Kathy and I (Jeri) hope you are doing well during these difficult times. We are keeping our sanity at this stay-at-home time by getting plants started, harvesting and drying chickweed and planting at the farm. La Colina Linda is in the process of harvesting the last of the crops from the winter growth in the high tunnel: leeks, onions, carrots, and greens. We planted tomatoes, latina tomatillos and snow peas already and now there is room for chili peppers, ginger and turmeric. In addition, we planted lots of things outside: potatoes, leeks, chicory, plantain, yarrow, marshmallows, self-heal, red clover, cone flowers, giant solomon seal, goldenseal, common sage, nettle, wild leeks, ostrich fern, white trout lily and quince, mayhaw, and jujube trees. Next week will include New Jersey tea, anise hyssop, Ohio and prairie spiderworts, spotted bee balm and Bradbury's manarda, among other things.
For next week's online market sales, we have many bundles of carrots, various types of onions, green garlic, quelite mix, parsley, sorrel, salad greens, choi, blackberry jam and vinegar and our gluten-free baked goods. See the produce and baked goods links in the menu. Please order by Monday at 5:00 p.m.
Here are some ideas for using the quelite mix: chop finely and use in salads or stir fries; saute with onions for a taco; use as your pesto greens.
Kathy Ward and Jeri Kinser
Kathy is professor emerita of sociology and women's studies at SIU-Carbondale. She is currently farmer and co-owner with Jeri Kinser of La Colina Linda Farm. Jeri has been an educator of K-12 for 40 years specializing in instructional technology and bilingual education.