Wednesday, September 18, 2013

CSA Week 16, 9/11/13

Look at all that yummy bounty! 
Countin' out the carrots.
CSA members also had the opportunity to Upick 3 pounds of fresh raspberries or strawberries. YUM!

Here's this week's list:
20 carrots, large bag of red spuds, 2 acorn squashes, 2 zucchini, 1 kohlrabi, 4 onions, 1 palace king cucumber, 2 slicer cucumbers, 3 lemon/white cucumbers, 10 green onions, 1 green pepper, 6 apples, 6 tomatoes, basil & dill. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

CSA Week 15, 9/4/13

This week's CSA! We were excited about the spaghetti squash. It's a favorite at our house.

Full Share: Red potatoes, baker's dozen extra sweet corn, palace king cucumber, 3 varieties of cucumbers, 2 zucchini, 2 sweet onions, 3 red/yellow onions, bunch green onions, spaghetti squash, 7 tomatoes, 2 heads lettuce, 10 kale, 14 sweet plumbs.
We wanted to harvest more items, but had a big thunderstorm that put a kink on our plans. Remember the 2 flash floods in Pocatello? Yep, that was this week. Nevertheless, we were able to fill our quota. This is how this week's basket looks in an actual bushel basket: 
 Nice and full! Hope everyone is enjoying your produce!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CSA Week 14, 8/28/13

My favorite this week was the cheddar cauliflower. So pretty!
I think it's hard to tell from the picture just how much food this is. This next picture should give you some perspective. It's enough vegi's for the whole week.

Here's the list this week:
 Red Potatoes, large bag, 13 ears of sweet corn, 1 palace king cucumber, 3 misc. cucumbers, 1 large zucchinni, 1 small zucchinni, 6 beets, 1 sweet onion, 1 red onion, 10 green onions, broccoli, 1 pound strawberries, 6 tomatoes, 6 carrots, 2 heads lettuce, 1 cheddar cauliflower, 2 watermelon radishes, dill, 4 basil, and thyme! Quite a haul this week!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

CSA Week 13. 8/21/13

This week brought the first of the extra sweet corn! YUM!!!
This week had so much good food, many of our members were puffing on the way to the car, and others had to make 2 trips because it was so heavy! That's one full basket!
Here's this week's list. The strawberries are always a hit, and people commented on how much they liked the Kolrabi, but the star of this week's basket was definitely the corn! Yum! This is an early variety of corn. The ears will get bigger as the season goes on. 

CSA Week 12, 8/14/13

The produce we show you each week is the same produce our CSA members receive. After we lay it all out for the picture, the next full share member gets everything on the board to take home. It's exactly the same as what the other members get, just laid out for the picture. They pull it right off the board as shown in the picture below. 
Here's the list of this week's bounty:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

CSA Week 11, 8/7/13

For a celebration of half way through our harvest, we decided to give everyone free snow cones for everyone! It was a welcome relief after another hard day's work. Yum!
We hope you enjoyed them!
Here's this week's basket:
Here's the list of what it all was:
Red Potatoes, Leeks, Zucchini, Sweet Onion, Garlic Bulbs, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Carrots, Basil, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Radishes* ... We were excited about the garlic and strawberries especially. Deelish!

*We did have our first "oops" though. What we thought were turnips turned out to be a specialty kind of "Watermelon" radish. (white on the outside & red in the middle) We sent out an email to warn everyone. We realized our mistake an hour later when we diced the "turnips" for our stew...and they tasted like radishes!

(NOT a turnip! *sheepish grin*)

CSA Week 10, 7/31/13

Week 10 means that we are half way through this Harvest season. I think we've been doing a pretty good job so far of offering both variety and quality produce. Today's list is in the picture below.
Also, by request, we've started a Swore Farms CSA facebook page so our CSA members can visit about recipes and how they are cooking their fresh yummies. (For instance, we diced the transparent apples without peeling them and made apple cobbler a couple days ago. Yum!)


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Week 9 CSA, 7/24/13

 This week brought the first Zucchini, Leeks, Sweet Onions, and organic Transparent apples too! Yum!

Here's the list:
It was fun harvesting something different where we had to climb instead of crawl or stoop all the time. These Transparent apples really have a lovely tangy flavor. We split about 6 buckets of apples up among the shares. Yummy! 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

CSA Week 8, 7/17/13

Here's a photo of a large laundry basket with a full share in it just to give you some persepective on how much food this is.
Each full share got 2 lbs of shelling peas today. It was a lot of picking, but we hope you think it was worth it! Shelling peas are so yummy. (Our family never bothers to cook them, we just eat them like candy)
To insure everyone gets everything they are supposed to, we hang a list outside the door so after we load the baskets, our CSA members can check for themselves and be sure they got all the fresh goodies they were supposed to get. (With our children helping people, mistakes are always possible. Double check, and you'll never go wrong.)

This is a half share this week. yummy!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CSA Week 7, 7-10-13

Today brought the first of the shelling peas, green beans, beets, tomatoes, broccoli, head lettuce, red potatoes, sugar snap peas, carrots, and spinach!
Also, we are on the second round of eggs, so by the end of the month, everyone will have had 2 dozen of our free range eggs.
Tomatoes are so yummy right off the vine like this! There is no comparison.

