Traverse City’s O’k CSA Cooperative is Grow, Grow, Growing!

Need to join a wonderful and very O’k CSA? We invite you to join ours!

Spring Greens: 2017

I always make some kind of personal wish/intent at the beginning of each growing season, and this year in addition to devoting myself to growing really tasty lettuces for you all, I’m also delving deeper into Bee-land.  We are going to work at making sure each one of our garden-farms has an even MORE generous amount of bee-friendly plants flowering all season long!  Here’s a partial list of common plants we’ll be growing and what you’ll see some of these in the herb and flower bundles: Giant Hyssop, Cosmos, Sunflower, Mint, Four o’clock, Basil, Rosemary, Mullein, Zinnia, Borage, Cleome, Globe Thistle, Joe-pye weed, Bergamot, Sage, Thyme, Verbena and more…

AND, Here’s the info on our share offerings for 2017, which also will include an art-share now and then:

Summer CSA (12 weeks, June 23-Sept. 16th) $400-All Pay, or $200-Work-Share for season. Produce includes: salad mix and greens, cooking greens (Swiss chard, kale, collards), carrots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beets, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, potatoes, radish, green/yellow beans, soup beans, turnips, scallions, onions, garlic, basil, herbs, flowers and more!

(For any of you who have been in our CSA in years past, and have had a half share and wish to continue w. a full pay for a half-share, we can continue at the same share fee we used last summer which would be $275.00.)

You can read more here about our wonderful Traverse City based CSA Cooperative: http://www.pennyokart.com/…/sign-up-for-ok-csa-cooperative…/

We offer On-line subcriptions: http://www.pennyokart.com/product-category/2017-csa/

You can also snail mail your membership w. a check to:

Penny Krebiehl
510 1/2 Second St., Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Make checks payable to: Penny Krebiehl

Answers for questions? Give me a call or send me an email.

[email protected]

231-922-2014

We’re happy to share our O’k CSA local news about becoming a local partner to a local organization:

Now folks searching for an awesome little CSA operation within the city limits of Traverse City will have a good chance of finding us PDQ via the Taste the Local Difference® publications and online sources.  TLD is Michigan’s local food marketing agency.  Now O’k CSA Cooperative is a partner with TLD, and likewise support the Michigan Good Food Charter and resolution seeking to have 20% of all food sold in Michigan come from Michigan farms and food businesses by 2020. Let’s ALL do this!

Here’s our little blurb in their “Find Farms & Food” section:  O’k CSA Cooperative

We feel happy, proud and a little special to be a part of this good work in the Great Lake State of Michigan!


Join us for a 4-week Spring Garden-Farming & Permaculture Class

We are STILL announcing and inviting folks to register for the class: “Making your Bountiful Garden a Perennial Polyculture”, which officially begins next Wednesday, March 29th(soft opening this week) and will highlight 3 of our O’k CSA garden-farm sites in Traverse City: DIGs garden (510 Second St.), the Peace Patch garden (501 Seventh) and Realeyes Homestead (9775 Cherry Bend Rd.)

We are super proud of our on-going efforts to grow more garden-farms and garden-farmers within the city limits of Traverse City—our version of a local/local/local urban farming project!

I’m including and especially honoring our Peace Patch garden-farm at the corner of 7th and Oak, as our first neighborhood and community growing site, which has hosted our Friday market and many local/foodie/farming & permaculture gatherings for the past 5+ years.

Please help us share this opportunity. Gracias.

Check out our little green growing sprouts and Learn how the Peace Patch neighborhood garden came to be! Join us and learn the how-to’s of kickstarting a neighborhood garden-farm cooperative!

Making your Bountiful Garden a Plant Polyculture is a Spring Class, 4 weeks in length March 29th – April 19th, of hands-on learning; demonstrations and sharing tips on how to make your garden, over time, grow an abundance of annual and perennial food.

