Ace of Spades Farm

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July 7 CSA Contents

Alex Ekins

This weeks contents include... 

Neon Lights Swiss Chard.  This variety of chard develops vivid pink, red and yellow stems reminiscent of the neon lights of Las Vegas. Brighten up any dish or BBQ with this wonderful vegetable. Eat the stems like a celery!

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Bull's Blood Beets.  Absolutely gorgeous! A recent publication touted beets as an excellent anti oxidant and cancer fighter. 

"Beets, the essence of life." - Tom Robbins

Siberian Kale. Kale+Bacon=❤️

 Golden Ball Turnips. 

  • 1 Bunch Turnips
  • 1 Bunch Beet Greens
  • 1 Bunch Collards
  • 6 slices bacon (or equivalent salt pork, ham hock, or smoked turkey wings)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Wash the greens thoroughly in cold water. Remove any tough stems and roughly chop the leaves. Peel and slice the turnip into bite-sized pieces. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add greens and cook about 15 minutes, then drain and discard cooking water.  In a large skillet, fry the bacon until crisp and set aside. Add the onion (and garlic) and saute in remaining bacon grease until soft. Crumble the bacon and return to the pan along with the sliced turnip and the boiled greens. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1 cup water or stock and cook 30 minutes over low heat. Serves 4 greens lovers.

 

Collards.  The collard greens return this week. They just keep giving and I just keep eating. Thanks to Hannah for bringing me an excellent curry made with the collard greens! 

Mesclun Salad Mix.  Tender blend of mixed greens including freckles lettuce, speckled trout back, bloomsdale spinach, mustard, kale, chard, mizuna, butternut crunch and more! 

There are no eggs this week as the 100* days have slowed the hens down a bit. They will be back as I build some reserves this week. I only have 10 birds and I need at least 50 eggs a week, so as you can see those little ladies are working hard! Right now they are out eating grasshoppers for you, so the grasshoppers don't eat all the tender little growies! 

Coming soon will be broccoli and carrots.  

Enjoy!

I started an Autumn round of vegetables starts believe it or not, which includes many Asian greens, herbs and more.  

I may be including a few items from fellow farmers in the next few weeks.  These are all LINC Foods Co-Op farmers who have the same level of integrity that I have but who have well established fruit, veggie and animal systems.  I want to offer you an additional array of products .  Some of these items I can include at no extra cost.  Think raspberries and specialty items like hot peppers. 

-Rant On-

Many people don't know that it takes at least one full year before raspberries produce fruit.  That a well rooted patch of strawberries takes two years.  Asparagus doesn't really begin to produce until its third year after planting.  I am planning on getting those types of crops established next season.  I won't be able to offer a complete line of products until say five years from now.

Farming takes time.  

It takes a long term perspective to both develop a farm and to have patrons who can see the value in supporting such a project. 

See, this food you get to eat, is raw.  It is fresh and natural.  It was grown in soil, that is alive, in an ecosystem that is healthy. It is free from chemical fertilizers and I didn't soak it in poisons. It wasn't grown and harvested with near slave labor.  It didn't have some crazy processing and delivery scheme to take it thousands of miles around the planet.

And I use deep, clean, cold, mineral rich water from my own well.  

I mean this plain and simple: the quality of the water that goes into this food is worth more than the food.

And as we watch the great experiment that was industrial agriculture in California come to a burning end, the water that I use to grow this food will become even more valuable. The produce from this farm will be better than gold.

It is something that is just simply hidden from sight these days.  Modern industrial food production allows us to assume that it is normal to have anything we want whenever we want it. To quote Joel Salatin, "Sorry folks, this ain't normal."  

- Rant Off-

So again I want to thank everyone for the support. 

It means so much to hear things like:

"Our friends are loving this!" 

Or

"You got my roommates in an uproar!" 

Or

"Man, you got me hooked all drug dealer style!" 

That makes the long hours, heavy lifting, blood, sweat and fears all worth it. 

So, please tell a friend about Ace of Spades Farm.

Better yet, cook them dinner!

Your friend and farmer,

Alexander