Herb Beer Bread

July 23rd, 2014

This recipe is very simple to throw together and tastes delicious!

3 cups of self-rising flour

1/4 cup sugar

12oz can of beer, at room temp.

3 Tbsp chopped fresh dill

3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup melted butter

1. Lightly mix together all ingredients except butter.

2.  Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Do not smooth top. Pour melted butter over loaf.

3. Bake at 350 degrees until brown on top

** Cooks note:

You can substitute any herbs for this recipe, but both dill and basil are in your share this week (7/23/14). Also– there is no cooking time on this recipe but  35-45 minutes should do. I believe ours was done around the 40 min mark. Otherwise the tooth pic method is always a good test to be sure.

 

Your Share- 7-23-2014

July 23rd, 2014
  • 1 head Red Romaine
  • 1 bunch Red Kale
  • 1 head of Green Bibb
  • 1 Bunch of Pickling Dill
  • 3-4 Pickling Cucumbers
  • 1 Mixed Bouquet  of Herbs
  • 1 Bunch Mini Bulb Onion
  • Broccoli
  • Summer  Squash
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Homegrown Tomatoes!!
  • Blueberries

 

Rainbows

July 23rd, 2014

This has been the year of the rainbow.  With our ridge top view and full arch of sky we are blessed to witness many a phenomenon of the heavens.  Approaching from the west are the thunderstorms, squalls, minute showers and full force blasts of weather which bring forth a whole wave of emotions; joy, fascination, panic, relief.  In many instances I have observed these storms move through mid afternoon or early evening, the perfect opportunity to spot a rainbow.

Rainbows are truly amazing, who can forget the video tape of the guy running outside exclaiming “Double Rainbow” at the top of his lungs, it’s a funny video and in many ways I can relate.  I know I’ve had my share of double rainbow moments, especially this year.  Scientifically speaking a rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by both reflection and refraction of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.  The rainbow is not located at a specific distance, but comes from an optical illusion caused by any water droplets viewed from a certain angle relative to a light source. Thus, a rainbow is not an object and cannot be physically approached (maybe..). Indeed, it is impossible for an observer to see a rainbow from water droplets at any angle other than 42 degrees from the direction opposite the light source. Even if an observer sees another observer who seems “under” or “at the end of” a rainbow, the second observer will see a different rainbow—farther off—at the same angle as seen by the first observer.  So every rainbow you see is yours to enjoy.

 

 

Winter Share Sign-ups Still Open

July 23rd, 2014

I know, I know it’s too early.  Well sorry, but days are starting to get shorter again and at Keewaydin we have shifted gears. We are beginning our fall planting season so for us looking ahead,  winter doesn’t seem so far out.  Just because it cools off though doesn’t mean your vegetable fix has to come from California.  Not only are we planting a ton of storage crops to take us through the second half of the year, we are also about to embark on our plan of building multiple hoop houses for cool, hardy greens like Spinach, Kale, and Chard.  It should make for an exciting Winter CSA option.  If you like what you have gotten so far why not pick up a Winter Share.  It’s a one time delivery that could last through those cold days ahead.

 

Garlicky Sautéed Kale with Kohlrabi

July 10th, 2014

It’s amazing how a splash of citrus and a handful of nuts can transform a pair of humble brassicas—kale and kohlrabi both belong to that genus—into a bright, fresh, and lively dish. This salad is wonderful on its own or served right along with those hot dogs and hamburgers.

 

2 bulbs kohlrabi – peeled *Set your Kohlrabi greens aside and add to your chopped kale!

1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 bunch kale-  stems and center ribs discarded

1 bunch garlic Scapes-  finely chopped (or substitute 4-5 cloves of fresh garlic)

1/3 cup salted roasted pistachios, chopped ( or substitute for any other nut you like or sunflower seeds)

Very thinly slice kohlrabi with a slicer or sharp knife.

Whisk together lime zest and juice, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss kohlrabi with dressing.

Finely chop kale and kohlrabi leafs. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Sauté garlic scapes, about 30 seconds. Add kale and kohlrabi greens by the handful, turning and stirring with tongs and adding more kale/greens as volume in skillet reduces. When all of the greens are  wilted, sauté with 1/2 teaspoon salt until just tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Toss greens with kohlrabi and nuts.

 

The Chicken or the Egg

July 10th, 2014

On our farm it was the chicken that came first.  Mother Mary, who still plays an active part in Keewaydin was the motivator when it came to starting our egg enterprise.

Today we care for and collect eggs from just under 150 birds, a small flock by industry standards but big enough for us at this point.  When you go to the grocery store there are a bunch of different ways you will see eggs advertised, natural, free range, cage free, organic, humane……whew is that all?  Probably not!  How is a person suppose to keep it straight?  Well I guess one way to do it is get to know the farm that produces the eggs and then ask.  So let me clear the air as it relates to our chickens here at Keewaydin.  On our farm we actually have two different flocks of birds.  One is housed in our chicken coop that has been around since the beginning of time (at least for me).  These girls have a fenced in yard that they access all day every day.  Currently we are working on a second yard for them so that we can switch them between the two.  The new batch of birds, which came to the farm in May are in what is called a chicken tractor.  This is a mobile pen that we built specially for our birds.  The chicken tractor is great, during the night it serves as a house for the birds to roost, in the morning we open the door and allow them access to fresh pasture daily.  Every couple of days we move the chicken tractor to a new location ensuring the birds receive fresh pasture.  It is this fresh pasture that is so important when it comes to the quality and health benefits of the eggs you eat.  Pastured chickens lay eggs with a dark yellow yoke and have a high Omega 3 content.  Our chickens do receive a ration of grain as well, which consists of non -GMO corn, soy, barley, and trace minerals.  So there you have it, enjoy your Keewaydin Farms eggs!