As I write this, cold air is settling in...it seems that it's not going to get above freezing for a few days! We harvested lots of greens before the freeze up, which had been sweetened by lots of cold nights already. We will have lots of bunches of green curly kale, as well as some of this deliciously sweet Red Russian Kale loose in bags:
Another green which we will have is called Mache, aka Corn Salad...It is a nutty, sweet green with a buttery, soft texture! We love it as a salad on its own, but it is great mixed in with other greens, too. Last Saturday at Robinhood Free Meetinghouse, it was featured along with lots of other food from our farm for a Scandinavian Holiday Dinner cooked by Chef Courtney Dute. We had a great time attending, tasting the dishes, and toasting the grog!
Another name for Mache is Feldsalat, which is German for "field salad" or "field lettuce." It got that name from being found in winter wheat fields in Germany when not much else was growing. Speaking of Germany, I (Ben) will be traveling there for the next 3 weeks, so you won't be hearing from me until mid-January! I'll be visiting friends and my former host family from exchange student days in the Northeast, and my girlfriend Anna's family in the Black Forest region (Southeast). We'll be sure to eat our vegetables and other delicious things and tell you about it when we get back!
Come see us this Friday at the Midcoast Winter Farmers Market for a special holiday market. We have guest craft vendors, special cafe offerings, and fun music from Swinging Bridge! Here were a few of us there last Friday:
You won't be hearing from me until mid-January, but Whatley Farm will keep attending farmers markets as usual. Kate's doing the picking, Logan and Sam are running the markets, and Nick and Laura are taking care of the ducks and the snow removal!
I'll say Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year now! Talk to you next year--