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Here's the Heat

Here's the Heat

The heat is here! And we are ready for it. Braising Mix grow in the late afternoon

This time of the season we try to start early at around 6 am and be out of the sun by 11 or 12. The heat is nothing to play around with.

Steak on a Bed of Micro Greens

ASHLEY'S KITCHEN

"Steak on a bed of micro greens with a side of mashed potatoes"

Just a few little things I like to do to enrich the flavors of these dishes:

1. I like to make a butter mix with fresh garlic, salt, and fresh herbs, (parsley, chives, sage, oregano, & rosemary) and place it on top of my steak once it’s cooked and let it soak up the flavors-absolutely mouthwatering.

2. I cook my potatoes (quartered) in an instant pot for 10- 15 min with just a bit of water at the bottom. Add salt, fresh onions (quartered), and garlic cloves (halved). This adds extra flavor to the mix. If you want to get really delectable, add some herbed butter mix! Otherwise, some salt, parsley, and cottage cheese will do the trick!

Cucumbers reach for the sky in the high tunnel

Farm burnout is a real problem that most farmers deal with. We have certainly had our own seasons in which we have gone through severe burnout. Here are a few tips and principles I live by and lead my team by in order to avoid burnout.

1. Drink lots of water. 

2. Wear a hat.

3. Take time off before the month of May to help go into the busy season well-rested.

4. Only work 8 hours a day 5 days a week. 

5. Find shade-work to do after 11 if possible. 

6. The moment you feel drained or slightly exhausted or fatigued take a few days to recharge.

I check in with my team constantly and they know if needed they can take off any time to recover from the heat.

Have a great week everyone, and stay cool!

- Ray & Ashley Tyler