With our heirloom tomatoes in full production we’ve been fortunate to have several restaurants express interest including local Easton area favorites Bartlett Pear Inn and t at the General Store. We also picked up our delivery frequency to Baltimore restaurants:
- Woodberry Kitchen
- Artifact Coffee
- Parts & Labor
It’s always a treat to see what wonderful dishes chefs create from the vegetables we’ve grown in the field.
Talbot Humane Society’s fundraiser auction Rock On Talbot Humane is tomorrow. We’ve donated a Summer Season Large CSA Share as part of the Silent Auction during their fundraiser. Be sure and support such a good cause by bidding tomorrow, Friday, May 29th!
Kohlrabi is an odd Sputnik looking vegetable and a farm favorite. It’s a member of the cabbage family, and as such, has the signature sweet-but-peppery flavor profile.
It comes in white, light green, or bright purple colors and its insides are usually creamy white. Normally we peel and eat the bulbous root, but the entire kohlrabi plant is actually edible. The leaves and stems are a great addition to homemade pesto or veggie stock.
So what do you do with this cabbage-y radish-y vegetable? It’s actually pretty fantastic raw! When served raw, it has a super-crisp texture and a mild peppery bite. It’s a little like a sweet radish. You can substitute it for potatoes and it makes an amazing “mashed potatoes” when cooked down. Just peel and cut Kohlrabi into small cubes, boil it for 15 minutes, puree it, and add your favorite mashed potato seasonings.
We are honored to be the host destination for the Tour de Cure a wonderful fundraiser on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. We were the official destination for the 10 Mile Fun Ride. It was great to see families biking on the farm road and loop as part of the ride. Special thank you to all the volunteers that helped us put the event together. What a great cause!
We managed to get all of the first round of organic heirloom tomatoes out and into the ground of our main field. It ended up being just over 2,000 plants total. Whew! What you see in the photo on the right is the stakes set for them to grow. Some of the vines will grow as tall as 6 feet!
This week we’ve been busy getting the next patch of ground ready for peppers, eggplant and the last few tomatoes that weren’t quite ready for going out. This will end up being another 2,000 or so plants and will take Miguel, Anibal and I all Saturday morning to get them in. Then we get a bit of a break and don’t have to worry about getting any more in for a few weeks yet.
A photo of me and the crew on our crazy contraption that makes transplanting our organic heirloom tomatoes so much easier. The tractor pulls forward creating holes at pre-measured intervals in the plastic bed cover allowing the team sitting in the seats to transplant the juvenile plants into the ground. The process is much faster than transplanting by hand because the team doesn’t have to carry the tomato trays and doesn’t have to measure/bore the holes for planting. Plus the spacing is more exact giving the plants the perfect amount of room to grow.
Monthly Farm Tour
Cottingham Farm’s market customers and CSA members are welcome to visit the Farm on the first Wednesday of the month at noon, for a tour, open discussion, and light lunch. Meet us at the first greenhouse on the right as you enter. The address is 28038 Goldsborough Neck Rd, Easton, MD 21601 and it is on the left side of the road.
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