Mother Nature always has a way of reminding us who is in control. It is certainly not us.
The past few days we were busy accomplishing a lot of jobs, and we were beginning to feel pretty good about how things were looking in the garden.
Last night, Mother Nature moved in with a vengeance with straight winds over 70 mph. The skies were green which usually means hail. We were fortunate to not have the hail or tornadoes at our place. Others in the area were not as fortunate. Rain came with the winds, but difficult to measure with the force in which it was upon us.
When the skies had settled and it was safe to emerge from our house and our basement. We felt blessed to only have branches scattered throughout the yard, no trees were down. We still had all of the buildings. The crops were there, while they were a mangled mess.
I was thankful that we made a mad dash to harvest a few crops that grow above ground before the storm hit. They would have likely been damaged from the winds and blowing debris.
Have you ever taken the time to notice the differences between the plant stems and leaves. It is really fascinating the shapes and textures.
Boxes of Produce
This list is prepared before we harvest your share. Some guesswork is involved! We do our best to predict which crops will be ready to harvest, but sometimes crops are on the list that are not in the share, and sometimes crops will be in the share even though they’re not on the list. Remember food safety in your kitchen when preparing, always wash your hands before working with your produce and always wash your produce before eating.
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce – With a lot of lettuce in your boxes, check out Martha Stewart’s lettuce salad recipes. Some of the crops are ran under cold well water to take the field heat off of them so they last longer in your refrigerators. They are not washed – just cooled. So remember to wash your vegetables before eating.
Prizeleaf and Red Oak Leaf Lettuce – I love these beautiful lettuces – Prizeleaf is green with reddish tips and Red Oak Leaf is a red lettuce leaf. They add such a wonderful color to salads and sandwiches.
Kale – Here are some recipes for this vegetable.
Kohlrabi – You either have a purple or green kohlrabi in your box. Look here for more information on how to use this vegetable.
Beet – Dark Detroit Red Beets – The University of Minnesota provides direction on how to pickle beets here.
Sugar Snap Peas – A healthy harvest for you – eat the pod and the peas. These are a shareholder favorite. Fact: Minnesota is the second largest state for growing green peas for processing (meaning the peas will be frozen or canned peas like we buy in the store).
Green Beans – Enjoy the first of the season. Here are some recipe ideas from America’s Heartland.
Radishes – French Breakfast radishes – radish recipes.
Summer Squash and zucchini – The zucchini took off this week. Here are some recipes to try from Taste of Home. Learn more about the golden egg hybrid.
Onions – Yellow onions this week.
Fresh cut arrangement – hosta leaves, lilies and sweet peas.