Green Gate Farms Cooking Class, Flower Crowns This Saturday!

Newsletter
August 5, 2021

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FARM STAND/ADVANCE ORDERS

Farm Stand at Big Red Barn, East Austin (8310 Canoga Ave., Austin 78724) Open to all, Saturdays, 10-12 Veggies, Flowers, Garden Plants and Breathtaking Beauty at our 1902 Historic Bergstrom Farm. SNAP accepted (soon!)

This week at the farm stand you’ll find:

  • Summer Yummies: Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Okra, and more!
  • Root Veggies: Potatoes, Beets
  • Onions (Red & Yellow), Garlic
  • Herbs: Basil, Parsley, Fennel Fronds, Mint, Thyme
  • Flower Bouquets!

Advance Orders via REKO Ring Place your order weekly at private Facebook page for touchless pick up on Saturday mornings.

CSA NEWS

Spring Veggie and Flower CSA Snapshot:

  • No Summer CSAs this year – food/flowers available at our farm stand and REKKO Ring.
  • We will post how to sign up for Fall next month!
  • Spring Veggie season has ended unless you are recieving a make-up share.
  • Flower CSA Season ends June 26
  • 5 CSA pick-up locations in Austin and Bastrop, Wednesday/Saturdays
  • Got a question about your food or flowers? Contact your Community Organizer, the volunteer who manages your pickup site and handles any issues that might arise.

FLOWER NEWS

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This week’s bouquets feature heat lovers: suns, dahlias, and lisianthus with a sprinkling of dill, parsley and sage. Truly irresistable! Pick up a bouquet at our farm stand or order one on our Shop page, www.greengatefarms.net.

FLOWER FUN on the FARM

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  • Crown Class - June 19. Just in time for Father’s Day. Create flower crowns for yourself/guy/partner. After a farm tour, we’ll show you how to use grapevine, wildflowers and herbs to create a one-of-a-kind headdress. Fun for birthdays, celebrations, all ages. Last chance to enjoy a class on the farm until fall. $75 per crown.

FARM NEWS & EVENTS:

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  • Farm Camp for Adults. Have a farm or want one? The founders of GGF spend the morning answering your questions about how to find/start a sustainable farm. Also, cover tools, techniques, and resources. Sunday morning, 9-12, June 27.
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  • Cooking Class. Enjoy making and tasting a four-course summer meal in our farmhouse with Farm-to-Table intern Reese Bergschneider. He will teach basic knife skills, how to harvest crops at peak flavor, and how to make the most of your favorite summer produce. Virtual attendance options available. Learn to make: Cucumber salad Bruschetta Summer Squash and Basil Pasta Okra curry – all with veggies right on the farm! *Learn more and sign up here!
  • Green Gate Gift Cards Available: Give the gift of fresh, organic food while supporting our farm. We have Farm Bucks for all your celebrations.

AGRIHOOD NEWS

* Be sure to attend our monthly Garden Club meeting, 5:30-7:30 at the Big Red Barn, July 9th.

GET INVOLVED

  • Volunteer on our farm! Shifts available in east Austin and Bastrop. No experience necessary. Just complete the volunteer form on our website and we’ll be in touch! (www.greengatefarms.net)
  • Make a difference: Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is the leading voice of education and advocacy for organic food production in Texas. As a member-run/funded organization, TOFGA includes farmers, ranchers, gardeners, dairies, cheese makers, soil amendment producers, nurseries, food markets, farmers markets, educators, students, eaters and more. Volunteers and donations welcome, see www.tofga.org.

FARMER UPDATE

Summer Fun on the Farm by Farmer Erin

As the first day of summer arrives (didn’t it arrive weeks ago?), the barn is filling with tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, okra and I find myself checking on our peaches daily. Waiting for that plump, pink perfection is the definition of anticipation.

And speaking of anticipation, we’re looking forward to hosting the first in-person cooking class in our renovated farmhouse kitchen this Saturday. Our summer intern Reese is a talented chef who will be teaching how to make the most of what the fields are producing. Not only will you pick up a few cooking skills, I guarantee you’ll enjoy a delicious four-course meal (for only $30!)

Bringing the 1902 Bergstrom Farmhouse back to life is a joy. Last week one of the Tiny House residents hosted an art show that showcased the beauty of our former home as well as her father’s southwestern vistas (a few of Kerry Beverly’s paintings are still available). This summer we will be working on developing a Farmhouse Arts series for the fall — everything from clay classes to supper clubs to cooking and dancing…now that Covid is lifting, it’s time to celebrate!

This Saturday morning we’ll also celebrate the bounty of our flower fields as we wrap up our flower season with a crown making class. Foraging for flowers and herbs and other materials will be part of the fun as we create a one-of-a-kind crown. (Avery will make a portrait of you and your creation in her studio). Perfect gift for Dad or just fun with your friends. Sign up at www.greengatefarms.net.

Finally, our season ends with our Farm Camp for Adults class, originally planned for when Winter Storm Uri hit! This class is a great way to meet others who are interested in farming and gardening, while getting tips on tools, equipment and other agricultural issues.

Hope to see you on the farm soon.

Supplemental CSA Share “Week 12”

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* Okra * Garic * Potatoes * Tomatoes * Cucumbers * Thai Basil * Cubano Peppers * Beets

Recipes:

Balsamic Roasted Beets- Yum!



Balsamic Roasted Beets - JoyFoodSunshine


Made with 5 ingredients including fresh beets, this easy Balsamic Roasted Beets recipe is a great side dish or addition to your favorite salad! Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo & vegan-friendly!



I’ve been craving Okra Curry, can’t wait to make this:



Bhindi masala | How to make bhindi masala | Bhindi recipe


Bhindi masala recipe - A simple North Indian bhindi masala that is great on flavors, tastes delicious & is healthy. Bhindi masala is a healthy dish made of okra, spices, onions & tomatoes. This semi dry curry made with ladies finger or okra goes very well with rice or roti. Bhindi masala is mildly spicy, hot & full of flavors that comes from the pan fried bhindi and garam masala. Table of contentsAbout this recipeBhindi masala step-by-step photosPro TipsFaqsRecipe card About this recipe ‘Bhindi’ is a Hindi term for ‘Okra’ & ‘masala’ is an Indian curry base made with onions,



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Hasselback Yukon Gold potatoes


Hasselbackspotatis – a dish better known in the United States as Hasselback potatoes – combines the best parts of a baked potato with the crunchy goodness of potato wedges.



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