Dinner Menu: August 21-24, 2019

Salads & Small Plates

Sourdough bread with basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar  6

Simple salad and champagne vinaigrette  7-

Mixed green salad with summer vegetables, pepitas, and basil vinaigrette  9-

Plate of farm pickled vegetables  6-

Tomato and melon salad with goat’s milk feta, radicchio, and maple-balsamic vinegar  9-

GTF chicken liver mousse on toasted baguette with a strawberry-tomatillo mostarda and dressed greens  10-

Spicy salmon pate with cucumbers and dill on sourdough bread  10-

Grilled corn with green chili and charred scallion butter  6-

Tomato gazpacho with olive oil and basil  6-

Entrees  

Plate of grilled summer vegetables with romesco and toasted pepitas  15-

Fettuccine pasta with basil pesto, fresh tomatoes, zucchini, shisishito peppers, olives and alsea acres chevre  19-

Seared Oregon albacore with roasted poblano and corn puree, green beans, sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes  24-

Grilled Community Cow ribeye with smoked summer vegetable succotash and charred scallion butter  25-

Grilled Deck Farms lamb chops with couscous, grilled summer vegetables and dill yogurt  25- 

Wood-Fired Pizzas

Pizza Bianca with fresh herbs  13-

Pizza Margherita  13-        

Fennel sausage, crispy leeks, scallions, tomato sauce and fontina  15-   

Basil pesto, cherry tomato, shishito peppers and pecorino  14-

Summer squash, roasted peppers, sweet onions and fontina  14-

Lunch Menu: Week of August 20, 2019

Salads & Small Plates

Simple salad and champagne vinaigrette 7-

Mixed green salad with summer vegetables, pepitas, and basil vinaigrette 9-

Plate of farm pickled vegetables  6-

GTF chicken liver mousse with a strawberry-tomatillo mostarda, dressed greens and toast 10-

Tomato salad with olives, cucumbers, shallot, basil, and sherry vinegar 9-

Spicy salmon pate with cucumbers and dill on sourdough bread 10-

Sourdough bread and butter with olive oil, balsamic, and basil 6-

Tomato gazpacho with olive oil and basil 6-

 

Entrees      

Plate of grilled summer vegetables with romesco and pepitas 15- 

Fettuccine pasta with fresh tomatoes, olives, grilled eggplant, shishito peppers and chevre 17- 

Seared Oregon albacore with roasted poblano and corn puree, green beans, sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes 23-

Grilled Deck Farms lamb chops with couscous, grilled summer vegetables and dill yogurt 23- 

Sandwiches 

Community Cow beef pastrami on rye with farm sauerkraut, emmentaler cheese and thousand island*  13-

Community Cow beef burger on a brioche bun with aged cheddar, sweet onions, tomato, butter lettuce and garlic aioli 13-

Grilled summer vegetables and herbs with whipped chevre on grilled flatbread 12-

Wood-Fired Pizzas

Pizza Bianca with fresh herbs 13-

Pizza Margherita 13-        

Sage sausage, shaved new potatoes, scallions, tomato sauce and fontina 15-   

Basil pesto, cherry tomato, shishito peppers and pecorino14-

Summer squash, roasted peppers, sweet onions and fontina 14-

2019 CSA – Week 11: On Melons—the Queens of Cucurbitaceae

CSA Newsletter – Week 11


On Melons – the Queens of Cucurbitaceae

You’ve got a fully packed August box this week, complete with sweet corn, heirlooms, bell pepper, melons, and so much more. As always, I like to notice when we have multiple members of a plant family present in one box, and though Solanaceae may be the leading star of summer, including such gems in your box this week as heirlooms, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, and cherry tomatoes, Cucurbitaceae, home to melons, cucumbers, and squash, comes in at a close second.

