One of the things the Strong Roots Healthy Farming Family is trying to adopt this year is to keep our eyes, ears, and mind open to new opportunities. Sometimes I think we close ourselves off to new things simply because it doesn’t fall in line with our plans. Plans are cool. Don’t get me wrong – everyone needs goals, but oftentimes, bright and wonderful things get bypassed because we’re so focused on that plan. This little resolution leads me to our two new animals on the farm – our pigs: Naki & Peg. (There’s a rather long story from my children about the naming convention. Don’t get me started.) When an opportunity presented itself, we took it. Even though we’re raising them for meat in the coming year, I must say, they sure are cute.

Important Reminders
  1. Tomorrow, June 13th, is the last pickup for Season One. If you want to continue with our CSA during July, August, and September, you’ll need to purchase next season from the market place.
  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.
This Week's Products 6/13/2022
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Salad Mix Salad Mix
Salad Turnips Salad Turnips
Swiss Chard Swiss Chard
Please sign up for Season 2 CSA starting July 11th.
News on the Farm

As a sneak peek for Season 2, I wanted to show you the cherry tomatoes we harvested last week. These little cherry tomatoes ended up on some BLT sandwiches. I always forget how much more flavorful homegrown tomatoes are! Seriously. I eat tomatoes during the winter, and I think, “Do I like tomatoes? I’m not so sure I do.” And then I eat one of our tomatoes, and I remember, “Oh, yeah, I definitely like tomatoes!” On that note, we FINALLY have field 2 planted as well. I didn’t think we’d ever get it done, because we’ve been getting so much rain! Some of the things we have planted in field 2 are celery, cabbage, squash, summer bok choy, potatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, cherry peppers, tomatoes, and fennel.

On the other side of the farm, the animals are slowly getting to know each other. Carl (our horned male goat) finally has someone to play with! We’ve had trouble playing with him because those darn horns always get in our way. But apparently, the cows can handle a little rough play. My kiddo caught Carl and Curry doing a little playful head-butting last week. There has been some debate if multi-species grazing is doable, but so far, we’ve had a lot of success. We also spent a day cleaning out the barn last week (with the goats’ help of course!), and all that wonderful hay and manure went directly into our compost pile. Woot, woot!

Lastly, we finally have a little tractor with a trailer we can use to haul our harvest between the greenhouse and fields to the wash station over in the commercial kitchen. Thank God! Those large containers full of beets were a beast to carry! So we’ve all been training on how to back up a trailer. 🙂 So far, we’ve only hit the fence once. Josh, on the other hand, has been finding unique ways to use the bigger tractor to help him with maintenance jobs. There’s never a dull moment on the farm, and we hope you decide to join in the fun for next season!

Recipe of the Week

Stuffed Kohlrabi with Cabbage and Apple

Seriously one of the best meals I’ve made all year! Since we didn’t have very large kohlrabi, I made more of the stuffing, and the whole family loved it! I say this because if you didn’t have the time to make the stuffed kohlrabi, and you just wanted to add kohlrabi to the stir-fry concoction that goes inside, it would work out just fine.

What's New in the Market Place
The basil is in bloom in the greenhouse and combined with the tomatoes, it smells like heaven in there. If you’re jonesing to make some pesto with everyone’s favorite ingredient, then now is the time to purchase it on the market place. But hurry! It’s going fast!