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Posted 5/5/2017 10:51am by Jill Rendleman.

More new root crops.......the white globes are NOT RADISH....they are Hakuri Turnips. Don't toss the turnip tops.....the best part.  They don't taste anything like regular turnips, and are very popular with chefs on east and west coasts.  I eat them raw, but they are very delicious glazed or pan fried.  These are still small, look for much bigger ones after allllll this rain.  End of the row fennel, fresh spinach, chard, and your very own Derby Mint.  If you don't make a julep and watch this exciting race, then add your fresh mint to cool water in the fridge with a little lemon, or add to warm tea.  Mint is great for the digestion and probiotic health.  

Pan Roasted Hakurei Turnips

A tasty recipe for warm hakurei turnips.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Hakurei turnips, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

Directions

Toss turnips with 1 tsp. oil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.  Combine honey, cayenne and water in a small bowl.  Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining tsp. oil.  Add turnips. Sauté for about 10 minutes, turning turnips frequently, until they are golden brown.  Add honey mixture to turnips and toss them for a few minutes until glazed and tender. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.


Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

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Posted 5/3/2017 7:48am by Jill Rendleman.

Carbondale Thursday pickups are 4-6 at co-op, 4-7 at Townsquare, after 2pm at farm, and home delivery begins around 2pm....that is lord willing and the creeks don't rise!  Marion Friday pickup 12:30 to 1:00pm.  Thanks to you new Marion members for being there on time regularly!  TEXT OR CALL 618-308-0217 if you have a delay or emergency come up, we are human, things happen...just let farmer Jill know.  

Everybody keeps asking.......was all that cold and rain bad for your crops?  The answer is yes and no.....and maybe helps to explain the value of a diversified farm.  It sounds simple, but cold rainy weather is good for some crops....kale, spinach, lettuce, beets, young apple and berry trees, and cold rainy weather is not good for others.....zuchinni and basil would rather be warm, but everything likes water.  We spent several hours getting drain ways open and battening down the row covers that were flying around like wedding dresses to the sky.....but when we have diverse weather, it is good for diverse crops.  Its why I like growing 50 different things, versus just corn or just soybeans.  What ever weather we have, it is good for something, and there is always on the labor side, something different we can do.  If its pouring, we go in and plant seeds, if its hot and windy, we pull weeds, if its cool and overcast, we plant transplants into their new beds.  I will say that picking for you all is one thing we have to do rain or shine, and I don't like getting soaking wet while picking.....however, things being picked just love cool overcast rainy days.  

Ok enough of the farm talk........look for some root crops along with greens and lettuce this week.  Maybe beets or our gourmet Hakuri turnip.  A sweet white turnip that tastes nothing like a purple top turnip.  We may also clean out the fennel patch and pull out the small not so pretty ones......but members liked so well, I think we will include them again.  We better put in some chard as it was promised last week.  If you just HATE chard, call or TEXT ME if you want a substitute!  

The shares have been greens and lettuce focused, with a dash of sweet and regular potatoes.... this following the seasonal pattern of what grows well in Southern Illinois at this time....I think our bodies also seem to want to follow that pattern as I know many who crave greens starting about January.  As the warm weather begins, we crave the sweeter, watery things LIKE TOMATOES, that keep us hydrated and active during the long hot summer.   

The zucchini is planted as are peppers and cucumbers. Eggplants are ready to go.  None of those are really happy with the cold, but they are waiting patiently, building their root system instead of leaves....and will be ready to take off when the inevitable warm weather returns.  



 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 4/28/2017 6:13am by Jill Rendleman.

We couldn't fit the chard into the boxes after the greens, kale, lettuce, baby beets, and dill!  The small orange balls with greens attached are baby golden beets......the greens are so good! stop, don't throw them away.  can be braised with your greens mix or added to a salad.  I love beets sliced in half with the greens on, rolled in olive oil, salt, and pepper and then put on a cookie sheet in oven at 350 until just tender.  Mushroom share owners, yes! you should have a bag of tasty fresh oyster mushrooms that would be separate from your box.....call or text me if you have questions.  618 308 0217.





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 4/26/2017 2:12pm by Jill Rendleman.

My husband Bill will be distributing shares this week for me at the Co-op and at Marion.   He will be in the same farm van with All Seasons Farm on it.  Be patient, he doesn't do this a lot!!!!

bill and Jill in bed......of lettuce

 





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 4/25/2017 7:01am by Jill Rendleman.

CSA members will enjoy more bounty this week.  This nice weather has made many of the crops just grow like crazy!  We will have a greens mix this week.....tatsoi, mizuna, red mustard, baby kale, and etc is in the mix!  Also more kale, probably a dark green toscano.  Bunches of chard and more.  See you Thursday and Friday!  Looks like the mushroom members will be seeing some oyster mushrooms this week says mushroom mike!    your farmer, Jill





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 4/22/2017 10:40pm by Jill Rendleman.

Chicobags are a really good investment to keep your greens and lettuce as nice as when they are delivered.  You can get them at the Carbondale Neighborhood Co-op and online.  You want to be sure not to close any plastic bags that greens or lettuce is stored in...they need a little air, just leave the bag a little open....or transfer to a Chicobag or a damp cotton drying towel works well too.  I get the ones at BB&Beyond where you can get them for cheap in a bundle.  

