we use to water the garden. In trying to use some sections from last season we were finding far too many holes to be worth patching. Do you give up and throw out a section after two holes or nine holes?
The week ended with our potluck! I’m pleased to announce the most creatively scrumptious dish, by popular vote, was Carrot-coconut Salad. A proud Albert went home with a potato-sac full of goodies including some eggs, the first of the french and purple beans, some hot peppers, zucchini, and dried camomile. His winning recipe was made from grated carrots and shredded coconut (in equal parts) with some raisins or cranberries. This salad was served with a sweet and sour dressing made from 1 cup Apple cider vinegar, 125mL of honey and 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh ginger. Apparently the salad is best when the coconut is freshly picked from a tree and ground in a coffee grinder, but we don’t happen to have any coconut trees at Riverglen! Popular vote was also strong for some Carrot Ginger Coconut Milk soup, Lemon-thyme and Spelt bread, Kale chips, Berry shortcakes and Chocolate beet cake! Recipes are going up on the website. A delicious feast 🙂
When we ordered chicks this spring, we took both males and females (otherwise the male chicks are just killed). Now that we have let them roam free for a few months they will be slaughtered on Wednesday. So if anyone would like to eat some Riverglen chicken… please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can pick up your chicken fresh on Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, otherwise they will be frozen. Whole chickens will be sold for 4.50$ per pound.
What’s in my Box?
- Beets: The bins are packed with two varieties for you to choose between. The Chioggia beets are white and red stripes when they are cut open – they can be recognized by a slightly more orange colour. The (other) beets are a much deeper purple colour and the red from the stems extends onto the leaves along the veins. Don’t forget their edible greens are yummy too.
- Carrots: Freshly dug for you to crunch, boil, sauté or bake.
- Swiss Chard: We gave our greens a week of rest, and they look all the better for it.
- Peas: Some are green, some are purple – beware the purple ones loose their colour with cooking. There’s nothing like preparing a colourful feast, only to open the pot lid and see they have switched to green… they’re just as delicious either way!
- Shallots: Tiny members of the onion family, use them as you would their other family members.
- Lettuce: Nice heads of lettuce can still be found in our fields, but they’re heading for your salad bowls. I love summertime salad meals – throw in some grilled chicken and cheese, or some feta cheese and olives.
- Parsley: Nice little bunches to add a different herb to your dishes.
- Broccoli or Zucchini: Tuesday gets broccoli – lovely big heads which are a first for Riverglen. The zucchini harvest is beginning and will start in the Thursday baskets this week.