We’ve created a collective of garden-farm sites in many neighborhoods, focusing on improving the soil, planting a diversity of annual and perennial veg, fruit and herbs—and all with a focus on educating and bringing neighbors and community together in many ways! This has especially been true of our very first garden-farm site, our beloved Peace Patch garden!

With a little permaculture planning and design you can create a series of polyculture “patch” gardens that together create an incredible garden-farm that is brimming with resilience, diversity, and saving you time watering, weeding, and dealing with pests.

Much information and many examples will be shared: Annual and perennial food plants, perennial support plants, minimal competition and maximum cooperation, and how each plant/shrub/tree species are adapted to it’s little patch/niche.

Please read the following downloadable PDF titled “The Essence of Permaculture” before the class begins, attached below and also here: https://permacultureprinciples.com/resources/free-downloads/

Consider adding these books to your personal library:

  • Rosemary Morrow, Earth Users Guide to Permaculture
  • Toby Hemenway, Gaia’s Garden and/or The Permaculture City
  • Mary Reynolds, The Garden Awakening
  • Any questions, please feel free to contact me!

    Class size limited,
    4 Wednesdays March 29-April 19th, 6-8 pm

    Register in Advance–email [email protected]

    Class Location: 510 1/2 Second St., Traverse City, Michigan

    With hands-on at our Peace Patch garden and at Realeyes Homestead garden!

    Fee: $100.00 or
    $50/and a Gift Exchange/Barter

    Presented by permaculture educator and O’k CSA garden-farmer
    penny Krebiehl

    Co-hosted by Little Artshram and O’k CSA

    To register contact:
    [email protected]


    Class info also on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1316649545096574/

    Become a LLOOFer, with O’k CSA Cooperative Spring/Summer/Fall 2017

    What is LLOOF?  LLOOF stands for:  Learning Local on Organic Farms, a program we developed ourselves—modeled after and with a bit of a twist from the worldwide offerings via WWOOF. 

    Beginning in 2003, O’k CSA has worked to develop this apprentice/intern/mentoring program along with the support of Little Artshram to offer a comprehensive garden-farming educational experience, and fresh way to change our lifestyle and behaviors as a community of consumers.  The focus of our garden-farming programs are linked to building a local Traverse City food shed, sharing, celebrating and strengthening our NW Michigan and Traverse City community via these neighborhood/community garden learning and gathering places, and to spread permaculture education and practices in Northern Michigan.

    General info. about O’k CSA and Market Garden, and the LLOOF Program
    O’k CSA, and our supportive partner, Little Artshram, and Northern Michigan Permaculture along with Realeyes Homestead celebrates our 11th year as TC’s first Urban CSA involving area youth and adults as market garden-farmers.

    In 2017, we continue to work towards tweaking and making improvements, and have created a “Cooperative CSA”.  Expanding beyond growing annual and perennial food in our 5 garden-farm sites in Traverse City, and 3 grower/member gardens joining O’k CSA last year.  We also include arts, crafts, produce and farm products like meat and eggs (on occasion) in our weekly Market Garden and O’k CSA shares.  The 2017 season will begin with a Spring Greens share on March 24th and the Summer Share beginning June 23 through September at our Peace Patch garden site on the corner of 7th and Oak Streets, in Traverse City, Michigan.

    The LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) program which works in tandem w. the CSA, will continue to provide a work-exchange and permaculture training with green-collar jobs for older youth through adults.

    The LLOOF program is based on providing opportunities for beginning gardeners/farmers interested in learning how to grow food—both perennial and annual crops adding a business/entrepreneurial aspect through the concept of CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. On a CSA farm, buyers invest up front in a full season of vegetables. The commitment of the sponsors and shareholders to the farmer stabilizes the farmer’s income, assures subscribers of fresh, healthy, local produce, and distributes agricultural rewards and risks fairly within the community.  This popular economic model establishes a practical and mutually beneficial relationship between farmers and subscribers, building a strong community as a result.

    Apply for a 2017 LLOOFing position by March 10th!

