This week’s baskets include a rainbow of flavors. Nope, we aren’t talking Lucky Charms. We have purple sweet potatoes, orange butternut squash, green spinach, red radishes, and pink watermelon radishes.
This week's basket has Potatoes, Carrots, Arugula, Jalapenos, Radishes, and Turnips.
On Thursday we went to the Taphouse in Manhattan to celebrate somebody (me) turning 18! Mom got their Bahn Mi sandwich, which was really good. She quickly realized that we could easily make it at home. So here is a recipe to try it out for yourself! Adding Arugula makes it taste great too.
And now that the weather is getting a bit chillier, it's the perfect weather for some soup. What's better than a nice warm bowl of potato soup? My favorite thing to do with potato soup is loading it with cheese and bacon bits, but you can do whatever you want with it.
Of course, if you're not a big soup person, why don't you give these roasted purple potatoes a try? If you do it just right, you could make them into delicious potato wedges or french fries.
This weeks basket includes Eggplant, Zucchini, Bell Peppers, Garlic and a pint of cherry tomatoes.
The basket includes all the perfect ingredients to make some ratatouille and maybe watch a specific Disney movie afterwards with the same name? This ratatouille recipe even includes cherry tomatoes, so its perfect!
It's been a busy spring, with our number one challenge being finding the time to get things started and repaired. When we are balancing family activities, two jobs, pigs, cattle, track meets, 4-H, and veggies, sometimes the veggies get moved to the back burner. Mother Nature took out a few potential work days with some beautiful rain; beautiful... but you can't plant in the rain.
Thankfully we have windows of opportunity to get caught up.
Last Sunday, Easter Sunday, we finally got our potatoes in the ground. (Ironically, according to my mom, that's exactly when the Farmers Almanac said to plant them this year.) With the Kubota tractor, our new potato planter, and helpers, we made quick work of planting the potatoes.
Meanwhile, these two were busy cultivating the other half of the town garden.
Then it rained. And rained. And rained. Slow, steady, wonderful... but inhibiting. It did come with a little wind, that finished off the rest of the plastic for Hoop B. We got the plastic ordered to fix the buildings, and that list is long. We need to rebuild end walls for Hoop A, B, and C; put a new roof on Hoop B; cover the two mobile buildings; and tear down Hoop D.
Today we got back out to it. The kids and I cleared out hoop B. John said, "It's good to be strong" so I guess he felt like a super hero, pulling all those overgrown kale and bok choy plants. Now the building is ready for Jay to come in with his kubota and tiller, once we get plastic on it.
And the seedlings are growing well in the greenshed.
Next week, prom and a cattle show take over our weekend, so we are hoping to get started on repairs in the evenings this week, weather permitting. We won't be selling at the first markets of the season, but we usually don't. We expect to have stuff to sell by mid-May, just as the school year wraps up.
Until then, it's plant, weed, water, repair, and plan.