We pick CSA shares by hand in the cool of the morning, we clean & cool down in spring water in the shade within an hour of picking, and then straight to the on farm cooler.  After cool down, wax boxes provide a natural insulation for CSA shares that are packed for delivery.   This differs from industrial farming where machines do the picking, quick cooling is often replaced by "plumping sprays", greens and lettuces are shipped sometimes resulting in 3 or more week old greens and lettuces on the store shelf.  Our certified organic veggies never have any chemical coating or preservatives of any kind and are freshly picked.    

your farmer, Jill

 

 

 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 4/21/2017 7:59am by Jill Rendleman.

Members will enjoy first of the spring green curly kale, great for hold salad dressings, as well as new baby chard, baby green onions, green head lettuce, and fresh cilantro.  All the makings of a great spring dish!  Below is a simple kale salad recipe....although I refuse to take the leaves totally off the stems, I may cut the stems back to the point that they are tender, but remember, this is organic and freshly picked......everything on the bunch is edible.  If you do chop off the stems, then at least put them in the freezer for soup later on a cold spring day.  The young scallions are a treat over potatoes or added to a salad.......the cilantro, wonderful over sliced tomatoes with olive oil.....our tomatoes are growing, just not ready for several more weeks.  Look for more recipes at www.allseasons-farm.com.  your farmer, Jill

Kale Salad Kale “Kale is packed with nutrition that puts it high on the list of the world's healthiest foods. The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 content in kale all support heart health. Sep 11, 2015” Medical News Today. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270435.php These days no one seems to doubt the nutritional benefits of eating green leafy vegetables and kale seems to top the list. But what good is it if people don’t or won’t eat it? Well, here’s hoping that we can change that! Kale Salad A large bunch of fresh kale, washed with the tough center stems removed*. Tomato wedges for top of salad. Citrus Dressing: 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup water 1 clove of garlic, minced 1/3 cup shredded carrot 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar or cider vinegar 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon soy sauce ½ teaspoon chili sauce, or a few chili flakes (to taste) Combine sugar, water and garlic in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves (2 – 3 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Allow mixture to cool. Stack your de-stemed kale leaves and roll them up in a “tube” fashion. Then cut ¼ inch slices off the roll. You will have ribbons of lovely kale. Massage in a generous amount of the citrus dressing, enough to suit your taste. Yes, get your hands in there and massage your kale- massage the dressing into the kale! Allow kale to stand in the fridge at least 10 minutes up to 30 minutes. Top with tomato wedges. Serve.




 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 4/19/2017 2:27pm by Jill Rendleman.

This is your reminder to pickup your share this week! Same times, same places as last week.  Looks like the rain helped grow up the kale, chard, and other goodies.  We have been busy planting zucchini, potatoes, and more herbs for deep summer.

IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR PICKUP PLACE ONE WEEK OR IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER CHANGES.....PLEASE TEXT ME OR CALL ME 618 308 0217.  do not email, I may not see it.  

 

The blueberry bushes look promising, but we can't bet on that yet.  Strawberries are looking a little thin this year, maybe a rain this week will perk them up a bit.  Golden turnips have great leaves right now, we shall see how the bulbs do in this early heat.  Mushroom Mike came by this am......he's pretty sure to have the start of mushrooms for us next week, hold on to your breath!

Thanks for all your kind words and notes about the share contents so far, we have had some good growing weather, hopefully that continues!    your farmer, jill

Head Start Cobden kids at the farm





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 4/13/2017 9:52pm by Jill Rendleman.

The white bulb with the anise smelling green fronds is fennel....great  mild flavor of the bulb is excellent in salads or braised with garlic and eaten with fish or chicken....or all on its own.  Fennel fronds can be stored in the freezer for winter soups.....they add wonderful depth of flavor, or sprinkle them on salads for an interesting twist.  The other green frond gathered with a band is fresh dill.  Let it dry on your counter or use it fresh on fish or chicken dishes.  Herbs are very nutritious and good for overall health, which is why so many were eaten in ages past when food was scarce.  Asparagus I simply add about 1/4 inch water to a pan, add salt and the asparagus and bring to a low boil, and remove as soon as the color changes.  The red and green lettuces will make a pretty salad.  The tiny scarlet sweet potatoes are a spring treat, I often microwave them in a hurry and they are ready in minutes, versus heating up the house.  Look for more ways to cook fennel at www.allseasons-farm.com and click on recipes.....scroll down and on right side of screen you can select a vegetable and find several recipes from CSA farms and local food restaurants.  





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 4/12/2017 7:48am by Jill Rendleman.

If you are a straggler and haven't signed up yet, shares are still available for the spring/summer 2017 CSA season.  

Call me if you have any questions!  your farmer, Jill 618-308-0217





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

CSA Pickup Reminder......BRING BOXES.....LAST CSA of SUMMER SEASONAugust 29th, 2017

Last CSA share of the summer!   Thanks so much for all your support and kind words this year, it has been a bountiful and diverse year in veggies and it feels good to share the bounty especially

CSA Reminder.....Thursday Aug 24th & Friday Aug 25th....... Boxes Please!!! August 23rd, 2017

The eclipse was simply awe inspiring.  We gathered with neighbors and family near the farm pond and watched the miracle unfold.  What a mysterious and beautiful universe we are blessed to be

CSA Next Week. See Changes ....... Marion will be WEDNESDAY PICKUPAugust 12th, 2017

As long as there are no traffic or other issues, here is our CSA Plan for next week, the week before the eclipse:  CALL OR TEXT 618-308-0217 for questions or changes!  WATCH FOR EMAIL OR TEX

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