Posted 10/29/2009 3:41pm by Judy Lessler.

Harland's Creek Farm will be featuring recipes for greens at market on Saturday October 31, 2009.  Below is a picture of  Collards with Pasta and Sesame.  We will be handing out this recipe as well as one for Collard Slaw.  Also, come by an get our recipe for Chard Pie, a savory, cheesy recipe that will be perfect for up coming cool days.

collards with pasta and sesame

Also, I have been really enjoying greens and eggs since my daughter was here from California.  This morning I had some tatsoi saute'ed in butter and scrambled eggs.

One strategy for using greens is to wash and blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes.  Cool them quickly in ice water.  Squeeze some of the water out of the greens and then chop.  At this point they can then be frozen in a plastic freezer bag or stored in your refrigerator for later use.  I liked having them processed to this point this morning when I want a quick breakfast of greens and eggs.

Posted 10/28/2009 11:10am by Judy Lessler.

 You can use dark brown sugar instead of the molasses.


collards with pasta and sesame

Collards with Pasta and Sesame

2 main course servings


8 oz collards

0.5 cup water

1 teaspoon molasses

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1-3 cloves garlic minced

1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

4 oz whole wheat spaghetti pasta

0.25 teaspoon pepper or hot pepper flakes (optional)

Salt to taste


Wash greens and cut into ribbons 1 inch wide.  Add greens, water molasses, and oils to a skillet or wok.  Bring to boil, cover and cook until greens are tender but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the pasta and toast the sesame seeds by putting them in a small pan over high heat and shaking until they start to brown. Remove lid from greens and cook liquid down.  Mix in pasta.  Stir in raw garlic, pepper, and salt to taste.

Adapted from Schneider, Elizabeth (2001) Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini. New York: William


Posted 4/8/2009 8:38pm by Judy Lessler.

The US weather service issues a freeze warning for 4 am to 8 am on Wednesday April 8 2009. 

We were concerned becasue it is usually 4 to 5 degrees colder at the farm than the forecast low temperature.  Also, in 2007, there was a severe freeze on April 5 that killed leaves on trees, all of the flowers on our holly bushes, and all of our transplanted corn.  Thus, the freeze warning was a call to action, and we spent a good portion of Tuesday preparing protections for it.  Below are some pictures of our efforts.   They were sucessful AND the cold was not too severe.  We dropped to 28 degrees for a few hours right at dawn and warmed up quickly after that.

We loaded the corn transplants on a large trailer and backed it into the barn.


The barn has a huge door to allow for large equipment to be brought in.  We covered the door with a large tarp and weighted it down to keep it clossed.


Covered barn door


Next we focused on beds of tender transplants and flowers.  


Lilies that volunteered from 2008 were covered.

Lilies that volunteered from 2008 were covered


Beets,  tender lettuces, and pac choy were covered in Plots 1 and Plot 2.


Beets and tender transplants covered


Covered blueberries in Plot 3 looked like little ghosts floating in the field.


Covered blueberries in Plot 3


Some plants are cold tolerant Here is a frost covered red cabbage.  It survived just fine.


Posted 3/30/2009 2:36pm by Judy Lessler.

At HCF we either plant by direct seeding or transplanting.   Until 2008 when we built our own greenhouse, we direct seeded most of our produce and flowers.  We now use a lot of transplants.  This allows us to get some plants in the field earlier and gives us more control over the early stages of their development.  

Plants are first seeded in the greenhouse and spend several weeks there.  When they are large enough, they are moved outdoors to a cold frame or other location to "harden-off."  This means that they are getting used to the harsher weather of the outdoors.  We find, however, that many plants do better in this harsher climate because they are actually adapted for outdoor growth rather than indoor growth.

Some of the plants are both direct seeded and transplanted.  This year we hope to have transplanted corn as well as direct seeded corn. This will be our third try for a good crop of transplanted corn.  In 2007 we put our corn out around April 1, and on April 5 there was a hard freeze that killed the majority of it.  Last year, 2008, we had corn tasseled out when we were hit by a major hail strom on May 20.  Most of it was killed.   Here is a picture of the corn just after it had germinated in the greenhouse.


This corn is now outside waiting to be transplanted as soon as we have a 10 day forecast that includes April 15 with no indication of frost.


The next picture is of chard, kohlrabi, and cabbages waiting the the cold frame and getting hardened up.  Some of these went to the field last week and the week before.  Future blogs will show pictures of the early vegetables in the beds.

More to follow.

Posted 3/10/2009 8:56pm by Judy Lessler.

March is the month when work really cranks up at Harland's Creek Farm.  We were scheduled to put out our first transplants on March 2 2009.  This is what the farm looked like on that morning!  


Farm in March 1 2009 Snow



Needless to say, we spent some time tending to the green house plants, took a walk with the new puppy, and spent most of the day in the house doing paperwork and drinking tea.  Here is a photo of lettuce in the green house.  


lettuce just up



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