From the Farmer

Week 7 – 6/28/2016
Blueberries!
Special treat this week, blueberries from Crossing Creek Farm, a B&B in Lincoln.  Barbara manages her blueberry bushes organically, though is not Certified Organic.  She is great and so are her blueberries.  There is a half-pint for each CSA share, and we expect to have more available at the Farm Stand.
 
Your share this week would make some good grilling.  Try grilling your kohlrabi – you’ll love it.  This might be the last you see of it for a while.  I know, wipe that tear.  Fall will be here soon.
 
First green beans this week.  Many of us at the farm like to cook them with garlic, maybe some sesame seeds in toasted sesame oil.  Try them with the baby leeks, instead of garlic.  I think you’ll like.
 
Wine Order for July 2nd
Tarara Winery will be at the Farm Stand on Saturday, July 2 to sell their Willowsford label wines: Farmhouse Red and Country White.  They are here on or around five holiday weekends this year: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the late Holidays.  Sales are based on pre-orders, you can purchase bottles or cases.
 
Place your wine order HERE.
 
Name That Flower
This year, we have more than 60 bouquets coming from Greenstone Fields in Purcellville each week and going home with our flower share subscribers. We’re learning that, just like in the vegetable shares, folks are interested in learning “what’s in the share,” so we’ve started an album on Facebook and Pinterest to help identify many of the flowers you have seen or will see throughout the season. 
 
Starting next week we’ll be adding a flower share post to our social media schedule. Follow us and the flower farmer, recently featured in the Loudoun Times-Mirror on Instagram, twitter and Facebook: @willowsfordfarm @greenstonefields for additional flower tips, facts and identifications.
 
How to Care for Flowers
Also, a quick note about flower care! When you receive your bouquet, chances are you’ve transported it in your vehicle without water for a little while, right? When you arrive home, give those stems a fresh cut, just a centimeter, and put them in at least three inches of fresh water. For optimal vase-life, avoid displaying your flowers in direct sun and refresh the water daily, removing any low leaves and trimming those stems. You may notice that some flowers still look great after a week or more, while others begin to wither. Tease through them! Toss the spent flowers in the compost and trim the perky ones, maybe put them in a shorter vase and add a splash of color to your nightstand, bathroom, or a hallway corner.

All About Vegetables and Cooking Techniques – Archives Now Online

Want to know more about kohlrabi or summer squash?  How to store cabbage?  Or maybe you want to know what Braising means and how the heck you do it.  Each week we bring you an All About section in the newsletter.  In All About we highlight a vegetable or cooking technique, and include general information, what to look for when shopping for an item, how to store it, how to prepare it, and what it goes well with.  Each newsletter also has one or more recipes.
 
Chef Bonnie Moore has written many All Abouts the last several years.  We have a fantastic partnership with Chef Bonnie, who has been part of Willowsford from the very beginning – before the Farm even.  We are happy to finally have all of these articles in one place.
 
The All Abouts are now all easily searchable on our website.  Check it out, here!  There you’ll find an index with Veggies on one side, and Techniques on the other.  Each link will take you to the full newsletter that includes the All About at bottom.
 
You can also find newsletters archived by date here.  Our recipe database (please add you own) is here.  
 
Be great,
 
Mike, Deb, Al, Lex, Jennifer, Anya, James, Briana, Theo, Kay, Sonya, Julia and Kelly, Radish and Bella, Goats x 13?!, Camilla x 498, dinner chicks x 999 in the freezer, Roscoe RIP and Popcorn, still at East 9th and Lakeside trying to catch a glimpse of LeBron.  How’d he miss him?

 

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