Quick update from the garden…
Well, the Monarch caterpillar has formed the chrysalis now, which is rather exciting!

Monarch C

Something we’ve also noticed is that the birds are starting to form flocks. I’ve seen some geese already beginning their migration south. Our farm is Grand Central in the spring and fall – we are so close to the river that the birds all come up to our and the neighbouring fields to feed during the day and then head down to the river for what I can only assume is some kind of bird party! I often think about how, if I weren’t farming (or something similar), these subtle changes in the seasons and wildlife around me would go unnoticed. You have to be immersed in your environment, and paying attention to notice these details, and farming certainly forces this. The matters in life, (must pick up more toothpaste, remember to switch the laundry…) seem so trivial when I watch these creatures around us and their survival missions.

This week’s share of the harvest:
1 bunch Chard
1 box mixed Potatoes
1 box Tomatoes
1 box Carrots
1 box French Filet Beans
1 Pepper
1 Watermelon

farm shop

Watermelon & Mint Fresca (Gwyneth Paltrow’s)
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup honey
1 small bunch mint
1 small seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into cubes (~5 cups)
Combine water, honey & mint in a saucepan and bring to boil. Pull out mint and discard. Let syrup cool to room temp.
While syrup is cooling, puree the watermelon in batches then pass through a fine mesh strainer and discard contents of strainer. Combine watermelon juice with the honey syrup in a pitcher. Stir and serve over ice. Serve immediately or store for up to 1 day.

watermelon

Melon Smoothie
2 cups melon (pureed in a blender)
1 1/2 cup plain yogourt
1 cup milk
2-4 Tbsp. honey or sugar to taste
Blend everything and serve (you can substitute the yogourt for more milk or use almond milk etc.)

Veggies with Miso-Almond Sauce (Gwenyth Paltrow’s)
Any veggie! Great on beans or gently steamed chard… with this sauce on top:
2 Tbsp. miso paste
2 Tbsp. almond butter
1/4 cup boiling water
coarse sea salt
chili flakes
Whisk together the miso, almond butter, and boiling water. Add salt and chili flakes to taste. Drizzle sauce over steamed/roasted veggies. Simple and extremely delicious… that umami flavour, without the MSG!

Bruschetta with Grilled Bread
1 loaf french bread (sliced)
Grill each side of the bread in the oven on a baking sheet.

Tomatoes – cherry or otherwise
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (diced)
1/2 cup green olives (diced)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh basil
2 Tbsp. lemon peel
1 Tbsp capers or dill pickles
6 cloves garlic
Combine and spoon over grilled bread.

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