I can’t wait for our tomatoes to ripen. Looking forward to trying this recipe:
So how does one sun-dry tomatoes?
Easy. Same way you dry those herbs in your garden–set the oven to low (150-200) and bake them for about 4-5 hours, depending on the size of your tomatoes and the heat strength of your oven. Cut them into quarters and push the seeds out (or not).
Next, spread them across a baking sheet. I used a vented one for more even “drying.”
At this point, your best course of action is to monitor them throughout the process, turning when necessary. If this seems like too much work, you can always lay them out in the sunshine for a hot couple of days. Mother Nature does know what she’s doing!
Sorry, the string beans really don’t have anything to do with the pig. It’s just a prop because the string beans alone weren’t making a memorable photo on their own. The pig is really cute, and functional-his sides are chalkboard and that comes in handy on market days. Good eye appeal.
The string beans, they’re the Blue Lake variety which gives a good yield and great taste. Good combination. I like to drop them into boiling water until just tender, drain them, toss with a bit of olive oil and sweetened dried cranberries. Delicious served warm, or cold. Great summer side dish that’s quick, tasty and colorful on your plate. Oh, and also good for you. Stop by on Saturday for a basket of them. I think you’ll enjoy them. (and you’ll also get to see the pig in action!)
New this year, early caraflex cone shaped cabbage. Just the right size for a delicious coleslaw, or steam it, use it in stir fries, or eat it raw. This has an excellent rich cabbage flavor. I was surprised at just how large the plant grew! The outer leaves are there to protect the center. I cut them up for a treat for the chickens, they didn’t stop eating until they were gone. I like to think of it as recycling–I give them cabbage leaves, they give me fresh eggs.
|Cook time||40 minutes|
|Misc||Serve Cold, Serve Hot|
- 4 cups fresh rhubarb (chopped)
- 3 tablespoons orange juice (mix the juice with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon cold butter (cut into small pieces)
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cups shifted all purpose flour
- dash salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2/3 cups quick cooking rolled oats
|Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8 inch square baking dish. Arrange diced rhubarb in the prepared baking pan. Toss rhubarb with the orange juice and cornstarch mixture, then sprinkle with 1 cup sugar and the cinnamon, dot with the 1 tablespoon of cut up butter.|
|Combine melted butter with the brown sugar. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda; mix with oats. Combine the flour oat mixture with the brown sugar and melted butter mixture until well blended.|
|With hands, spread the crumb mixture over rhubarb. Bake for 40 minutes. Enjoy!|
Swiss Chard. Beautiful to look at. I planted the variety “Bright Lights”. But I had never tasted it and had no idea how to cook it.
Have I mentioned that my daughter-in-law is a vegetarian? A simple conversation, a recipe and swiss chard for dinner.
- 1 bunch Swiss Chard
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 clove Garlic
|Wash well. |
|Fold the leaf in half and cut along the spine to separate. This is one vegetable that you eat the greens as well as the stems.|
|Cut the stems into 1" lengths and sauté in a bit of olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper until nearly tender.|
|Chop the greens coarsely and add to pan. I added a diced tomato, but hear its also delicious with zucchini, onions and hot pepper. The greens cook down quickly and you have a wonderful colorful, good for you (loaded with vitamins A & C and minerals iron and calcium) side dish.|
|You can store it fresh in a loosely closed bag in the fridge and it should last a week if you bought it fresh!|
Thank you to all of you for coming out on opening day. The weather cooperated by not being too hot, just a nice summer day. We all appreciate your support of sustainable agriculture, and our locally talented artisans.
Coming soon…OPENING DAY at the market! We’re excited and very nearly ready. New hours this year 9:00 to 1:00. It is shaping up to be a good season. Waiting to try a new summer recipe? We’ll have some great looking veggies. Tasty fresh eggs-maybe try a quiche. Kale, and delicious butter head lettuce. Sugar Daddy peas, so good. Maybe you won’t feel like cooking so stop by for some freshly baked goods. In a shopping mood? There will be knit items, jewelry, photography and typography.
Opening day will be Saturday, June 30th
Keep it local, buy it fresh, and find us at the market!
Ok, I admit it. I never ate radishes. They were a garnish that I left on the plate. Now I grow them, and what you grow, you eat. Raw they are crunchy, peppery, spicy. Now here is the secret to dial back the intensity: wash, thinly slice them, toss with a bit of my favorite Greek olive oil, sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt, roast them in a 375 degree oven and what you have is a tender, browned, rich buttery cross between a mushroom and mild onion. They are so delicious you won’t even believe you’ve just eaten a radish. As a bonus they are also a source of anti-oxidants, vitamin A and C, potassium and dietary fiber.
Buy it fresh, keep it local and find it at our market!
Woohoo! Sugar Daddy peas are nearly ready. They promise to be crisp, sweet and delicious and you’ll want to get twice as many as you think you’ll need. Why? Because you know you are going to eat so many of them before you even get home.
Yum… Butter head lettuce–extremely tender, delicate flavor. Its almost ready!