Fresh, Pristine Basil For Sale – Order Up!

24 August 2011

This week’s crates have felt like summer! For us, the heat loving crops are just now coming in, in force! Your vegetables alone weighed 23 1/2 pounds! (That’s if you have a full crate, and if you subtract the 3.25 pounds that the crate weighs.) My wish for this growing season remains: a long, very mild fall. We have a lot more of those heat loving crops which need time and temp’s to mature, harvest, and be eaten! (And we’ll move into cooler season crops once again too.)

 I know, I know, what to do with so many cukes, so much summer squash?? Click on the Recipe Tab of this Blog, scroll down, browse through…. Make a Batch! And definitely put your current “excess” up for the winter…. Freeze, Pickle, Can… Eat and Enjoy! Tell us about it, and share your experience with us too, thanks!

Fresh, Pristine Bulk Basil

Order by the ½ pound

$5.00 per ½ pound

Contact me via the Blog, by email, by phone, or in person…. We’ll get it to you with your next usual crate. Basil can be very delicate and persnickety to store, so be prepared to make your batch! Thank you!

1/2 pound makes about 2 batches of pesto. (The largest servings you’ve received through the 2011 CSA have been in the 1/2 pound range, just to give you an idea.) Pesto is great to freeze now for winter use.  One great tip is to make your pesto, put it in ice cube trays and freeze, then remove from the trays and keep frozen in quart bags.  Pull ice cubes of pesto as needed.

Presto Pesto!

2 large cloves garlic
3 firmly packed cups fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (can skip until eaten)
1 cup olive oil
½ cup pine nuts (can substitute walnuts)
Put garlic in food processor or blender and grind.  Add all other ingredients and blend until basil leaves and nuts are in small pieces.

Some News From the Fields: The pastures are greening again, re-growth is abundant, some rain has fallen as have the temps! I have increased the pace of rotating the pigs from paddock to paddock. Their clover is growing well, and I’ve broadcasted local, organic Rye seed behind them for more cover and feed. We are finishing up some garden beds and I am cover cropping those with Rye for the winter too! We got 6/10 inch of rain last night – much needed and really welcomed.

Today I was able to rototill and seed in the sandier soils. The heavier, clayier soils were too wet for now.

I am hearing a “high 40’s” prediction for Thursday night. We are usually 6 degrees cooler than most forecasts for the area – Does it really have to get this cool already!?

 I attended two mushroom trainings this past winter. At one training we received a complimentary innoculated log. This change in weather (cooling and raining)  has spawned a first bloom of one shiitake. One little shiitake on one little complimentary log. It is exciting, beautiful, tempting – and I hope it is a sign for much more ahead! (I am really eyeing the other 250 logs I innoculated with shiitake in spring 2011…. One variety seems more innoculated than others, though most predictions say no shiitake in numbers until 2012… for those logs). If you’re finding this all interesting, check out the Mushroom Tab on this blog – or better yet, come to the farm and check them out yourself!
Hope you have a great week!  ~chris

One thought on “Fresh, Pristine Basil For Sale – Order Up!

  1. I you have any more basil I will take a 1/2 pound next week. I’ve been making pesto sauce in my Vitamix – awesome!

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