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!