    For an Application, mail a letter of intent and your availability March-October 2017 to:  [email protected]

    Basic HOW-to become a LLOOFer:  ALL applicants must have some basic experience or a passionate interest in learning gardening, farming; strong work ethic; reliable (early morning, evening and weekend shifts—we don’t work in the hot/middle part of the day); enjoy working outdoors in all kinds of weather; and able to transport themselves to the garden-farm sites.  LLOOFers send a letter of intent, then will be sent an application to fill out.  After a phone/in person interview LLOOFers sign an agreement that informs them of work schedule/hours; and the Northern Michigan Permaculture Design Course schedule.   The value of the nine-month training for each LLOOFer who completes the work-exchange agreement (commitment ) is offered as follows:

    • One on one, weekly garden-farm instruction/mentoring throughout a growing season
    • CSA Summer weekly food share, 12 weeks (June-Sept)
    • Permaculture Design Course, tentatively scheduled for August (72 hours, more info COMING SOON here:  www.nmipermaculture.org) To earn a PDC certificate requires no less than 72 hours of class time plus a group design project, field practice and a final test.

    In order to meet the pre-season and post-season work schedule for our CSA and Market garden, we’ll be staggering the LLOOF positions to cover a full-eight months of Permaculture and Garden-Farming experiential learning, beginning in March through October 2017.

    For an Application, Contact:  [email protected]   231-922-2014 (Please leave a message)

     

     

    Sign-up for O’k CSA Cooperative local, seasonal Veg-fruit-herbs!

    With the help of a little sun, rain and good earth, we have the privilege of doing beautiful work! We design and plant gardens and share food in our O’k CSA Cooperative and today, at the beginning of February, is a good day to say “Hello” to our seeds and to do our  blessing and thanking of these little, amazing vessels of power! 

    We’ve been growing gardens in neighborhood yards and community spaces, and sharing veg, fruit and herbs with friends and families in  Traverse City since July of 2008.  We invite you to celebrate the current “Year of the Chicken with us by joining our CSA-Cooperative by becoming a share member of our Spring Greens Share (9-weeks, Beginning in March 24th-May 19th), and/or our Summer Share (12 weeks, Beginning June 23-Sept. 16th). We have a new system this year, along with the new Spring Greens offering, for the Summer Share, rather than a full and half size share, we are offering a “all-pay” or “work-share”.

    On-line sign up is quick and easy here: 2017 O’k CSA Share Options

    Here’s the info on our share offerings for 2017:

    NEW! Spring Greens (DELAYED—Will begin approx. 2nd week of April, 9-weeks) $100 for season. Produce includes: salad mix, spinach, and cooking greens (Swiss chard, kale, collards) and herbs

    Summer CSA ( 12 weeks, June 23-Sept. 16th) $400-All Pay, or $200-Work-Share for season. Produce includes: Perennial and Annual veg-fruit and herbs, salad mix and greens, cooking greens (Swiss chard, kale, collards), carrots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beets, cucumbers, summer and winter squash, potatoes, radish, green/yellow beans, soup beans, turnips, scallions, onions, garlic, basil, herbs, flowers and more!

    The aim of O’k CSA is to explore and have fun sharing connections between art education, and the practice of ecological design and thinking. We are focused on creatively and intelligently, designing ways to live wisely and well, and that means not just learning the “HOW-to’s”, but also what it takes and then the doing of it. We honor the earth and have great passion for teaching, learning, experiencing, art, community garden-farming and ecological education. Since 2008, we have been building a community network of garden-farms in Traverse City, empowering folks and whole neighborhoods to grow food not lawns, with an emphasis on soil not oil (As in what we use and care for in order to grow our food).

    O’k CSA’s garden-farms in Traverse City, Michigan, are located in and around the Central School neighborhood, and at Realeyes Homestead, w. 7 active garden-farm sites (approx. 2500 sq. ft of growing space) spread out within a 3-5 mile radius—-most are within a 5-20 minute bike ride, on the Tart Trail, depending on traffic on Front Street and Hwy. 31.

