Low Stress

Even though it is the middle of August, you can already feel the shift towards fall. In the office, we are starting to plan for the winter and next year. Soon the big fall plantings will go in and we will start harvesting the potatoes and onions. Yet we are also still hoping for a heat wave to truly ripen our tomatoes and peppers. There is a lot of unripe fruit out there! 

It is pesto time again! Please feel free to take large amounts to freeze.

Seth is going to a Low-Stress Livestock Workshop at TomKat Ranch in Pescadero tomorrow led by Tina Williams and Richard McConnell of Hand n' Hand Livestock Solutions. This approach to handling livestock works with the natural instincts of the animals to move them rather than forcing them through fear.

On Friday, the whole family is going to Seattle to visit Seth's brother and his family. We will miss seeing some of you at pick up on Friday but we know that our amazing crew will take good care of the farm and you.

 Young cows in the field.

Young cows in the field.

This week's pick list:

  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini and Summer Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Kohlrabi
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Melon
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet Onion
  • Leeks
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Chard
  • Parsley, Dill, Cilantro and Basil
  • Strawberries
  • Herbs
 Young plants in the field with the farmstead in the background.

Young plants in the field with the farmstead in the background.

Delicious and Versatile Cabbage Salad (Adapted from Sunday Suppers at Lucques)

  • 1/2 cup vinegar (Red or white wine, apple cider and or balsamic vinegar all work well.)
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 small head of cabbage
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 kohlrabi, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup chopped fresh herbs, any combination of parsley, dill, cilantro, basil, and/or chives
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or 1/3 cup olive oil
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

In a small saucepan, reduce the vinegar by half over medium heat. Cool 5 minutes, and then stir in maple syrup or honey until it dissolves. Macerate the red onion in this mixture for 10 minutes. Combine the cabbage, carrots, and kohlrabi in a bowl. Pour the onions and the vinegar over the vegetables and toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper and let sit 15 minutes. Add the mayonnaise or olive oil, herbs and cayenne if you wish. Toss well and adjust the seasonings if need be. 

 Towering sunflowers.

Towering sunflowers.