Sorrel Soup

Springtime = sorrel soup time.

Here is a terrific and easy recipe for sorrel soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 large yellow onions, sliced thinly
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 10 cups packed sorrel leaves, stems removed
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • sour cream and fresh chives for garnish

Procedure

  • melt butter in large pot. Saute onions and garlic until translucent.
  • Add sorrel, cover, and cook until fully wilted (about 5 minutes)
  • Add stock, parsley, salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne and simmer 45 minutes,
  • Puree with immersion blender, blender, or food processor.
  • Adjust seasoning and serve, garnished with drops of sour cream and sprinkled chives.

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  • Carrots, $2/lb
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Fresh Sheet

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  • Fresh thyme, oregano, sage, bay leaves, rosemary, $1/oz
  • 3-4 oz heads romaine lettuce $10/lb
  • Carrots, $2/lb
  • Salad mix, baby lettuce, $10/lb

Last updated – January 3, 2020

To order, e-mail [email protected] or text message 425-268-2198

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Farming Software – Organic Farmer 2.0

Maintaining organic certification requires keeping complete, extensive and detailed records about all aspects of farm work, and requires keeping copies of receipts for all purchases of seeds, fertilizers, etc. Even market gardeners that do not seek organic certification must maintain extensive records to be compliant with food safety laws as codified in the FSMA. As I am an intrinsically disorganized person, I have created a relational database to facilitate keeping and maintaining the required records. The beauty of the database is that it runs in the cloud on Airtable, which allows access by smartphone from the field, as well as via web browser from a laptop or desktop computer.

When High and Dry Farm recently received its initial inspection for organic certification, the inspector was blown away by the power of this system. A standard part of such inspections is for the inspector to point to a recent sale of a farm product, and demand that the farmer show records demonstrating that the product in question was indeed grown on the farm and was grown using organic methods. The inspector pointed to a sale of 10 lbs of fennel. Using the data base, within 60 seconds, I was able to show that the fennel in question was planted in the greenhouse, on a specific date, using seeds purchased on a specific date from Johnny’s Seeds, and the database provided an image of the seed package and of the purchase receipt. I showed records indicating that the plants were transplanted into Bed D of plot #2 on a specific date and harvested on a specific date, and I showed records indicating that the bed in question had been amended on a specific date with organic fertilizers, showing images of the receipts for the fertilizer purchases.

We am now making this database system, Organic Farmer 2.0, available to farmers completely without charge. Sign up for a free Airtable account here. Once you have signed up, download a copy of the Organic Farmer 2.0 database to your Airtable account here. Detailed instructions for use of Organic Farmer 2.0 can be found here.

Winter salad greens

winter salad greens
A week of sunny days does great things for hoophouse greens

The cucumber and pepper crop in hoophouse #1 was ripped out, and replaced with transplanted spinach, arugula, and romaine lettuce and direct-seeded lettuce for salad mix a couple weeks ago. They are doing well, despite nighttime temperatures of 28 degrees.

Sowing Winter Crops

Seeded Hoophouse
Hoophouse seeded with carrots, spinach, and hakurei turnips

After it’s summer crop of tomatoes and peppers, the new hoophouse has been seeded for its winter crop of carrots, spinach, and hakurei turnips. This winter crop is always risky business because germination takes weeks and nothing really grows significantly until day length increases to 10 hours, which happens in the middle of February.

An Apple a Day?

Jonathan Apples

At our last farmer’s market of the year several folks stopped to say how beautiful the apples were, but I sold exactly 3 apples. Seriously? We have several hundred pounds to move.