    Our primary goal is to GROW healthy, nutritious food nine months of the year in our temperate climate zone next to Lake Michigan; and to produce healthy, nutritional food to eat alongside of educational opportunities—developing permaculture and garden-farming skill-sets for others while we also utilize and benefit from those skills ourselves.

    This includes applying hands-on learning experiences at our “garden-farm, land-share” sites where we not only re-learn and live our connection to nature, but also learn where our food comes from, how we grow it, harvest it and just what it REALLY means to feed ourselves and our families.

    This year in addition to selling our CSA shares, we are working to raise funds to put in a small orchard, install drip irrigation systems in all the garden-farm sites, improve, feed and monitor soil and plant health, build a greenhouse and work-station/tool/supply building where we can also hold small classes and prep our CSA shares.

    We are devoted to doing our very best which means giving VERY O’k and MORE THAN Pretty Good service. Plus, we love what we do.

    Sign-up online here:  O’k CSA Share Options

    CONTACT:
    [email protected]
    231-922-2014

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    O’k CSA Cooperative: Keep On Trucking, Fall Shares for an O’k cause…

    Keep on Trucking

    We need to Keep On Trucking—and could use a little help….

    I used to ride my bike and pull a cart full of veg around, but my good ole’ body said “take a break, lady”….SO I bought a stick-shift, Ford Ranger from a good friend and have been grateful that I finally learned how-to drive it!

    My good ‘ole green jalopy, “Verde” is heading into the shop next week and our fall share sales or a donation of $, will support it’s necessary epic repairs!

    Kindly requesting friends and families of our CSA to lean in w. a little help:

    Join our Fall 2016 CSA: The Fall share is $200 single/$350 full, and will begin on Friday, September 30th through November 18th–an 8 week share, with the O’k Art & Crafty Fair scheduled in December, over the weekend of Dec. 11-12th. Friday pick-up happening at our DIGs garden-farm site, at 510 Second St., Traverse City.

    OR, give a donation in any amount, and receive a signed, original print of, “Veg and Fruit Marathon” (pictured below).

    Thanks for considering to support our very good and O’k CSA Cooperative!

    Penny Krebiehl
    [email protected]
    231-922-2014

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    EXPANDING & Extending the 2016 LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) Traverse City, MI: Two positions available!

    The 2016 LLOOF program is gearing up for another season of growing, learning and sharing, and is offering an opportunity to area youth through adults to participate in a “grow your own” food and gardening experience in Grand Traverse County.  Beginning in 2003, O’k CSA has worked to develop a model apprentice/intern/mentoring program along with the support of Little Artshram to offer a comprehensive garden-farming educational experience, and fresh way to change our lifestyle and behaviors as a community of consumers.  The focus of our garden-farming programs are linked to building a local Traverse City food shed, sharing, celebrating and strengthening our NW Michigan and Traverse City community via these neighborhood/community garden learning and gathering places.

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    General info. about O’k CSA and Market Garden, and the LLOOF Program
    O’k CSA, and our supportive partner, Little Artshram, and Northern Michigan Permaculture celebrates our 10th year as TC’s first Urban CSA involving area youth and adults as market garden-farmers.

    In 2016, we continue to work towards tweaking and making improvements, and have created a “Cooperative CSA”.  Expanding beyond growing annual and perennial food in our 5 garden-farm sites in Traverse City, and 3 new member/growers joining O’k CSA this year.  We also include arts, crafts, produce and farm products like meat and eggs (on occasion) in our weekly Market Garden and O’k CSA shares.  The 2016 season will begin near the second Friday of June through September at our Peace Patch garden site on the corner of 7th and Oak Streets.

    The LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) program which works in tandem w. the CSA, will continue to provide a work-exchange and permaculture training with green-collar jobs for older youth through adults.

