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Prepare your kitchen to welcome the spring harvest!

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Prepare your kitchen to welcome the spring harvest!

Prairie Wind Family Farm

Announcements & Reminders 

  • There's still time to register for Spring Farm CSA Shares! 
    Asparagus, salad greens, scallions, radishes, chives, fresh farm eggs...are you ready for spring? Spring Vegetable Share and Spring Egg Share deliveries begin the week of April 24th.  Please sign up soon so we save you a spot!  
  • Join us for farm events!
    Please check our farm events page for a variety of family-friendly events coming up this season.  We'll keep you posted as dates are finalized for summer and fall fun!

Spring is here!

Its almost that time of year...our first spring harvest is only 30 days away!  We're always optimistic as we prepare for the first harvest...and we're always slightly anxious with questions.   Will our overwintered crops survive and thrive through the spring rain showers?  Will the wind damage our hoophouse walls and chafe our tender lettuce leaves?  Will the chickens lay their eggs consistently and can we keep them dry and safe in changing spring weather?  

Each year, we take a deep breath and trust that we're working in partnership with Mother Nature.  Both she and we adapt and change. As weather patterns become even more uncertain each year, we'll likely continue to fret, wake up early and stay up late to care for our animals and plants, and do our best to be prepared. Amidst it all, we embrace the uncertainties as it keeps us thinking, active, learning and living.

From the farm kitchen

This is the time of year that I strive to clear out my refrigerator, freezer and pantry of preserved foods to prepare for fresh spring goodies.  I'm a little roasted/steamed/cooked out when it comes to my vegetable cooking.  My body is craving raw flavors and tastes.

We're finding that making smoothies fit the bill very well.  Many of the preserved fruits and vegetables work quite well together, and any slight blemishes easily disappear into these lovely drinks.  Plus, its a great way to get those preventive boosts of anti-oxidants, vitamins and raw nutrition into busy farmers and hungry kids.

Here's a recipe for the one I made for breakfast this morning:

1/2 cup frozen blueberries*
1/2 cup frozen cherries (I used tart)
1/2 cup frozen spinach
1 ripe banana
1/2-1 cup kefir 
1 T honey
*Note: smoothies are forgiving.  Substitute whatever fruits and veggies you have on hand.

Blend together and adjust consistency with water. 

If you're looking for other smoothie recipes, here are a few other ideas.  Enjoy!

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