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FENNEL AND.......?

04/24/14 — Farm

Just-washed fennel.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Just-washed fennel. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Wondering what to do with your fennel this week?  Check out these recipes that also utilize other produce in your CSA share.  Known for it's slightly sweet licorice flavor that becomes more mild as it cooks, fennel pairs well with lots of vegetables but can be intimidating if you've never cooked with it before.  All parts of the plant are edible, including the stalks, the recognizable feathery leaves, and the seeds.  Most recipes, though, focus on it's white bulb.   To see a video from the New York Times with tips on how to cut the bulb, please click here.

And why should you cook with fennel other than the fact that it's in your CSA box?  We commend you for eating locally and in season, but trust us, there are many other reasons, staring with the taste!  Fennel can be an amazing and unexpected addition to your dinner.   Plus, it's packed with Vitamin C, contains lots of helpful dietary fiber, and is thought to have cancer fighting properties.   So, give it a try!  Do you have a great fennel recipe you'd like to share?  Send it our way by emailing it to carrie@jbgorganic.com.

Carrot-Fennel Soup from Art and Lemons

Beet, Fennel, Heirloom Carrot Salad from Goodies a Volonte

Kale Market Salad with Fennel from 101 Cookbooks

Parsnip & Fennel Soup with Dill from Real Simple

Pizza with Spring Onions and Fennel from The New York Times

MOONTOWER CO-OP FARM SOCIAL AT TECOLOTE FARM 05/03/14

04/24/14 — Farm

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Moontower Co-op is working to support and cultivate the local food and farm communities by serving as the regional food hub for Central Texas, and you can help them with their efforts by attending their next Farm Social at Tecolote Farm on Saturday, May 3rd.  Here are the details from Moontower:

So long Spring! You were short and sweet but now it's time to ready ourselves for the Texan summer. Let Moontower Co-op lend y'all a hand by serving up some good ole slow roasted brisket, honey-cream biscuits, locally-sourced produce, and small batch ales and ciders prepared specially for this event out on the picturesque Tecolote Farm! This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the Moontower Co-op and join up at our membership table as a supporting member of the cooperative.

We'll also be purchasing tons of produce from local farms to help ease the financial burden of widespread crop damage resulting from the hailstorm in early April. We'll have more local produce dishes than y'all can shake a stick at! So let's all pitch in, buy some tickets, and help support the wonderful growers supplying our local food and farm communities in Central Texas!

To further ease the transition into summer with our good friends at Tecolote Farm we'll have some local bluegrass musicians and massage therapists practicing their arts and cultivating our sense of good cheer and well-being! Representatives of Moontower's partner groups will also be on hand to tell you all about our common efforts to support local agriculture and community development. A full menu describing the food (everything but the biscuits will be gluten free), ales, and ciders that will be served will be released as the event nears. Sourcing information will also be provided.

So come on out to Tecolote Farm and let's continue building our food and farm communities!

Giddy Up,

Moontower Co-op

To sign up or for more information, please click here.

CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF APRIL 21ST

04/21/14 — Scott

CSA Box Contents Week of April 21st CSA Box Contents Week of April 21st

Large Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Celery Root / Celeriac
Greens, Dandelion
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Salad Mix
Herb, Dill
Lettuce, Braising Mix
Lettuce, Red Leaf
Mystery Vegetable
Onion, Spring Yellow
Parsnip
Medium Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Celery Root / Celeriac
Greens, Dandelion
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Salad Mix
Herb, Dill
Lettuce, Braising Mix
Mystery Vegetable
Onion, Spring Yellow
Small Box
Beet, Chioggia
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Collards
Greens, Salad Mix
Herb, Fennel
Onion, Spring Yellow
Parsnip
Individual Box
Beet, Chioggia
Carrot, Orange
Lettuce, Braising Mix
Lettuce, Red Leaf
Onion, Spring Yellow

SIGN UP FOR JBG'S FREE FARM TOUR!

04/17/14 — Farm

The farm tour is coming up soon on Saturday, April 26th!  Photo by Scott David Gordon The farm tour is coming up soon on Saturday, April 26th! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Sign up now for JBG's Free Spring Farm Tour on Saturday, April 26th from 10am to 12pm by clicking here!  All are welcome!  If you're CSA member, I especially hope to see you there - and, please, bring your friends and neighbors.  I know so many of you work hard at eating seasonal, locally produced food, and this is a great opportunity to see where your vegetables are coming from - and who is doing the growing!  I also encourage kids to attend because I think it's really important for young people to have a connection to their food, too.  Plus, we'll have fun activities including harvesting your own carrots and being part of a crop mob.  So, be sure to wear clothes and shoes you don't mind getting dirty!

Leading last year's tour.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Leading last year's tour. Photo by Scott David Gordon

We had some crazy challenges this year - hail storms, flooding, drought to name a few!  Plus, after four years of hard work, we finally have the whole farm planted in vegetables and cover crop.  It has been quite a transformation to witness!  I was talking to one of our neighbors over there, and he remarked on how much the land has changed.  It used to be a quiet hay farm; now, there's lots of activity and vegetables growing everywhere.  My neighbor said he loves all of this, and so do I.  To our CSA members, I want to say thank you again because we really wouldn't have been able to do this without your support.  I hope you will take me up on my invitation to visit our fields on Saturday, April 26th.  Remember, bring your friends along, too - they should see what you had a hand in creating!  It's free to all, but since it helps us to know how many people are coming, please kindly RSVP by clicking here.

