Vegetables, Food and 4-H

Vegetables, Food and 4-H

Much of our time this week was spent with different 4-H activities including entering projects for the Minnesota State Fair 4-H virtual show including a swine (pig) project – breeding gilt (a girl pig that has not yet had piglets) and vegetable gardening project.

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4-H Vegetable Garden project

Selecting and preparing the vegetable garden project took most of Friday . This will culminate with a zoom group interview in another few weeks. As you can see from the display, it was a beautiful selection of color and variety of types of vegetables. The box needed to include 2 small vegetables with 12 of each vegetable, 3 medium vegetables with 3 of each vegetable and one large vegetable.

Last but not least is this week’s recipes from the 4-H Grilling Club that Keith participated in this summer. It was a great excuse to try new things and for him to learn many new skills. We are so very grateful for our kids to be able to grow in new and different ways through 4-H. Especially this summer when positive activities were very much needed.  We hope you enjoy the recipes below as much as we did.

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Wishing you relaxed moments like these for your week ahead.

Pick-Up and Delivery

  • Remember that pick-up and deliveries will be on the schedule you have arranged with Harner Brothers CSA – please note the exceptions to this which were in the email. Please follow the CDC and MDH guidelines and COVID-19 procedures in email.
  • It is your responsibility to know that the pick-up or drop-off time will occur at the agreed upon time, and it is your responsibility as a shareholder to know this and be responsible for the produce at that time. If you are unable to utilize your share that week, it is still your responsibility: find someone else to pick it up or donate it to the food shelf.
  • Each box is labeled for each family. The same boxes will be used for your family throughout the season. Boxes and containers should be returned the following week. Bags will only be used once.

Garden Science

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.

Outrageous Red Lettuce and Black Seeded Simpson – This crop took a beating with the hail earlier this week. So if you see ragged, limp leaves etc it is due to that. We tried to clean it up the best we could.

Carrots – Have you ever wondered how baby carrots are made. Check this out.

RadishesCherry Belle and French Radishes

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I encourage you to pause and enjoy the wonderful design and colors that the garden offers.

Onions Enjoy the Walla Walla onions this week. Such a beautiful color. Learn more about onions from America’s Heartland.

Garlic – While these bulbs of garlic are small, they have good flavor. Learn how to peal, mince etc your garlic from Real Simple.

Cucumbers I don’t know about you, but I love the smell of cucumbers. We had a request about canning pickles. Perhaps you want to give a can pickles or green beans this year. We have another crop of both coming around. Take a look at what it would take…learn more from the University of Minnesota Extension.

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Peppers – Enjoy a few green peppers. I cut them up and freeze them to use throughout the winter. We enjoyed this week’s bountiful harvest.

Sunburst Patty Pan Summer Squash I’ve been using this like zucchini in recipes. This is what I used in the Fudgy Zucchini Brownies this week.

Potatoes – The Kennebec is a wonderful baking potato. See how potatoes are harvested in Idaho on America’s Heartland.

Basil – An herb I enjoy using when grilling or making tomato sauce. Learn from Martha Stewart some tips and tricks.

Sweet Corn – Enjoy this variety of Elvis sweet corn.

Arrangement – A variety of flowers including Zinnias, Rudebeckia, Hostas and more.

Recipe of the Week

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4-H Grilling included kabobs and some ears of sweet corn.

Teriyaki – Chicken Kabobs

makes 6 servings

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast – cut into 1 inch cubes

2 Medium Zucchini – cut into ½ thick slices

1 Green Bell Peppers – cut into 1 inch squares

1 Small Red Onion – cut into 1 inch squares

1 cup Teriyaki Sauce – divided

½ teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoning

Steps

-Cut Chicken into cubes

-In a ziplock bag, place chicken cubes, Zucchini, peppers, onions and ¼ cup teriyaki sauce into the bag and seal. Let marinate in a cooler with ice for 30 minutes.

-Preheat grill

-Place Chicken and veggies on long metal skewers.

-Sprinkle with Lawery seasoning.

-Place skewers on hot grate for 10 – 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout

-Basting kabobs with remaining teriyaki sauce however avoid basting during the last 15 minutes.

wp-1597870616234.jpgToasted Pesto Rounds

makes 12 servings¼ cup Fresh Chopped Basil or Dill

¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1 Clove Garlic – minced

3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

1 Loaf French Bread – cut ¼ thick

4 teaspoons Chopped Tomato

1 Green Onion – sliced

Pepper to taste

Steps

-Slice the French Bread

-Chop Basil or Dill

-Chop tomato

-Slice Onion

-In a small bowl combine chopped basil, parmesan cheese minced garlic and mayonnaise

-Lay French Bread on hot grate for about 1 to 2 minutes until lightly toasted

-Turn slices over and spread on even amount of mayo mixture over one side

-Top each slice with tomatoes and onions

-Grill for an additional minute until bread slices are lightly brown

-Season with pepper to taste.

