The Heat is On!

Market News for Saturday, June 4, 2011

I will be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market Saturday from 8am til 12pm.  I will be in the Open Air Building A.  Todd will not be at the Mt. Holly Farmers Market this Saturday.  We don’t have enough to go to both markets.

Here’s a list of what we will have at the markets.

  • Hakurei Salad Turnips
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard
  • Green Onions
  • Beets
  • Broccoli ~ limited availability
  • Collards


from “More Recipes from a Kitchen Garden”, by Shepard & Raboff

2 1/2 T olive oil
1 large bunch green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch of chard, finely shredded (including stems)
1 T dijon mustard

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Sauté the green onions and garlic for 2 minutes until softened and tender. Add mushrooms and cook 4 to 5 minutes more. Add chard, cover and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, or until chard is tender but still crisp. Mix in mustard and heat 1 to 2 minutes more. Stir and serve immediately.

Farm Updates

It has been one hot week.  We’ve tried to stay out of the heat as much as possible this week but you know we can’t keep out of it completely.  Unfortunately.

Around 6pm or so yesterday, I took my boys outside and sat on the porch while the oldest played around.  It wasn’t too bad just sitting there. Not too muggy.  We went in for about 30 minutes and then came back out for us to plant some seed.  In those 30 minutes, it got so humid.  It was just crazy that it got that humid in that little bit of time and I thought it might get a little cooler, not hotter.  Anyways, I started 54 zucchini and squash seed yesterday evening.  And while I was seeding, Todd was bush-hogging the out of control weeds in the fields where we haven’t planted yet.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to plant some more stuff in the field this weekend.

In the next couple of weeks I hope we’ll have green beans, maybe a few early tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and maybe cucumbers to bring to the markets.  We do our best to grow these vegetables but it isn’t really in our hands.  God provides everything these plants need to survive and thrive and feed us.  Honestly, that’s what I love most about doing this, watching God’s handiwork.  No matter what we do, sometimes the plants just won’t thrive and then sometimes we don’t do a thing, and they turn out to be the most gorgeous plants and vegetables that you’ve ever seen.

See you at the market!

Your farmers,

Todd and Marnita Causby

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“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.  He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out his roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (ESV)


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