Spring is finally here! Although, as I write this, there is still a foot of snow around the edges of all of the fields, the temperatures are still dipping below zero and the threat of snow still lingers on in the weather forecasts. The animals here on the farm tell us otherwise….that SPRING IS HERE! The horses and cows are shedding like crazy: horses rolling on the ground at every chance they get, looking like mud monsters; the cows using the trees as scratching posts. The barns are filling up with baby chicks and baby calves and hopefully, soon, baby horses. The sound of the goose couple who has returned to the pond to have their goslings. Yup, spring is here! (hopefully no more snowstorms). Our greenhouse is full. Millions of seedlings waiting for the soil to warm enough to be transplanted into the fields. Until then, our high tunnels are capturing the sun’s warmth to grow arugula, chard, kale, baby bok choy, and other cold tolerant greens. Thank you for sticking with us through this long winter and we look forward to sharing a productive season with you!
Microgreens in our greenhouse
Hens enjoying the creek flowing from snow melt
EMCF One Dish Spring Dinner
Brown 1 pound EMCF ground beef in large skillet or pan over medium heat. Add 3-4 sweet potatoes that have been scrubbed and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces. Cook, stirring to mix with beef. Place lid on pan and turn heat to medium low. Cook, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender and golden on at least one side. Serve with handful of EMCF microgreens on top, or you may wilt microgreens first by placing them in the pot and turning to mix with beef and potatoes for a couple of minutes.
Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon and Parmesan Cheese
In a serving bowl, drizzle 1 bunch washed, rough chopped arugula with the oil. Squeeze in lemon juice from half of a lemon, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste. Toss. Use a vegetable peeler to shave thin pieces of Parmesan over the top.
“…he who has seen the intimate beauty of nature cannot tear himself away from it again. He must become either a poet or a naturalist and, if his eyes are keen and his powers of observation sharp enough, he may well become both.”