Winter squash is beyond amazing, so dense, creamy, and filling. Cucumbers are so refreshing, so crisp and full of sweet, summer water filtered through the vine. Summer squash are so tender and buttery, so versatile in muffins or on the grill. But, as much as I believe in vegetable equality, let’s be real— melons are the best. Melons mean summer! You don’t do anything to them except impatiently wait for your body to slice them up so that you can finally devour the sweet fruit waiting inside. No cooking. No prep. They’re just perfect. They woke up like that.

This is the side of melons that most people enjoy—the tasty part. Here at the farm, we’re lucky to get to enjoy an entirely different aspect of what it is to bring melons into existence—the fun part! Unlike any other item we grow, harvesting melons is like our farm’s version of a company baseball game.

For those of you who have driven past during melon season, you may have seen the joy that is melon tossing. First, our select melon whisperers go out and harvest all the melons that are perfectly ripe, gently picking each one up for the first time. We’re all used to having to try to tap out a tune on melons at the grocery store in fear of buying a bland one picked before it was ripe, but at our farm our melon whisperers weave through the fields and pick only what is perfectly ripe. They stack the ripe melons in piles to await the great toss.

Because our melons are picked ripe and full of sugar, they are quite fragile to transport. It is for this reason that we take as many as eight people out to a field, stand in a long line from the melon rows to the flatbed truck lined with bins, and we toss melons from one end to the other for hours. It’s super fun!

The melon gets touched for its second time when pulled from the ripe pile and tossed to the next person, and, depending on how far the row is from the truck, another seven people might gently catch and then toss each precious orb. We all talk and laugh as we toss melons in the sun, a task that feels much more like play than work. From harvest to consumption, melons are so precious, thus they receive the utmost care. Only the best for the Queen of Cucurbits. Enjoy!

As always, all my best
—LB

Table of Box Contents

  • Watermelon Surprise!—You’ll have to cut open your melon to see what’s inside, whether it be red, yellow, or orange fruit. All our melons proudly bear seeds, as the development of seeds is what triggers the plant to produce more sugars in the fruit. And don’t worry, if you’ve never had an orange or a yellow watermelon and it seems unnatural to you, be assured these melons are as normal as can be! There has long existed a vast diversity of melon colors, shapes & sizes. It’s just the reds that have dominated mainstream grocers.
  • 1 bulb FennelBe sure to use the bulb as well as the fronds if you can! Thinly slice the bulb raw alongside pork chops, or in a slaw. For those of you who are into brewing kombucha, I highly recommend using fennel fronds in your secondary fermentation process—it’s amazing.
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Heirloom Tomatoes—Harvesting our heirloom tomatoes is such a treat. To walk up to a plant and find this giant warped tie-die piece of art, to try to approach it from the right angle with your scissors like a game of Operation so as not to damage the fruit—it’s a joy. We are so lucky!
  • 4 ears Serendipity Sweet Corn
  • 1 bu. Purple Carrots
  • 1 Sweet Colored Bell Pepper
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 2 Willamette Sweet Onions
  • 1 head Red or Green Leaf Lettuce
  • 1.5 lb. Nicola Yellow Potatoes

Recipes

Heirloom Tomato & Fennel Panzanella

Ingredients

  • 2 large Heirloom Tomatoes, sliced or chunked as you prefer
  • 2-3 inch chunk of a nice creamy Feta (I prefer the kind kept in water)
  • large handful of Basil leaves, chopped
  • 4-inch chunk of Sourdough (or other loaf bread, fresh or day-old, doesn't matter)
  • 1/2 large Fennel Bulb, sliced
  • a few Fennel fronds
  • Olive Oil
  • Fennel Seeds, crushed using a mortar and pestle, or simply broken between your fingers
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Tear the bread into crouton-like chunks and toast in a toaster oven until gently browned.

