An All Green Basket
The basket items are as follows:
Carrot Top Pesto
Toasted walnuts or cashews, chopped
Assorted Herbs (optional)
Add all ingredients to a food processor. Use over the pasta or spread on crackers.
As pictured; Pineapple Sage, Oregano, Lemon Thyme, Parsley, Cilantro, Dill, Lemon Balm
Fresh herbs are the best!! Rub a leaf between your fingers and smell. So fresh and lively! Find below a few suggestions for uses. Also smell and add to dishes for a fresh twist.
Lemon Thyme is wonderful in a marinade, pair with fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, add olive oil, salt and pepper. Put in a bag with chicken thighs and in a few hours throw on the grill.
Dill is great on potatoes, quarter a bunch of new potatoes toss with salt, pepper, dill and olive oil. Grill these too.
Mix together a few leaves each of lemon balm and pineapple sage with some lemon slices and teaspoon of honey. Pour in hot water and let steep a few minutes. Strain and enjoy this soothing balanced tea. Also yummy chilled.
Lemon Dill Kale and Fennel Fronds Salad
Lemon Dill Dressing:
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/4 tsp pepper
Chopped fennel fronds
½ cup parmesan cheese
Toasted pepitas or pine nuts
Lemon Dill Dressing:
In large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, mustard, honey, then stir in dill, pepper, and salt. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days; whisk before using.)
Add dressing to kale and message to soften kale. toss fennel fronds, parmesan cheese and toasted pepitas/pine nuts. Enjoy!
An extra for our furry feline friends....
Catnip also has some medicinal benefits, if you are interested check it out.
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Enjoy your Independence Day Celebrations!!!
What's Happening on the Farm
-penned by Brittni
July is a time of beauty and I can hardly believe it is already here! Trellising tomatoes is a weekly task as they grow tall and begin showing flowers and mini fruits! The potatoes are beginning to flower, a sign that harvests are near and we just had our big harvest of garlic scapes. Each hard neck garlic plant sets off a scape.... It's flower for reproduction. In order to get the biggest bulbs of garlic we cut these off to allow the plant to focus it's energy into the bulb rather than making seeds through it's flower. The bonus here is a delicious garlic/onion flavored treat. They are great chopped and added to, really, anything or pureed into a pesto like the one above. It's so versatile and well tested in the Abriel household!
I have enjoyed this season, adding little bits of goodness everywhere I can into the garden. If you come to the high tunnel you'll see herbs flowers and lettuce snuggled in under the tall growing tomatoes. We have little pockets of flowers and herbs all around the farm and it's really a beautiful thing to see everything coexisting so harmoniously. What the world is able to give to us humans is beautiful and I am so grateful that we can all share in the fresh, nourishing foods that are cultivated on the farm.
Happy independence day. As we celebrate this country that we all live in, please keep those men and women who have served the United States of America in your thoughts and prayers. Many veterans today will be walking amongst you with deep deep scars that are not visible to the eye. We owe them, and their sacrifices, a life lived to the fullest extent where we consider others and work to ensure our constitutional freedoms remain in place.
Have a wonderful start of summer and enjoy the bounty to come!