    The LLOOF program is based on providing opportunities for beginning gardeners/farmers interested in learning how to grow food—both perennial and annual crops adding a business/entrepreneurial aspect through the concept of CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. On a CSA farm, buyers invest up front in a full season of vegetables. The commitment of the sponsors and shareholders to the farmer stabilizes the farmer’s income, assures subscribers of fresh, healthy, local produce, and distributes agricultural rewards and risks fairly within the community.  This popular economic model establishes a practical and mutually beneficial relationship between farmers and subscribers, building a strong community as a result.

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    Kerry Alspaugh, 2012 LLOOFer, harvesting rhubarb in the DIGS garden

    Apply for a 2016 LLOOFing position by April 5th!

    For an Application, Contact:  [email protected]   231-922-2014 (Please leave a message)

    Basic HOW-to become a LLOOFer:  ALL applicants must have some basic experience in gardening, farming, and able to transport themselves to the garden-farm sites.  LLOOFers fill out application and sign an agreement that informs them of their work schedule/hours; and the Traverse City Permaculture Design Course schedule.   The value of the six-month training for each LLOOFer who completes the work-exchange agreement (commitment ) is offered as follows:

    • One on one, weekly garden-farm instruction/mentoring
    • CSA weekly food share, 10 weeks (July-Sept)
    • Permaculture Design Course, beginning NOWt hrough August (72 weekend hours, more infoon the course here:  www.nmipermaculture.org) To earn a PDC certificate requires no less than 72 hours of class time plus a group design project, field practice and a final test.

    In order to meet the pre-season and post-season work schedule for our CSA and Market garden, we’ll be staggering the LLOOF positions to cover a full-six months of Permaculture and Garden-Farming experiential learning, beginning in March through October 2016.

    For an Application, Contact:  [email protected]   231-922-2014 (Please leave a message)

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    Sprouting! 2016 O’k CSA Cooperative, share/member/grower offerings

    Getting Sprouty

    Welcome, again to the 2016 O’k CSA growing season!

    It’s time to finalize garden-farm planting charts and seed orders, and begin the $ investing in start-up costs, so please do respond this weekend if you are planning to join our O’k CSA Cooperative again.  Early bird membership fees end on Monday, February 29th! Below are the membership designations.

    Here they are–NEW Membership options for 2016:

    • BECOME a O’k CSA Cooperative Member/Grower!  For folks who have been or interested in hosting a garden-farm site, have an option to take on their own garden-growing space if they so wish with a minimal input by myself and the O’k CSA garden-farm interns at the beginning of the season to get you off to a great start.   Member/Growers will tend, gather and deliver their weekly harvest to the Peace Patch garden site on Friday mornings, in exchange for a CSA share box from other member/growers.  Additionally, for Member/Growers, I would offer a consultation for a fee, which would familiarize you w. the garden-farm site’s beds already in production and/or cover a spring consultation and garden bed design plan, also offering an opportunity for you to order plant starts from our stash. Member/Grower fee:  $45, yearly membership, PLUS cost of plant starts and any on-site work.
    • BECOME or continue to be one of our O’k CSA Co–op Share-holders.  This year, we are offering Full shares @ $450 and Half-size shares @ $275 of fresh vegetables, herbs and flower bouquets,  beginning June 15th, through September, with pick-up on Friday’s at our Peace Patch Garden at the corner of 7th & Oak, in Traverse City, Michigan.
    • BECOME a O’k CSA Sponsor and help grow the “green-collar” jobs we offer to youth 18 years and older, by helping to provide an apprenticeship and mentoring relationship with educational opportunities for two positions in the 2016 growing season.  Your support will help cover the registration fees for our CSA crew members to take the upcoming Traverse City Permaculture Design Course.

    Please share our good news with others that you think may wish to join us as growers, members or sponsors of our community and neighborhood garden-farming CSA.  Below is a list of our current 2016 garden-farm sites, and also a link to the announcement of the LLOOF work-exchange program which is accepting applications and trains garden-farming interns/students in our cooperative.

