Hope y’all are having a great week! Can I tell you a secret? We are tired. I literally fell asleep last night typing this email trying to rush to get it done in time, sorry I didn’t make it.
I have never been one that required much sleep, if any at all. But lately, it’s been hard to keep up. We broke ground on The Barn in August of last year and Farmer Dan and I finished it together between January and March of this year. Then Farmer Dan ramped up production for Harvest Season, and I started wedding season at The Barn. It has been so much fun! I truly feel like I am doing what God wants me to do, and turning my right brain back on to design both The Barn and weddings has been so much fun.
But. We are looking for that groove. We didn’t think we could ever work harder than that first year of farming. Until these past few months. And, just like we found our groove with farming, we will find our groove now that we have both the weddings and the farm. Many days I struggle with the feels- not being a good enough (mama, wife, job(s), manager, boss, farmer, wedding planner/designer/hostess etc). But mostly I just do my best and know that it must, that it has to be enough. IT IS JUST A SEASON, like everything else in life. And not having balance is ok for now, it has to be. And if I am honest- I love the busy and I love the work.
For Mother’s Day, our son Keaton’s school sent home this amazing thing (see pic below). Y’all- I have seen friends and family get these for years and during my time of infertility I prayed I would have the chance for my child to make this for me. And I got one! At first I felt embarrassed when I saw what he said about me- that my favorite thing to do to relax is ‘work’. I don’t know why I felt that way, I will have to unpack that later. Then I remembered what Farmer Dan & I have always said ‘Let them see us work.’ It’s the best thing we can do, let our child know that this life isn’t easy and nothing comes without hard work and sacrifices. And I remembered writing about it here (update to that story- Holly Williams bought The Cabins recently! Can’t wait to see what she does). And I remembered all is great, and it doesn’t have to be easy, and we will rest after November!
DO YOU WANT TO UPGRADE YOUR FARMILY CSA SHARE?! You can! Email me and let me know what size you want to upgrade to.
Also- Do you have favorite recipes? send them my way and I will share with the farmily!
See you at pickups this week!
Your Happy Farmer,
Here is what you can expect this week at Farmily CSA Pickups:
- Collard Greens (the classic southern green. sauté in olive oil, garlic and onions. add a splash of balsamic)
- Red Russian Kale (amazing raw and in salads and on sandwiches, a sweet mild flavor- our favorite kale!)
- Toscano Kale (aka Dinosaur Kale, aka Lacinato Kale- great in soups and marinara, great grilled, the best for kale chips)
- Green Curly Kale (the kale most of you are familiar with)
- Rainbow Swiss Chard (beautiful. if kale and spinach had a baby- it would be this. eat raw or sautéed or in a quiche- so versatile)
- Buttercrunch Lettuce (Head Lettuce-perfect size for lettuce wraps/lettuce tacos- or chop it up for a salad beautiful green and magenta color)
- Gourmet Salad Mix (loose leaf lettuce- red and green leaf mix perfect for salads)
- Kohlrabi (juice entire thing! sauté leaves. peel rind off bulb and slice insides up- amazing raw! use in salads or like chips with hummus or salsa or guac. A Farmily Favorite every year)
- Green Onions (aka scallions. Use all of them- from the tip of the green all the way down to the roots. Cut with kitchen scissors and freeze for later. Use anywhere you’d use onions.)
- Arugula (peppery lettuce like leaves, great mixed with kale and lettuce in a salad, or sautéed in pasta)
- Mustard Greens (less bitter than other greens, but with more natural flavor. TRY THEM! Not good for juicing or raw.)
- French Breakfast Radishes (small gorgeous radishes, I didn’t like radishes till these)
- Napa Cabbage (our favorite! Use raw in salads, spring rolls, soups, sautéed or grilledAll are hand harvested by us and brought to you the same day. Farm fresh, certified organic, and full of love!)
Don’t forget about the hitchhikers y’all! Since Allenbrooke Farms is Certified Organic and we don’t spray anything on our gardens, you will sometimes get little ladybugs and other teeniny bugs that want to hang on. and even eat on your food a little. We always wash everything before you get it, but nature happens. I know it can sometimes be hard to get used to, but it’s your proof that we are growing things right!
Recipes to try this week:
Napa Salad (a classic recipe- SO GOOD!)
Asian Chicken Noodle Soup with Napa Cabbage (what can I do to explain how GOOOOOOOOOOD this soup is?! It’s so great that even after a long day out in the 80 degree weather- Farmer Dan wants to eat it. Trust me.)
Radish Chips (in full disclosure, I skipped her seasoning suggestions and dumped some ranch seasoning on them. They were fabulous and I use them still as croutons on salads)
Italian Seasoned Kale Chips (Farmily Favorite!)
Easy Amazing Mustard Greens (SO GOOD!)
Arugula Pesto (fabulous on everything!)
Creamed Swiss Chard this is my recipe, and it is fabulous!
How to Sauté Greens (yes the recipe says kale but we use this recipe with any of the greens- bok choy included)
Swiss Chard & Herb Tart (who tarted? who charded?!)
Radish Leaf Pesto (yes you can do something with those leaves)
Spring Onion Pancakes
Red Russian Kale and Red Onion Savory Breakfast Squares
Sausage, Toscano Kale, and Potato Soup
Swiss Chard Stuffed Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Swiss Chard and Chipotle Tacos
Crispy Grilled Toscano Kale
My Favorite Sautéed Kale (this is how we cook all the greens (collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, all the things) sometimes without the pepper flakes though, and sometimes we add sriracha)
Freeze your Greens for Smoothies (you’ll be glad you did!)
This week on the farm (in pictures):