Summer heat, summer flavor

pexels carrots dirtyThe harvest crew will be out early every morning this week to beat the heat and get all our Lettuce, Carrots, Beets, and Walla Walla Onions out of the field while they still retain the chill of the night. Afternoons are for harvesting Squash and Cucumbers and Green Beans—those crops shade their fruit well under broad canopies of leaves, protecting them from sun scald and overheating.

This heat means we also get to feast on some of our other summer favorites—Sweet Corn and Blueberries. Most of our dinners now are starting with an appetizer of Corn on the Cob and finishing with fresh Blues eaten by the handful. Summer tastes so good!

Bushel + Crumb pies

It’s a two pie kinda week! Bushel + Crumb will be in the kitchen until late on Wednesday night making pie for us!

Choose from:

  • Savory Roasted Summer Squash, Feta, Olive & Chickpea
  • Sweet Mixed Berry Almond Frangipane

The savory pie dresses humble squash in delicious Mediterranean flavors. Fresh basil adds a brightness to the briny feta. Chickpeas ensure it makes a filling vegetarian main dish. The berry pie sets sweet, juicy fruit in a delicate almond buttercream.  It will feature blueberries, raspberries, and (pending availability) cherries.

Snag a pie at the Farmstand starting Thursday morning or come by Friday’s Pizza Night for just a slice. Yum!

Summer days

radish harvest langwatersquadJuly & August on the farm usually means heavy harvest mornings and pickup trucks laden with full crates of fresh-picked veggies pulling in to at the barn every hour or so. Then long, sunny afternoons cultivating and hoeing to keep ahead of the weeds in a battle that only ends at first frost in October. We cross our fingers for regular, not-too-heavy but not-too-light rainstorms to keep our crops watered and growing vigorously. These are the days we dream about during the cold winters—fields full of food, perfect blue skies, and no end in sight.

pepper field in july

Farm events

Farm Pizza Night is next Friday, July 19th at 5pm.

pizza oven 2 pizzasShovel Town Brewery will be back with some great choices on tap, we’ll have invented a delicious new seasonal pizza topping by then, and there’s a rumor going around about Bushel + Crumb pies, but that’s still unconfirmed. Stay tuned to this Bat channel, pie lovers.

be well tractor picThis summer we’re partnering with the lovely Kristen Keaney of Be Well & Rise to offer a series of yoga classes for adults, kids storytime & yoga classes, and kids nutrition & yoga classes. Tickets are available here.

Here’s the schedule for the next month:

  • July Farm Yoga (for adults), Saturday 7/20 at 9am
  • July Farm Storytime & Yoga (for kids), Wednesday 7/24 at 10:30am
  • August Farm Yoga (for adults), Saturday 8/10 at 9am 

TFD FTT picnic table rowSaturday, August 17th is our annual Farm to Table dinner with The Farmer’s Daughter and Shovel Town Brewery. Tickets are available now.We’ll be eating al fresco in the Peach orchard overlooking the fields and Langwater Pond.

The Farmer’s Daughter always impresses with their menu (packed full of Langwater fruits & veggies!) and Shovel Town will be pouring a great selection of locally-brewed beers. We hope you’ll come celebrate with us!

Strawberry fields forever

giant strawberryOur Strawberry fields are still bursting with berries and Pick Your Own continues on a per day basis–check our facebook page to see if PYO is open on the day you want to come. On weekdays, the Strawberry fields are accessible by a lovely 10 minute walk via our shortcut through the woods. On weekends we have a free hayride running on a loop that starts at 10am.

Don’t forget to bring water, sunscreen, bug spray if the bugs like you, and wear farm-appropriate clothes and shoes! Again, as always with our PYO crops, please check our facebook before you head over. We’ll update our facebook page with up-to-the-minute PYO info. You don’t need an account to see our page–this video explains how.

char sitting in strawberry row

Strawberry Balsamic Pies

from Bushel + Crumb

simca strawberries bushel crumbStarting Thursday, we’ll have Strawberry Balsamic pies from Bushel + Crumb available for sale at the Farmstand. This pie really lets the summer’s first, glorious fruits shine. The slight tang of the balsamic really brings out the berries’ sweetness.

We’ll also have some slices of Strawberry Balsamic pie (made with our own Strawberries!) for sale at our Summer Solstice Pizza Night on Friday, so if you’re not ready to commit to a pie, stop by for a slice on Friday from 5 – 8pm.

Recipe Corner: Garlic Scapes

garlic scape in the fieldWhat’s a Garlic Scape? We get that question a lot this time of year! The Scape is the unopened flower bud and stalk of the Garlic plant. The whole thing is edible (& delicious!) and they’re a short-season, early summer treat. The Scape tastes just like regular Garlic, although they are milder than fully-mature, cured Garlic, and you can use scapes any way you use Garlic cloves. We have some favorite ways we use Scapes:

  • Minced and sautéed in oil and/or butter with Kale and a splash of lemon juice.
  • Chopped into Garlic Scape Green Goddess salad dressing. And if you just don’t happen to have the orange muscat vinegar called for in the recipe (we’ve literally never heard of that kind of vinegar before), white wine vinegar or even apple cider vinegar does just fine.
    Bunches of freshly picked green garlic scape stems
  • Roughly chopped Scapes added to scrambled eggs is also a favorite. Put them in the pan first and let them cook with the butter/oil and soften for a couple minutes before you add the eggs.

Farm events

2018 FTT tractor sunsetFriday night we’re having a Summer Solstice Pizza Party!

Come hang out, eat delicious wood-fired pizza and some insanely good Strawberry Balsamic pie from Bushel + Crumb, drink tasty Shovel Town beer, and celebrate the longest day of the year with us! We’ll be making pizza and serving beer from 5 – 8pm and we’ll have Cheese, Pepperoni, and our seasonal specialty topping with be Squash Blossom & Garlic Scapes. Beer list TBA.

We love Pizza Nights on the farm and we hope you’ll come hang out with us. If you can’t make it this week, our next Pizza Night is on Friday, July 19th from 5 – 8pm.

be well tractor picThis summer we’re partnering with the lovely Kristen Keaney of Be Well & Rise to offer a series of yoga classes for adults, kids storytime & yoga classes, and kids nutrition & yoga classes.

Tickets are available from Be Well & Rise. Here’s the upcoming schedule:

  • June Farm Storytime & Yoga(for kids), Wednesday 6/26 at 10:30
  • July Farm Yoga (for adults), Saturday 7/20 at 9am
  • July Farm Storytime & Yoga (for kids), Wednesday 7/24 at 10:30