    2016 O’k CSA Garden-Farm sites in and around Traverse City, Michigan:

    Cedar Lake East & North Garden-Farms, 12408 West Bay, TC (Beginning to design/layout, prep beds, amend soil)

    DIGs, 510 Second St., TC (Our home-base for plants, seedlings and small mostly cold crop beds)

    Frida’s Folly, 1120 W. Front St., TC (Mainly onion/garlic and lettuce growing garden-farm)

    Little Artshram Teaching Garden,  875 Red Dr. TC (Longtime, wonderful sunny growing space, with perennial herbs & fruit)

    Peace Patch, Seventh St., TC (This is our “host” on share-day, and full of brassicas and a variety of veg.)

    The Sunshine Farm, 501 Seventh St.,TC (A new garden hosting potatoes, tomatoes and peppers and more.)

    And a warm WELCOME to our new Member/Growers, so far:

    Karen Comella, 8th Street, Traverse City, MI
    Barb Tholen homestead, Cochlin Ave., Traverse City, MI
    Levi & Brenda Meeuwenberg, Realeyes Homestead, Traverse City, MI

    And, if extra space is necessary, we may continue growing a few viney crops at our Far Away Garden, @ Baker’s Green Acres in Marion

    Information on the LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) program–Applications due March 1st: http://www.pennyokart.com/entry/2016-lloof-learning-local-on-organic-farms-traverse-city-mi-two-positions-available/

    That’s all for now.

    Adios, and see you real soon!

    `penny Krebiehl

    [email protected]

    www.pennyokart.com

    231-922-2014

    Join our O’k CSA Cooperative, Summer 2016 membership info

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    Hello Very O’k friends and families,

    Welcome to the 2016 O’k CSA growing season!

    It’s that time of year again—the snow is no longer piled HIGH and we’ve begun celebrating the “Year of Monkey” according to the Chinese New Year. (More on monkey-biz below.) and it is, in fact, the beginning of our 2016 growing season.

    In addition to breaking ground w. Levi and Brenda Meeuwenberg out at their Realeyes Homestead property for our newest garden-farm site, this year’s membership options have changed up a bit, as we suggested last fall that they may.

     

    Here they are–NEW for 2016:

    • BECOME a O’k CSA Cooperative Member/Grower!  For folks who have been or interested in hosting a garden-farm site, have an option to take on their own garden-growing space if they so wish with a minimal input by myself and the O’k CSA garden-farm interns at the beginning of the season to get you off to a great start.   Member/Growers will tend, gather and deliver their weekly harvest to the Peace Patch garden site on Friday mornings, in exchange for a CSA share box from other member/growers.  Additionally, for Member/Growers, I would offer a consultation for a fee, which would familiarize you w. the garden-farm site’s beds already in production and/or cover a spring consultation and garden bed design plan, also offering an opportunity for you to order plant starts from our stash. Fee negotiable/cost of plant starts TBA.
    • BECOME or continue to be one of our O’k CSA Co–op Share-holders.  This year, we are offering Full shares @ $450 and Half-size shares @ $275 of fresh vegetables, herbs and flower bouquets,  beginning June 15th, through September, with pick-up on Friday’s at our Peace Patch Garden at the corner of 7th & Oak, in Traverse City, Michigan.
    • BECOME a O’k CSA Sponsor and help grow the “green-collar” jobs we offer to youth 18 years and older, by helping to provide an apprenticeship and mentoring relationship with educational opportunities for two positions in the 2016 growing season.

    Please share our good news with others that you think may wish to join us as growers, members or sponsors of our community and neighborhood garden-farming CSA.

    OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR O’k CSA COOPERATIVE:

    Check out our garden-farming (w. Biodynamic & Full/New Moon notations) and playfully illustrated 2016 Year of Monkey calendar, they can be ordered by clicking here.

    ALSO, you are warmly invited to attend a special evening of music, pie and permaculture sharing –on Sunday April 3rd in Traverse City–More info by clicking on here: Seth Bernard & Friends, Fundraiser for Permaculture Design Course.

    That’s all for now. Adios, and see you real soon!

    `penny Krebiehl

    [email protected]

     

    Market-Garden CSA 2016 Kick-off Flyer

    Perfectly Wonderful Purslane….

