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Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of July 8, 2019
In this newsletter:
  • Farm News: thoughts about Fox Creek Farm CSA
  • Kohlrabi cooking suggestions & recipe
  • U-pick is open - herbs and small bouquets of flowers!
  • This week's share 
  • Garlic harvest work party, Saturday July 27

Farm News

While setting up more irrigation and tending to the crops, we got to thinking about the essence of Fox Creek Farm CSA.

Foremost, we’d like to provide our CSA members with outstanding produce. We have been fine-tuning our selections, with feedback from you, and by trialing different varieties of the same vegetable in search of what we like best.

But it doesn’t end with finding the best yielding varieties. Taste also matters. While both supermarket lettuce and Fox Creek Farm lettuce are by word the same, the flavor that comes with the organic farming practices, our care from seed to harvest, and the freshness resulting from our proximity to you is something that’s hard to find.

And the taste of our produce makes stories and comes with stories. About a child who for the first time likes to eat her greens. About adventures in finding a great recipe for kohlrabi. About your family farmers who will tell you how they grow their crops, have grown their farm, and welcome you as part of the farming family. Stories from friends made at the CSA pick-up sharing ideas about food.

We hope you agree with us that Fox Creek Farm offers more than outstanding produce. The farm also gives opportunities to nourish a community of people who love to eat great food. To give them stories to tell. A place to visit. And at times to provide food for thought.

Thank you for your support of our farm,
 
Raymond and Sara

Kohlrabi cooking suggestions & recipe

While you usually just see the kohlrabi bulbs, the greens are edible, too. If they are young and tender, they can be eaten raw in a salad, or sauteed or steamed like mustard greens.

Kohlrabi needs little prep, but you should always peel off the tough outermost layer of the bulb with a vegetable peeler first.

Eating suggestions: Kohlrabi is found in a lot of Indian cooking (recipe suggestion below), but can also be eaten raw in salads.

Raw kohlrabi is slightly crunchy and mildly spicy, like radishes mixed with turnip. You can toss them in a salad, make a slaw out of grated kohlrabi, or eat them on their own with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.

RECIPE: Indian style kohlrabi curry

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp.. mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
2 whole dried red chillies
1 chopped onion
2 kohlrabi, peeled and diced
leaves of kohlrabi, chopped
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp fennel powder
salt to taste
Fresh tamarind juice (5 Tbsp), or use   

  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- ½ tsp
  • Whole dry red chili- 2
  • Red or white onions, chopped-1
  • Kohlrabi, diced- 3
  • Kohlrabi leaves, chopped
  • Kashmiri red chili powder- 1½ tsp (or use regular chili powder)
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Ground Cumin- 1 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 1½ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Fresh tamarind juice- 3 inch slice soaked in 5 tbsp warm water (or use lime juice w brown sugar as substitute)
Instructions: Rinse the kohlrabi stem and leaves under running water, dice into small cubes and chop the leaves. Keep aside. Heat skillet with oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and dry chili, saute. Add onion and little salt, saute until translucent. Add kohlrabi and kohlrabi leaves, and 1/4 cup water. Cook until fork tender (add more water if needed).
Add chili powder, tumeric, ground cumin, fennel, and tamarind juice (or substitute). Mix well. Add another 1/4 cup of water and cook covered for about 5 minutes. Adjust flavor with salt and chili powder if needed.

Serve warm as a side dish with rice.

 

In this week's share, and U-pick update

This week's share, Kohlrabi, summer squash, lettuce or baby lettuce mix, and garlic scapes.
In rotation: scallions, arugula, tatsoi, cucumbersm, peas, basil & parsley, and kale.

The U-Pick is open! There are enough culinary herbs and scallions to go around. Plus, there are enough flowers for cutting a small bouquet of flowers!
 

Garlic Harvest Work party:

We have set the date! We'll be harvesting the 2019 garlic crop on Saturday, July 27.  We will start around 8:00 AM and get the job done by 2:00 PM -- as you might know, we now dry the garlic in the greenhouse and forego the 'bunching - tying - curing' step. Last year was the first time trying, and we liked the outcome!

We continue to barter garlic for your help, and are looking forward to the always outstanding potluck lunch. This is truly a hands-on, fun farm event. Mark your calendars!

Thank you for your support of our family farm!

We pride ourselves in providing our CSA members with an outstanding experience. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any of your questions or concerns regarding the farm. 

Sara and Raymond Luhrman, Fox Creek Farm CSA

182 Fox Creek Farm Road, Schoharie, NY  12157

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