This is the
best tasting crop, and it only lasts for only a few weeks! And we
got them earlier than ever to boot! That incredible stretch in March is
paying dividends now.
For some reason, I remember picking peas on June 11th in
1999 when our farm was located in Machias. That is the earliest we have ever harvested this
variety. We have tried to have peas for the box of good this early every year,
but so much has to go “right” to get an early crop off and this year a dry March,
wet April, and hot May was the right mix of weather. Go
figure??!?!?!!? But this year, it happened!
So, it will be Klesick Farm pea season for the next few weeks. You can order extra’s as well. If you love sweet, plump and juicy peas, now is the time to treat yourself!
pounds sturdy greens, such as chard, mustard greens, kale or young
collards—stems and inner ribs removed, leaves coarsely chopped
Any other veggies that catch your eye!
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1-pint cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeño, and any other
vegetables you might want to use and cook over moderate heat until softened,
about 6 minutes.
the greens, season with salt and pepper and toss to wilt. Stir in the tomatoes,
water and vinegar, cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until
the greens are tender, and the tomatoes are soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to
a bowl, garnish with chopped walnuts, and serve.
critical to human health! Healthy food comes from healthy soils, and a
healthy citizenry comes from healthy food. That means the
health of our citizens is tied directly back to the health of our soil.
And sadly, one doesn’t have to look very far from the farm
to see that there is a burgeoning population of unhealthy folks today. In addition, any healthy food
that is being grown is converted into a myriad of processed products which, I would
substantially lowered the quality of food.
And, sadly, sugar, fat, and alcohol are all the rage in the food scene, organic or
otherwise. It is called “value added,” but overly processed foods, organic or otherwise, are
not the solution to America’s health crisis.
I am a huge fan of veggies and fruit staying as close to
their original, recognizable self as possible. Eating foods grown in soils that
are minimally processed is the only viable solution to curb America’s health
crisis. Will eating more fruits and veggies, solve every disease problem? NO.
But clearly the Standard American Diet (SAD) isn’t curbing anything either and, if
anything, it is
making us worse off.
Almost all the treatment is just that, it is focused
on treating the ailment instead of changing the underlying cause – poor
nutrition. The hard part is that we need to attack these illnesses from a
dietary perspective and treat the condition to provide some
relief. Eventually, if our food policy could switch to more fruit and veggies
and less of the current food system, there would be less need for the expensive
and intrusive procedures we default to today. But for now, we mostly have a
“treat the condition” model.
I know that there are educational advocates and government
programs encouraging the American population to eat a more balanced diet, all
things in moderation. This is America, of course they are going to say that.
Our political system guarantees us a diet that can never be healthy, because of
So, the only choice we have to remain
healthy or be healthier is to make the choice ourselves. At least for the
moment we don’t have to buy “their” food, we can take charge of our health. It is at the
fork or spoon where healthy food enters our bodies and, if we
put good food on that fork or spoon, our bodies will absolutely put it to healing,
nourishing, and cell-building work.
For 21 years, Klesick Farms has been growing, sourcing, and delivering food that your body will be able
to put to good use to nourish itself.