From the Land 4.24

announcements

The spring season is coming to a close. Please make sure you are up to date on your CSA share payments. If you have questions about your account you can email us at pccsa@prescott.edu or call us at (928) 350-1401. You can also ask us when you pick up your share on Wednesday.

Note from Crooked Sky Farms:
To all Crooked Sky Farm CSA members. Many of you  who have been with us in years past know that this is our planting season. Share lists at this time will be a bit repetitive so we really do appreciate all your support while we are getting ready for all your summer treats. Here is a preview of all the wonderful treasures you have to look forward to coming soon:

Coming soon…
 
End of April-summer squash
 
Beginning of May-various cucumbers
 
End of May-purslane and basil
 
Beginning of June-tomatoes 
 
Mid June-eggplant, okra and peppers
 
End of June or early July-various melons, corn
 
September-Pomegranates
 
We are also happy to announce that we have listened to all your requests and have planted 1500 fruit trees! Just a few examples include the following: 
Cherries
Pears
Peaches
Plums
Apricots
Nectarines
Apples
Pomegranates
 
Thank you again for supporting your local farmer and helping to keep Arizona healthy,  happy and thriving.
 
Warm Regards,
The Crooked Sky family

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food for thought

full share: kale, eggs, salad mix, grilling onions, choice of swiss chard/beet greens or Siamese Dragon stir fry mix, cabbage, red potatoes, and grapefruit!

partial share: Kale, eggs, salad mix and grilling onions!

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veg of the week

grapefruit: Citrus Paradisi 

Grapefruit is a subtropical fruit first cultivated as a hybrid in Barbados in the 18th century. The tree usually grows to about 20 feet tall. The fruit’s pulp comes in white, pink or red. Usually the redder the pulp the sweeter it is. The top producers of grapefruit are the US, China, South Africa and Mexico.

Uses: Grapefruit is wonderful in a variety of dishes but is not limited to its edibility. To scent your home, simmer a cup of grapefruit with half a cup of water on the stove. To scent your laundry mix grapefruit and water and spray after washing and before you hang it out to dry. Placing grapefruit rinds around your garden will help deter cats and other animals. For a skin exfoliant in the shower, mix two tablespoons sugar and one tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil in a cup of grapefruit juice. The sugar will scrub your skin and the grapefruit juice will tighten it. For a simple healthy snack, cut a grapefruit in half and slice the pulp in each half, making it easier to get at with a spoon. Drizzle honey on each half, eat. In Costa Rica, grapefruit is cooked to reduce its sour taste and sometimes eaten with dulce de leche.

Nutrition: Grapefruit is a good source of vitamin C and pectin fiber. Studies show that grapefruit can help lower cholesterol and burn fat. Grapefruit seed extract, GSE, is sold in natural foods stores and taken for its antimicrobial properties.

To store: Grapefruit can keep in the pantry for about a week or in the fridge for two to three weeks. Grapefruit can keep for up to a year in the freezer. To freeze, remove seeds and rind, then place in a mixture of 3 cups sugar to 4 cups water boiled.

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault
By Alex Deck

Its comforting to know that seeds from all over the world are being stored in a secure seed vault in Norway. The Svalbard Seed Vault is located on Svalbard, 810 miles from the North Pole. Construction was funded entirely by the government of Norway and began in June 2006. The first seeds began arriving in 2008. 

Seeds are stored 390 feet into a sandstone mountain called Spitsbergen. The entrance to the vault is 430 feet above sea level. Spitsbergen was chosen for its lack of tectonic activity, making it a secure place in case of a natural disaster. Local coal fuels refrigeration units that keep the temperature at 0 °F. The bank is so well insulated that even if the refrigerators failed it would be several weeks before the temperature rose to 27 °F, the temperature of the surrounding bedrock permafrost.

The facility has the capability to hold up to 4.5 million different kinds of seeds with 500 seeds each. In July 2012 the number of seeds in the vault numbered around 750,000. 

 

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Broiled Grapefruit
From MarthaStewart.com

  • 1 pink or red grapefruit, halved
  • 1 T light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 C plain low-fat yogurt
Heat broiler with rack set 4 inches from heat. With a paring knife, loosen grapefruit segments from membranes and pith.
Sprinkle grapefruit with sugar and cinnamon. Broil on a baking sheet until tops are slightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes.
Top with yogurt, and garnish with more cinnamon.
Shaved Fennel with Grapefruit
From TheFoodNetwork.com 

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 grapefruit
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • 1/4 C slivered cerignola or other big green olives
  • 1/4 C freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 C fennel fronds, chopped

Using a mandoline, slice the fennel into thin shavings.

Cut the bottom and top off of the grapefruit. Using a knife, cut the peel off of the sides, following the curve of the grapefruit and being careful only to cut away the peel and bitter pith. Hold the fruit in 1 hand over a bowl and cut the flesh of the grapefruit away from the membrane to release a wedge. Repeat until all segments are released.

In a large saute pan over medium heat coat with extra-virgin olive oil and add the fennel. Season with salt and saute for 1 to 2 minutes or until the fennel is warm and coated with the oil. Remove from heat. Toss in the grapefruit segments, olive slivers and juice and sprinkle with the fennel fronds. Serve immediately.

