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KYV Newsletter: Week 4

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Last Updated (Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:22) Written by Vivian Bayona Tuesday, 23 November 2010 11:37

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Drop Off TUESDAY Nov 23rd:

  • Southside & Downtown Drop Off Members -baskets will be available to pick up from 9:30am -5:00pm)
  • Beaches Drop Off- 10:00am at Publix Parking Lot(JTB & Hodges Blvd) I will be in a Toyota Sequoia (White)
  • Orange Park  Drop Off- 12:00pm at Super Target Parking Lot (Wells Rd) I will be in a Toyota Sequoia (White)
  • St. Augustine Drop Off- 10:00am – 5:00pm First Coast Technical College (Collins Ave.) Builing C (Office)
  • ** We have a limited amount of bags, so please remember next time to bring to the drop off location your KYV FARM BAG for the exchange.

CITRUS BAGS: (Members that order citrus; the bag will be labelled with you name)  Navel, Satsuma and Parson Brown (small and productive, the fruit is very seedy, but is recognized for its thick, pebbly, orange rind and dull yellow pulp that holds an abundance of juice with low sugar and acidity. It is better suited to recipes that call for citrus as it has a plum-like character and taste.)

If you have any questions, or cannot be on time please call me (Vivian) at (787) 232-2234.

Pick Up at the Farm WEDNESDAY Nov 24th:  

  • Group B & Full Share: WEDNESDAY(10:00am- 6:00pm) (1670 Borrow Pit Rd St. Johns, FL 32259)

CITRUS BAGS: will be available at pick up day the farm $5.00/bag

Baskets will include:

Calabaza Squash, Kale, Yukina Spinach, Chinese Broccoli, Bok Choy, Kohlrabi, Cucumber (Slicing Seedless), Bell Green Pepper, Cubanelle Pepper, Daikon Radish & Lettuces

(Our vegetables are rinse but not washed; some vegetables are harvested and don’t have any washing in order to maintain integrity, please wash, dry and bag to keep it fresh longer)

Kale
Straight-up kale has broad, curly leaves that are a deep green color. Kale is usually cooked a long time or blanched in salted boiling water before being used to tenderize it, reduce its bitterness, and set its beautiful color.
Lacinato, black, or Dino kale is very dark green, with remarkably firm, deeply ridged leaves. This kale takes a bit longer to cook than other greens; the upside of which is that the leaves hold their shape even under long cooking times, making it a great addition to soups and stews.

Chinese Broccoli (aka Chinese Kale)
Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale, is a leaf vegetable featuring thick, flat, glossy blue-green leaves with thick stems and a small number of tiny, almost vestigial flower heads similar to those of broccoli. As the Alboglabra group of Brassica oleracea, kai-lan is of the same species of plant as broccoli and kale. Its flavor is very similar to that of broccoli, but more bitter and a bit sweeter.

Kohl Rabi
These little sputnik-shaped vegetables come in green or purple, can be eaten raw or cooked, and taste a lot like broccoli stems. The word kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip (kohl as in cole-slaw, and rübe for turnip) though kohlrabi is more related to cabbage and cauliflower than to root vegetables. We usually eat them raw, just peeled, sliced and added to a salad, but they are also delicious cooked and are often used in Indian cuisine.

Daikon Radish
Also known simply as White Radish, and in Japan as Daikon, this popular Asian vegetable has no resemblance to the round red radishes we are used to. Instead, Chinese radish, or Raphanus sativus to use its scientific name, resembles a large white carrot. In Japanese cooking, Daikon is a popular ingredient in relishes and salads, while Chinese cooks use it more for soups and stir-fries.  Daikon makes a interesting alternative to potatoes or turnips in soups and stews, as it can withstand long periods of cooking without disintegrating. Nutritionally, it is rich in vitamin C and calcium. Chinese radish is usually peeled and sliced prior to cooking, although some recipes call for it to be grated. Store in the vegetable crisper section of your refrigerator. Wash before using.

Calabaza Squash
Calabaza is a type of pumpkin-like squash that is round in shape and varies in size. It can be as large as a watermelon or as small as a cantaloupe. The color of calabaza can also vary and may include greens, tans, reds and oranges. Some squash are all one color while other calabaza are multi-colored and may include all of colors listed above. This squash is popular in the Caribbean as well as Central and South America. It is also commonly called a West Indian Pumpkin. Calabaza has a sweet flavor and its texture is firm. This is similar to the taste and texture of more familiar varieties of squash, such as butternut or acorn. Calabaza may be substituted in recipes calling for those more common types of squash.

