2018 Harvest 1

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Howdy folks and welcome to week 1 of your Tumbleweed Farm 2018 season share. We hope you all had a restful winter and are enjoying these warm and sunny days that spring has brought us. For those of you returning for another season, we are stoked to see you this week! And for all of you newcomers thanks for joining the Tumbleweed family. We are excited to be your farmers and hope you enjoy cooking and eating through the seasons with us.

I know we all might be a little rusty with meal prep and grocery shopping as we find our CSA groove but I know we'll all get there. The first few weeks you can expect a lot of leafy greens and roots. I know a lot of you are seasoned pros but for some of you it may be a little more daunting to figure out what to do with everything. As long as your cupboards are stocked with the basics (grains, oils, vinegars, butter, bread, pasta, meat, etc.) I'll think you'll be set up for success. We'll supply plenty of recipes and storage tips so you get the most out of your fresh produce. And please, never hesitate to reach out with questions. 

As we near the end of May the farm is overflowing with spring greens and is quickly filling up with summer and fall crops. The potato plants have poked their heads out (always a sigh of relief from us!!) and the garlic is starting to scape! I think you'll see garlic scapes in your boxes soon. Tomatoes are going into one of the hoop houses next week after we clear out the first round of spring greens. The tomato plants are looking really good this year and I know they'll be happy to get transplanted from pots into the ground this week. It's a busy time around here but we're so happy to be back at it!

This season we're excited to add a new pick up spot for our Hood River folks and are looking forward to seeing/meeting you on Monday's at Kickstand Coffee. Feel free to stay for a coffee or beer if you're not in a rush to head out the door. And for our all of our Portland peeps we're excited to clink glasses on Tuesday's with you all at Migration Brewing. 

It's great to get back into the CSA flow and we're so thankful to all of you for being on this journey with us. We hope you enjoy the first harvest of the year.

Happy cooking everyone!

Your farmers,
A & T

Tumbleweed Farm Harvest 1

  1. Baby Bok Choy (store in a plastic bag or produce bag to keep fresh in the fridge)
  2. Head Lettuce (give it a rinse and store in a plastic bag or produce bag)
  3. Turnips (remove the greens and store them separately from the roots-- this will prevent them from getting soft). The greens are edible and delicious too.
  4. Beets (remove the greens and store them separately from the roots)
  5. Radishes (remove the greens)
  6. Arugula or Mizuna (this week you either got arugula or mizuna--both are delicious as the base for salads, pesto, or tossed into hot pasta or topped on pizza)
  7. Green Garlic (store in the fridge) this can be used just like you would use a scallion but with a wonderful fresh garlic flavor. Bonus--no peeling!

Recipe Suggestions

   Spaghetti with Arugula Almond Pesto   (substitute with mizuna if that's what was in your box)

Spaghetti with Arugula Almond Pesto (substitute with mizuna if that's what was in your box)

 

 

2017 Harvest 24

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Well folks, here we are...the final harvest of the 2017 season. We hope you've enjoyed your experience this year with Tumbleweed Farm. This season definitely had its fair share of ups and downs but overall, Taylor and I are happy with what the two of us were able to produce. Every season has thrown something different at us but we're constantly learning and growing with the seasons. Hopefully, you've enjoyed the journey with us!

The CSA season may be over but we'll be at the Hood River farmers market for 3 more weeks (Saturday's from 9-1pm) and this coming Saturday we'll also be attending the annual "Stock Your Pantry" at the Rockford Grange in Hood River. It's a double market day for us but we're always stoked to participate in this great event. It's a market that's geared towards filling your cupboards and freezer with storage veggies, meats, grains, cheese, fermented foods and more. It starts at 2pm and goes until 6pm. It's a great opportunity to prepare for the long winter ahead!

This week's share has a somewhat intimidating looking winter squash but please don't fret! The mighty Blue Hubbard is not something to shy away from. This is one of the most flavorful winter squash varieties that we grow. It's sweet so it makes for a lovely pie filling or base for a pumpkin soup. If you're afraid you'll sever your arm slicing into one of these beasts just use your knife to poke holes all around the squash and place the whole damn thing in the oven (350F) for about 2 hours (the time will depend on the size of the squash). Once it's cooked through it's easy to slice and scoop out the seeds. This variety of squash stores well so you can save it for Thanksgiving or Christmas and share it with a big group. Or you can do what this character does to slice open his Blue Hubbard.  This week we're also introducing black radishes to you all. The variety is called Nero Tondo and it's a beautiful radish with black skin and a tuxedo white flesh. It's on the spicy side but tastes great when sliced thinly and served with a dollop of cold butter and sea salt. It's also lovely on pizza and the spices mellows out when it's cooked. Go wild!

Alrighty folks, we're going to sign off for the last time this season but we'll be in touch with each of you individually after the holidays to connect about next season. We always give priority to current CSA members before opening up new spots. So if you want in, you're all good! 

Thanks again for putting your trust and money into our farm. We couldn't make a living doing what we love if it weren't for all of you kickass folks!!! So thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Cheers to the harvest!

Your farmers,
A & T

Harvest 24

  1. Turnips (remove the greens and store them separately)
  2. Black radishes (remove the greens and store them separately)
  3. Kale
  4. Tumbleweed Farm Salad Mix
  5. Blue Hubbard Winter Squash
  6. Bok Choy
  7. Garlic
  8. Onions 

Recipe Suggestions

   Pork and Butternut Stew   (use the blue hubbard squash instead of butternut)

Pork and Butternut Stew (use the blue hubbard squash instead of butternut)

2017 Harvest 23

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Well folks, it's hard to believe that after today we've only got one more week until the 2017 farm season is a wrap. Thank you everyone for being a part of our extended family this season and for putting your trust in us to grow you and your families the best damn food we know how to grow. There were plenty of ups and downs this season but for the most part, Taylor and I can hold our heads high and feel proud of what we were able to produce. Thousands beyond thousands of pounds of food have been hand picked from our farm, washed, and packed for CSA, markets and restaurants.  It's hard to believe that it's just been the two of us for the past 5 years but we're happy to announce that next season we'll be adding some extra hands to the field crew!  

This week we were blessed with plenty of rain followed by a few days of warm sunny weather. It's the perfect temperature outside to prep the fields for our big garlic planting (happening next weekend). We sow garlic in the fall and it chills out in the field all winter and wont be harvested until next July. This season's garlic was awesome so we're saving the biggest, healthiest looking cloves to plant as our seed garlic. Fingers crossed for another great harvest in 2018.

We hope you all got the invite to the Migration Harvest Dinner on Friday November, 10.  The food will all be farm to table and paired with delicious beer from the always amazing Migration team. Check out ticket info here.  The tickets may go fast as we're opening it to the public but want to give CSA members priority (and a discount) so if you're thinking about attending I'd recommend getting tickets ASAP! 

Alright folks, we hope you enjoy your veggies this week. As always, there are recipes below to help inspire you to cook through the week.

Cheers to the harvest!

Your Farmers,
A & T

Harvest 23

  1. Kale
  2. Spinach
  3. Watermelon Radishes (remove the greens, you can cook them but they're tough so cook them low and slow in butter and a little white wine or chicken stock until tender)
  4. garlic
  5. onions
  6. Kohlrabi
  7. Butternut Sqaush
  8. Sweet DumplingWinter Squash 
  9.  Adirondack Blue Potatoes

Recipe Suggestions