Monday, July 8, 2013

CSA Week 6, 7/3/13

The first week of July brought one of our favorite foods: new Red Potatoes! Yum!
Tomatoes, New Red Potatoes! 2 pounds Green Beans, Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas, Broccoli, multi-colored Carrots, 10 large Beets, 9 radishes, and Lettuce! (I forgot to put the Lettuce in the picture!
Here's what a half bushel looked like today:
The half share had less potatoes and beans, but otherwise was the same. 

Everyone seems quite happy so far. Thank you for supporting us! 

CSA Week 5, 6/26/13

Spinach, Broccoli, Lettuce, Peas & Cherry Tomatoes, a Tomato/Cucumber, Carrots, 9 Beets, 2 pounds Green Beans, & 9 Radishes! Yum! And yes, it fills a bushel basket!

Friday, June 21, 2013

CSA Week 4, 6-19-13

This week we were happy to pick more than 2 pounds of green beans for everyone (outside, the bean plants are only 6 inches tall, but in the greenhouse, they are producing!) Also included this week was Rhubarb, garlic blooms, lettuce, 9 beets, 9 radishes, and another pound of strawberries. Yum!
So far, everyone seems pleased with the selections we are offering. 
We're doing our best to give you a good variety!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

CSA Week 3, 6-12-13

Here's the produce full shares received today:
7lbs russet potatoes, 1 gal bag spinach, 1 gal bag lettuce, bunch beets, broccoli, green onoins, green beans, and 1 lb container strawberries
Half shares received the same, minus the spinach and with a pint of strawberries:
The kids brought fresh peas and cherry tomatoes out for everyone to have a taste. We hope to put them in the baskets soon as well.
We hope you are enjoying the taste of the farm!

Monday, June 10, 2013

CSA Week 2, June 5th

Broccoli, Spinach, Lettuce, Russet Potatoes, Beets, & Whole Wheat Flour.
Kidlet#4 brought out some of our homemade Spinach-Garlic Bread for everyone to try. I wanted to post the recipe, but delayed a few days because I wanted to have a more exact recipe to give you with pictures. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to bake anything this week as we are running as fast as we can all the time to get the last of the planting done. So, here's the partial recipe. I'll post a better version just as soon as I am able to make a loaf again. :)
Swore Farms Spinach-Garlic Bread:
Get a big double handful of fresh spinach and rinse and then dice it. (Spinach should be moist)
Add 1/2 cup water,
2 cups whole wheat flour,
2 cups white flour,
Mince 2-3 garlic cloves,
1/2 cup brown sugar,
3 TBL nonfat dry milk,
3 TBL butter,
2 tsp salt (feel free to use Kosher or sea salt for variety)
4 tsp yeast.
(It's fun to add a TBL of oats or other seeds if you want)
(Here's the part where the recipe gets less precise)
After that, I added a couple cups (1.5c-3c) of whole wheat flour a little at a time as I mix until it has the consistency of nice bread dough. I can't remember how much I put in, but as a rule, you want the bread to be pliable as you kneed it, but not sticky to your fingers.
Then I greased 3 bread pans with butter, divided dough into 3 parts, rolled each part, and laid a long cylinder of dough in each pan.
My dough rose from 1/3 full to the top of the pan.
BAKE at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
(Mine was almost overdone at 40).
It's delicious and healthy! Hope you like it!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

First Official CSA Basket 5/26/13

For our first CSA day, we had a pretty good variety of early produce.
As the season goes on, the shares won't fit in these milk crates. It will be too much! We lined up all the full shares on one side and the half shares on the other. Anyone who showed up early was put to work pulling beets! (Thank you for your help!)

Here's what was in the shares this week:
Russet Potatoes
1 head Lettuce
Green Onions
Overfull gallon bag of Spinach
...and here it is in a prettier basket.
Recipies! We had some great ideas and feedback on what people are doing with the produce. Here's a couple recipes for you to try:
Garlic Bacon Spinach
Best Hashbrowns Ever
If you had any other good recipies, please send them our way! We'd love to try and share them.

2013 Swore Farms Spring Field Trip!

The first CSA event was the SPRING FIELD TRIP held on Saturday, May 18th, 2013. We invited all CSA members to come enjoy the day with us for a tour of the farm, some gifts from us, and good food! Get ready for a lot of pictures! Hopefully these will give you an idea of the fun day we had.
First we gave everyone a tour of the fields, chicken coops, future greenhouse locations, and machienery. The kids liked the potato digger and the chicks the best.
Then we gave every shareholder a basket of strawberries, a bag full of spinach, and a potted flower!
We had some nice feedback about the size of the tomato plants, and most of the ripe strawberries never made it to the car. They were delish!
Wichita (our right hand man) and Kidlet#1 filled everyone's spinach bag so full, it was falling out the top!
Then it was time for the egg hunt! We allowed kids in according to ages-- under 2, then 3, then 4 & 5, then 8 and under, then everyone else!
For the ADULT egg hunt, the prizes were better than candy: a dozen of our farm fresh eggs!
DINNER TIME!! We had salad and baked russet potatoes grown right here on the farm--topped with bacon bits, sour cream, cheese, and diced onions. Don't forget the cake and dessert.
All in all, it was a really fun day. Thank you to all the members who came! We figure we fed over 100 people! (and there was food left over--so we sent baked potatoes home with people) Here's a last picture of Wichita standing beside the goodies everyone went home with today.
Doesn't that overflowing gallon bag of spinach look nice? And the strawberries... Yum!
If you live in the Pocatello area, be sure to watch for our CSA shares that will open up in January 2014. We'd love to have you come to our field trip next year.