Calabaza is most commonly baked, either cut in sections or in cubes. Its seeds may also be roasted in a similar way as pumpkin seeds. Simply place on a baking sheet coated in cooking spray until brown and crisp.

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KYV Newsletter: Week 3

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Last Updated (Friday, 19 November 2010 08:43) Written by Vivian Bayona Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

Drop Off Tuesday Nov 16th:

  • Southside & Downtown Drop Off Members -baskets will be available to pick up from 9:30am -5:00pm
  • Beaches Drop Off- 10:00am at Publix Parking Lot JTB & Hodges Blvd (I will be in a Toyota Sequoia White)
  • ** We have a limited amount of bags, so please remember next time to bring to the drop off location your KYV FARM BAG for the exchange.

CITRUS BAGS: (Members that order citrus; the bag will be labeled with you name) Satsuma and Parson Brown (small and productive, the fruit is very seedy, but is recognized for its thick, pebbly, orange rind and dull yellow pulp that holds an abundance of juice with low sugar and acidity. It is better suited to recipes that call for citrus as it has a plum-like character and taste.)

If you have any questions, or cannot be on time please call me (Vivian) at (787) 232-2234.

Pick Up at the Farm Thursday Nov 18:

  • (Group A & Full Share) Thursday (10:00am- 6:00pm) (1670 Borrow Pit Rd St. Johns, FL 32259)

Baskets will include:

Mustards, Yukina Spinach, Chinese Broccoli, Kohlrabi, Cucumber (Slicing), Bell Green Pepper, Cubanelle Pepper, Golden Globe Radish, & Green Onions

(Our vegetables are rinse but not washed; some vegetables are harvested and don’t have any washing in order to maintain integrity, please wash, dry and bag to keep it fresh longer)

CITRUS BAGS: will be available at pick up day  the farm $5.00/bag

Mustard Greens
Mustard greens are the greens of the mustard plant (shocking!). The leaves have a sharp, bright flavor that may just remind you of mustard seeds at their greenest and most piquant. You can mellow the flavor by blanching them in salted boiling water for a minute or two, draining, and then using. Or saute as is for a sharper flavor.

Chinese Broccoli (aka Chinese Kale)
Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale, is a leaf vegetable featuring thick, flat, glossy blue-green leaves with thick stems and a small number of tiny, almost vestigial flower heads similar to those of broccoli. As the Alboglabra group of Brassica oleracea, kai-lan is of the same species of plant as broccoli and kale. Its flavor is very similar to that of broccoli, but more bitter and a bit sweeter.

Kohl Rabi
These little sputnik-shaped vegetables come in green or purple, can be eaten raw or cooked, and taste a lot like broccoli stems. The word kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip (kohl as in cole-slaw, and rübe for turnip) though kohlrabi is more related to cabbage and cauliflower than to root vegetables. We usually eat them raw, just peeled, sliced and added to a salad, but they are also delicious cooked and are often used in Indian cuisine.

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KYV Newsletter: Week 2

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Last Updated (Monday, 15 November 2010 12:16) Written by Vivian Bayona Monday, 08 November 2010 00:00

HI GUYS! YES!!!! Drop Off and Pickup this week.

Drop Off Tuesday Nov 9th:

  • Southside & Downtown Drop Off Members -baskets will be available to pick up from 9:30am -5:00pm)
  • Beaches Drop Off- 10:00am at Publix Parking Lot(JTB & Hodges Blvd) I will be in a Toyota Sequoia (White)
  • Orange Park  Drop Off- 12:00pm at Super Target Parking Lot (Wells Rd) I will be in a Toyota Sequoia (White)
  • St. Augustine Drop Off- 10:00am – 5:00pm First Coast Technical College (Collins Ave.) Builing C (Office)
  • ** We have a limited amount of bags, so please remember next time to bring to the drop off location your KYV FARM BAG for the exchange.

Baskets will include: (Drop Off)

Yellow Squash, Bok Choy, Yukina Spinach, Cucumber (Slicing & Pickling), Bell Green Pepper, Cubanelle Pepper, Green Beans, Golden Globe Radish & Arugula.

Pick Up at the Farm Thursday Nov 11th:

  • (Group B & Full Share) Thursday (10:00am- 6:00pm) (1670 Borrow Pit Rd St. Johns, FL 32259)
  • Half Share Members are divided in groups by last names:
    • (A – J) Group A (pick up every other week)
    • (K – Z) Group B (pick up every other week)
  • Full Shares Members (pick up every week)
  • **Returning Members, please remember to bring your KYV FARM BAG to pick up your vegetables; New Members will receive a new KYV FARM BAG.

