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If you look at the top of the page, you’ll see a new “recipes” tab. I’ve been making things from the over-abundance of produce, and I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been doing! I’ve posted the following two recipes there today, and will continue to do so as the season continues! I hope you enjoy!

-Linde

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Arugula Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups packed fresh arugula
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup pure olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted (you could substitute walnuts, as well.)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1. For this recipe, I blanched the arugula for about 15 secs, and then dipped in ice water. Next time, I think I won’t blanch it, because it lost most of it’s spiciness. But if you blanch, squeeze out all the excess water.

2. Roughly chop the arugula and put in a blender. Add the garlic, salt and pepper to taste, olive oil, 2 tablespoons of the pine nuts. Blend for at least 30 seconds. 

3. Add the cheese and pulse to combine.

You could use this recipe for nearly anything. I served it over spaghetti:

I had an extra cup, so I put it into a freeze bag, with the air removed. We plan to make a pizza with it soon!

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Quick Fried Rice with Snow Peas

  • 2 cups steamed rice ( I used white Minute rice)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten (Farm fresh, of course!)
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp  pepper
  • 1/2lb snow peas (or really any vegetable(s) would work!)

1. Roughly chop snow peas and steam for about 5 minutes. They’ll still be crunchy, but they’ll be a beautiful green color.

2. Heat oil in wok and add onions until lightly browned.

3 . Add eggs and cook until firm.

4. Add rice. Keep stirring until eggs and rice are well mixed.

5. Add soy sauce, pepper and snow peas. Stir until rice is light brown.

Voila!

You could add minced garlic, carrots, tofu, chicken…whatever! And it’s a great side dish!

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Well, if you haven’t noticed. We’ve been busy here at Collingwood Farm! The last two weeks were so beautiful, we didn’t spend much time in front of the computer. Now that this crazy wind/rain/possible snow has rolled in, I’ll take a moment to update you on the happenings. And there’s a lot!

The big news last week was Nettie, the one hen that hasn’t laid a single egg since we got her, started laying eggs!! Woohoo! Never mind that she scratches all the straw out of the box and lays the eggs standing up, so they’re all cracked on one end..details. We now have two consistent layers. Hopefully, the other 4 will pick up soon! If you haven’t already, check out the chicks full details here.

Arugula

Arugula

The second best news is Rich and I sampled some of our wares for the first time last night. We both had a nibble from our rapidly growing arugula. Let me tell you, I have never tasted arugula like this. It has the same general flavor as what you might get in a mixed greens bag from the store, buts it tender, and flavorful, and just when you think its over, it slaps you with a spicy heat. Kind of like a radish and onion all at once. Trust me…it is goooooood.

Which leads me to the good news for our CSA customers!! Your first shares are just days away from being ready!! Included in the first weeks share will be Easter Egg Radishes (a colorful mix), mix greens including the aforementioned arugula, spinach, and different lettuces, and green onions.

In sadder (not really) news, I have empty nest syndrome. Our bedroom-slash-greenhouse has been vacated.All my lovingly cared for eggplant, tomato and pepper seedlings have grown big enough to move out–into the breezeway. The breezeway is a nice medium between indoor and outdoor temperatures, and provides enough sunlight to keep the seedlings happy. Hopefully, keeping them out there for a few weeks with help harden them off, so they’ll be strong, hardy and ready to fruit once they get outside.

The first bed of potatoes (russet) that I planted a few weeks ago has sprouted, and all the onions and garlic have grown nicely! I finally got the asparagus plants in late last week, but we still have 6 or 7 beds to till and prepare so we can plant the warm weather veggies!  The request for free help still stands!! Come on over! 🙂

I’ve been so anxious to get things in the ground, and waiting for seeds to germinate. Now that they have, I am astonished at how quickly everything is growing!!  I also cannot believe it’s the last full week in April already!! Before I know it, I’ll be posting pictures of our freshly picked sweet corn. I can’t wait!

Check back soon, I have some things I want to tell you about why Collingwood Farm will NEVER grow genetically modified food.

-Linde

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