In The Heat of Summer
Summer heat is here to stay folks!
We recently caught a glimpse of our first colored pepper, hibiscus flowers, and okra flowers! We're also excited to report that we just seeded our first batch of cantaloupe and winter squash!
This time of the year is a really exciting as we close out the winter/spring season and let the warmer weather lead us into growing more diverse summer crops.
-Ray's Field Tips-
One of the most important things you can do for your farm is take a soil test. Taking this test reveals critical data on the current state of your soil. Many folks tell me they cannot grow anything--no matter what they try, it just dies. The best thing you can do is take a soil test. I use Logan Labs here. https://loganlabs.com/
With warmer days coming upon us, smoothies often become a “go to” snack or an addition to a light meal. I’m always thinking of ways to add veggies to everything. We have found that it’s very easy and delicious to add most of our greens to a smoothie. Remember that the spicier the green, the more noticeable it will be in the smoothie. Our favorite greens for smoothies are Swiss chard (stem and leaf), spinach, head lettuce, micro broccoli, mild micros and spring mix.
How we do it:
1. Blend greens and liquid of your choice (we use almond milk, coconut milk or coconut water)
2. Add protein powder-blend (we use Metagenics Ultrameal Daily Support)
3. Add frozen fruit of choice, blend well. Our favorite is a berry mix--it will generally turn your smoothies a pink or purple shade. For some reason it's a more desired smoothie color than green :)
Side Note: You can use the extra smoothie mix to make popsicles! It makes a wonderful cold snack!
The Farmers Market in Franklin is hopping! It's very encouraging to see folks outside in the sunshine breathing fresh air and eating good food.
If you live in the Franklin area come visit us on Saturdays 8am-1pm!