Our Greenhouse Manager, Lindsay, with the second result of the second hail strike.  Our Greenhouse Manager, Lindsay, with the second result of the second hail strike.

We got some nickel-size hail on Monday. We got some nickel-size hail on Monday.

Can you believe we got hit by hail - again!  That makes for two Mondays in a row.  I have to say we have been really lucky over at River Road - there wasn't much hail there.  Hergotz Lane got hit a little harder, but, all in all, it wasn't bad.  This time, we had already brought most of our transplants back into the greenhouse because forecasters were calling for a very late Spring frost.  There were a few flats of eggplant that did get hit, but the transplant damage was relatively contained this time.  Where the hail's effect was most visible was on the leaves of our broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage plants.  In fact, some of you CSA members may think a bunny or deer took a bite out of your broccoli!  I assure you it was the hail, and despite the holey appearance, it still tastes just as good.  It has been a bit of a roller coaster over here trying to keep up with the weather!  I was worried about the frost warning earlier this week, but, luckily, the temperatures hovered just above freezing.  Let's hope that's the last freeze scare of the season!  Soon enough, I imagine it's the Texas heat we will be complaining about... On the brighter side, this means it won't be too long until we have tomatoes!  On the agenda for next week is to transform 150 rolls of wire into 11,250 more tomato cages.  Our tomato plants are looking great so far despite the crazy weather - fingered crossed for the best season ever!

IMAGES FROM THE FARM

04/17/14 — Farm

Getting stakes into the ground.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Getting stakes into the ground. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Tomato season is coming, and we are busy getting ready for this fruit of summer.  This includes getting all of those stakes and tomato cages into the ground!

Stakes waiting to go in the ground.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Stakes waiting to go in the ground. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Field crew member Ian uses the post driver the get these stakes in the ground.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Field crew member Ian uses the post driver the get these stakes in the ground. Photo by Scott David Gordon

 

Tomatoes - and Summer - will be here before you know it.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Tomatoes - and Summer - will be here before you know it. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Rows of tomato cages.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Rows of tomato cages. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Broccoli!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Broccoli! Photo by Scott David Gordon

 

Field of fennel.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Field of fennel. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Workshares give us a hand over at Hergotz Lane.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Workshares give us a hand over at Hergotz Lane. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Helping out at Hergotz.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Helping out at Hergotz. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Matt, our CSA Packing Shed Manager, loads up the truck.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Matt, our CSA Packing Shed Manager, loads up the truck with shares for delivery. Photo by Scott David Gordon

TRANSPLANT SALE ENDS THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH!

04/17/14 — Farm

Last Chance to get your organic transplants is this Saturday!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Last Chance to get your organic transplants is this Saturday! Photo by Scott David Gordon

This Saturday, April 19th, from 10am to 2pm  is the last day of our Spring Organic Transplant Sale!  So, stop by our greenhouse at 9515 Hergotz Lane, Austin, TX 78742  - we will have lots of organic transplants to choose from, including Heirloom, cherry, San Marzano, and large red tomatoes, tomatillos, sweet & hot peppers, onions, seed potatoes, eggplant, squash, zucchini, basil, kale, swiss chard, watermelon, lettuces, kale, broccoli, cabbage, okra, cauliflower and spinach.  While you are there, you can also pickup some of JBG's compost mix to aid with planting and stakes and cages for your tomatoes.

Were any of your Spring transplants damaged by hail or freeze?  If so, we know the feeling and would like to lend you a hand!  If you lost part of your garden due to this crazy weather, stop by our greenhouse this Saturday, April 19th, from 10am to 2pm, and we will give you some free transplants so you can plant again.  There's still time!

DANDELION GREENS

04/17/14 — Farm

Dandelion greens soaking up the sun.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Dandelion greens soaking up the sun. Photo by Scott David Gordon

When most people think about a dandelion, they visualize its bright yellow flowering head or its later fluffy seeds waiting to be scattered by the wind.  Dandelion greens are the leaves of the plant, and they are packed with nutrition.  According the the USDA, dandelion greens have more nutritional value than spinach or broccoli.  Who knew that the plant that many just consider a weed could pack such a nutritional punch!  These greens are full of iron, calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6 as well as potassium and manganese.  They also provide more protein per serving than spinach!  Add to this their anti-inflammatory properties and ability to boost digestion and you can see why dandelions are touted for their health benefits.

Dandelion greens have a very bold taste and therefore are often mixed with sweeter flavors or foods like cheese, milk and eggs (they're great in a fritata or omelet!).  Below are some recipes ideas for you to give a try.  Also, if you have a dandelion green recipe you would like to share, please email it to carrie@jbgorganic.com for inclusion in the blog.

10 Ways to Use Dandelion Greens from theKitchn

Braised Dandelion Greens from Food & Wine
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