1, 2, 3, it's a farmer's life for me!
We are featuring a variety of wonderfully illustrated children's books all about farming and agriculture. The titles include A Farmer's Life for Me, Grandpa's Garden, The Beeman, Driving my Tractor, and Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon. These books provide your youngsters with not only a fun story to read, but also a significant informational section that serves as a wealth of knowledge. Learning about farm animals, vegetable crops, honeybees, and seasonal gardening activities has never been so much fun! Your child will be able to gather ideas and be inspired to become more agirculturally-minded, and perhaps start his or her own hobby gardens. Stop by the farm to pick up a great summer read for your little ones.
This week's fresh produce:
We are selling a variety of fresh vegetables this week, including several different kinds of our own organic tomatoes, our own organic kale, swiss chard, and komatsuna, our own organic cucumbers, summer squash, and zucchini, our own organic yellow crookneck squash, and our own organic string beans.
Our fresh, organic produce that we grow here at Crossroads Farm isn't just delicious; it's also pretty! We are happy to offer this week braided soft-neck garlic. Not only will it add delicious flavor to your meal, it will look wonderful displayed in your kitchen.
We are also featuring organic vegetables from other farms, including jalapeno and shishito peppers, red onions, mini savoy cabbage, bunched beets, jumbo yellow onions, red potatoes, yellow potatoes, and jumbo garnet yams.
Finally, we have fresh Long Island summer corn from Rottkamp's Farm in Calverton. To go with a bag full of sweet corn, we are offering a corn lover's cookbook full of wonderful recipes to take your corn from simple vegetable to impressive culinary concoction.
What's special in the farm stand this week?
As mentioned earlier, we are selling adorbale children's books all about farming. We could be nuturing the next generation of organic farmers with just a smart summer reading choice. Story and agricultural information are well combined within these books to give your children a fun and educational reading experience.
We have quite an extensive selection of gluten free items available for purchase in the store; we carry cake mixes, baking powder, baking soda, muffin mix, cookies, granola bars, loose granola, rolled oats, and flour.
Brand new to the farm stand this week are handmade cards. If you need to pick up a greeting card for any special occasion, you can now stop by our counter and choose one of many specialty cards.
We are also continuing to offer bouquets of fresh cut flowers, in a range of sizes and varieties. You never know which kind of arrangement you might get here at the farm, but you can expect that they will all be beautiful.
Fresh from the greenhouse:
Our seedlings are in limited supply as the planting season edges closer and closer to its end. We now have a smaller variety of vegetable and herb seedlings for you to choose from: shallots, common mint, arugula, black beauty eggplant, king crimson peppers, comman sgae, Thai basil, Genovese basil, sweet bush basil, thyme, lavender, oregano, chives, and spearmint. We also have a few different kinds of vegetable and herb mixed pots that have been growing quite nicely. And as always, we have a gorgeous variety of potted flower arrangements (big and small), hanging baskets, and flats.
This week at the farmer's market:
This week's farmer's market will feature our familiar vendors selling homemade hummus and scones, fresh and local honey, jams, and mustards, pickled products, assorted pound cakes, handmade soaps, artisan cheeses, specialty breads, local Long Island craft beer, and of course a variety of fresh produce from Sep's Family Farm and right here at Crossroads Farm.
This week's featured recipe:
Summer Corn and Tomato Salad with Cumin Lime Dressing
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lime juice
3/4 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pita bread
1 cup fresh corn kernels
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
4 quartered radishes
2 small cucumbers, sliced
Combine 2 Tbsp of olive oil and lime juice with cumin, salt, and pepper.
Toast pita bread, then brush with 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Toss together with the corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, and dressing.