And through it all, we are able to include a new item in this week's share---gai lan (aka Chinese broccoli). It is easy to prepare since you eat the entire bunch, with no trimming necessary. The stalks are considered the best part, having the taste of a mild broccoli. Use it the same way you would any other Asian green. Tonight we used it in a stir-fry with plum sauce. A mustard based sauce is also good with gai lan.
Another great recipe is for Butter-Pecan Sweet Potatoes. We ate this dish all through the holiday week. It was a perfect combination of our sweet potatoes and some fresh Missouri pecans that we picked up at the Bad Seed Friday Market. Rebecca trialed this as our dish to bring at Thanksgiving, and it is sure to turn into a regular pot-luck contribution.
In the fields the soils has cooled down and there is very little biological activity. While we found a worm or two during today's carrot harvest, we will have to wait until mid-Spring for the soil to warm back to life. This rest is good though, and we welcome the same.
|Tilled soil, rye/vetch cover crop, and bean fencing|