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Henrieka Farm Center CSA Basket #1

Updated: Jun 5, 2023

Happy start of summer and the start of all the fresh and wonderful tasting veggies and herbs to brighten our meals for the next few months!

At the start of the season as with the start of many things, we begin small. But no less tasty!!

The 1st basket items are as follows:

  • Chamomile tea bags

  • Fennel Leaves

  • Oregano

  • Sourdough Crackers

  • Rhubarb

  • 1 dz eggs

  • Pineapple sage potted seedling

Let’s settle into this week with comforting chamomile tea.

This tea has some great benefits. Some of which include anti-inflammatory, sedative, and anti-anxiety properties that may help us all to relax a bit. The delicious and beautiful chamomile flowers were grown and harvested by our own Henrieka little farmers!

So, brew a cup of tea and enjoy the still cooler evenings.
Creamy Herby Dip

2 Cups Plain Low-fat Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano

2 Tbsp chopped fresh fennel leaves

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 small onion, finely chopped (or two green onions)

2 quick dashes of Worcestershire sauce

¼ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate to develop flavors, at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours. Serve with veggies and sourdough crackers. Maybe a nice white wine too.

Rhubarb Spice Rice

2 cup Basmati rice (or your preference)

1 cup chop rhubarb

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sugar

Butter to taste

Add to the rice and water before cooking the rhubarb, cinnamon and sugar. Prepare rice as directed. Add butter to cooked rice and rhubarb. This dish is a wonderful side for BBQ!

Farm fresh eggs!

Eggs are so versatile! From using to make baked goods to scrambled with bacon on the side, my go to for Sunday morning breakfast 😊

For this week I’d like to share my hard boil method.

Bring salted water to a boil. When at a roiling boil use a slotted spoon to gently add eggs to water. I like my hard-boiled eggs medium or almost set. To try them this way boil eggs for just 7 minutes. If you’d prefer the yolk more set, try 8 ½ to 9 minutes. When times up with slotted spoon, remove to cold water immediately.

Adding a hard-boiled egg to a ramen bowl is a delicious treat!

Pineapple Sage potted seedling

Pineapple sage is a shrubby perennial with bright green, ovate pointed leaves that smell like fresh pineapple when crushed. It is very showy and bears whorls of vibrant red flowers in summer.

Pineapple sage leaves are edible and can be steeped in hot water to make a herbal tea. The flowers are reminiscent of Honeysuckle and make a colorful addition to salads, fruit cocktails or any garnish. Their vibrant red color compliments many dishes. Fresh sprigs of pineapple sage can be added to cold drinks and fruit salads. The fresh or dried leaves will give a sage-like aroma to pork dishes.

Pineapple sage can also benefit digestion, helps with heartburn and is a general tonic.

Water when the soil is dry and put in a sunny spot. As it grows larger (late summer) feel free to plant it outside in a sheltered but still sunny area and it should bless you with more leaves next year.


Hope you have enjoyed and found useful our first blog of the season.

Cheers to summer 2023 and bountiful baskets to come!


What's Happening on the Farm

Memorial day week was a busy one on the farm.

We got most of the garden and seeds planted, but there is still some planting and plenty of work to go. Our focus now is on extra tomatoes and crops to feed the animals.

The little farmers are finishing up the school year and soaking up every memory of friends and school on a farm.

Looking ahead to the not so lazy days of summer!!!


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