Source of both recipes: Campfire Cooking through the Minnesota 4-H SE Grilling Club

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Last meal of 4-H grilling club for Keith. What a positive experience to grow skills and try new things…teriyaki chicken kabobs and toasted pesto rounds with the meal rounded off with sweet corn and fruit smoothies.

Bloom where you are Planted

Bloom where you are Planted

As we see a variety of crop changes occurring in the garden, the saying “Bloom where you are planted” spoke to me. From the pumpkins, gourds and winter squash growing like crazy to the new crops struggling with little moisture to the weeds excelling where they are given the opportunity, it really is a wide spectrum of outcomes occurring. How to can we make the most out of our opportunities to grow and excel?

This seems to be the case in our lives right now. So many discussions and work around school and extra-curricular activities, and what that looks like. I continue to remind myself that grace and kindness must be top of mind to everyone no matter the situation. Teaching our children to be flexible in this constantly changing world we live in – is a must. In these situations, “Bloom where you are planted,” must be a focus. Finding an opportunity like the plants do to succeed needs to be a priority.

Just like the plants in the garden, the growing conditions are constantly changing. We must find the bright spot in our days and the opportunity to “Bloom where we are planted.”

“Be faithful in the small things. I f you can’t feed 100 feed 1.” Mother Teresa. Know by choosing to “Bloom where you are planted,” even if it seems small, it may very well make a big difference.

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The 4 O’Clocks are a beautiful representation of “Blooming where you are planted.” Letting their stunning colors draw in beneficial insects and hummingbirds. Making a small difference in a stunning way.

Garden Science

Did you know that when we harvest cucumbers that they have small spikes on them? Cucumbers may have become spiny for the same reason that some animals are camouflaged or have horns…to protect themselves from predators.

Pick-Up and Delivery

  • Remember that pick-up and deliveries will be on the schedule you have arranged with Harner Brothers CSA – please note the exceptions to this which were in the email. Please follow the CDC and MDH guidelines and COVID-19 procedures in email.
  • It is your responsibility to know that the pick-up or drop-off time will occur at the agreed upon time, and it is your responsibility as a shareholder to know this and be responsible for the produce at that time. If you are unable to utilize your share that week, it is still your responsibility: find someone else to pick it up or donate it to the food shelf.
  • Each box is labeled for each family. The same boxes will be used for your family throughout the season. Boxes and containers should be returned the following week. Bags will only be used once.

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.

Outrageous Red Lettuce and Black Seeded Simpson – So grateful this crop seems to thrive on dry weather. Lovely color for sandwiches and salads.

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French Radish – I never get tired of the beautiful colors of this crop.

French Radish – This crop has been enjoying the weather. Enjoy the fresh radishes.

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Purple Kohlrabi – love the color.

Kohlrabi – Two varieties this week: purple and giant duke. We are coming to the end of this round of this crop. More is planted but is slow to grow due to the lack of rain.

Onions Enjoy the Patterson, purple or Walla Walla onions in your boxes.

Super Sugar Snap Peas – This is the last of the second crop of peas. The 3rd crop is peaking out of the ground and has been slow to grow due to the lack of rain.

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Beets are a favorite of mine. Some like to peel and cut up and eat raw. I prefer mine cooked with a dab of butter.

Detroit Dark Red Beets – The entire plant is edible – that includes the leaves. Here are some ideas from Martha Stewart on how to use your beets.

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Broccoli after a little bit of rain this past weekend.

Cucumbers – I don’t know about you, but I love the smell of cucumbers. We had a request about canning pickles. Perhaps you want to give a refrigerator pickle a try first. Here is information on canning pickles.

Green Beans –We have a few subsequent crops that are coming into their own. Some of you may have Dragon Tongue beans mixed in with the green beans.

wp-1594835066988.jpgSunburst Patty Pan Summer Squash – Sunburst is a beautiful butter yellow scallop-type squash. Each fruit is accented with a small dark green ring. Check out this summer squash/zucchini pie at Taste of Home.

Zucchini – Wash the zucchini and eat with or without the skin on. Here are a few ways to use it.

wp-15948350657616710347622166616183.jpgPotatoes – The Dark Red Norland variety is often served boiled or in potato salads. The variety, Norland, was released by the North Dakota Agricultural College in 1957. See how potatoes are harvested in Idaho on America’s Heartland.

Tomatoes – a variety of cherry tomatoes this week.

Garlic – While the bulb is small, the flavor is wonderful. Enjoy the garlic. Here is how to peal the garlic bulb and here is how to crush it.

Arrangement – A variety of flowers including zinnias, rudebeckia, hostas, sunflowers and more.

