Friday, June 26, 2009
Hello From Ebey's Prairie!
We've had another crazy week. I've suddenly realized June is almost gone. What happened to June? Things that should have happened at the beginning of June, well now I'm just promising myself they'll get done before July! Somehow, this all seems so easy when pouring over seed catalogs next to a snuggly fire in January!
Ah well...., it keeps us farmers out of trouble that's for sure!
On to the good stuff - Coming to the Coupeville and Bayview markets tomorrow for your dining pleasure:
From Willowood Farm
- Loads of beautiful head lettuce from a gorgeous new crop. Absolutely perfect.
- Fava beans
- Baby beets with greens
- Mustard greens - two kinds (this photo is of one of my favorites, Red Giant - horseradishey hot!!)
- Garlic scapes
- Fresh green garlic
- Walla Walla Salad Onions
- Torpedo Onions
- Pea Vines - a beautiful, tender new crop
- Rainbow Chard
- Tuscan and White Russian Kale
- And more....
From Prairie Bottom Farm
- Pearl Onions
- New Potatoes
- And more....
Also (and this is to see if you guys are reading this far...), many folks have expressed interested in being involved in harvest and other activities on the farm. Well, we will be holding a garlic harvest on Tuesday (weather permitting). Approximately 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work basically involves some labor in fields with gathering bunches of garlic to bring inside. And then lots of sitting around cleaning and bunching garlic. Loads of fun, actually...We will have sign up sheets at the market if you are interested in coming.
Thank you for ALL YOUR SUPPORT of local farms!
Georgie Smith, Farmer
Willowood Farm of Ebey's Prairie
Friday, June 19, 2009
"Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and Farmer Georgie is feeling delightful...
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain."
Yes folks, 30 some days of record no rainfall and farmers start getting a little crazy. Tourists might like all that sunshine, but farmers, ESPECIALLY PAC NW FARMERS, well we count on a few grey and wet days, at least in the spring! Hearing that rain start last night was beautiful music to my ears! It's still not enough, and I've got sprinklers going 24-7 in the bean patch (about 1/3 of my crop didn't come up, just sitting in the soil where I planted, waiting for a little moisture!). But it's a start!
So, we'll hope for a nice sunny and pleasant day for market tomorrow, but if it is raining???? We won't too sad and rain, or shine, we'll be out selling food no matter what because its picked, packed and ready to go!
So coming tomorrow, rain or shine to the Bayview and Coupeville farmer's markets -
- MIXED NEW POTATOES!!!! These are the true new taters (i.e., so tender, their skin is not cured). Amazingly sweet.
- Head lettuce (some more huge ones, and the first of some gorgeous new plantings)
- Swiss Chard
- Kale - several kinds
- Salad Turnips - red and white
- Chioggia beet thinnings
- Huge kohlrabi
- Walla Walla Salad Onions
- Red torpedo onions with greens
- Fresh turban type garlic
- Garlic scapes (see recipe below)
- Green spinach bunches
From Prairie Bottom Farm
- Red beets w/ greens
- Carrot bunches
- Bulb fennel
- Green onions
- Some peas!
- Head lettuce
- Red Chard
- And more that I'm forgetting...
Also, I wanted to list the pickled garlic scape recipe, courtesy of Chef Joe Scott at the Oystercatcher in Coupeville. Everyone RAVES about this recipe so here goes (and we are offering a great quantity deal on scapes tomorrow!):
Quick Garlic Scape Pickles
• Garlic scapes, however many you want to pickle, chopped into 1 inch pieces
• Champagne vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
• Rice Vinegar
• Dash of salt
• Sugar to taste
• Pinch of whole fennel seed
You will need equal parts of the vinegar, how much depends on how much you are going to pickle. Chop garlic and pack clean mason jars. Boil equal parts of both vinegars, add sugar and salt to taste. Sugar should balance the acidity of the vinegar. How sweet – versus tart – you make it is a personal preference depending on how you like your pickles. When boiling, pour over scapes. Add a pinch of whole fennel seed. Seal lid. These pickles are ready in 4 hours. If you prefer to keep the scape whole (which gives you a very cool shape on a plate), you should plan to let the pickles sit for at least a week (or more) so they absorb the pickling juices. By chopping the scapes you provide more surface area to absorb the pickling juices quickly.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The Rockwell Beans were featured today in the Pacific NW magazine! Thanks to Greg Atkinson for writing a great story!
