Raising Jane Journal

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

In the Box and On the Farm

Look at the variety of color in this week's box! Red, yellow, green, white. We are really hitting the summer produce now. Look at that garlic, basil and tomato this week. 
In this week's box:
White bunching onions

My favorite this week. Oh, so much to choose from, but I would have to say that if I had to pick one it would be the purslane. I've been wanting to try this for years and was very excited to see it in my box.  I'm thinking a simple lamb chop topped with purslane sounds really good.
On the farm this week things were quiet. Coming from such a large crew last week, there were only two of us this week, but never a shortage of work. As usual, there was weeding to do, but I didn't mind since the weeding was in the basil beds. I just love the smell of fresh herbs. It was also time to put in some of the fall plants. Rows of lettuce, onions and turnips. I find it interesting the way things are planted on the farm versus my backyard raised bed garden. Functional for it's purpose and yet so different. The rows are planted and measured by the flats and offset to the row next to it. Planting goes pretty fast, but I must say that I lack really good speed at this and so much of my day was spent planting. The flats were first soaked in a tray of fish fertilized water, so they started out with a good soaking and feeding. Need to use that trick at home. It was great to work right next to the chickens, I just love the sound of chickens in the morning. It was a nice morning to work quietly, we have finally been getting some decent rain and so the ground was nice and soft, but the sun was shining and the temperatures were in the 90's, which this summer actual is beginning to feel quite cool. Until next week.


  1. I had no idea what to do with purslane when I got it from my CSA a few years ago. I ended up really enjoying it in salads or used in place of other herbs in recipes. That looks like an amazing share! Thanks for sharing with Fresh Foods Wednesdays

  2. i honestly have no idea what purselane is - but i'm googling it right now. sorry for the delay in commenting on your post love - i was in toronto last week. good to hear the farm is doing well!

    p.s. i also LOVE the sound of chickens in the morning. i wish i had some!

    thank you for sharing your post with us @ The Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop. We hope to see you again this week with another seasonal post :)

    xo, Kristy.