Have You Ever Seen Kale and Chard This Beautiful?
You care where your food comes from (else you wouldn’t be reading this), so you should know that the food for our Patio Market and Farm Share Program this weekend is amazing and mostly from just a few miles away.
If you could join the pack-in team from The Urban Farmer as they unloaded the fresh harvest from our very yellow Sprinter Van yesterday, you would be very impressed by the sight. So click these links to see what you missed. The Russian red kale and brightly colored rainbow chard (see them here) from Erickson Farm are so large and green you get a thrilling sense of how nourishing your meals are going to be this week.
Give thanks to Shelly, Audra, and Cyndy for this production and Kim Erickson and family and harvesting crew for great farming and Jon for making the farm pickup. See your crops in the ground here at Erickson Farm.
There is no way the greens will be this good at any conventional store this week. As a team member observed, even the store that calls it self “whole” doesn’t receive fresh local food as amazing as this.
And no other market puts as much care into preparing your food so it stays fresh for you. No doubt we are the most inefficient produce handlers around, but we are the most loving – from farmer to cashier and the food this week shows it.
The only other place you will see greens so large and pretty is from your own garden. One reason your own food is so much larger and richer than store bought is that you can wait until it’s actually ready to harvest. Conventional food has to be picked many days and weeks early, so it can be shipped.
If the chard in your garden doesn’t look this good, well, you probably need some Azomite rock dust or some Quality Green 3-0-5 organic nutrients. Or maybe you should try a Jackpot grow bag or super efficient Earthbox container kit. So stop by on your way home from Black Friday (and Saturday) and get the good stuff from the Patio Market garden shop.
Your Food This Week
You will be all set to make the world’s best guacamole this weekend because the premium Choquette avocados are paired with organic jalapenos and organic cilantro and organic yellow onions. The Choquette avocado is so creamy and has a high fat content, so your family will be loving the guac. Or just slice and put on the side of your plate tonight.
Carambolas are still in the house. You are going to miss them once the season ends, so pick up some of these fresh rainwater vessels this weekend.
Organic persimmons are also on the table. Have you tried one? Nobody doesn’t like fresh sweet persimmon.
Organic green beans from South Dade are still so sweet. You can’t get enough green beans.
Your greens include rainbow chard, Russian red kale, and lacinato kale all from your crops at Erickson Farm. Plus fresh French breakfast radishes harvested Wednesday.
Organic oyster mushrooms are back – also from Dade county. Not cheap, but worth every cent after you add them to your favorite dish, or just do a quick saute and treat yourself.
Don’t forget we have organic chick peas (think tasty hummus) and black-eyed peas and organic lentils. These are organic and don’t have any added coloring or junk preservatives. Get them for your pantry.
Organic Florida citrus is starting to harvest, so Cyndy scored you some sweet Uncle Matt’s tangerines.
Maria’s recipe theme helps you add some tasty nutritious veggies to your Thanksgiving left overs. Check out her Next Day Turkey Soup with Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes recipe below.
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 be thankful that The Hunger Games is still science fiction.
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.