If you have any questions, or cannot be on time please call me (Vivian) at (787) 232-2234.

Baskets will include: (Group B & Full Share)

Bok Choy, Yukina Spinach, Cucumber (Slicing & Pickling), Bell Green Pepper, Cubanelle Pepper, Green Beans, Golden Globe Radish, Chinese Broccoli & Aurugula.

(Our vegetables are rinse but not washed; some vegetables are harvested and don’t have any washing in order to maintain integrity, please wash, dry and bag to keep it fresh longer)

CITRUS IS ALMOST RIPE; IT WILL TAKE COUPLE MORE WEEKS TO START HARVESTING THEM.

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Arugula
Of Of Mediterranean origin. Arugula is the Italian name of a salad green with a spicy, almost nutty flavor, is also known as roquette, rugula, rucola or rocket. It can be very gritty so wash well. Considered a "bitter" green it aides digestion and is a calorie bargain at about 3 cal. per half cup! Rich in beta carotene, a very absorbable calcium.

Chinese Broccoli (aka Chinese Kale)
Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale, is a leaf vegetable featuring thick, flat, glossy blue-green leaves with thick stems and a small number of tiny, almost vestigial flower heads similar to those of broccoli. As the Alboglabra group of Brassica oleracea, kai-lan is of the same species of plant as broccoli and kale. Its flavor is very similar to that of broccoli, but more bitter and a bit sweeter.

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KYV Newsletter: Week 1

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 03 November 2010 07:30) Written by Vivian Bayona Tuesday, 02 November 2010 07:15

HI GUYS! YES!!!! 1st Drop Off and Pickup this week.

Drop Off Tuesday Nov 2nd:

  • (Southside & Downtown Drop Off Members -baskets will be available to pick up from 9:30am -5:00pm)
  • (Beaches Drop Off- 10:00am at Publix Parking Lot JTB & Hodges Blvd) I will be in a Toyota Sequoia (White)
  • ** We have a limited amount of bags, so please remember next time to bring to the drop off location your KYV FARM BAG for the exchange.

Pick Up at the Farm Thursday Nov 4th:

  • (Group A & Full Share) Thursday (10:00am- 6:00pm) (1670 Borrow Pit Rd St. Johns, FL 32259)
  • Half Share Members are divided in groups by last names:
    • (A – J) Group A (pick up every other week)
    • (K – Z) Group B (pick up every other week)
  • Full Shares Members (pick up every week)
  • **Returning Members, please remember to bring your KYV FARM BAG to pick up your vegetables; New Members will receive a new KYV FARM BAG.

If you have any questions, or cannot be on time please call me (Vivian) at (787) 232-2234.

Baskets will include:

Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Baby Bok Choy, Yukina Spinach, Cucumber (Slicing & Pickling), Bell Green Pepper, Cubanelle Pepper, Golden Globe Radish & Bok Choy baby leaf for Salad (so tender you can eat them raw or cook them quickly)

(Our vegetables are rinse but not washed; some vegetables are harvested and don’t have any washing in order to maintain integrity, please wash, dry and bag to keep it fresh longer)

CITRUS IS ALMOST RIPE; IT WILL TAKE COUPLE MORE WEEKS TO START HARVESTING THEM. ALSO FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT PAID IN ADVANCE FORE EGGS, WE HAVE START THE SEASON WITH A BUNCH OF LAZY HENS, OUR PROJECTED EGG HARVEST HAVE SHRUNK AS THE DAYS GET SHORTER; WE HAVE PURCHASE ANOTHER 30 HENS TO UPSET THE LACK OF EGGS AND WE HAVE ORDER 100 BABY PULLETS THAT WILL START PRODUCING IN SPRING. SO FOR NEXT DROP OFF WE SHOULD HAVE YOUR ORDER AVAILABLE.

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KYV FARM EVENT: U Pick Beans

When: Sat, November 6, 8am – 12pm

Where: 7000 County Road 16a, St Augustine, FL 32092

COME AND JOIN US THIS SATURDAY MORNING NOV 6 TO HARVEST BEANS. Last Saturday a big group of members came to harvest beans at the farm; they have a blast, tons of beans. We are inviting those that couldn’t make it last weekend to have a second chance to come this Saturday. Harvest period of the beans is short and the weather is changing rapidly. (If you can’t make it to the farm, you’re still going to receive green beans in your bag, but just a pound or so, but if you come to pick you can pick up to 10 pounds).

Bok Choy baby leaf for Salad

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