Do you remember where you were on 11-22 50 years ago?
Okay, to be fair to the youngsters, do you remember any single day from when you were six years old?
I was 6 in 1963 and I remember that day very very clearly. I remember the whole week, from the announcement over the speaker in the first grade classroom, to the graveside – we were glued to our TV (black and white – 3 channels). I suspect few people can recall in detail a single day from their sixth year, but I bet every American who was six (or older) on 11-22-1963 has vivid memories of that day and week. No matter how much red wine we’ve thrown at those memory cells. It affected us.
Do you remember how good the veggies tasted from your parent’s garden? The tomatoes, the carrots, the lettuce, and sweet peas?
Customers to our Patio Market frequently remark that the food from Erickson Farm and other local growers tastes like they remember food from the family garden tasted when they were children.
So prepare for memory lane because this week the crop expands to local Red Russian kale and French Breakfast radish. Next week (hopefully) we’ll have fresh lacinato kale and Swiss chard. Local greens are back!
Look at the happy lacinato kale and Swiss chard growing side by side. See that black muck soil? See those nice big green leaves? Life-sustaining minerals go from the black muck to those tasty green green leaves then to your stomach and then your heart and brain and muscles. All within about 48 hours. It’s a miracle, right?
If your chard and kale don’t look so miraculous, you should come in this weekend and talk to Jon or Don and get your garden on track. You don’t have black muck, but you can make your own potent organic soil with Azomite and Quality Green 3-0-5 organic fertilizer. And buy some of the fresh greens from Erickson to tide you over till yours are ready.
See Kim Erickson’s report and more pic links below.
We will be open next Friday and Saturday (after Thanksgiving) as usual.
You are probably not harvesting fresh eggs or honey so we get those for you from local farms like Hoover Family Farm in Davie. The farm is the home of Broward Beekeeping and Honey and Renick’s Farm Fresh Eggs.
We sent Lauren for a visit with the Hoover’s last week. I think you will agree, these are happy pastured chickens. The very young man is Renick. The chickens are his and you can see how close he is to them and the cat?
This picture appears to be of an attractive beekeeper on crutches, but it’s actually Urban Farmer staffer (and social media maven) Lauren – on crutches. The Hoovers suited her up, smoke can and all. Why is she doing this? So you can know where your food comes from.
Your Food This Week+ Farm Report
The report from Kim Erickson at Erickson farm this week (where much of our Farm Share Program and Patio Market food is being grown).
I hope I don’t jinx anything but it’s been a good growing season so far. Everything is looking good and sizing up quickly. The warmer weather (compared to last year) has helped a lot with that. It has also been very dry so that’s kept us busy moving around irrigation pipes and running the pumps.
We’re expecting the lacinato kale and Swiss chard will be ready to harvest next week (look at the beautiful kale and chard here). The cauliflower (cauliflower here) is getting some size and should starting heading soon. And probably about that same time the first field of beets will be ready to harvest.
Here’s the schedule of crops and harvests from Erickson.
Lots of Florida veggies and fruit this week.
Avocados are Choquette - a premium variety that will upgrade any salad you prepare.
Carambolas are ripe and so delicious. They won’t be around much longer.
Persimmons are our new favorite. They’re on the market table, so try them if you haven’t.
Childhood memories are also the theme for the selection Cyndy and Shelly and Maria have for you in the share and one the Market table.
Maria remembers her family always had rutabaga on their family table in one form or another. See Maria’s recipe below for Rutabaga and Carrot Puree with Caramelized Leeks. You can substitute onion for leeks. Rutabaga are on the share. See the recipe for instructions on how to prepare rutabaga in case your aren’t a rutabaga expert.
Cyndy has fond memories of dates dipped in confectioners sugar on her families Thanksgiving table. Yup, Medjool Dates are on the table. Organic.
Sweet sweet organic green beans from Homestead are so nice and perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
Russian red kale is fresh from Erickson farm – harvested on Thursday morning. As are the tasty French Breakfast radishes. Both go perfectly in your morning smoothie.
In addition to the dried organic black eyed peas (delicious – cooked some up this week) and organic chick peas, Cyndy added organic dried lentils.
Jon’s green green green sunflower and buckwheat sprouted greens and wheatgrass will be available for sale on the Market table. Grown at Oakland Park.
If you live near Oakland Park, you’ve probably noticed the new Tuesday evening food market at 38th and Dixie Highway. Produced by Jon Albee as a fund raising effort for The Urban Farming Institute, the market is a great place to sample and purchase local craft foods and drinks. Stop by every Tuesday anytime from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. You will be glad you did.
Eat well, have fun, grow & eat more local food. And lets give our children great memories of growing and eating fresh delicious food from their holiday table because they WILL remember.
Following is a list of items we will have this weekend. Not all items will be in the share and not all will be available on the market.