A fresh wild green salad!
Tender and delicious at this time of year, and after harvesting and bagging them all morning, we decided to have a lunch time feed of these dandelion greens ourselves.
We washed and spun them then made a salad and some steamed greens.
Dandelion greens, chopped up
An apple, greated
A carrot, peeled into thin slices
2-3 Tbsp oil
1-2 Tbsp vinegar, any type but we used apple cider
a squirt of mustard
a spoonfull of honey
salt and pepper
Mix all those ingredients together and taste, adjust the oil or vinegar as necessairy. I like my dressings with a little more tang than you may.
The honey and the apple of this salad play very nicely with the slight bitter of the dandelion greens. It would be lovely with nuts or seeds on the top as well.
Pot with water, put greens in, wait one minute, fish them out and eat with butter and vinegar.
Dandelion are an amazing spring tonic. They have detoxifying, antibiotic, anti-parasitic, and antiseptic qualities.
We are so pleased to announce the arrival of two new farm apprentices, Chris and Greta! This year, TapRoot is one of a few farms participating in ACORN's new Grow a Farmer program.
The Goals of the Grow a Farmer program:
We're all really excited about this program, and know that Chris and Greta will be great additions to the TapRoot team! Welcome!!
Though we're all sore and tired, (and especially tired of saying "Pea shoots. PEA shoots. PEA SHOOTS!!), we can all agree that Saltscapes Expo was a success, and a great time was had by all of the TapRoot team who attended!
Patricia had a banner made to explain why we were at Saltscapes that I really liked. I thought it tied into the transparency that I see always from both Josh and Patricia: they are always aware of being as open and transparent as possible when it comes to decisions at the farm. So, it follows that we were transparent about why we were at Saltscapes. Here it is:
TapRoot invested in coming to Saltscapes 2013 because we hope to:
- Share, inform, and encourage support for local agriculture
- Inform people about how the CSA concept can help keep our food production local and sustainable
- Get more bookings for our Farm Stay at TapRoot
- Sell our staple share option (our goal this year was 50)
- Have fun meeting new people
So, we're still looking for homes for some staple shares, and will look forward to lots of bookings coming in for Swallow's Nest and Walden Camp, but other than that we definitely achieved our goals! We talked to lots of people excited about CSA, but even more who didn't know what it was, and those are the ones who we're really glad to have met! If nothing else, we increased the market for pea shoots by about 10,000 people! I think there was only one lady all day who didn't love them, and she said "for a vegetable, it's pretty good. But it's still a vegetable!" To each her own, I guess.
Thanks to all who made it, it was a great time!