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    It’s Week #3 of our Summer CSA Cooperative and we are celebrating another week of fresh food sharing in our cool summerish–short-growing season.  Photo above from our wonderful Sunshine Farm in TC, of gobs of purslane.  Photo below from our Faraway Garden a “Still-life on a Haybale”, with our first two ripe cherry tomatoes, a mighty sprig of purslane and bunch of lambs quarters.

    We are grateful for the food from the “wild” garden and our “tame” gardens….and have high hopes of harvesting more and more each week, as the rain and summer sun continue to spend time in our gardens. This year we have more growing space, so we’ve planted sweet corn, seven varieties of squash and pumpkins, cantelope, watermelon, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes and greens, greens greens in our Faraway garden.

    Were very happy to once again share purslane with our friends and families and also the following recipes for you to try:

    Purslane Salad

    * 2 1/2 cups of strained, thick yogurt

    * 1 cup of purslane, coarsely chopped

    * 1 cup of romaine lettuce, chopped in chunks

    * 1 teaspoon of mashed or minced garlic, about one

    * 1/4 cup of olive oil

    * 3 1/2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar

    * 2 tablespoons of capers

    * salt

    * freshly ground pepper

    Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl and refrigerate for a half hour to an hour

    The following recipe is from Diane Kochilas, a well-known Greek chef and writer. She has several publications including “The Greek Vegetarian”.

    Potato-Purslane Salad

    Ingredients

    3 medium waxy potatoes, such as Yukon golds or fingerlings, sliced into chunks, about ½ inch thick

    salt to taste

    1/3 cup olive oil

    3 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 ½ lemons); alternatively use red wine vinegar

    About 1 cup purslane, thoroughly washed, torn or chopped (stems are tangier than leaves, taste first to see if you like)

    ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced (alternatively, use a few chopped scallions)

    Other options:

    ½ cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced, into half moon shapes

    1 large tomato, roughly chopped

    ½ cup fresh herbs – mint, parsley, chervil – whatever suits you

    Method

    Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil and add salt and potatoes. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly and then pour into a serving bowl, spreading even to cover bottom surface. Combine olive oil and lemon juice in a small dish, whisking until well emulsified, then pour over potatoes. In a layered fashion, add purslane, onion, plus any additional ingredients. With a wooden spoon, stir to combine, and taste for salt. Makes enough for two or three as a side dish.

    This recipe from Florida’s Incredible Wild Edibles by Dick Deuerling and Peggy S. Lantz

    Purslane leaves and stems may be boiled well with just enough water to cover the herbs then discard the first water and pour a smaller amount of hot water over the greens and again boil them. Reduce heat and simmer until tender. Finely chop the herbs and add salt, pepper, vinegar, cinnamon or nutmeg. You can add oil, butter, or bacon fat, and mix with diced hard boiled eggs and put them in a casserole with cheese and bread crumb topping, then bake until cheese melts. Pickled Purslane

    1 quart purslane stems and leaves

    3 garlic cloves, sliced

    1 quart apple cider vinegar

    10 peppercorns

    Clean the purslane stems and leaves by rinsing with fresh water. Cut into 1″ pieces and place in clean jars with lids. Add the spices and pour the vinegar over the purslane. Keep this in the refrigerator and wait at least two weeks before using. Serve as a side dish with omelets and sandwiches. You can pickle the purslane raw or blanche it for two minutes in boiling water first, but cool off quickly in ice water.

    More about Purslane and other wonderful, edible weeds can be found here: http://www.eattheweeds.com/purslane-omega-3-fatty-weed/

    For more information about our O’k CSA Cooperative:
    www.pennyokart.com
    [email protected]

    COMING SOON! Save the date for a series of “Farmer and the Chef” dinners w. great veg and goods from our gardens!  First one being scheduled/organized now for August 18th at the Black Market in TC.  Info on the dinner and to register will be posted soon!

    Still-Life on Haybale