2015 Real Veggies Farm Pictures

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What We Have Growing

I walked around the farm the other day when I was out there picking and took some pictures of some veggies we have growing.  Most of which should be available soon.

Red Malabar Spinach
This is not actually a true spinach plant, instead it is a heat loving vine, which can be used in place of spinach.  It can be used just like you would spinach, can also be stir-fried, or added to salads.
 

Bleu De Solaise Leek
 

Zebrune Shallot Onion
 

Purple Peacock Broccoli
A broccoli kale cross.  Can not wait to be able to harvest some of this.
 

Some of our tomato plants, even though it has been really wet they seem to still be doing ok.
 

Scarlet Kale
It is such a beautiful kale, with large leaves for a purple kale.  I have been picking this for the last few weeks, which I have been adding to my mixed kale bunches.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

What's For Dinner?

Here is what I had for dinner tonight.

Breaded walleye and beans with scallions and basil butter, and on the side a Lettuce Salad.

Almost everything we either grew or caught.  The lettuce of course is ours, and so are the beans (frozen from last year) the scallions and basil butter.  The walleye we caught from Lake Erie.

 

I will post the recipe for the Lettuce Salad soon.  Right now I have to go to bed since I have a very early day tomorrow of picking for Saturdays market, hope to see everyone there!

Brunswick Farmers Market

We had our first farmers market, for this year, at Brunswick this past Sunday.  Here are a couple of pictures from the market of our stand.



This Saturday and Sunday we should have available:
Just Lettuce Mix
Lettuce and Greens Salad Mix
Lettuce and Romaine Salad Mix
Lettuce and Endive Salad Mix
Looseleaf Lettuce Mix
Spicy Salad Mix
Ark of Taste Mix

Mixed Kale Bunches
Mixed Mustard Green Bunches
Swiss Chard Bunches
Collard Bunches
Bel Fiore Radicchio
Bagged Mixed Kale
Bagged Mustard Greens
Garlic Scapes
Scallion Bunches
Radish Bunches
Purple and Green Kohlrabi

Vegetable, Herb, and Flower Plants
Herb Hanging Baskets
Edible Flower Hanging Baskets
Tea Herb Hanging Baskets
Vegetable Hanging Baskets
Dahlia Hanging Baskets
Dahlia Tubers and Plants

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Micro Greens
I also wanted to let everyone know that I just started a bunch of micro greens the other day.  They most likely will not be ready for this weeks markets, but the following week I should begin bringing micro greens to the markets once again.


Pasta
As far as pasta goes, if you have been to one of our markets, you may have noticed I do not have pasta for sale yet.  No fear I will be starting to make some very soon.  Just been so busy lately I have not been able to start making it, but I am hoping to be able to whip up some pasta this coming week for next weeks markets.
 
 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Pasta with Mustard Greens

Pasta with Mustard Greens


Ingredients:
2 (8 oz. bags) kale rigatoni
8- 10 mustard green leaves (chopped)
2 scallions (chopped)
4- 5 garlic scapes (chopped)
1 lb. ground pork sausage
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions:
Cook pasta according to package directions, and set aside.  Brown ground pork sausage with 2 tablespoons butter in a large pan until no longer pink.  Add scallions, garlic scapes, milk and remaining (2 tablespoons) butter; cook for approx 5- 10 minutes longer.  Then add cooked pasta, parmesan cheese, and mustard greens, cook for few more minutes, until the the mustard greens just begin to wilt.  Serve warm, and if desired you can top with parmesan cheese on top. 

Note: You could also use heavy cream in this recipe instead of the milk.  I just used the milk because when I made this I did not have any heavy cream.  If you are going to use the heavy cream I would add 1 cup in place of 1/2 cup milk.

Planting, Planting, and More Planting

We have been doing a lot of planting lately.  Yesterday we planted around 200 tomato plants and about 150 basil plants.  Below is a picture of most of our tomatoes, behind the tomatoes are hot peppers.


 
Scarlet Kale
A beautiful purple curly kale.
I will be bringing a bunch of this kale along with other varieties, to take to the markets this weekend and will be sold in mixed kale bunches.


Purple Kohlrabi
It is just starting to look like kohlrabi, I am hoping that I will be able to start picking some of the markets starting next week, we will see. 


Purple Peacock Broccoli
I am so excited to see how these turn out, it is a cross between broccoli and kale, so it sounds like a really useful and beautiful plant.
I got my seeds from Wild Garden Seeds, here is their description from their catalog:  "Our contribution to ongoing broccoli evolution; green beads, sweet purple stems, toothy red veined leaves that will make you think it’s Red Russian kale. Young leaves are salad-rate, and mature leaves are as sweet as any lightly steamed kale. Floret stems erupt first as loose heads of broccoli, followed by prodigious side shoots. These are sweet and non-biting as raw “dippers” and salad additions. This “eat everything brockali” comes from crosses between ‘Green Goliath’ broccoli and two kales. Farm Original Variety!"


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Just wanted to let everyone know that Brunswick Farmers Market starts this Sunday.

Brunswick Farmers Market
11am - 3pm
Starting June 14th and runs thru October
Located at Brunswick Heritage Farm, 4613 Laurel Road, Brunswick, Ohio

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Now Available
Mixed Kale Bunches
Mixed Mustard Green Bunches
Scallion Bunches
Radicchio
Bagged Kale
Bagged Mustard Greens
Garlic Scapes
Just Lettuce Mix
Lettuce and Greens Salad Mix
Lettuce and Romaine Salad Mix
Spicy Salad Mix
Lettuce and Endive Salad Mix
Loose Leaf Lettuce Mix
Ark of Taste Salad Mix
Herb, Vegetable, and Flower Plants
Dahlia Tubers

Coming Soon
Green and Purple Kohlrabi
Radish Bunches
Swiss Chard Bunches
Radicchio 

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

First Farmers Market of the Year

Yesterday (Saturday June 6th) was our first farmers market of the year at Valley City.  It feels so good to finally start going to the markets again.  Summer goes by way to fast and winter lasts too long.

We had plants (vegetables, dahlias, herbs), kale, mustard greens, scallions, and lots of lettuce.

You can come see us at Valley City Farmers Market from now thru October on 
Saturdays from 9am to 12 pm. 
 The market is located at:
Liverpool Township Depot, 6615 Center Road, Valley City, Ohio

It is now strawberry season at the market, so if you have a taste for fresh local strawberries, you will have to swing by the market soon and check out our fellow vendors.  You may also see other goodies such as bakery, cut flowers, plants, bird boxes, honey, rhubarb and more.
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Also here are some more pictures from the farm:




The above is as picture of our bean area, only one row is coming up, but the rest will be up soon.  In this area I have planted, Dragon Tongue Beans (my personal favorite, yellow with purple stripes), purple beans, yellow beans, Rattlesnake Beans (green with purple stripes), yard long beans (green and red), half runner beans, and Tongue of Fire Beans (Green with red stripes).  Wow, that is a lot of beans!  I hope every one likes and is ready for some beans!