This week your basket contains: leeks, potatoes, onions, carrots or parsnips, and greens mix (collards, kale, bok choy, beet greens, & cabbage)Like everyone else, we are concerned about doing what we can to limit the spread of coronavirus. As it turns out, the food safety guidelines we have been following (wearing gloves when handling produce in the field and packing shed, using lots of fresh running water to clean the veggies, and regular handwashing for example) are also the recommended protocols now. We are also being more vigilant at all steps in the process. As always, we still recommend that you wash your veggies prior to eating or cooking them. It turns out the decision we made decades ago to do home delivery limits the exposure of our 2 workers and ourselves, while at the same time allowing us to continue to deliver fresh food to our community with minimal risk. We are so grateful for your support. We have also become aware that our deliveries could help other farmers whose markets at restaurants have been cut off. One such farm family, Lise & Steve of Fraga Farm in Gales Creek have reached out to us about offering their spectacular goat cheese as an add on. Lise says “Fraga Farmstead Creamery is Oregon’s only certified organic goat dairy. We milk 72 very happy goats on our farm in Gales Creek and turn the milk into a wide range of delicious cheeses. Since 2019 we are also licensed Animal Welfare Approved.”
Chevre a mild and creamy cheese that goes with absolutely everything. We use it a lot in cooking and baking as well. Three flavors: Plain, Chefs Blend (Garlic herb) and Olive Tapenade. Our Chèvre is packaged in a 4.5 ounce Mason jar that is returnable – there is a one dollar deposit for it the first time. Price is $7 (plus $1 deposit)
Raw Feta -Along with the Chrere our most popular cheese. It comes packaged in a 1/2 lb or a 1lb Mason Jar in brine. It has a very long “life sxpectancey” of over three month and is a wonderful “pantry staple” to have on hand (in the fridge of course). Our farmers market shoppers tell us that they us it in “absolutely everything – Feta makes everything better….”1/2 lb of feta in Brine packaged in pin jar $15; 1lb of feta in Brine packaged in quart Jar $25The following cheeses are sold by weight in cryopac of about .25 lb (range of .23 to .30)
Goazarella- a meltable, stackable goats milk cheese, very milk. $5.25 for a quarter pound
Farmhouse- a crumbly mid cheese a favorite in several restaurants, it can top anything. $5.25 /quarter pound.
Fennugreek- a hard aged cheese with fenugreek rubbed on the rind Somewhere between a Manchego and a Parmesan. This cheese as well as our feta is made with raw milk and aged for 4-8 month. If you like to try the cheeses first they can send a sample pack of all of the cheeses except the Chèvre, it doesn’t pack well in sample packs
2 lbs. fresh greens
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. lemon or lime juice
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
Chop greens roughly. Cut small stems into bite-sized pieces; discard large ones. Heat oil in large skillet, add garlic, and sauté until it turns golden. Add greens, sauté briefly, then add lemon juice, soy sauce, and salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add pepper, and serve immediately. From the Winter Harvest Cookbook by Lane Morgan
CURRY ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES WITH LIME LEAVES AND JUICE
3 large carrots
¼ cup olive oil
3 Tbs. lime juice
2 tsp. curry powder
6 Kaffir lime leaves, shredded
2 stems fresh curry leaves
3 Tbs. chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper
Cut all the veggies into batons (approx. ¼ in. wide by 2 ½ in.) and place them in a large roasting pan. Drizzle the olive oil over the veggies and sprinkle half the lime juice, the curry powder, 1 ¼ tsp. of salt and a healthy dose of black pepper. Mix well and roast at 4750 for 30 minutes turning the veggies once or twice during cooking. Add the lime leaves, curry leaves, and scallions and roast for an additional 10 minutes. Remove the veggies from the oven, sprinkle with the remaining lime juice and cilantro. This dish can be served warm or at room temperature. Adapted from Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi.
Another sure sign that true spring is right around the corner is that TULIPS AND DAFFODILS are on the verge of blooming! Polly will be offering bunches of 10-12 blooms (plus greens) for only $6. Order now via email (see below) and we will send them along as the are available. One event we had been planning to attend that has been cancelled was the CSA Share Fair (a sign-up event). We always have some garden starts for that event that we now need to find a home for. We have 6-packs of snap peas, snow peas, shelling peas, Asian greens mix, arugula, spinach, and lettuce. We can deliver them with your basket for $4.50 per 6-pack.