Grapefruit and Mixed Green Salad with Pistacio Crusted Goat Cheese Rounds
From spoonforkbacon

pistachio crusted goat cheese rounds:

  • 4 oz goat cheese, sliced into 1 ounce portions and partially frozen
  • 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 C crushed pistachios
  • vegetable oil for frying

salad:

  • 8 cups mixed greens, loosely packed
  • 2 grapefruits, cut into supremes
  • 1/3 C pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 2 oz jicama, julienne
  • 1 recipe, champagne vinaigrette

Preheat oil to 375°F.

For goat cheese rounds: Dredge partially frozen discs into the flour and shake off excess. Next, dip discs into lightly beaten egg and finish in crushed pistachios until fully coated. Freeze rounds until fully frozen, about 30 minutes. Fry each round for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain onto paper towels. Season with salt and pepper and set aside until ready to use.

For salad: Place mixed greens, grapefruit, nuts, and jicama into a large mixing bowl and toss together with vinaigrette. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Divide the salad among four plates and top each with a pistachio crusted goat cheese round. Serve.

From the Land 4.17

food for thought

full share: choice of carrots or kale, salad mix, purple top turnips, grapefruit, artichokes, baby swiss chard, fennel, and choice of wheatberries or pinto beans!

partial share: choice of carrots or kale, salad mix, purple top turnips, and grapefruit!

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veg of the week

swiss chard: Beta vulgaris

Chard has been around for centuries. It is of the same species as a beetroot or a common garden beet. Both plants are descendant from the sea beat. The word “swiss” was originally used to differentiate the plant from French spinach varieties. 

Uses: The slightly bitter tasting chard is used in cultures around the world. The fresh young leaves are used raw in salads while the older and tougher leaves are often cooked, steamed, stir-fried on high heat, or sauteed on low heat. The bitterness lessens when cooked, revealing subtle buttery flavors.

Nutrition: Chard is high in vitamin A, C and K. Vitamin K stands for ketamine and helps in blood clotting preventing excess bleeding. Chard is also high in dietary fiber and protein. The stalks are high in iron, hence the red color.

To store: Chard will stay fresh and crispy for 3 days stored in the crisper bin in a plastic bag. Do not wash until ready to eat. To freeze, cut off stems and blanch leaves (dunk in boiling water for two minutes). Drain excess water and store in airtight bags in freezer. They

will stay good for up to a year.

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Fair Trade

By Alex Deck

A Fairtrade product has been produced according to set standards that benefit the producers in a “fair” way. These standards include proper and safe working conditions, wages equal to a set world market value and a Fairtrade Premium. The Fairtrade Premium is extra money that goes to support the community that produced the product being sold. Fairtrade certified products do not have to be organic.

There are many fair trade certifiers. The biggest is Fairtrade International. Here are the labels for products that are fair trade for different certifiers. Look out for these labels in grocery stores.

  Fairtrade International

  Fair Trade USA

  World Fair Trade Organization

Here are the principals of the Fairtrade International company:

  • to deliberately work with marginalized producers and workers in order to help them move from a position of vulnerability to security and economic self-sufficiency.

  • to empower producers and workers as stakeholders in their own organizations.

  • to actively to play a wider role in the global arena to achieve greater equity in international trade.

To learn more go to the Fairtrade International website.

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Raw Swiss Chard Salad with Maple Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette 
Maple-Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 t pure maple syrup
  • 2 t organic Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
Whisk well and serve.
Swiss Chard Salad
  • 1 bunch of rainbow Swiss chard, thinly sliced
  • 1 organic apple, diced and drizzled with lemon juice
  • 1 handful of organic raisins
  • 1/3 C raw walnuts, soaked overnight
  • sweet onion, finely diced
  • fresh sprouts (to garnish)
  • raw sesame seeds (to garnish)
Enjoy this amazing salad tossed with the Maple-Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette!

Turnip Soup with Bacon
Wayward Seed Farm

  • 1 lb bacon, cut into ½ inch dice
  • 2 C onion, cut into ½ inch dice
  • 2 C potatoes, peeled, cut into ½ inch dice
  • 2 C turnips, peeled, cut into ½ inch dice
  • 4-6 sprigs thyme or 1 bay leaf
  • 1 C greens, torn
  • 1 C cream
  • salt and pepper

In a large sauce pan over medium heat, add bacon. Cover and cook slowly until fat renders, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat.

Return pan to medium heat, add onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Do not brown.

Add potatoes and turnips to cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add thyme, enough water to cover, bring to a boil, and reduce. Cook at brisk simmer for 15-20 minutes until tender.

Meanwhile, cook torn greens in butter or some of the bacon fat over high heat until wilted. Reduce and cook over medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes. Add greens to soup and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add cream, salt, and pepper. Remove bay leaf or thyme and serve.

If soup becomes too thick, thin with broth, water or cream.

 

Grapefruit Brulee
From: Huffpost Taste

  • 3 large grapefruits
  • 6 T packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 T butter, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t freshly grated nutmeg
Position oven rack about 5 inches from broiler; preheat broiler.
Slice the stem end and opposite end off each grapefruit. Stand the grapefruit, one cut-end down, on a work surface. Cut off the rind and pith with a sharp knife, making sure to remove all the white pith. Cut each fruit into 4 rounds, about 1/2 inch thick, by making slices parallel to the ones you made on the top and bottom.
Place the slices in a large baking pan in a single layer. Top each with 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar, dot with butter and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Broil the grapefruit until bubbling and starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle pan juices over each serving.