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Posted 1/9/2015 9:19pm by Erin Caudell.

I love napa cabbage. Not only is it packed with antioxidants and folates but it's super delicious and doesn't take long to cook. I like to mix it in my stir fry and miso soup. It also can be mixed in salads, used to make coleslaws and generally the most versatile winter vegetable. And when I can't think of anything else I can make a quick kimchi. 

  •  1 large or 2 smaller heads of Napa cabbage
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peeled ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped (1 cup)
  •  2 to 3 tablespoons coarse red-pepper flakes

Quarter cabbage lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 2-to 3-inch pieces. Toss with 3 tablespoons salt in a large bowl and let stand, tossing occasionally, 2 hours. Rinse cabbage well, then drain. Squeeze out excess water with your hands and transfer to a large bowl. Purée garlic and ginger with fish sauce and vinegar in a blender until smooth, then pour over cabbage. Add scallions and red-pepper flakes, mix. Marinate at least 1 hour. (can be stored longer, flavor will evolve.)

Posted 12/31/2014 8:58am by Erin Caudell.

Its hard to believe that one year ago the farm was completely under ice. This year the more mild weather has helped us continue to harvest greens in the hoop houses. Its hard to believe that we got our first box of seeds in the mail today. In a few days those seeds will be our first transplants of 2015. Another exciting year is about to begin. We're grateful for the amazing customers who trust us to grow food for your families. Wishing you the best in 2015!

Posted 12/29/2014 7:14pm by Erin Caudell.

Even in the winter there is still so much to do on the farm. We keep a careful eye on the temperature and have to vent the hoop houses on sunny days. Harvesting is still happing as long as the temperature is above 32 degrees. Franklin has been hard at work putting a new metal roof on the shed and on the warmer days of the last month we've managed to clean up a few more of the outdoor beds. 

We've been working on expanding our setup for growing transplants, I can't believe its time to start planting seeds for planting the hoophouse in February.

It seems like the planning for the next year never ends.   Some of the least favorite jobs have faded in our memories. I almost forgot how much I hate picking green beans.  Since it's been six months I seem to have softened on the idea, so I order the seeds again for some new variety that might magically pick itself.