Oct 022012
 

Greetings from Mitchell Family Farm!

It has been quite a long time since my last update. A lot has happened throughout the summer and early fall months, but the Lord has been faithful and walked with us all the way. Praise His name! This will be a short update and I hope to write a more full update later to fill everyone in on more of the seasons happenings.

I decided to plant some fall produce so we now have the majority of both hoop houses full plus some produce started outdoors also! A few early crops are coming on now and I anticipate more coming on before long.

  We have a lot of green onions ready all at once and would love for you to help us use them up! They are great mixed in most green salads, excellent flavoring in egg dishes or soups and are outstanding stir fried with either a little olive oil or with some bacon.  You can preserve them easily by dehydrating or stir frying them with a little oil and freezing. You can stir fry them with the Swiss chard/beet green mix and have one of the tastiest stir fries you’ve had and it may even be frozen for eating later!

 

Swiss chard and beet greens! These young greens are delicious! One evening I decided to experiment and see what the best way was to prepare them and had a lot of fun doing it! There were up for the tasting: raw salad, sautéed, steamed, and boiled greens. Condiments available for testing were balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, salt, lemon juice, crushed black pepper, apple cider vinegar  and Italian dressing.  The raw salad was very good and a little lemon juice and black pepper was good but balsamic vinegar or Italian dressing complemented it well also. Sautéed was probably the all around favorite! Have a little olive oil in the bottom of your pan (doesn’t take much!) toss in a generous amount of chopped green onions and lightly sauté them then add your chopped Swiss chard and beet greens. If desired you may like a little salt or soy sauce over the resulting delicious result! Steamed was best if you added some onions and salt in while steaming. Boiled and drained greens are not my favorite for many reasons (a few reasons being the flavor is not as good, it kills all the good enzymes and many vitamins and minerals are lost) but adding some salt or apple cider vinegar to the water improved the flavor.

Mizzuna is a new crop for us to try this fall and has a mild mustard greens flavor without the “peppery bite” which mustard typically has. Mizzuna would be great in salad mixes, sandwiches or even a salad by itself!

Also new for us is salad mixes. There are a few to choose from and we’d love having feedback on how you enjoy them!

Below are the crops available now – some quantities are limited, first come, first served:

→  Green onions: $1 for 12,  1 lb for $3.50, 2 lbs. for $6.00

→  Young Swiss chard/Beet green mix: $3.25 per lb. or $3.00 per lb. for 5+lbs. These may be frozen for use later! Also note much of the Swiss chard ready for harvest is a red stemmed variety.

 

→  Tender, mature Swiss Chard: $3.00 per lb. or $2.75 per lb. for 5+ lbs. The stems of Swiss Chard may be cooked in soups as a celery substitute or eaten raw!

→  Mizzuna $1 for 4 oz. or $3.50 per lb.

→  Baby lettuce salad mix: (a wide variety of lettuces in varying shades of color!) $2.25 per 4 oz or $7.75 per lb.

→  Baby greens salad mix: includes a diverse mix of greens with lettuce as the base and at least two or three of the following young greens: mizzuna, kale, beet greens, spinach, Swiss chard and arugula. These greens are ready to rinse and eat, no chopping necessary! $2.25 for 4 oz. or $7.75 per lb.

→  Young greens mix: We are also offering a “young greens mix” which like the baby greens salad mix is tasty and tender only these greens are a little more mature and will need a little chopping to prepare for a salad. $4.75 per lb.

→  Young Bok Choi: $2.00 per pound

→  White Spring Turnips: (specify with or without tops otherwise it will be at our discretion) $1.75 for 8 oz. or $2.50 per lb.

→  Radishes: (specify with or without tops otherwise it will be at our discretion) $1.50 for 8 oz. or $2.25 per lb.

Harvest days are Tuesdays and Fridays.  Please call or email in your order by 7 a.m. and your order will be ready for pick up by 5 pm. We will try to assist you when you come to pick up your order, but if we are not around your ticket will be stapled to your sack. There is an honor system envelope on the top left-hand side of the cooler as you open up the doors (west end) that you may place your payment in if we aren’t around.

Thank you very much and may you have a blessed, beautiful fall week!

Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell Crew

620-330-1966