Food for Thought

I’ve been preoccupied with food lately. How to grow it well, how to cook it well, and how to eat well.

GROWING: Anthony uses high tunnels to extend the growing season. He and Laurel had greens all winter. Yesterday, we harvested the remains of the over-wintered greens: huge baskets full of green and red lettuce, spinach, and escarole. (We have salad with dinner every night). We also harvested some beets and cilantro that had overwintered in the high tunnel.

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The Work Room where we washed the lettuce and put them in coolers, for us and for the food bank.
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Big Ole Spider- lived in one of the heads of lettuce I harvested. Thankfully, it didn't pop out while the lettuce was in my hand. I spared its life, but only because it's a beneficial insect. And karma.

A lot has happened in the last week. Trees are blooming:

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Saucer Magnolia

Asparagus is shooting up. Can’t wait to eat that in a few days:

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And there is a new WWOOFer here at the farm. Carly is originally from Oregon, but for the last six months, she’s lived at the Twin Oaks community in Mineral, VA.

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Carly watering cauliflower and broccoli plants.

EATING:  Carly went to culinary school and already she’s sharing lots of food knowledge with me. Friday night, we made homemade pizzas. I made the dough in Laurel’s bread machine. Carly planned the toppings: caramelized onions, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts and spinach on one; sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and Italian sausage on the other. All topped with whole milk mozzarella. All of the ingredients (except for the artichokes, onions, and mozzarella) were from this farm or a neighbor. The tomato sauce we used was homemade by Anthony last summer.

Saturday, after harvesting the cilantro, Carly made about a quart of cilantro pesto. Then she made dinner. I was sou chef. She made spinach saag, Moroccan meatballs, spicy mashed potatoes and gravy. SO DELICIOUS! I’m trying very hard to pay attention to her recipes.

We were also able to visit the Abingdon Farmers’ Market (which Anthony helped organize.) I love farmers markets. I could have spent $100 there, but I held back. I only bought a fresh loaf of multigrain sourdough bread, a cinnamon walnut scone, and a skein of teal yarn. I bought the yarn because Laurel goes to a knitting circle on Wednesdays (with her friend Barbara Kingsolver!) and I’m hoping to join her.

COOKING: A few parting gifts, for when you need food inspiration. These are a few blogs I browse from time to time for new recipes:

Honest Fare– just plain delicious

Sprouted Kitchen– tasty whole foods recipes

Nourishing Apron– cooking/baking with unrefined sugars: maple, honey, etc.

It’s a quiet, rainy Sunday morning. I think the rain is my fault. I’ve been told that when you kill a spider, it rains. Yesterday, a few small spiders drowned during the lettuce washing. That big spider was bigger than those little spiders combined, so you’d think that it would all equal out, but no.

Peace

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