Harvest Notes – Week 3 June 30th

June 30, 2011 at 11:10 am | Posted in CSA's, harvest notes | Leave a comment

Swiss Chard This bouquet of rainbow chard is in the same family as spinach and beets so it will taste a lot like them.

Salad Mix A triple washed mix of baby lettuce and baby mustard greens, this is pretty fancy stuff.

Mint We grow several varieties of mint which have very subtle differences in flavor.  Choose whichever color bunch appeals to you and freshen up a dish.

Garlic Scapes Garlic plants send up a flower stalk (the scape) about a month before the bulbs are ready for harvest.  We remove the scape so that the plant will put more energy into making a beautiful big bulb.  Conveniently, the scape happens to be delicious.  It can be used in place of garlic in any recipe or you can look up specific scape recipes like scape pesto.

Bok Choi This Asian cooking green is amazing in stir-fries, braised or even eaten raw.

Basil It must be summer, we’re harvesting basil!  These little bundles offer enough to season a dish.  As out plants grow bigger throughout the summer we will be giving you larger quantities for making pesto.

Summer Squash Choose from our three varieties of squash.  The flying saucer shaped ones are Patty Pans, the green are zucchini and the yellow are yellow crookneck summer squash.

Carrots We’ve bunched these carrots with the greens because they are just so beautiful that way.  You can use the greens to make soup stocks or, if you happen to have a pet rabbit, they are a delicacy for bunnies.

Beets Choose golden or red beets.  Enjoy the beet root and greens together or separately.

Turnips Probably your last round of spring turnips.  Both greens and root are delicious.

Rain, toughing it out and listening

June 23, 2011 at 8:28 am | Posted in farming, listening | Leave a comment

I never thought much about the weather before I was a farmer. It rains, you stay inside. It’s sunny, maybe you take a walk. Depends on your schedule. Here at Adamah, every day, we work where we’re needed. If there’s weeding to be done, and it’s sunny, you put on a lot of sunscreen, drink a lot of water, and sweat, sweat, sweat. If it’s harvest day, and it’s rainy, you get wet. Really wet. Like, will-I-ever-be-dry-again wet. This week, we’ve had a little bit of both. There are breaks in the shade, there’s inside work that needs to be done, but most of all, there’s the satisfaction of toughing it out.

There are also the classes. After a hard day of work, the Adamahniks and some staff convene in the yurt with Shamu, Sarah, or Aitan. So far we’ve learned about animal husbandry with Aitan, permaculture and Judaism in relation to sustainability with Shamu, and fundraising with Sarah.

Last night we met for a class about active listening, which is an integral part of community here at Adamah. Through skits and partner practice, we learned about the importance and meaning of truly listening—this involves body language, making sure you understand what the other person is saying, encouragement, helping with solutions, and other cool stuff. I’ll leave you with my favorite quote that Sarah gave us to help understand the material:

“In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth—teaching others.”
– Ibn Gabirol

B’Shalom,
Mo and Lowen

The Summer 2011 Fellows are here!

June 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Posted in adamahniks | 1 Comment

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