The Priviledge of Being Educated
to our first newsletter. We hope to send out our newsletter regularly throughout the year. We would like to include seasonal recipes, pictures and goings on at the farm. We have been receiving great education in the past 2 ½ weeks. We’ve attended three different workshops/conferences. Our latest was in Northhampton, Massachusetts where we had the pleasure of listening to John Kempf, Dan Kittredge and Derek Christianson speak about soil nutrition for two days. For our farm, it all began back in January, 2011 when we moved into our newly purchased farm. We had increased our land six fold from what we had. The soil looked good and we were ready to continue with our farmer’s markets that summer. One little issue, we could not get anything to grow on this land. Root crops – forget it. Beans - forget it. Anything – forget it. We were desperate to get some type of growth. We added coffee grounds, lime, blood meal and a couple of other things in the hopes of getting some type of bounty that summer. That fall, 2011, somehow, we heard about Dan Kittredge and at the time his organization was call The Real Food Campaign. Keith took an all day class that day and came home with so much information his head was pounding. We implemented everything that was suggested for us to do that fall. We incorporated boron, lime, blood meal, and other trace minerals and inoculants as suggested. In the spring of 2012 he attended the second part of Dan Kittredge’s class where we implemented more practices into our soil that spring. The results were amazing as I’m sure our current customers can confirm. Our yields were spectacular. The taste was superior. The point of this entire process is to feed the soil with trace minerals that are currently lacking in much of the soil in the United States. If the soil is in harmony and has what it needs, the resulting product is a very naturally sweet vegetable or fruit with many minerals that our body requires and is lacking today. Can you imagine if all farmers grew this way? This process can even be implemented with animals. By increasing the trace minerals in our hay or our field grasses, the cows would be eating highly nutritious food and the resulting meat or milk or eggs from that animal would be amazing. We cannot say enough about this conference. John Kempf is a brilliant young Amish farmer from Ohio who consults on how to grow this way and travels throughout the United States speaking and keeping up to date with the latest information. Dan Kittredge lives in Massachusetts and he to consults and travels giving lectures and classes. His company name is now called Bionutrient Food Association. It is a pleasure growing this way and only makes sense. This is beyond organic growing – it’s one step above. We look forward to continuing our learning and increasing our yields and quality of the food we sell to our customers.
Love this picture of some of our summer's bounty. Sometimes it's great to look back at this when it's 20 degrees outside!
Speaking of carrots or actually picturing of carrots we've recently enjoyed a tasty dish of roasted vegetables. We are currently on a 21 day cleanse and have been eating many, many vegetables. We currently discovered a nice base to put our vegetables in before roasting. This is good for about three pounds of vegetables. It follows:
2 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1 Teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Teaspoons Thyme
1 Teaspoon Basil
Chop up your vegetables, such as broccoli, sweet potatoes, squash, turnips, beets, asparagus, anything really that you thing would be good for roasting. Put them in a bowl and spread the above seasoning mix and stir them well in the bowl until they are coated. Bake in 450 degree oven for about 35 minutes. If you cook them uncovered, you may want to cook them a bit longer - depends upon what veggies you use. You can also cover with tin foil for the first 20 minutes then uncover for the remaining time. Experiment. It is very tasty!
OUR MARKET SHARE CSA:
Just a reminder we currently have our sign ups going on for our marketshare CSA. You can get the form here: http://www.stillseekingfarmllc.com/market-share-csa.html. Our CSA has a bit of a different spin to it. You get to choose the vegetables you want - not what we give you. We have 4 different sessions so if you are out of town for a bit during that period, you don't have to choose that session. It's $100 per session and that money is used as a credit card. Each session is five weeks and you have to spend that $100.00 in that 5 weeks period. Easy right? $20 a week on veggies is really not that much. if you join all four sessions, you get perks. Go ahead and read about it on the sign up sheet located above.
Bear with us as we iron out the kinks to our newsletter. We hope to add more content and pictures to our future newsletters.
As always, thank you for your support! Keith and Michelle, Still Seeking Farm, LLC.