Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Week 3 CSA

Our new red potato yield this year will be about 1/4 the usual harvest because of the late freeze this spring.

This weeks CSA included rosemary, new red potatoes, arugula, white and purple turnips, assorted radish, purple haze carrots, Chickasaw plums and baby red onions.

Monday, May 25, 2009

It is good to be different!

The wildflowers are blooming...look at this Black-Eyed-Susan. Is it triplets that didn't separate? Genetic mutation? We will be sure to save the seeds. Anyway, it is good to be different!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

I'll drink to that!

Our fingers are stained purple from hours of picking ripened dewberries...what a wonderful contrast to the yellow catus flowers painted sporadically through out the landscape.

The asparagus ferns in front of the house sway back and forth in the wind, saying good bye to spring and hello summer!

Here is to the changing seasons which will bring the dewberry wine....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Week 2 CSA

This weeks CSA will include one bunch of purple haze carrots, one bunch of D'avignon long slender red radish, one head of black seeded simpson lettuce,one bunch of purple globe turnips, one bunch of white turnips, one bunch of white onions, one sprig of chocolate mint, one bunch of Mexican tarragon, dew berries and brazing greens.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Plum Crazy

The native Chickasaw plums thickets are in full ripe! We use them to make wine, jelly and sauces.
The local Indians would dry the plum fruit and add to meat jerky. They are also great to eat right off the tree!! Wild life gets PLUM CRAZY after eating fermented fruit that has fallen to the ground. Yeeee-Hawww!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lazy rainy day

The clouds rolled in this has been raining ever since! Our plants needed a fresh drink of rain water, and we needed a lazy rainy day to recharge.

...this old man is snoring!

CSA May 14th

This weeks CSA included... native dewberries, sweet white turnips, red rover radishes, braising greens (red mustard and boc choy), Eden Creek salad mix, cooking carrots, beets and a sprig of oregano.

All produce was harvested in a thunder storm that morning.
We look forward to sharing the growing season with our CSA members!

Thanks for your support...
Eat Healthy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What is a dewberry worth?

You tell me...what is a dewberry worth? While picking these precious wild black berries we have encountered snakes, ticks, chiggers, skunks, thorns, fire ants, bees, wasps, mosquitoes, stinging nettle and poison ivy. It is all worth it when I eat some of Kristine's dewberry cobbler!

Here is the recipe:
1.5 cup milk
2 cups flour
2.5 cups sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 stick of butter
2 tbs. baking powder
4 cups of organic dewberries
1 tsp. of vanilla

mix together flour, sugar, salt, milk, baking powder and vanilla in a large bowl. Melt the stick of butter in a 9x13 pan, pour in 1/2 of the mixture into the butter, pour in the 4 cups of organic dewberries. Pour the rest of the mixture on top and sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake 1 hour at 325. Garnish with fresh mint and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. ENJOY!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Kari Lee

We have decided to name one of our new baby rabbit Kari Lee after a friend of ours...she is waving hello. What a cutie-pie!

Plums and Water Lillies

We walked through the salad meadow towards the Chickasaw thicket and ate early ripened wild plums until our stomachs were full.

On the way back we stopped and listened to a Water Lilly sing!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Snake Season!


Henry our little black bit in the neck by a poisonous copper head snake. He is not feeling very good right now to say the least. Today I stepped over a five foot rat snake on my way to pick weeds in the garden(pictured above). Rat snakes are good to have around to help control the rodent population. No rat poison needed here! Also, I spotted two water moccasins mating by our pond behind the house.

Our Nero Tondo radish loves our soil here! This special Spanish variety is blacked skinned,round root with a crisp, HOT inside.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Organic Pesticide

There are native Lady Bugs everywhere here on Eden Creek Farm... enjoying a snack of aphids on a mature Butter Crunch lettuce leaf! No harmful chemicals here!

Henrietta is upset!

This is a picture of Henrietta this morning....she is upset because we didn't take her to Bolsa's Farmer's Market (it was wet and rainy). After a few earth worms, she forgave us! She is also very interested in her new neighbors, five baby bunnies.

Anyway, thanks for every ones support! It turned out to be a beautiful day.

As far as our crops are concerned, everything is looking great! The rain sure has helped things around here. The yellow Snap Dragon's are blooming by the pond behind the house. The purple Kohlrabi is getting bigger!

The Purple Haze carrots are happy too!