  2. Mix tomatoes, basil, fennel bulb, fronds, and seeds with a good drizzle of olive oil and some sea salt, to taste.

  3. When the bread is done toasting, add it into the mix, with more olive oil if
    needed. Plate and top with feta and black pepper as desired. [optional: add raw
    sweet corn]

 

Baba Ghanoush with Purple Carrots & Bell Pepper

Ingredients

  • 2 roasted Eggplants, or 1 large
  • 1-2 heads Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • splash of Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Cut the eggplants in half and score them diagonally. In a bowl mix together whatever herbs you have on hand, such as thyme, rosemary, cumin, salt, pepper and half of the olive oil.

  3. Cut the head of garlic in half and place on baking sheet with eggplants. Roast for about 50-60
    minutes. Halfway through check the eggplants and pour the rest of the olive oil over them. 

  4. When slightly cooled, scoop the eggplant meat out of the skins and add into the rest of the
    ingredients for the Baba Ghanoush in a blender: garlic, paprika, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, & pepper. Blend until smooth, adjust seasoning if needed. 

  5. Serve with roasted or raw multi-colored carrots.  [The purple carrots you have are GORGEOUS sliced in half-lengthwise with bright orange centers. Also serve with raw slices of sweet bell pepper.] Enjoy!

Dinner Menu: August 14-17, 2019

Salads & Small Plates

Sourdough bread with basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar  6-

 Simple salad and champagne vinaigrette  7-

Mixed green salad with summer vegetables, pepitas, and basil vinaigrette  9-

 Plate of farm pickled vegetables  6-

Tomato salad with olives, cucumbers, shallot, basil, and sherry vinegar  9-

GTF chicken liver mousse on toasted baguette with a strawberry-tomatillo mostarda and dressed greens  10-

Spicy salmon pate with cucumbers and dill on sourdough bread  10-

Grilled corn with green chili and charred scallion butter  6-

Tomato gazpacho with olive oil and basil  6-

 

Entrees  

Plate of grilled summer vegetables with romesco and toasted pepitas  15-

Fennel cappellacci with radicchio, olives, fresh tomato pan sauce, basil and shaved pecorino 20-

Seared Oregon albacore with roasted poblano and corn puree, green beans, sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes  24-

Grilled Community Cow ribeye with smoked summer vegetable succotash and charred scallion butter  25-

Grilled GTF chicken with roasted tomatillo salsa, grilled summer squash, onions and roasted new potatoes  23-

 

Wood-Fired Pizzas

Pizza Bianca with fresh herbs  13-

Pizza Margherita  13-        

Sage sausage, shaved new potatoes, scallions, tomato sauce and fontina  15-   

Basil pesto, cherry tomato, shishito peppers and pecorino  14-

Grilled corn, roasted peppers, sweet onions and fontina  14-

2019 CSA – Week 10: Como una Flor—the art of making beautiful bunches

CSA Newsletter – Week 10


Como una Flor—the art of making beautiful bunches

Welcome to week ten of CSA, folks, you’ve made it! Ten weeks of cooking and eating delicious, healthy, local, seasonal food! That’s medicine, folks, always be proud of yourself when you do your body and mind right. I’m super excited about many items in the box this week, such as poblanos and corn! But as some of you may remember from last year, gold beets are special to me. The gold beets in your box remind me of a day earlier last season out in the field, bunching beets. On this particular day, we had a lot of new people on the crew and we spent our day learning and teaching how to make beautiful, even bunches.

For beets and other round roots, we are taught to make bunches como una flor, like a flower, with one beet in the center and an array of beets around it. As we harvest, we make sure to gently pull the beets from the soil so as not to damage the delicate greens of the smaller beets that we leave behind to keep growing. On that day, we found a light gold beet and we made an exemplary bunch that more than any other was como una flor.

Whatever bunch you’re making, your twist tie can’t be too low or too high, too tight or too loose; the orientation of the leaves and roots must be just so, so that it turns out beautiful every time. Each bunch is hand-crafted, people who worked hard to make sure that that one bunch was perfect and beautiful, como una flor.

