If you took the tour, most of you saw our first attempt at straw mulch last week. Guess what? That mulch was all blown away by the wind. (Heavy Sigh) Note to self: Ensure sprinkler system is in place prior to putting down straw mulch.

Important Reminders
  1. Pickup is from 3 pm to 7 pm on Monday, April 11th.
  2. If you don’t want a tour and are in a hurry, please call us, so we know when you’ll be here. Then we can be ready with your bag of goodies. The phone number is 316-227-7677.
  3. Don’t forget to bring your bags back, so we can wash and reuse them. We’re trying to be more environmentally conscious. The plastic bags we use for the greens are still a work in progress, but that is definitely on my list of things to change.
  4. The market place is updated on Sundays. It’s best to make orders on Sunday or Monday morning. 
Products for the Week 4/4/2022
Full Shares Half Shares
Salad Mix Salad Mix
Dandelion Leaves Dandelion Leaves
Pea Shoots Pea Shoots
Next Week's Products 4/11/2022
Full Shares Half Shares
Salad Mix Salad Mix
Spinach Spinach
Sunflower Shoots Sunflower Shoots
Mustard Greens  
News on the Farm

Struggling with what to do with those microgreens or sprouts? Use them to garnish just about any dish.  Although they are excellent additions to any sandwich or salad, you can also try them on things like potato salad or stir-fries. When you’re missing a vegetable, just add microgreens. Since they are young vegetable greens, they tend to be a wonderful source of concentrated nutrients such as potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and copper (just to name a few).

We’re fighting the aphids in the greenhouse. They LOVE leafy greens. But the good news is that we have a ton of beneficial insects hanging around to help us with that. (If you didn’t know, beneficial insects are insects that “perform a valued service.” In this instance, the ladybugs and praying mantises, and centipedes all eat other pests. And ladybugs love aphids, bless their little hearts!) In the past, we’ve always had to order and release ladybugs, but this year, they are everywhere!

The aphids are not the only uninvited critter stopping by the farm. We’ve had to relocate this big guy as well. We’ve never trapped a raccoon before. Based on past stories, I assumed he would be vicious and hiss and claw at us, but I was pleasantly surprised to find him very calm (although a little scared). The relocation efforts were not nearly as rough as I expected.


Recipe of the Week

Dandelion Pesto

No joke! This is one of the best pesto marinades I’ve ever made. We marinated the chicken for about 30 minutes in some of the pesto and then fried the chicken breasts up (but you could probably bake them too). Whatever the case, I’m a big fan of pesto (basil, spinach, kale, tomato, cilantro, you name it), but this little dandelion number was one of the best! Who knew?

What's New in the Market Place

Don’t you hate it when a recipe gives you an ingredient like “Italian Seasoning”? Why not just give you the spices included in an Italian Seasoning packet, right? Hmpf! It’s happened enough that I decided to put together a few of my own seasoning mixes. If you don’t already have this staple in your cabinet, and you don’t have time to make it yourself, consider using the ones out on the market place. I try to use as many spices from our own garden as possible.