Friday, September 16, 2011

Edamame Ready

This is the third year we've grown soybeans in the garden. The first year I orded a packet of seed and at harvest allowed them to dry to save for seed. Last year the plan was to harvest them to be used as edamame. (If you're not familiar with edamame, check out the simple recipe below. They're an amazing and nutritious treat!) They were lovely and almost ready to pick and then the next morning they were gone -- thanks to some foraging deer.

This year we tried again. There were several long rows with beautiful healthy plants just loaded with bean pods. Arthur and Joe, hearing the weather report calling for frost, pulled most of the loaded soybean vines last evening. It's a bountiful harvest and we'd love to share with you! Shoot us an e-mail or call to let us know what you'd like.

EDAMAME are sweet young soybeans which make great hors d'oeuvres. They are packed with protein and fun to eat. The slightly fuzzy green pods tickle your lips as you suck the beans into your mouth. Provide bowls for the empty pods.

Here's how to prepare them:
Boil edamame 2-4 minutes. Drain and sprinkle with Kosher salt. Use fingers or teeth to squeeze edamame out of shell and eat. Don’t eat shells!
P.S. Eat some before putting down on table or you want get any!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

When we were looking at naming the farm, it was important to remember our family members who worked the soil on Crandall Hill. One of those who has spent lots of time with her hands in the dirt is Wanda Gooch Metzger, known affectionately by our children and their friends as "Grandma Wanda." Yesterday Wanda arrived on the farm (her second home) and promptly joined Arthur in the truck to travel up the hill to harvest potatoes. When we were preparing them for the Farm Market she inquired if she could accompany us. The picture above tells the story!