All my best,
LB

Table of Box Contents

  • Sweet Corn!!!!— The sugar content in sweet corn just went through the roof! We’re already onto our second corn planting, onto our favorite variety, Serendipity. It’s also a bicolor variety with a mosaic of sweet white and yellow kernels. Roast it, eat it—you know what to do.
  • Gold Beets—Sweet, earthy, gold. Beets, like the rest of us, come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. For many people who have hated on beets in the past, gold beets provide the perfect opportunity to form a new, healthy beet relationship. Gold beets don’t turn everything in your pan red, and have a sweet, mild beet flavor that’s really lovely raw in slaws or roasted in the oven & dipped in aioli!
  • Poblano PeppersPoblanos are so rich in flavor with a lovely warmth, excellent in any sauté. The seeds however are very spicy! Be sure to wash your hands after removing the seeds.
  • GarlicOur garlic is almost all the way dried at this point, so the large cloves are still soooo easy to pop out of their peels. Such a treat!
  • Green Cabbage
  • Red Slicer Tomatoes
  • Willamette Sweet Onions
  • Dill
  • Zucchini
  • Lettuce
  • Nicola Potatoes

Recipes

Gold Beet Cabbage Slaw

“I know that some people hate coleslaw. But I’ve converted even the most fervent among them with this
version, which bears no resemblance to the cloying stuff many of us grew up eating. Light and clean, it’ll lend crunch and brightness to any plate… And remember, the richer the food you plan to serve with it, the more acidic the slaw should be.” —
Adapted from Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, by Samin Nosrat (the Netflix star and next Michael Pollan)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium head Red or Green Cabbage
  • 1 bunch Gold Beets, grated or chopped thinly
  • 2 cloves Garlic, roughly minced
  • 1/2 small Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup Dill leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 6 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Quarter the cabbage through the core. Use a sharp knife to cut the core out at an angle. Thinly slice the cabbage crosswise and place in a colander set inside a large salad bowl. Season with two generous pinches of salt to help draw out water, toss the slices, and set
    aside.

  2.  In a small bowl, toss the sliced onion with the lemon juice and let it sit for 20 minutes to macerate. Set aside.

  3. After 20 minutes, drain any water the cabbage may have given off (it’s fine if there’s nothing to drain—sometimes cabbage isn’t very watery [but often in the early summer it is quite juicy]). Place the cabbage in the bowl and add the basil and the macerated onions (but not their lemony juices, yet). Dress the slaw with the vinegar and olive oil. Toss very well to combine.

  4. Taste and adjust, adding the remaining macerated lemon juice and salt as needed. When your plate zings with pleasure, it’s ready. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Store leftover slaw covered, in the fridge, for two-ish days.

 

Poblanos & Potatoes in the Skillet with Eggs

(AKA: LB's favorite breakfast)

Ingredients

  • 2 Poblano Peppers, seeded & chopped
  • 2-3 Potatoes, sliced thin and patted dry
  • 3 cloves Garlic, roughly chopped
  • Olive Oil, or a high heat oil like coconut
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 4-6 Eggs, pan fried & served on top
  • Optional: Grated Cheese - I love a good sharp aged cheddar with this dish
  • Optional: Corn Kernels, cut from 1 ear

Instructions

  1. Chop your potatoes ahead of time to let them dry a bit. These are new digs potatoes, so they’ve still got a lot of water in them, and getting that water out is key to cooking your potatoes all the way through without burning them. Often times I’ll just chop my potatoes
    and then put them in between a cloth on cutting board and press the moisture out.

  2. Next chop poblanos and garlic.

  3. Heat up oil in pan to medium-high and put potatoes in, stir around and let cook a few minutes. Add in poblanos and stir and cook for a few more minutes.

  4. Add in garlic and a bit more oil and continue to cook uncovered until vegetables are done, preferably with a bit of golden brown-black charring on the edges.

  5. Add in some fresh corn just before turning off the pan and toss around for a sweet crunch amidst the creamy, savory poblanos & eggs.

  6. Sprinkle with salt after done cooking. Serve with fried eggs on top, and cheese in between the two steamy layers if so desired.