If you would like to learn more about the Rockwell Beans, I have created a page about them on my website - here is the link - http://willowoodfarm.net/rockwellbean.aspx
Now I just need to go hoe the Rockwell's! So hopefully, come fall, I can take another picture kinda like this one.
Me giving big thumbs up as Rockwell's CASCADE into a garbage can. There is hardly a cooler feeling than looking at garbage cans full of a healthy, naturally grown food item that can literally, feed an army! Farmer Georgie Out!
Friday, June 12, 2009
All of us here at Willowood Farm has been feeling a bit wind-burned these days on the prairie! It has been a week, it seems, of constant, endless, unforgiving straight off the Pacific Ocean wind...Seems to vary between about a steady 10 mph and gusts into the 20s. Luckily for us, the green fields of barley do look awfully nice swaying in the breeze!
But now to the good stuff - coming to market tomorrow at Bayview and Coupeville!
WE WILL HAVE THE FIRST GARLIC OF THE SEASON AT MARKET TOMORROW!
Yes, that is very exciting, and definitely deserves all caps. These are turban varieties - the very first variety of the 20+ garlics we grow at Willowood Farm. They will be available as true "green garlic," which means they have not yet been cured for storage. We sell them "on the stalk" so you can hang them up as you eat them and let them cure right in your kitchen. They are fresh, juicy, succulent and well, simply amazing!
And now for all the rest of the veggies to eat with your fresh garlic...
From Willowood Farm
* HUGE heads of lettuce. Another great deal - $2.50 each or 2 for $4.
* Japanese salad turnips - red and white. These are amazingly mild and juicy, incredible raw.
* Baby beet thinnings
* Chard bunches
* Walla Walla salad onions with greens
* Torpedo onions with greens
* Garlic scapes - Make sure to ask for the amazing "quick pickled scape" recipe we will have available tomorrow, straight from talented chef Joe Scott at Oystercatcher in Coupeville.
* Dandelion greens - for those of you who have a hunkering for bitter greens! An Italian favorite.
From Prairie Bottom Farm and coming to BOTH markets (sorry about the miscue last week at Bayview, Wilbur didn't have enough time to pick for both markets so his stuff just went to Coupeville last week. Since this is his last week being a high school science teacher AND a farmer, we will forgive him...).
- Carrots bunches
- Scallions - red and white
- Beet bunches
- Iceberg lettuce
- Baby lettuce mix
- Bulb Fennel
- Fava Beans - FIRST PICKING!
- And more...
I hope everybody is hungry! And here is a silly picture of me taking a "scape break" in the garlic patch...Check out those farmer hands (a girl has her pride...)!
Friday, June 5, 2009
It's....MARKET TIME! And we sure hope you have a hunkering for salad fixings....
Things gotta a little bit crazy this week at Willowood Farm! With all the unseasonally hot weather all our head lettuce came on QUICKLY especially the fabulous heirloom baby butterheads! We are offering a "Red Wheelbarrow Special!", baby butterheads for only $1.50 or 3 for $3!
Check them out at the Coupeville and Bayview markets tomorrow. Along with a lot of other great, organically grown veggies including:
* Tuscan Kale
* Swiss Chard
* Orach (aka Mountain Spinach)
* Leaf Lettuce Mix
* Lots more head lettuce
* Garlic Scapes
And from Wilbur and Julieanna at Prairie Bottom Farm:
* Semi-Savoy Spinach
* Red Bordeaux Spinach
* Baby Carrots
*Green Onions and probably lots more we are forgetting!
Don't forget to look for the AWESOME tractor and trailer booth that we are now happy to call home at the Coupeville market....Wilbur (photo above - what a ham!), Julieanna and Elizabeth will be "working the trailer." Georgie and Willow will be holding down the tent at Bayview. We sure hope to see you there!
And some more photos...
Can we say, GARLIC SCAPES??? FIELDS OF LETTUCE