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Zinnia colors are so vibrant. As we walked passed these earlier this week, I was told by the boys that I really needed to stop and look at the colors. They were right. I needed to pause and see God’s beauty first hand.

Recipe of the Week

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Lazy Tacos look so different loaded with all of the varieties of vegetables but boy did it taste delicious!

Lazy Tacos

This is a family favorite and a go to recipe in our house. Thank you to Steve’s Aunt Coleen for sharing this idea with us many years ago. This dish can take on many options depending on your family’s tastes.
Crush corn chips and layer taco favorites on top such as:
-taco meat
-onions
-black olives
-tomatoes
-lettuce
-sharp cheddar cheese
-chilli beans
-salsa
-cottage cheese

-Ranch or French dressing
-A variety of vegetables

Note: with all of the fresh produce I would also try a variety of vegetables.

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

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Blessings come when you least expect it. The attitude of gratitude was obvious to me the past 24 hours.

  1. Today’s beginning was so beautiful, watching the fog come off the fields and the sun rise. It’s important in life to stop and take in the beauty that surrounds us.
  2. After last night’s baseball games, I thought for sure the last thing the boys would want to do is harvest zucchini and be in the garden. To my surprise, it was an absolute beautiful evening with smiles on everyone’s faces.
  3. This evening, a flower had fallen out of one of the flower arrangements. Just as I suggested that it be picked up, it was stepped on. To my surprise, it didn’t phase the flower. It still looked flawless. Moral of the story: Even if you feel like your getting stepped on by something enormous, bounce back and be beautiful – that’s what God made you to be.
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Smiles all around as the sun was setting last night. God’s light was shining through their smiles.

Garden Science

Japanese beetles are a real nuisance in the garden this year. Eating leaves and flowers and decimating plants.

 Pick-Up and Delivery

  • Remember that pick-up and deliveries will be on the schedule you have arranged with Harner Brothers CSA – please note the exceptions to this which were in the email. Please follow the CDC and MDH guidelines and COVID-19 procedures in email.
  • It is your responsibility to know that the pick-up or drop-off time will occur at the agreed upon time, and it is your responsibility as a shareholder to know this and be responsible for the produce at that time. If you are unable to utilize your share that week, it is still your responsibility: find someone else to pick it up or donate it to the food shelf.
  • Each box is labeled for each family. The same boxes will be used for your family throughout the season. Boxes and containers should be returned the following week. Bags will only be used once.

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.

Outrageous Red Lettuce and Black Seeded Simpson – So grateful this crop seems to thrive on dry weather. Lovely color for sandwiches and salads.

Carrots – A few to enjoy raw, in a salad or in a fresh cooked veggie dish. When they are fresh out of the garden like this, I don’t worry about peeling. I simply wash and eat raw or slice and add to a salad. 

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Purple Kohlrabi – love the color.

Kohlrabi – Two varieties this week: purple and giant duke. Cut off the bottom and the top, peel them and cut up like an apple. I love to eat them dipped in peanut butter.

 Radishes – A few – the heat may have made them a bit tangy – with a bite to them. We are nearing the end of this crop. 

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I just love the braided look on the stem of the onion.

Onions Enjoy the Patterson or Walla Walla onions in your boxes.

wp-1594835066988.jpgSunburst Patty Pan Summer SquashSunburst is a beautiful butter yellow scallop-type squash. Each fruit is accented with a small dark green ring. The mild, white flesh remains tender and firm. Best used when harvested and eaten at around 3″ across. Here are some ways from Martha Stewart to use and prepare this vegetable.

ZucchiniWash the zucchini and eat with or without the skin on. Here are a few ways to use it.

wp-1594181892702.jpgCucumbersI don’t know about you but I love the smell of cucumbers. This joyous vegetable is coming into its own. Enjoy with or without the skin on.

Green Beans – The first crop struggled to get out of the ground. We have a few subsequent crops that are coming into their own.

Super Sugar Snap Peas – Eat the pods and peas all together. This is the end of the first crop. The second crop looks like it just started to get some pods on it. 

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Beets are a favorite of mine. Some like to peel and cut up and eat raw. I prefer mine cooked with a dab of butter.

Detroit Dark Red Beets – The entire plant is edible – that includes the leaves. Here are some ideas from Martha Stewart on how to use your beets.

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Some of you have taken these plants home and rooted them into a pot. Some are taking them home and making pesto. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Basil – An herb I enjoy using when grilling or making tomato sauce. Learn from Martha Stewart some tips and tricks.

Cilantro – Wash and enjoy. Freeze extra by placing in ice cube trays and running water over them and freeze. A good way to use later in soups and other dishes. Check out these ideas from Martha Stewart on how to use this herb.

wp-15948350657616710347622166616183.jpgPotatoes – The Dark Red Norland variety is great for cooking, roasting or on the grill. These fresh out of the ground potatoes cook up faster than others you buy. Simply because they are newly harvested. Check out this week’s recipe below.

Flower Arrangement – A variety of flowers including lilies and zinnias.

Recipe of the Week

Roasted New Potatoes

The small new potatoes work great for this dish, all you have to do is cut them in half. Otherwise cut the larger new potatoes into 1 1/2-inch chunks. No need to peel.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

1 1/2 pounds of smallish new potatoes (red or yellow skinned), cleaned, cut in half or quarters

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)

1-2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 Preheat oven to 450°Fahrenheit. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, olive oil, rosemary, and garlic. Toss until potatoes are well coated with everything.

2 Spread the potatoes out on a single layer of a roasting pan (a sturdy pan that can take high oven heat, a standard cookie sheet may warp). Roast for 40 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through and browned. Serve immediately.

Source: Simply Recipes

The Other Side of the Fence

The Other Side of the Fence

In life, it is so easy to view things from our perspective. This week while weeding the peas, I was reminded of such a valuable life lesson.

As I was weeding, I noticed that if I went to the other side of the fence and weeded the opposite side (the side that was not in the order I intended to go) that the process was a lot faster and easier to weed. So in other words, I got up walked around the fence and got outside of the box and out of my intended organized order.

I was reminded of how important it is to look around, see issues in different angles and look for different solutions to challenges. Many times solutions are right in front of us, we just need to make the effort to see it from a different perspective.

So, this week as we celebrate the birthday of our nation. I encourage you to take time to pause, walk to the other side of the fence, see life from a renewed perspective, count our blessings and reflect how very blessed we are to live in the United States of America.

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Take time to take a look at life from a different perspective and celebrate the many blessings of living in the United States of America.

Pick-Up and Delivery

  • Remember that pick-up and deliveries will be on the schedule you have arranged with Harner Brothers CSA – please note the exceptions to this which were in the email. Please follow the CDC and MDH guidelines and COVID-19 procedures in email.
  • It is your responsibility to know that the pick-up or drop-off time will occur at the agreed upon time, and it is your responsibility as a shareholder to know this and be responsible for the produce at that time. If you are unable to utilize your share that week, it is still your responsibility: find someone else to pick it up or donate it to the food shelf.
  • Each box is labeled for each family. The same boxes will be used for your family throughout the season. Boxes and containers should be returned the following week. Bags will only be used once.

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.

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Spinach can be harvested many times from the same crop. You cut the leaves off of the plant, and they grow back. So we get several harvests from one planting.

Spinach – Love this mixed into a salad with other greens or as a standalone by itself.

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Carrots are a wonderful root vegetable. Place in your refrigerator and eat raw or cooked.

Carrots – A few to enjoy raw, in a salad or in a fresh cooked veggie dish. When they are fresh out of the garden like this, I don’t worry about peeling. I simply wash and eat raw or slice and add to a salad.

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Giant Duke Kohlrabi – eat like an apple or slice and dip in peanut butter.

Kohlrabi – Two varieties this week: purple and giant duke. Cut off the bottom and the top, peel them and cut up like an apple. I love to eat them dipped in peanut butter.

Radishes – A new crop of radishes this week. Eat raw or cut them up and add them to a hot dish. They may be a bit hot tasting due to the hotter weather. Hot weather brings out a little kick to this vegetable. Cooler weather presents a milder taste.

Spring Onions Spring onions have white bulbs, but they can also have purple or yellow bulbs. Unlike mature onions, which are usually dried, spring onions should be refrigerated. Although the raw bulbs of spring onions have more bite and a stronger flavor than scallions, when sliced thickly and sautéed until tender, they become markedly sweet. Spring onions can also be roasted whole, used in a frittata or soup. Spring onions (both the white part and the green stalks) are great in stir-fry dishes.

Super Sugar Snap Peas – Eat the pods and peas all together. Eat raw or sautee. Great snack.

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Beets are a favorite of mine. Some like to peel and cut up and eat raw. I prefer mine cooked with a dab of butter.

Detroit Dark Red Beets – The entire plant is edible – that includes the leaves. Here are some ideas from Martha Stewart on how to use your beets.

Basil – An herb I enjoy using when grilling or making tomato sauce. Learn from Martha Stewart some tips and tricks.

9-3-12 Cilantro

Cilantro

Cilantro – Wash and enjoy. Freeze extra by placing in ice cube trays and running water over them and freeze. A good way to use later in soups and other dishes. Check out these ideas from Martha Stewart on how to use this herb.

hostas

Hostas and Spirea

Arrangement – Hosta leaves in a vase with a variety of flowers including spirea and tiger lilies.

Recipe of the Week

With the choices in your box this week, I would eat the majority of them raw. With the holiday coming up this weekend, you may wanted to try a few of the following options.

Roasted Vegetables from Martha Stewart

Grilled Vegetables from Taste of Home