Week 2 2016: Happy Summer Solstice and Strawberry Moon

Hi everyone! Happy Summer Solstice and Strawberry Moon 🙂
And just in time for the solstice, we have our first major crop of the season – sugar snap peas!
Veggies are growing.  We are catching up and watering every chance we have.  We hope that the rain that is now do Wednesday comes.  Rain does such a better job than sprinklers and drip line.  We are excited about the peas. Everyone will get peas this week.  The shares will get heavier – as the summer goes along. There are tiny tomatoes on the vines. All of the alliums are planted (onion family). The potatoes are going in today.
We processed our first batch of chickens yesterday – 91 chickens! They are available fresh this week and frozen after that.
Have a great week.  Adam and the girls are out in Oklahoma this week visiting with family.  Here on the farm we are trying to get through the list – our goal is to have everything that needs to be transplanted out be so by the week’s end. Thanks to the volunteers for all their hard work this week and lastJ
I’ve been thinking about my hands a lot lately.  Last year I wanted to make a book of hands – from people from all around the world.  Hands do so much for us. I know I take mine for granted -until you hurt them or they fall asleep on you.;) I think about all the things I do with my hands and in different parts of the year what my hands look like –
Just in the last 48 hours – all without gloves on because I like to feel the different textures and sensations.
Like the weight of the feed bag-
the suppleness of Annie’s teat when I milk her-
 the feeling of lettuce when you are cutting it first thing in the morning-
 the warmth and coolness felt while processing chickens-
the softness of the baby chick in my cup hand-
the strength in leading the halter of a cow going into a new pasture-
the warm and scratchiness of the soil as I plunge a transplant or seed into the earth-
the excitement of picking swiftly the smooth, plump peas this morning-
the smooth warmth of an egg just laid by the chicken-
the feel of my steel water bottle in the field-
the calluses from where the hoe rests when I weed the field-
holding the hands of our children.
and there are just a few of the things these hands have done..What have your hands done today? You will be amazed.
We look forward to farming with you this season.
Peace, your farmers, Christine, Adam, Sadie, Delia, Ashlyn and Mary Kelsey
What’s in the share this week:
This  list is what is in a  full share this week.  Things may change between Monday and Thursday and Individual and Salad share will get differing amounts and may not get everything on the list. Lettuce heads, bok choy. lettuce mix, hakerei salad turnips, sugar SNAP PEAS, mountain mint, fresh herbs of your choice
 
Farm Fresh Raw milk for Sale
We are very lucky to have two milking cows – Annie and Maggie – both give us plenty of milk each and every day and we would like to share that with you and anyone else would like to have raw milk.  We sell it $5 a half gal.  We also can do a sliding scale if needed for the milk.  You can buy milk at CSA pickup or anytime out of our barn fridge next to our house at 34 quaker.
 
Eggs for sale We have the pretty girls’ eggs for sale – these are free-range, certified organic chicken eggs that are brown eggs– with the brightest yellow/orange yolks you ever seen.  The eggs are $6.00 a dozen.  $3.00 half dozen ***FRESH CERTIFIED ORGANIC whole CHICKEN AVAILABLE at the FARM  NOWJ
Recipes:
Sugar Snap peas, in my humble opinion, are best eaten raw.  You can chop them up and put them in dishes.  You can stirfry them. But honestly, please just eat them raw.  They are so super sweet and deliciousJ Mountain mint is a perennial mint that is often found in meadows and prairie lands. It is not too pungent and not sweet.  Just refreshing. You can make mint tea – hot or cold – by seaping the fresh mint in warm almost hot water.  The mint also goes well in salads, in drinks, make ice cubes with it in it. You can also make mojitos 😉
With the fresh herbs you have in your share you can choped them up and them over pasta, in eggs, or make your own salad dressing – chop the herbs, add oil, add some cider or white vinegar and shake.  They also make a great marinade.
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