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Posted 8/17/2016 1:21pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

As I was out in the fields harvesting flowers the other day, I kept hearing this distant noise.  I wasn't quite sure what it was, but because I was trying to be efficient and make my way through the row quickly, I didn't take too much time to stop and investigate.

I continued through the remainder of the snapdragons and the sound hit me again.  This time I decided that it must be one of Lyman's trucks rumbling in the distance and paid it no mind.

After a few more minutes, I was into the celosias.  Then, I heard the sound again, except this time it was louder.  I turned my head to look in the direction of the road, but my view was blocked by the popcorn that is growing in the row next to where I was harvesting. Finally, I realized what I had been hearing.  That low rumble was not a truck...it was the bees, busy at work, pollinating our corn!  

It was at that very moment that I realized that being "efficient" isn't always the best option because often you miss the beauty that is right in front of your face.

By the way, the miracle of corn is something to be appreciated...each individual kernel of corn is associated with a single hair of silk that has been pollinated.  If you are interested, check out this site for an explanation of how we get the perfect ear of corn.

Posted 8/14/2016 8:00pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

 

It's Saturday,
Which means a new CSA...
Feet(s) going running for some beets
Pair with cukes, fresh greens and tomato
Worth more than a ton of dough...

 

Thank you Amy for our weekly smile!

Posted 8/14/2016 7:55pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

This recipe comes to you from Chris and Andrea for roasted cabbage:

Slice into approx 1/2" slices then lightly brush each side with olive oil, salt and pepper (or whatever seasoning you enjoy) Bake on cookie sheet in 400 degree oven for about 10-15 mins per side (flipping half way making sure they are beginning to caramelize like in the picture) the texture is so buttery and delicious!

Posted 8/11/2016 11:35am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Our first entry and recipient of 10% off a fall CSA share!

AND...Amy wrote another poem for our enjoyment!

 
 
 
 
CSA
Broccoli ,ham and cheese
Another piece for me please
Add some onion, eggs and cream

Nothing short of a summer dream...

 
A store bought Pillsbury pie crust roll
Oven at 350 for 40 minutes or 5 to 15 more...
Line bottom of crust with diced ham, chopped onion and lightly steamed broccoli cut small.
Spread shredded cheese of your choice ...we used cheddar
Beat 4-6 eggs, add 1/2 cream or heavy cream 8-12 ounces ( 2 oz. per egg)
Pour egg mixture over veggies and cheese . Salt, pepper, nutmeg,a little garlic salt .
After baking let set for 20 minutes before cutting.
Posted 8/6/2016 7:18pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Ah, the joy of a pop up thunderstorm!  We got to enjoy that beautiful dose of rain in the shelter of the high tunnel!  The sound of rain pummeling the plastic was deafening, as we took advantage of the forced "indoor time" to trellis the tomatoes.

Then the beautiful walk through the fields to see just how happy everything was... 

It took a fraction of the time to harvest carrots this evening with that gift of showers.  Now if only it would break the heat and come more often!

Posted 8/6/2016 7:13pm by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Now that everyone has their share for the week...In honor of Eat Local Month,  I am passing along a challenge for the week: Take a picture of the most delicious and beautiful meal(s) you make this week with your share and send it along to us with your recipe. 

Then, as an added bonus, you can send it in as an entry for the Belknap County Conservation District and Lakes Region Food Network photo contest! You can enter up to seven photos and have a chance to win a gift certificate to Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, Local Provisions, Laconia Village Bakery, BurritoME, Local Eatery, Sunflower Natural Foods, OR Osborne's Agway.  With that lineup, how you could lose!  We just might have to have a little contest of our own!

Another option in the photo contest is to take a photo at the farmer's market, so we also encourage you to come check out all of the awesome vendors in Laconia on Thursday and Gilford on Saturday.

I will send a copy of the actual entry form if you are interested.  Unfortunately our website does not allow us to attach PDFs or I would just pass it along now.

Game on!  We look forward to seeing what you create!

 

Liz and Aaron

 

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Eat well and Be well,
Aaron & Liz Lichtenberg
Owners
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm
Alton Bay, NH

winniwoodsfarm.com

Posted 8/5/2016 10:04am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Emails from our friends of the farm sharing their recipe loves are some of our favorites.  

 

This one from CSA member Amy was a fun read.  It read like a poem and made me smile:

Roasted beets carrots turnips fresh lettuce

Goat cheese

Diced tomato

Love my CSA

 

Thanks for sharing Amy!

Posted 8/3/2016 10:05am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

Since I am guessing that many of you are looking for new and different ways to make the most of the "bounty of the season", I am working to pass along all of the things that are shared with us.  It is so fun for us to see so many of you are taking full advantage of your CSA share and trying new things.

As always, keep sharing your recipes and photos and we will pass them along!

CSA member Teri Ann recommended this recipe for Zucchini Ravioli: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a48392/zucchini-ravioli-recipe/  While I do not have a photo of her final product, she said it was "fabulous"!

Posted 8/3/2016 9:52am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

We received this fun recommendation from CSA customers, Cheryl and Steve.  They came to the market talking about zoodles and how much they were loving them.  Immediately, we had to ask what in the world zoodles were...apparently they are zucchini "noodles" made using a tool like this:

They described it like a pencil sharpener for vegetables.  Judging by what I saw online, I think that is an accurate description!  

Ironically enough, once they mentioned this to us, two more sets of friends of the farm came to the table looking for zucchini to make zoodles.  Luckily, because of Cheryl and Steve, we got to look like hip veggie farmers!

This is the link to the recipe they recommended trying out: http://www.skinnytaste.com/kung-pao-chicken-zoodles-for-two/

Here is their final product from making Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles:

Posted 7/31/2016 7:56am by Aaron Lichtenberg.

 

For those of you who are sick of seeing flowers, I apologize in advance.  There is just something so wonderful about a table full of gorgeous summer blooms!  I just can't seem to get enough of them!

While the weather has not helped their growth habits, the zinnias are finally coming in.  We are also starting to see our first real flush of sunflowers.  I am a bit disappointed with their lack of productivity, but I suppose, can I really blame them?  With this heat and lack of rain, I am pretty unproductive myself!  However, the snapdragons are loving this all and are shooting up new flower spikes faster than I can harvest them.

If you are looking for a special bouquet for someone or want to preorder a bud vase to grace your table for the week, drop us a line and we will let you know what we have available.  

And, I do have to show off my friend Meg's picture-perfect flower display...

I told her that it needed to be my marketing photo!

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