This week (yes, actually week 3 this time!) has been an interesting one at the farm. Many of you might have heard about (or witnessed!) the crazy storm that rolled through Gardiner early Friday evening. We heard the thunder coming for quite some time, and rushed out to seed some greens, as we figured some rain was on the way. Shortly after heading inside, though, an insane storm turned the sky almost white as it drenched the farm. High-speed winds shook the trees, blew row cover all over the place, and made every plant on the farm lean to the east.
It didn’t last very long, so we headed out after to see how everything had fared. A few trees fell onto the edges of some of our fields, but Jay came out with his trusty chainsaw and made quick work of removing them from our plants. The storm seemed to hit much harder just a bit down the road from the farm (where Alison and I live!), uprooting trees and downing power lines. The next day, as the neighbors began the big task of clearing up all the felled trees, the sun was shining and the vegetables at the farm were standing upright again. Dealing with the weather is a constant challenge for farmers, and events like this definitely remind of us of that.
But the storm didn’t stop everything from growing like crazy, so here are some of the things that might be in your share this week:
Braising Greens Mix (includes baby kale, mizuna, mustard, and tatsoi)
Garlic Scapes (Yayy, we love scapes! You can use them as you would garlic, but they are amazing grilled or turned into a fabulous pesto.)
…and maybe some other surprises.
So, what to do with your escarole? The heads are quite large, and they need to be harvested, so now’s the time to try out some different escarole ideas! Alison often eats escarole raw, as a salad, but it is a bitter green that many of you will probably prefer to cook a bit. Here are a few ideas: