Super Simple Pickled Watermelon Radish

Radish pickles make any dish a little more tasty and fun and add a really nice crunch to everyday food. They are super quick and easy to make and dress up anything. Try radish pickles on a simple bowl of rice, a taco or a sandwich or top a salad with it.

I had watermelon radishes today, but you could use a daikon or a black winter radish if that is what you have. Look at the tap root on that big radish! You’ll have to scroll waaaaayyy down to see the whole thing. Way to grow Team Red Wagon Farm!

To make this you’ll need;

  • A winter radish
  • 1/4 cup vinegar-any type will do. I used cider vinegar, rice vinegar is good or white wine vinegar is good too.
  • 2 tablespoons of a sweetener-agave, sugar, honey. I used maple syrup
  • Black sesame seeds are optional, but fun with watermelon radishes, they look like watermelon seeds :-).

Slice the radish very thin. You can use a knife or a mandolin or even a spiralizer if you have one and toss in the vinegar and sweeter…that’s it, you made a radish pickle.

This will keep in a jar in the refrigerator for a week to 10 days. I hope you try this. It makes me happy to have a jar and try it on different things.

Have a great week. See you at pickup.

Mo

 

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CSA Week 20

Hello CSA Members!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 20 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
Watermelon Radish
Herb CHOICE (Possibly Garlic OR Sorrel OR Parsley OR Edible Flowers)
Leafy Greens CHOICE (Possibly Kale OR Arugula OR Spinach)
Potatoes
Pepper CHOICE (Possibly Shishito Pepperss OR Bell Peppers OR Spicy Pepper Mix OR Roasted Chiles OR Jimmy Nardello Peppers)
CHOICE: Winter Squash OR Carrots
Onions

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS
Tomatoes
Winter Squash AND Carrots
Two Extra Items

FRUIT SHARE
Apples
Pears

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No Pumpkin Patch in 2020

Here’s another small loss due to COVID. We will not have a pumpkin patch at Red Wagon Farm in 2020.

pumpkin totem pole

pumpkin totem pole

Everything at a farm requires a lot of planning. We have to plant pumpkin seeds around June 1st. Remember what everything looked like on June 1st?? The whole world felt upside down. We did not know how long social distancing would be in place and it seemed like a good chance that we would be looking at another Stay-at-Home order in the fall. Wyatt and I decided it was too risky to put the investment (both time investment and financial investment) into growing pumpkins for a pumpkin patch that we might not get to open 4 months in the future.

I still think that was a good decision for us. There are currently a rising number of COVID cases in Boulder County. It has been a tremendous amount of pressure for me to try to keep our farm and CSA pickups as safe as possible this year and it’s taken a toll on me. It feels like a lot more pressure to try to keep our farm safe for hundreds of families visiting our pumpkin patch. I realize that a pumpkin patch is an outdoor activity and relatively low-risk, but I’m just not up to the challenge.

October 2021 is a very long way away. Hopefully we will be in a much better place in terms of dealing with the pandemic then and will be able to welcome you back to our farm and pumpkin patch then. Thank you for your understanding!

Amy

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Breakfast Poblano Potatoes

I like to pull all my vegetables out of the refrigerator every week or two to weed out what needs to be used up and decide what is old and should go to the chickens. This is usually when I decide what to blog on for the week. Today I had some potatoes, poblanos and some corn that really needed to be used. I was going to make a potato poblano soup. Basically using this recipe and adding the poblanos and some corn.

As I was cutting up the potatoes, they looked so good I decided I wanted the potatoes to be the star and not get lost in a cream soup. There is nothing like freshly dug potatoes. See how buttery they look. I changed my mind and decided I wanted roasted potatoes instead.

So I made Breakfast Poblano Potatoes

Preheat the oven to 425F.

Dice about 1 pound of potatoes, an onion and 2 or 3 peppers, I had poblanos but Carmen or bell peppers would work too. Put the chopped vegetables in a sheet pan.

Coat everything with oil and toss it all together with salt and pepper and a little cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and/or dry chili powder if you like.  Roast it in the oven for 30-40 minutes, stir it when it is about 1/2 cooked. I’ll add the corn 1/2 way.

This is what it looks like 1/2 way cooked with the corn added.

These would be great in a breakfast burrito or made into a frittata.

Only a few weeks left of CSA. Hope you are enjoying your shares. I’ll see you at pickup.

Mo

 

 

 

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CSA Week 19

Hello CSA Members!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 19 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
Roots CHOICE (Possibly Beets OR Carrots)
Spicy Pepper CHOICE (Possibly Roasted Chiles OR Spicy Pepper Mix)
Sweet Carmen Peppers
Potatoes
Onions
Winter Squash (Possibly Acorn Squash OR Spaghetti Squash)
One Extra Item

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS
Herb CHOICE (Possibly Garlic OR Garlic Chives OR Sorrel OR Parsley)
Kale
Cabbage
One Extra Item

FRUIT SHARE
Apples
Pears

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Made it through the snow!

snow forecastWow it’s been a roller coaster ride! A week ago there was a winter storm warning and we thought it was going to get down to 25 degrees with 5-8 inches of snow. There was a good chance that this would kill everything on the farm except for root crops. Crops like and kale can generally handle freezing temperatures, but they have to have some cool weather to adjust from going to summer to fall. We were looking at going from 99 degrees on Sunday to 25 degrees on Tuesday which is way too much for plants to handle.

Fortunately it only got down to 30 degrees on the farm on Tuesday night. We did get a few inches of snow, but I think the ground temperature was warm enough that it protected the plants and melted the snow within a few hours. Our cucumber plants died (they weren’t producing anymore anyway), but everything else seems to have made it. The kale plants and beet greens got a little smooshed, but they will recover.

I always say that if Wyatt and I farm enough that we will have a year with catastrophic loss. I’m glad this wasn’t the year! The weather forecast is calling for beautiful weather the next few weeks so we can expect to have an abundant harvest of fall crops as usual.

melons in snow

I thought the melon plants would die for sure with some snow!

butternut

We thought we would lose all of our butternut squash. It wasn’t quite ripe enough to harvest before the snow.

cabbage in snow

The cabbage handled the snow just fine!

 

 

 

 

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Beet Tacos

Raise your hand if you have a lot of beets in your life right now. Me too.

I like to roast a couple of weeks worth of beets at once to keep them handy in the refrigerator so they are ready to throw into salads or sandwiches.

Or tacos

Before the pandemic we loved to eat at Pica’s in Louisville. They have a beet taco on the menu that is delicious. I haven’t been there since before March, but seeing those roasted beets in my refrigerator make me think of Pica’s and those tacos.

The menu description says “Griddled cotija cheese, roasted beets, pickled onions, cilantro aioli.” I looked online at a couple of beet taco recipes and liked the idea of garbanzo beans in a taco with beets. I didn’t use a recipe (does anyone for tacos?) but I did use the idea of adding garbanzo beans. Here are some photos of how I made these tacos.

I had the beets roasted and I had corn tortillas, Cotija cheese is easy to find in most any grocery store and really makes this taco. You can use feta or halloumi cheese, or anything you have. But the Cotija is a little salty and holds it shape and gets toasty brown when you cook it.

It took me longer to photograph these tacos than to make them. Once you have the beets cooked there is almost nothing to this delicious taco meal.

I started with some onions and garbanzo beans in a skillet.

When they were brown I added some diced beets and the Cotija cheese and browned all of that.

That’s it. I made the tacos and topped them with what I had. I had some corn salsa and  crema Mexicana. Any salsa would do but the I would for sure use a tart spicy salsa.

This was so good. The sweetness of the beets and the salty browned cheese and tangy salsa and the earthy tortilla together were delicious, it tasted like a restaurant meal.

This isn’t a great photo and I couldn’t take any more because we ate them before I looked to see if I got a good picture. You’d think I would know better than that by now.

You should make these. And if you are taking photos don’t eat them all before you see if any of the photos are any good.

Have a great week. See you at pickup.

Mo

 

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CSA Week 18

Hello CSA Members!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 18 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
Beets
Radish CHOICE (Possibly Watermelon Radish OR Daikon Radish)
Sweet Pepper CHOICE (Possibly Carmen Peppers OR Bell Peppers)
Garlic
Spicy Pepper CHOICE (Possibly Roasted Chiles OR Spicy Pepper Mix)
Spaghetti Squash

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS
Carrots
Two Extra Items

FRUIT SHARE
Apples
Pears

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Early Goodbye to Summer Crops

How are you doing? Wow. What a week-month-year 2020 has been.

A week ago Wyatt wrote how well summer crops were doing . I am sure he never dreamed a week later, we would have freezing temperatures and would be harvesting like crazy to save what we food we can, but that is exactly what has been happening at the farm this week.

We won’t know until the weather warms up what crops are lost or not, but almost certainly we will lose tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and the pepper plants. Some of the crops store better than others, so we will probably see some peppers in the next week or so. Peppers store well, tomatoes not so much.

If you follow Red Wagon on Instagram you’ll have seen all the melons harvested Monday.

We are doing the same with all the high summer vegetables, harvesting and trying to save and store what we can.

The good news is all the greens and root crops and brassicas will be fine in the snow and cold.

We will keep you updated how things are going at the Farm. Until then, enjoy the last of the high summer food.

See you at pickup.

Mo

 

 

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CSA Week 17

Hello CSA Members!

Watermelon Radish

As you may have heard, there is some really intense cold weather heading our way early next week. With possible snow and a hard freeze on the way the share next week is up in the air. We will have plenty of food but will have to assess the fields Tuesday morning to see what’s possible. Below is a list of some of the crops we believe will make it through the weather, but please know that this is only an idea of what’s possible, not the definite share.

Potential Crops Next Week
– Root Vegetables (Possibly Beets, Carrots, or Potatoes)
– Radish Choice (Possibly Daikon Radish or Watermelon Radish)
– Spicy Pepper Choice (Possibly Roasted Chiles, Anaheims, Poblanos, Serranos OR Jalapenos)
– Sweet Pepper Choice (Possibly Carmens, Jimmy Nardellos, OR Bells)
– Onions
– Others depending on post-frost conditions

Potential Large Share Additions
– Herb Choice (Possibly Sorrel OR Garlic)
– Others depending on post-frost conditions

FRUIT SHARE
Apples
Pears

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