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Ancient Grains Sprouted

We continue to enjoy and trail sprout seeds for our CSA boxes. Many may not be aware that it is not safe to purchase generic seeds, whether organic or otherwise, at the grocery store, farmers’ market or on-line and use them for sprouts. The seeds we use here are certified organic, grown in North America, and were grown specifically for commercial sprout applications. Each and every lot is labeled and tested for bacteria contamination. Seeds that are sold for gardeners to plant in the soil or for consumers to grind and use as flour or add to smoothies do not need to have the same level of safe handling practices.

We’re excited about our newest trial: our Ancient Grain Mix: lentils, fenugreek, kamut, and adzuki beans. A few years’ back I recall a concern in New York City of a mysterious maple syrup scent that would present itself from time to time. The source turned out to be an international importer of fenugreek seeds. True enough, the seeds do smell heavenly sweet; more like a spice for dessert than a source for a salad sprout.

Adzuki beans are ancient, and sweet, too. The little bean is recognized by its sweet, nutty flavor and is often used in Japanese cooking for desserts.

Kamut is an ancient member of the wheat family and contains  40% more protein than a typical wheat used today. While our modern breeding programs have left it behind; it continues to offer its ancient nutrition, flavor and goodness to all who will give it a try.

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Pre Post of Thanksgiving Week Harvest

 

Yes, to anyone who was wondering or has emailed us.. asking if the crew here at MSF was going to bug out and leave everyone hanging for the Thanksgiving Week holiday… we are harvesting and delivering same as usual.
 
The Christmas Week deliveries, will be shifted slightly one day forward and back, but not Thanksgiving Week’s.

 

Ok, with the caveat that sometimes our best laid plans don’t pan out, which is why I don’t pre-post regularly…..but this is such an important week I think I will blog our harvest hopes and intentions for Thanksgiving Week:

1. Baby spinach

2. Spring Mix

3. Yams

4. Spaghetti Squash

5. Heirloom tomatoes, dead ripe

6. Collards: two bunches in large, one in small
 
7. Celery: two bunches in large, one in small
 
8. Frisee (a spicy chicory that can be used sparingly in raw salads, or braised)
 
9. Limes
 
10. Fuerte avos (first harvest of the 9 to 10 month harvest….these will not be ripe for Thanksgiving day as we’re harvesting today and tomorrow mostly.)
 
11. Sprouts (radish and/or brassica mix and a trial of an aromatic Ancient Eastern Blend.)

 

Probably/Maybe:

1. Rosemary sprigs

2. Pineapple guavas…coming up on the end of guavas

3. Navel oranges

4. crunchy bean mix probably for large shares.

 

Trade in boxes (where there are six or more participants picking up..in addition to more of what we put in boxes, we have small quantities of:
 
2. Swiss Chard
3. Green Onions
4. Maybe rhubarb, first harvest ever
5. Jalapenos
6. Baby Arugula, clam shelled
7. Radishes
8. Clam Shells of cherry tomatoes
9. mandarins very first of harvest (maybe)

 

What’s coming up soon:

We are moving into our macadamia harvest!!!, avocado season, and it looks like we will be harvesting mandarins in a couple weeks for all.