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Local Food and Farm Products 
GOOD FOOD NEWS
Volume 6 Number 43   October 28th, 2014

FIELD NOTES: Fiddlehick Farm, Fiddletown

The garden is in transition here at Fiddlehick Farm, as we are cleaning out the summer crops and getting the beds ready for winter crops. We have a few root crops already in the ground, and one batch of greens and cole crops begging to be planted, with another round almost ready to be transplanted from their starter trays, and a second succession close to sprouting. 
Even with the new beds we put in this year, it will challenging to find room to plant all these greens, as we have to save room for the onions and garlic which will go in the ground at the end of this month or the beginning of the next. 
Several weeks ago we moved the guineas from their small coop to a huge roost that Joe built, which is inside a kennel so they are still protected, but can scratch around on the ground. But they are pretty much full-grown now and need more room, so this week we will see how it goes with letting them out in the backyard. It will be interesting to see how they do with the yard cats and the turkeys that keep coming to visit.
I am hoping for many rainy days this winter to spend reading up on raising poultry, and about keeping bees, as we will be getting some hives in the spring. And of course there are those seed catalogs!  

MLH NEWS:
Celebrate Fall, support Mother Lode Harvest, and enjoy a great evening out! The Volcano Union Inn is sponsoring a benefit night for MLH on Monday, November 17. Diners at the Union that evening will be supporting MLH just by eating a scrumptious dinner, as a portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to Mother Lode Harvest! 
For more information, call Michelle at 419-2503, or just go ahead and make reservations for dinner at the Union on the 17th (phone 209- 296-7711), and we'll see you there! Bring friends, and you can tell them all about MLH while you dine! 

Sorrel Soup

This soup can be served hot or cold.

Martha Stewart's Cooking School
http://www.marthastewart.com/1084081/sorrel-soup
Serves
10
Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons, softened, for serving
1/3 cup minced onion
3 cups packed sorrel leaves, washed, dried, and cut into thin strips
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 cups Basic Chicken Stock, boiling
2 large egg yolks
3/4 cup heavy cream
Creme fraiche or sour cream, for serving
Fresh chervil, chopped, for serving
Directions

In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook, without browning, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add sorrel and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir over low heat for about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle in flour and cook, stirring, over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Stir in boiling stock. Simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, beat yolks lightly with cream. Whisking constantly, slowly pour 1 cup hot stock mixture into egg mixture, then return back to saucepan. Do not let soup boil after egg yolks have been added or yolks will curdle.
Stir in softened butter and serve hot with a dollop of creme fraiche and chervil. If serving the soup chilled, do not add the softened butter.

 

WHAT'S IN YOUR BOX
 
Single Boxes

Sunflower Greens - Butte Mountain Farm
Winter Squash - Harmony Hill Farm
Quince - Chapultepec Garden
Pears - Damas
Apples - Harmony Hill Farm
Sorrel - Butte Mountain Farm or Casa de la Pradera
Heirloom Tomatoes - Sun Earth Energy

Family Boxes

Lettuce - Casa de la Pradera
Jerusalem Artichokes - Blue Mountain Orchards
Sage - Humbug Creek Farm
Rutabagas - Harmony Hill Farm
   OR Beans - Casa de la Pradera
Pears - Damas
Apples - Humbug Creek Farm
Roma Tomatoes - Blue Mountain Orchards
Parsley - Harmony Hill Farm
Concord Grapes - Blue Mountain Orchards
Kale or Chard - Harmony Hill Farm or Casa de la Pradera or Fiddlehick Farm
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