Cabbage!

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I once worked for a farm manager who thought cabbage was delicious and more people should eat more of it! I thought, cabbage?! Look at all the amazingly delicious vegetables growing and you are most excited about cabbage?! Well, over that summer, I became a convert! I roasted cabbage, I made coleslaw, I made colcannon, I steamed it, I sauteed it and I ate cabbage nearly every day! It is sweet and crunchy and you can add so many different flavors to it!

I will start harvesting cabbage tomorrow! Tonight, I harvested a few for myself (how can I sell produce that I have not sampled?!) I roasted 1/2 a pound of cabbage by cutting it into 1/2 inch strips and tossing it with melted butter before roasting in the oven at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and you have a tasty side to any meal! I also made a quick coleslaw by shredding the cabbage (about 6 cups), adding some chives (since I did not want to harvest any of my green onions…I want them to grow into big onions!) and fresh parsley. I made a dressing with a tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup olive oil, a minced garlic clove, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and a bit of salt and pepper! Super quick and easy!

Cabbage is a great addition to your summer meals! If you are not currently a cabbage fan, give it a try!

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Sign up for Farm Stand Credit!!

Introducing Island Harvest Farm Stand Credit Program

Island Harvest is offering a Credit Program through the farm stand to provide a flexible, convenient way for you to purchase your produce. This model eliminates the need to make exact change or pick up a CSA box on a specific day, and allows customers to choose their produce freely. You can use your credit to buy anything that we offer here at Island Harvest. When you come by the stand, write down purchases in the Credit Program logbook to keep a record of what you have bought and your remaining balance. If you don’t use your credit by the end of the season, no problem! It will roll over for the next year. You can sign up for farm stand credit any time, starting today!

I am offering five levels of credit:

For $25, receive $27 in credit

For $50, receive $55 in credit

For $100, receive $110 in credit

For $200, receive $220 in credit

For $500, receive $550 in credit

To Sign up, send a check to:

Island Harvest Farm

825 Arrowhead Rd

Camano Island, WA 98282

Or stop by and ask for Rachel!

Questions? Email Rachel at islandharvestfarm@gmail.com

My farm stand is located on the farm at 825 Arrowhead Road, 1/3 of a mile north of the Camano Center on the corner of Arrowhead Rd and Lindsay Rd, just 10 minutes from Stanwood.  We are open from dawn till dusk and I hope to start stocking the farm stand in early May.

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My propagation greenhouse is full of tiny starts soon to be transplanted and many crops are planted in the ground, including peas, fava beans, beets, spinach, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, leeks, onions, shallots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, napa cabbage, broccoli raab, mustard greens, radishes, kale, chard, green beans and yellow wax beans.

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Happy Spring and I hope to see you soon!

 

Let the Farming Begin!

The deer fence is officially complete and now that we have learned to keep the gates closed at night, there have been no more deer sightings inside the fence! Cross your fingers that this trend continues! With our largest infrastructure project behind us, we have moved on! Here are some of the highlights from the past few weeks…

The hoops are up for my 20ft x 96ft hoop house and the plastic will go on soon! I just might direct seed lettuce, radishes, and mustard greens inside the hoop house to be harvested before the tomatoes are transplanted in late May!

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I seeded some flats! Here are some future onions, leeks, and shallots. If you look closely, you can see that they started germinating yesterday!!!! I just love it when seeds germinate!

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When the sun is out, I must keep a close eye on the temperature…it heats up fast! Last Monday, I had all the doors and windows open.

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I got 6 hens about a week ago! They are a cross of barred rock and light brahma. Chickens are pure entertainment and the eggs are so delicious!

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My cat, Bob, has decided to leave the hens alone…I was worried for a few days!

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Currently, we are constructing the roadside farm stand that I will sell produce out of. This means I get to use lots of fun power tools and a fancy stapler!

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Here is what it looks like so far…

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And I start each morning drinking coffee and taking in the view.

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