Featured Item—Greens Oh how I love the spring and fall, when the greens are plentiful at the farm. Right now we are being treated to spicy arugula, Asian salad mixes, baby kale, lacinato and other varieties of mature kale, collard greens, and Swiss chard. While this is a delicious boon to us CSA members, it […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Simply Fresh–Week 19–Greens
A Few Notes on Lemongrass Lemongrass is, not surprisingly, a lemony stalky grass often used in Southeast Asian cooking, particularly in Thai dishes. There is a bulb/stalk end and a leafy end. The leaves can be steeped in hot water (just under boiling to preserve their healing oils) to make a delicious exotic lemony tea. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Simply Fresh–Week 14–Collards and Lemongrass
This week, instead of featuring a single item, I thought I would talk about a cooking technique that is relevant to many of the items coming out the farm right now. I like to call this technique “One Pan Roast Dinners”. However, if that leaves you feeling disappointed, here is a post from last year […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Simply Fresh–Week 6–One Pan Roast Dinners And More
CSA Tip–Blanch Your Greens Before They Wilt It is inevitable that at one time or another in the CSA season we are inundated with fresh greens. While this is a great reason to celebrate, it creates a challenge for the cook. Greens tend to wilt and lose nutrients very quickly, usually within 3 days. Thus […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Simply Fresh By Julie Wern–Week 19 Collard Greens
I have written extensively in past posts about zucchini and cucumbers, which are starting to flourish at the farm. So I thought I would simply link you to posts that cover both of these vegetables in detail. I also thought I would link you to some new cooking ideas I’ve come across for these gems. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Simply Fresh by Julie Wern–Week 5
What an exciting week at the farm….the cherry tomatoes are ready for tasting and we have eggplant!!! Times have been tough for eggplant at Holcomb Farm in recent years. How exciting to witness such a great comeback. Great job farm team!!!! Featured Item—Eggplant Eggplant is one of those vegetables that take a bit of effort […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Simply Fresh by Julie Wern
Hello fellow CSA members! I will be writing periodically for the winter share this year. I hope you find it useful and entertaining. Please feel free to comment at the end of the post with any suggestions/feedback. May you stay warm, healthy, and well fed this season! One week without my summer CSA share and […]Continue Reading... 7 Comments.
I had the pleasure of visiting the great state of Vermont this past weekend and was actually able to relax and get in some pleasure reading. I came across this great paragraph on cooking by Michael Pollan in his newest book, Cooked. He is writing of all the things he learned (besides food preparation) […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Simply Fresh by Julie Wern
Friends, I must appeal to you once more….please send in your favorite CSA recipes. I have only received recipes from two families out of about 500….we desperately need your contributions! If you know the original source of your recipe, please include it. Together, we can make a great Holcomb Farm cookbook and CSA guide. A […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Another week goes by and we continue to have gorgeous, non-humid weather. Not sure that is so good for the tomatoes….I know the CSA has had trouble with the tomatoes this season. My own garden tomatoes are suffering as well…so sad. Yet with an occasional good tomato or two and abundant cherry tomatoes, I don’t […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Simply Fresh by Julie Wern
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