Thursday, July 17, 2008

Week six: Art Fair Madness!

Well, that crazy art fair week has arrived and I hope everyone's reveling in it! This week at the farm has been quite hot. On Monday we spent the day weeding the summer fruit vegetables--peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants. For once we have a field that looks really neat and weed-free right next to the barn! Harvest morning on Wednesday went really well. We finished early, before the real heat of the day kicked in, despite the fact that Cynthia and I were extremely late after getting stuck behind a line-painting truck on Scio Church Road. As ever, I forgot to take my camera to the Farm, but I did get some great pictures of us cooking last week, so enjoy these shots of your food in the making. On the Kitchen front, it's going to be in interesting week because I'm going to be away on Friday--heading out of town to attend the wedding of two of my friends. However, after an excellent cooks' meeting last night I have complete confidence in Cynthia, Michelle, Margaret, Claire, and Nora. They've got a great menu lined up for you this week!
This week's share:
Cabbage - 1 head
Summer squash - 2
Greens - 1/2 lb
Parsley - 1 bunch
Cucumber - 1
Arugula - 1 bunch
Lettuce - 2 heads
Potatoes - 1 box
Carrots - 7
Beets - 4

The menu is:
Colcannon from Laurel's Kitchen, p. 197
What is Colcannon? I'm so glad you asked. It's an Irish dish with potatoes and greens. And there's this fabulous song about it!

Asian Cabbage Slaw from Farmer John's Cookbook p. 259
Split Pea and Zucchini soup from The Best-Ever Vegetarian Cookbook p. 30
Beet, Carrot, and Cucumber Salad with Lime Vinaigrette from The Boxing Clever Cookbook p. 133
Very Artistic Salad with lettuce and arugula

a note about CFK stock: you might notice on some of your labels that we use "homemade stock". Well, it's true! We make our own vegetable stock by boiling vegetable scraps (onion peel, parsley stems, apple cores, carrot ends, whatever we have to hand) in water for a while. No added salt but plenty of flavor. Hope you enjoy!

See you next week!
peace,
Mary

3 comments:

Speak Coffee said...

Mary,

Just discovered the blog aspect of your company, and I'm happy to say I've found it.

A request/suggestion for people not as in touch with farming (ahem, me) - would you consider posting/blogging updates about what vegitables are in season? I'd love to eat seasonally but with the way grocery stores are now I have no idea if what I'm looking at is in season or if it's shipped across country. Sometimes they tell you and sometimes it's so hard to find that I give up looking for the information!

Thanks, and best wishes!
E.W.

Community Farm Kitchen said...

Hi E,
Glad you found the blog! If you read through the posts, you'll find that the part where I list the week's share is a list of produce that was grown THIS WEEK in the Ann Arbor area, so it's a pretty good list of things that are in season. However, different farms plant things at different times, so it's not definitive. Also, it's important to note that just because something's in season here it doesn't mean that the strawberries you find in the store are actually FROM here! Scarily enough, we import more strawberries from California during our strawberry season than at other times. So, the share list you can find on this blog can give you a good sense of what to LOOK for as seasonal, the best way to find out what's really local is to ask. Of course, everything at the Farmer's Market is grown within a day's drive of Ann Arbor--and you can always ask the farmers about where they're located and their growing practices. (Go early on Wednesdays to avoid the crazy crowds). The People's Food Co-op on 4th Ave is really good about labeling where things come from (and is my personal favorite grocery store in the area), but if you shop at other places and they DON'T label, go ahead and ask a worker. If enough people express interest, the store might start labeling and/or buying local produce!
Hope this helps!
Mary

Speak Coffee said...

Oh! Lovely! I guess I didn't look far enough back in the blog.