Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Today the temperature here was in the nineties. Surely this signifies the end of my fresh spring greens. I have been so grateful to have them these last couple months, not just for the joy of harvesting, and eating them, but because their growth makes me feel like we are doing something right. When I'm feeling overwhelmed with all I haven't done, seeing those beds with everything doing so well all on it's own is like a whisper of encouragement... "Look what can be achieved Shannon if you just jump in. A little work upfront can have a tremendous payout....breathe deep, and cut your self a fresh salad!" Spring crops are good like that. Plunk some seeds down in the ground, and in no time you've got big leafy plants. Sure you may have to feed them once or twice, (we didn't), or water them a bit, but if you start early enough spring crops can offer great reward for far less effort than you'd think. Matt and I (heavy on the Matt, light on the Shannon) started our vegetable garden the first of March this year. Honestly, we were still a bit behind, February is good for lots of things when you have cold frames. This past fall we hadn't planted anything, but cover crops in most beds so Matt tilled those in, set up the cold frames he had made to fit over our raised beds and direct seeded a variety of cool season crops.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
This time the vendor, (also looking for cooking suggestions) convinced me to buy the stuff one more time and give it a go. As fate would have it, Kohlrabi seems to be "The hot new vegetable," and miss Martha herself did a full page spread on it in the June issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. Three ways to prepare Kohlrabi are provided, all very different, and all easy. I decided I would try all three.
Kohlrabi is a brassica, long ago modified from wild mustard greens. The hard ball at the base has a texture somewhat like the base of a large head of cabbage, but somehow more starchy. The flavor can vary somewhat depending on the variety ranging from ever so slightly spicy, to a fresh slight cucumber flavor. Both the base and the greens are edible. The three Martha recipes utilize all the elements of kohlrabi, which is great fresh, baked, or sauteed with the greens.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
We hope that everyone is enjoying this perfect spring weather. We certainly are.
We enjoyed seeing some of y'all out at market this past weekend. We are at the Byrd house Market on Tuesdays from 3-7 and the South of the James and St Stephen's markets on Saturday from 8-12.
On the topic of markets, we have decided to discontinue the set Sunday hours for our farm market at Tuckahoe. Working all day seven days a week 26 weeks a year is too much. We need a day where all we do is make sure the animals are fed, watered and happy and then take it easy. For now, the market will be open by appointment or by chance. If you stop by Tuckahoe and happen to see someone working in the gardens, ask them about purchasing our meat and eggs.
Right now we have plenty of eggs, lambs and flowers available. If you want eggs, lamb or flowers, but can't make it to market, you are welcome to come pick them up at the farm. Give Daniel 370 9686 or Emily 506-4015 a call."
Monday, May 16, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Slow Food RVa is pleased to host
in this blind tasting/education session
bean preparation from an Amazon cocoa grower
roasting techniques and regional flavors
world's 3rd most important commodity
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Please join Tricycle Garden to help celebrate the Grand Opening of our Farm Stand this Thursday, May 5th from 4-7pm. We will extend the farm stand an extra hour that night and will be serving up cold beer and wine, music and more.
Location: Tricycle Gardens HQ: 2107 Jefferson Ave, Richmond VA 23223
Activities will include:
* Pet some baby goats from Huguenot Hundred Acres
* Cinco De Mayo Drinks & Nibbles - We’ll have ice-cold coronas with limes & an assortment of Virginia wines. Snack on some zesty Texas Caviar from the Alamo BBQ & some Latin-infused tasty treats from Hispania Bakery (Old World with a New World Twist, opening soon!). Both businesses are located right here in Union Hill.
* Lamplighter Roasting Co. will have freshly made coffee & tea drinks and coffee beans for sale.
* Mexican hand-made embroidered shirts for sale, brought back from Mexico by Amy Hicks of Amy's Garden.
* Music from Evrim Dogu of Sub Rosa Bread will be singing and playing some music. Chris Hale with Scattered, Smothered & Covered (and owner of BioForm Landscape Architecture hopes to join him towards the end of the evening.
The Farm Stand is open Every Tuesday & Thursday from 4-6 pm - Fresh Veggies to Eat & Plant, Rain Barrels, Worm Bins & Worm Castings & More!
For More information about the Tricycle Gardens Farm Stand: http://tricyclegardens.org/farm-stand/
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Join St. Thomas' Church and Fall Line Farms for a special event -- a screening of the 2009 documentary FRESH.
"FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers, and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet."
The movie starts at 7pm. Come early to meet and chat with some of the local food producers who work with Fall Line Farms. All are welcome -- bring friends!
Tuesday, May 3 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
3602 Hawthorne Ave